You probably won’t see the Oculus Rift on shelves this year

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Virtual Reality is the next big thing, according to just about everybody in the industry other than Microsoft. Valve has bet big on the tech, adding a VR SDK to Steam, and throwing its name behind the HTC-developed Vive headset. It’s set for release later this year. Sony’s got its Project Morpheus coming, which we’ll probably see early next year. But what about the guys who kick-started the new VR craze, Oculus? When will we see them actually release a consumer device? Probably not this year.

In a Facebook earnings call (via Gamasutra), Oculus’ Rift was just glossed over by Facebook boss Tom Zuckerberg, which was a little odd. Judging from what CFO David Wehner’s said though, it’s unlikely you’ll see any sort of large scale shipment this year.

“So we have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus’” he said. “Just note that Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it’s early to be talking about large shipment volumes, and our expense guidance reflects any volumes that we might do in 2015.”

From reports of those who’ve used the Vive, it’s a mature technology that not only competes with the current Rift, but in many ways betters it. With Valve and HTC’s Vive set for release in time for the holidays this year, it’s starting to look like Oculus may be blowing their momentum away. Of course, that’s if Valve manages to get it out on schedule.

What do you think? Will Valve beat Oculus to the VR punch – or does the Facebook-owned startup have something exciting hidden up its virtual sleeves?

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Last Updated: April 23, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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