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Oculus Rift consumer version revealed

Oculus Rift Consumer Version
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At a special event today, Oculus VR revealed the first consumer version of its Oculus Rift headset. The consumer model is "really lightweight," says Oculus. "You're going to put it on like a baseball cap." It's also said to "better accommodate glasses," which has been a problem for me when trying the prototypes.

The Rift features a custom display and optics—which Oculus has been working on for years—and a tracking sensor on a stand, which looks like the one that leaked the other day. We learned earlier that the Rift will include integrated headphones, but now we also know that they're removable, so you can also use your own headset.

Oculus also announced that the Rift will ship with a wireless Xbox One controller. Later, founder Palmer Luckey took the stage to announce Oculus' own controller, Oculus Touch. We've since learned that Touch is coming in the first half of 2016, shortly after the Oculus Rift is available, and will be sold separately.

The plan is still to launch the Rift early next year, and no price was announced at the event—Luckey might be saving that one for E3. Check out some official product shots below:

Oculus Rift consumer

Oculus Rift consumer version

Oculus Rift consumer version


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Oculus Touch

Oculus Touch


Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.