The Oculus Rift release date may not happen in 2015 as was originally confirmed by the company.
According to Oculus Rift founder and inventor Palmer Luckey, the Oculus Rift release date might not arrive until 2016.
Luckey has actually said previously that something would have to go “horribly wrong” in order to prevent a 2015 launch for the Oculus Rift.
“I did say that before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap and we’ve expanded a lot of the ambition we had around the product and what we wanted to do,” explained Luckey. “Us partnering with Facebook allowed us a lot of things that we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise like hire 300 people to be working on getting the Rift out as quickly as possible at the level we want it.”
However, although Luckey could confirm that nothing was going wrong, that 2015 release date is definitely now a maybe.
“I can’t comment on the date one way or another in either direction but I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right.”
When asked during the SXSW panel about the increased competition from the HTC Vive and Sony Project Morpheus, Luckey was actually quite calm. He said there “couldn’t possibly be more pressure anyway” and that Oculus Rift will arrive as soon as it’s possible but without having to compromise on anything.
“I do still think that it will be [the best VR headset at any price]. That could change because that means that there’s something even better out there, but I think that’s unlikely right now.”