Oculus officially revealed its consumer headset to the press today, which will come complete with an Xbox controller and a few other accoutrements.
The updated Oculus Rift consumer package will indeed include the small camera that the VR company accidentally offered a sneak preview of on their website a couple days ago. The camera helps track the Oculus Rift’s movements on your head, making motion through the virtual world smoother.
Inside the Rift itself, there are two OLED screens. Headphones attach to the side to fit over your ears but can be removed at will. In fact, the whole headset is adjustable, making it notably comfortable for glasses-wearers.
As for interactive experiences and gaming on the Rift, Oculus will equip consumers with both an Xbox One controller and offer a pair of the company’s own. The wireless Xbox One controller will come with purchases of the Rift, which will also work with Windows 10.
As for the VR company’s own controllers, called Oculus Touch, they’re pretty wild. They come in a pair (do we need to specify one for each hand?) and are able to track users motions, letting people pick things up, use weapons, or wave at other characters in virtual reality.
Oculus also mentioned during the press conference that it will be investing upwards of $10 million to work on the creation of original, independent VR games. Games like “Eve Valkyrie” (and, of course, “Halo” from Xbox) will be ready to play on the Rift when it launches.
Consumers can start pre-ordering the Rift later in 2015. The device will actually ship in the first quarter of next year.