The time when the common man can experience virtual reality is almost at hand. Brendan Iribe, chief executive of Oculus has stated that the company is “very close” to releasing the consumer version of its Oculus Rift VR headset.
“I think we’re getting very close,” Iribe said today on stage at the Web Summit in Dublin. “We want it to be a beautiful product. It’s not months away. It’s many months away.”
It was around summer this year when Oculus made a similar statement where it expressed plans to release the consumer version sometime next year. However, the company continues to pass on vague statements and an exact release date is still pending.
The latest developer kit released in September has proven to be great for the future of the consumer version. However, one challenge remains and that is to develop a proper input device. According to Iribe the standard keyboards and gamepads won’t just do it and neither will the current gesture-based devices.
Unless this obstacle has been tackled, you won’t see the Oculus Rift in the market.
“We’ve gone out there and set this bar and said we want to get it right,” he said. “We don’t want it to be four or five years. We’re eager for this to happen.”
Iribe further said how Oculus’ new partnership with Facebook has helped the company grow from a mere 75 to 200 employees since March. The social networking giant also helped set up a separate R&D group, something Iribe says was not possible before.
Oculus was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion back in March. While many from the video gaming circles saw this as a threat, Oculus assured everyone that the purchase wouldn’t deviate the company from its original goal of providing a new perspective to experience new-age video game titles.