VR headset Oculus Rift delayed

Virtual reality headset now expected to ship in March 2013; delay due to time needed to implement extra features.

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Gamers who preordered an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset hoping to have it in time for the holidays are out of luck. Developer Oculus announced today that the device's ship date has been pushed back to March 2013. Orders are expected to be delivered by April 2013.

In a blog post to the company's website, the delay was explained as being necessary due to extra time required to implement changes and modifications to the device necessary for mass-manufacturing.

"Designing, sourcing, and manufacturing thousands of developer kits is no small feat," reads a line from the statement. "Since our Kickstarter, we’ve been up against the wall, working around the clock to produce and distribute over 7,500 units in just four short, crazy months. We’ve had to modify our original design for mass-manufacturing and, at the same time, balance additional features with our tight schedule."

One of the updated features for the Oculus Rift is its display. Developers have decided on a new 1280 X 800 7-inch display that reportedly beats the old iteration in "almost every key area." The first version measured 5.6-inches. Along with the larger screen comes added weight. The new 7-inch model is 30 grams heavier than the original, the company said.

Discussion

128 comments
sakajo
sakajo

Does anyone know what this thing will do to peoples eyesight? Id imagine it wouldnt be good having something that close for that long

tgwolf
tgwolf

The advent of VR means those that are enslaved by M-content can abandon sanity altogether and have their disgusting cravings satisfied in ways we don't dare imagine...

S0ulReav3r
S0ulReav3r

good....now I have more time to save up for a gaming grade PC that will replace the current box of potatoes i have muahahahahahahahah

esqueejy
esqueejy

And if your first question wasn't "can it uses them for the porns?" then you're not paying attention.

wyan_
wyan_

kickstaller?

gehwesij
gehwesij

give me a good reson to buy this, instead of 1 of the many version's of headmount's, with optional motion tracker technology, and optional gloved control's from www.vrealities.com

megakick
megakick

Has a kickstart ever failed and if so what happend to the money raised?

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Whether the Oculus succeeds, it will be an important step toward the next generation of gaming (as opposed to the next generation of consoles). I think Sony is also working on its own motion-sensing VR headset. With Sony's integration of motion sensing VR headset with motion sensing controllers and MS's work toward holographic interface, the future of gaming looks to be very exciting.

Panda-Pat
Panda-Pat

Have a feeling ... this is'nt going to work on people who need glasses ... i.e. me (T_T)

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I think it's going to be incredibly disappointing in practice, but I'll give it a chance anyway.

People always see "virtual-reality" scrawled across every piece of marketing crap around these days and immediately imagine something like that old PS9 (PS2) advert.

 

Don't expect too much and it just may even live up to expectations.

DP1130
DP1130

Oh MAN!!!! I gotta have this. Two weeks.....pre-ordering!!!!

craigprime
craigprime

I see a new era of gaming. Soon I will be playing Pokemon with this (I wish), and it will seem like I am in the very world. There are so many possibilities. Sure, this has been done in the past, but the technology then wasn't good enough. Now it can work, and the only problem is social awkwardness. 

Genocide6sic6
Genocide6sic6

This is something that I'd have to try before I buy.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

Looks pretty cool.  I might have to get one!

wyan_
wyan_

I can't wait to strap this thing to my face. Hurry up goddamnit!

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Looking at that picture of it....looks uncomfortable... Anyway, I'll be getting one for the awesomeness that will (hopefully) be Star Citizen.... In fact, I get the feeling that game will sell this thing more than it itself will.

rann89
rann89

This is a good thing. Don't be dumb like certain we-all-know-who-they-are companies that would rather rush out a mediocre product to milk everyone out, then take their time making improvements in either software patches or making announcements for "hardware part two" six months after the first's release.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

 @megakick If it fails before the project actually starts, you get a refund. If the project starts officially and then ends up dying (for whatever reason), you DO NOT get a refund.

dutchgamer83
dutchgamer83

 @Karzovis In what way is it meant? Negative or positive? Seeing a lot of people being negative about Kickstarter while totally forgetting that many companies who aren't subbed by kickstarter also have delays. With this their kickstarter was a massive succes and will make it possible for gamers to soon have VR in their own room without a super heavy headset.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

 @Panda-Pat This is just a dev kit. The dev kit does not support wearing glasses. They have stated when the consumer version comes out, it will work with glasses. 

dakkafex
dakkafex

 @Panda-Pat actualy, they said it would be as comfortable as possible with glasses, since allot of the people working on it have glasses too

 

"

Can I wear glasses while using the Oculus Rift developer kit?

 

This really depends on the shape and size of the glasses. The developer kit is designed to sit as close to your eyes as possible which makes it a bit unfriendly for glasses. That said, we’ll do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible for the developer kit and we have a lot of great ideas for supporting glasses in the consumer version (especially since huge portion of the Oculus team wears glasses every day!).

"

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

 @Panda-Pat I would probably implement some kind of optics settings for people with glasses, and not only.

coop36
coop36

 @naryanrobinson Maybe? I was one of the 5 people in the world that loved my Nintendo Virtual Boy lol.. but then again i got it on sale for less then $20 at wal-mart.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

 @DP1130 It is not a consumer version yet. It is a dev kit. Save your money for the real thing.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

 @PDXmauler97 It is a dev kit, not consumer version. They do not know the consumer price yet. It's a long way off.

brxricano
brxricano

 @wyan_ Thats what she sa-....I said to her in-...she told th-....*leaves*

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

 @rann89 This is just dev kits. What you said is true for the consumer product, not dev kits.

starduke
starduke

 @TheOnlyConan  @megakick That really depends on the people doing the Kickstarter. There was that one game, I can't remember the name, but it looked lame. Anyway, the programmers left, and the guy running the project offered to refund the money. So, refunds after the funding is over are up to the people who did the Kickstarter. Only a complete a-hole would take the money and run.

coop36
coop36

 @dutchgamer83  @Karzovis Kickstarter is amazing for independent projects. Publishers are too afraid to try new things these days, fans are more receptive and open minded.

Panda-Pat
Panda-Pat

 @xsonicchaos Reckon thatll be too much hassle for them to do .... if they do anything at all ... it would probs be that the device allowed for glasses to be put on ... like double glasses lol ...

starduke
starduke

 @coop36  It's definitely very hard to disappear in this day and age, especially with, the average citizen's dependance on technology, at least, in the USA.

coop36
coop36

 @starduke  @TheOnlyConan  @megakick I havent 'heard' of anyone just taking the money and running, but Im sure it has or will eventually happen. With the way the economy is now some people are desperate. The thing is, to even raise much money you need to put yourself out there in the publics eye a bit and sell your yourself in order to sell your product. It would be unwise to raise a million dollars for a game and then disappear when thousands of people know who you are and what you look like and are your friend on twitter and facebook.

96augment
96augment

 @Dasim64    I was just bored yesterday. And I kept seeing him pop up in  all of these random articles and just started whining about the PS3. So, I just started commenting whenever I saw him put something really stupid.

 

Yeah, I would love to get an Xbox 360 just to play Gears of War and Halo. But I'm too broke to get another system.

MrNWatson
MrNWatson

 @Dasim64  @96augment  @SangheliZealotX Yeah, I have no idea.  The only reason I don't have a PS3 is because I'm a poor college student, and have more important things to spend my money on.  Like food. 

Dasim64
Dasim64

 @96augment  @SangheliZealotX

 He's an Xbox fanboy. No point in arguing with him. I have both systems and they are both very similar and both play games just fine. Not sure why people feel they have to limit themselves to one or the other and then fight the other side like it's their enemy.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

@Rivboets7 I have, wait, are tomb raider and halo not part of the uncharted and killzone series? I couldn't tell because uncharted and killzone ripped them off so bad.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

 @Rivboets7 Ps3 had massive brand recognition, the ps2 sold 7 times more than than the original xbox so the ps3 should have sold 7 times more too or at least the same amount, but no it sold less because everyone realized it sucked and all of it's games are stagnate.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

 @SangheliZealotX 

PS3 sold great so I don't know what your talking about.  The Xbox also had a 1 year start so.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

 @Rivboets7 I insult it because it represents the useless ps3. It's very similar to it. It's a crappy knock off that sold poorly.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

 @SangheliZealotX 

Is that your only argument for the PS3?  I mean most of your comments are dissing PS3 All Stars.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

 @Rivboets7 Just like the ps3 disapointed millions of consumers, or like how ps all stars would've disappointed people if anyone bought it.