Oculus unveils Rift headset

PCWorld | Jun 11, 2015

The Rift will ship by March of next year with an Xbox One game controller.

This is the Rift, a virtual reality headset made by Oculus that will be available in the first quarter of next year.

Palmer Luckey
Co-founder, Oculus

And in a new partnership with Microsoft, the Rift will come with an Xbox One Controller and be compatible with Windows 10. You’ll be able to stream Xbox One games to the headset.

The company also unveiled Oculus Touch, two hand controllers that have buttons and triggers to let players interact with objects in games like they would in real life. They will ship sometime in the first half of next year.

The Rift has a custom display and optics system with two OLED screens. It will come with a sensor that you plug into your computer. This is what will track your movements while you’re using the headset.

The Rift includes headphones, but you can remove them if you’d rather use your own. There’s also a dial to adjust the focus.

Oculus previewed some of the games that you’ll be able to play on the Rift. They include EVE Valkyrie, Chronos and Edge of Nowhere. Oculus is investing $10 million dollars to help indie developers create an even wider lineup of virtual reality games.

Oculus Home is the name of the main dashboard where you’ll be able to access and buy games. You’ll also be able to see which of your friends are playing games on the Rift and join them.

We still don't know the exact date when the Rift will launch or how much it will cost, but Oculus will begin taking pre-orders later this year. Those going to the E3 gaming conference next week will get a chance to try it out.

In San Francisco, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service.