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Report: Oculus Rift could land with limited public beta in April 2015

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Gamers eager to go head-on with the Oculus Rift could get an opportunity to own a consumer-ready headset as early as next April, according to reports on Thursday.

The Facebook-owned VR firm is planning to launch the consumer-ready finished article in a limited public beta by next summer, TechRadar sources have claimed.

The report claims only a limited number of headsets would be made available, but the beta would open the door for a potential full consumer launch by the holiday season in 2015.

Oculus is currently selling the Rift DK2 headset to developers as it seeks to boost the library of titles available to to play ahead of the public launch.

However, despite display improvements, the addition of head-tracking technology and innovations designed to reduce nausea-enducing latency, the DK2 model isn't ready for Prime Time just yet.

Reports earlier this month the company claimed the retail price could be anything from $200 (around £120) to $400 (around £260), which is the price of a fully-fledged next-gen console like the PS4 or Xbox One.

Would you pay ‘console prices’ for an Oculus Rift? Will you be at the front of the queue if and when the reported public beta opens next summer? Share your musings below...

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