Oculus Rift price will be affordable, consumer version arrives in 2016


Wearable tech is beginning to take off, but for now it’s only the device you strap on your wrist. Glass wasn’t a hit and is in revamp mode, and Oculus was sold to Facebook. That said, Oculus made an announcement involving the Oculus Rift release date, and they’ve shed a little light on the upcoming consumer version of the VR headset.

We’ve seen a lot of mobile VR setups appear over the past year, but Oculus was the one that got us all excited. Like many gadgets, it was a bit ahead of its time and the device has been in the development phase for some time. After Facebook purchased the Rift, folks were curious as to whether it would alter the Oculus Rift price or release date. Well, we can now answer one of those questions.

If you hoped the Oculus Rift release would arrive in time for the holidays, you’re going to be disappointed unless something changes. According to the folks at Oculus, the consumer version will be ready to roll in Q1 of 2016. That’s not great news if you’re looking forward to the consumer version of the Rift, which is said to have improve head tracking, ergonomics, among other tweaks.

Now for some good news. The Oculus Rift price is going to be “a little bit more expensive than the gear” according to Nate Mitchell, VP of Oculus. Considering the Gear is $199, that’s great news as we could see the Oculus at under $300 bucks. There’s also a chance that the company could make the headset compatible with consoles as well saying “anything is possible” when a comment was made about Rift compatibility with the Ps4.

It was a drag to see Google pull the plug Glass, but the Oculus Rift could be the “game changer” folks have been waiting for. The pricing is right, but PC specifications could quickly put a damper on things if console compatibility doesn’t come into play down the line. We’ll find out more about the Oculus along with plenty of other cool gaming gadgets at E3 next month.

Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.