Oculus Rift Releases Q1 2016, Will Include Xbox One Controller

Every Oculus virtual reality headset is going to include an Xbox One Controller when it releases in early 2016, the company announced during its media briefing earlier today.

The bundle will also include the recently announced Xbox wireless adapter from Microsoft to help you connect the headset to your PC. The adapter, though, is only officially supported on the new Windows 10. Unless you have the new OS with you, VR enthusiasts will have to opt for a wired approach.

On that note, the Oculus Rift headset will offer native support for Windows 10. Xbox boss Phil Spencer came on stage to explain that the device will be fully compatible with the upcoming operating system, making it very easy for users to play around with its various functions.

He also revealed that the device will come with the ability to stream Xbox One games through the PC and onto the Rift VR headset, but will do so only on Windows 10. Spencer specifically mentioned “games such as Halo, Forza, and Sunset Overdrive” in this regard. However, it seems to be simply a streaming feature onto a screen and will not offer a proper VR experience.

“We’re thrilled to be working closely with the team at Oculus,” said Spencer. “Their groundbreaking work in virtual reality is inspiring, and the Oculus Rift delivers a truly next-generation VR experience.”

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe made it clear that the consumer model launching next year is only “the beginning” for the device. As with every technology, you can expect it to be greatly improved with time. This means that down the road, Oculus will release better models, with better resolutions. The latter is based on Iribe acknowledging that it might not be “quite as high resolution as you may one day want.”

A pricing for the consumer model has still not been revealed.