The hotly anticipated Oculus rift virtual reality headset will hit the market in early 2016

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to go on sale in early 2016

The Oculus Rift virtual reality head set will be available to customers in early 2016 with pre-order shipments to commence by the end of 2015, the Facebook-owned firm announced.

Targeting gamers, developers and engineers, the device will come equipped with software, which is yet to be specified. Technical details as well as pricing will be disclosed in the following months.

"In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift,” the firm said in a blog post, adding that technical specifications are set to be revealed as early as next week.

“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 a highly refined industrial design and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit,” the firm said about the hotly anticipated gadget.

Developed around the needs of the gaming community, Oculus Rift raised $2.4m for the development of the headset in its initial Kickstarter campaign. The firm, which states as its official goal the transformation of gaming, film and entertainment consumption and communication, was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

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