The consumer model for Oculus Rift is “months away” according to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe. Mr Iribe’s comments came at this years Web Summit in Dublin. He continued by saying that the latest version of the Crescent Bay headset is “largely finalised”.
Mr Iribe also went on to say that:
“We’re all hungry for it to happen. We’re getting very. It’s months, not years away, but many, many months. We’ve gone out there and set this bar and said ‘We want to get it right’. We don’t want it to be four or five years. We’re eager for this to happen.”
If previous comments from Oculus VR are to be believed, the price range for the Oculus Rift could be around $200 – $400.
Mr Iribe has also said that the biggest challenge for the Oculus Rift is a compelling input device, saying that traditional keyboards and controllers aren’t exactly up to scratch. This could possibly be a reason as to why gamers still have to wait a while before being able to purchase an Oculus Rift. However, the company hired Xbox 360 designer Carbon Design recently, although they haven’t announced exactly what it is that they’re working on.
As far as competition for the Oculus Rift is concerned, Sony are currently working on a virtual reality headset called Project Morpheus. However, they haven’t commented on when the headset will be released, beyond confirming that it won’t be this year.