Are you ready to be Oculus Rifted?
The upstart Virtual Reality Kickstarter phenomenon, recently acquired by Facebook for 2 billion dollars, has just started shipping the first 10,000 dev kits of the DK2 system to its early buyers list, which means that, in about a month from now, the world will have changed beyond recognition.
Or, it could be sometime in August.
Either way, some of the biggest tech players in the field are hedging that the Oculus Rift VR headset system has the potential to change the way we interact with technology, with implications that go well beyond first person shooter video games.
According to the OR/VR official blog, “The very first units are expected to reach developers the week of July 14th. We’re now over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders, which is incredibly exciting. That said, we’re slightly behind in manufacturing and there’s currently a high chance that some developers with estimated shipping in July may not have their DK2s shipped until August. We have a team in China working on continued ramp of production at our factory, and we’ll work our way through the queue as fast as we can.”
Of course, these are the development kits, which means these units will be in the hands of creators looking to score with the first big name title. There’s still no word yet on when a consumer version of the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset system will be available, but history shows that the day is not too far off in the future.
Oculus Rift VR will certainly change the playing field for gamers, but it’s some other applications which are thought to have the most wide reaching potential, particularly virtual shopping, virtual real estate and, most optimistically, virtual medical diagnosis.
Still, it’s likely that the very first smash hit on the Oculus Rift VR headset system will probably be an already massive video game title.
Oculus Titanfall, anyone?
Here’s how IGN is covering the story”:
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