It’s crazy but true: Virtual reality will be a real thing in people’s homes by this time next year.
A couple of months after Sony and Valve/HTC announced release windows for their virtual reality headsets, Facebook-owned Oculus on Wednesday announced the first consumer version of the long-awaited Rift headset will begin shipping early next year, with pre-orders beginning as early as this year.
With this announcement, here’s the rundown of VR headset launches:
Valve and HTC’s Vive headset will arrive later this year.
Sony’s Morpheus headset for PlayStation 4 will arrive in the first half of next year.
Oculus Rift headset will start shipping in “Q1 2016.”
Each of these headsets has its own strengths.
SXSW panel in March, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey weighed in on the HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that Microsoft revealed in January. Unsurprisingly, he was more excited about virtual reality tech like the Oculus Rift. The reason? There were better things to do in VR. “Nobody has ever proven a killer application for augmented reality. Most proposed [augmented reality] killer apps, it’s not that they’re not cool, they’re just kind of boring,” he said. “It’s things like assisting you with how to use a tool or telling you where you’re walking or where do I go, the best restaurant nearby. We’re not excited by those things as much..