Oculus-Facebook plans to ship its flagship virtual reality headset for 3D gaming in Q1 2016 with pre-orders later this year.

Virtual Reality is almost upon us, as Oculus has announced that the company’s first consumer virtual reality headset will be available in the first quarter of 2016. The Facebook owned company made the announcement Wednesday morning, though have not shared both pricing and an exact launch date.

According to a post published on the company’s official blog, pre-orders for the VR headset start sometime later this year, while more technical details will be revealed in the coming weeks, along with announcements for made-for-VR games.

The blog post also posted a couple of intriguing photos of the upcoming headgear, and further says that the headset will be based on the Crescent Bay prototype, implying there’ll be 360-degree positional tracking features on the headset. This is primarily aimed at giving consumers an immersive and engaging experience whether they’re sitting or standing, which is backed by state-of-the-art design for a more economic and natural fit, along with integrated audio.

“The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be,” reads the blog post.

Oculus has a firm belief that Virtual Reality is going to “transform gaming, film, entertainment, communication, and much more”.

Oculus VR managed to raise over $2 million back in 2012, which allowed them to develop a $300 kit that could be given to developers interested in the concept of Virtual Reality. Facebook saw the amount of interest Oculus garnered and was quick to pounce, and bought the company for $2 billion.

Meanwhile, Oculus has also promised that with E3 just around the corner, which takes place in Los Angeles between June 16-18, ‘ this is just the beginning’.

We’re really stoked about the coming weeks as Oculus will reveal more details about their VR headgear, along with games and much more.  Virtual Reality certainly has the potential to re-define the entire concept of gaming and entertainment.

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