The long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset looks as though it will be with us near the start of next year.
The firm behind the headset is called Oculus VR and they say that a launch in the first quarter of 2016 has been scheduled for it.
Up until this point the world has only seen developer kits of the Rift, that have been produced to let games developers work with it. These are said to not represent what we can expect to be the eventual product sold to customers.
The story of the Oculus Rift has been a long and interesting one so far. Back in 2013 the company raise £1.4 billion for it in a crowd-funding campaign. They were then bought out by Facebook for just under that amount, all of this despite Oculus VR having ever released any sort of product yet.
The Vive Could Be Out First
Now it seems as though the release date for the Rift will mean that it hits the shelves after the rival virtual reality helmet being developed by HTC. This is going to be called the Vive and it is expected to go on sale before 2015 is out.
In fact, the proposed release date for the Oculus Rift means that it may come out at the same time as the Morpheus headset for the PlayStation. This is because Sony has already stated that this headset will come out in the first half of 2016.
The big difference between these different headsets is that the Morpheus has been designed to work with a game consoles and the others will work with PCs.
What do you want to see in virtual reality headsets in order to persuade you to buy one?