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Oculus Rift consumer VR headset coming Q1 2016

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The consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset is coming in the first quarter of 2016, the company has confirmed.

Oculus has announced that the long-awaited consumer version of the Oculus Rift hardware will be released in Q1 2016.

Speaking in an Oculus blog post, the company wouldn't give any more information as to what the specs and pricing for the final version of the headset will be.

"The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as updated ergonomics for a more natural fit, and a highly refined industrial design," said Oculus VR.

Apparently pre-orders will start "later this year" for the consumer version of Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay headset features full 360-degree head tracking, integrated audio and a dual-screen display system.

Oculus is keeping quiet on the exact tweaks and changes being applied to the consumer headset, including whether the final version will include any brand new features.

The company still has plenty of time and several large events at which it can reveal more about the consumer version of Oculus Rift, so hopefully we'll hear more at E3, GamesCom and perhaps at the next Oculus Connect developer conference.

Related: Why SteamVR and the HTC Vive will win the virtual reality war

Valve has already confirmed the HTC Vive will be released before Christmas this year, while Sony's PS4 Project Morpheus will arrive in "early 2016" too.

It's going to be a huge couple of months for virtual reality technology.

Oculus Rift consumer version

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