Pre-orders for virtual reality HMD the Oculus Rift are now open!!

Coming in at $599 USD (Plus Shipping & Tax) the price has come as a shock to many who were expecting the consumer version Rift to retail at around $350 USD.

The Rift has been under development for a number of years now and throughout its development Oculus have been alluding the consumer Rift would be around the same cost as thier second developer kit (DK2) at $350 USD and would be sold at cost or at a loss by Oculus. 

In a recent interview with Ben Lang from roadtovr.com Oculus founder Palmer Luckey even helped to reinforce the pricing misconception, when asked if the Rift price would come in around that $350 ballpark target Luckey responded with:

Finally after several years and multiple development kits the wait is nearly over !!!

Oculus have finally announced that pre-orders for their Virtual Reality HMD the "Rift" will be open via their website from 8am Pacific Time on January 6 2016 and will be initially limited to 20 different countries with others to soon follow.

Big news from 2015 Game Awards with the announcement of Rockband VR for the rift !!!

The announcement made by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey came as a surprise to many with Oculus keeping a tight lid on the news of the partnership with harmonix, up until now.

Originally planned for release in Q2 2016 Oculus's Touch controllers are now set to be release sometime in the second half of 2016. This is a major disappointment for those looking at picking up an Oculus Rift in Q1 2016 as the tracked controllers are a vital component for delivering immersive VR experiences.

For those not familiar, the Oculus Touch controllers allow users to bring their hands into VR for interaction with the virtual environment; Not only are hand position/movements tracked but Touch also support limited hand gestures such as a thumbs up.

Oculus announced via their blog that the cause for the delay was due to further time being needed to perfect the touch controller and that improvements are being made in both functionality and ergonomics.Check out the full announcement taken from their blog:

Today sees the launch of another VR related Kickstarter campaign in the form of third person VR platformer MushroomBallVR

Currently under development by Indi startup VitruviusVR, MushroomBallVR will not only support the soon to be released Oculus Rift (Q1 2016) but will also feature a first person mode compatible with the Virtuix Omni Treadmill.