If you thought you were getting your hands on the Oculus Rift this year, you’ll be upset to know that it’s not coming anytime soon.
As you may know, Facebook acquired Oculus a while back, so they would have some idea about the release timeline. During Facebook’s most recent earning’s call (Q1 2015), CFO Dave Wehner talked briefly about the Oculus launch schedule.
“We have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus. I’d just note that Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it’s early to be talking about large shipment volumes, and our expense guidance reflects any volumes that we might do in 2015.”
What Else Do We Know?
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing this news. During an SXSW panel the Oculus VR team lead was asked about a potential release date and the response was less than helpful. Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey said that he cannot comment on the launch.
“I can’t comment on the [release] date one way or another, in either direction, but I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong, everything is going horribly right.”
Gee, thanks Luckey.
Of course, this is the same guy that said the Oculus was due to launch in 2015 in the first place. When questioned about that particular statement he said it was relevant before the team “made a lot of changes to [Oculus’] roadmap.”
Long story short, no Oculus Rift this year.
Don’t fret, it’s still coming. If you’re itching to get your hands on a VR headset and absolutely cannot wait, there are other options.
Releasing later this year is the Avegant Glyph, the dev kit for the Razer OSVR, and HTC Vive — if it stays on track. If you want to know the difference between these headsets, check out our column on the VR race.