Oculus Rift’s consumer version will launch in a limited beta program by summer 2015, according to a new report.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter say that the VR firm will roll out the first retail-ready version of the headset in waves, much as Google did with its Glass augmented-reality technology.
According to those sources the headsets could ship as early as April 2015. Once the rollout begins, only a small number of units will be distributed at a time as Oculus gauges consumer and retailer interest.
Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 began shipping in July to more than 45,000 pre-order customers. Oculus has previously stated that it hopes to improve visual clarity and eliminate perceptible head-tracking latency in time for the device’s release to the public.
Oculus VR is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, which claims Oculus Rift was only made possible through years of its own research and investment. It alleges that former employee and current Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack stole its property to aid the development of the VR headset. Carmack has publicly derided the claims.