Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oculus Reveals The Final Version Of The Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift had there E3 press conference today, they started out the conference by revealing the final version of the Oculus Rift VR headset. The final version of the Oculus Rift headset is more lightweight than previous versions and is more comfortable to use while wearing glasses. The headset comes with built-in earphones for game audio, but they can be removed in favor of your own headset or earbuds. The retail version is touted as low-latency and with a wide field of view. The headset also includes a camera, which is meant to sit on the desk in front of you to track the motion of the headset. The camera is designed to stay out of the player's way and not be obtrusive to the gameplay. Each Oculus Rift headset will come packaged with an Xbox One controller. Oculus is currently planning on shipping the Rift to consumers in Q1 2016. The price for the Oculus Rift is set unknown at this time. Also, Oculus announced a prototype pair of made for VR controllers, meant to be held in each hand, called Oculus Touch. The Oculus Touch features tracking, like the headset, haptic feedback, a thumbstick, two buttons, and a trigger. Additionally, there is a hand trigger for grasping motions. 

UPDATE 9/23/16 - Engadget's Nick Summers noticed a pre-order sign for the Oculus Touch, stating you can order it now for launch day delivery for £189.99 in the UK. The bundle will come with the Oculus Touch controllers as well as an extra camera, which may account for the unexpected price. Thoughts 

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