Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in first quarter 2016

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Oculus Rift Approaches Reality With Early 2016 Release Date

Gaming is about to get a lot more (virtually) real.

The Oculus Kickstarter will give birth to the highly anticipated Rift in 2016's first quarter, when it will ship to consumers, the company said on Wednesday. Pre-orders will begin later this year.

Oculus VR boasts that its Rift will deliver a consumer virtual reality experience full of compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack.

"It's a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be," the virtual reality company stated.

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FILE - In this Thursday, June 11, 2015 file photo, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe holds up the new Rift virtual reality headset during a news conference in San Francisco. Oculus is hosting its second annual conference for virtual reality developers, running Sept. 23-26, 2015, in Los Angeles. The company is scheduled to release the consumer edition of its Oculus Rift VR headset early next year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on display following a news conference in San Francisco. If youâre a gamer, the appeal of immersing yourself in a virtual world might be obvious. Strap on a headset and you could find yourself in a three-dimensional death match with opponents who could -almost literally - creep up right behind you. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey talks about the Rift virtual-reality headset during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. Oculus is expanding its highly anticipated virtual-reality headset to simulate the sensation of touch and gesturing as part of its quest to blur the lines between the fake and genuine world. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe talks about the new Rift virtual-reality headset during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. Oculus is expanding its highly anticipated virtual-reality headset to simulate the sensation of touch and gesturing as part of its quest to blur the lines between the fake and genuine world.( AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey talks about the Rift virtual-reality headset during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. Oculus is expanding its highly anticipated virtual-reality headset to simulate the sensation of touch and gesturing as part of its quest to blur the lines between the fake and genuine world. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey talks about the new Oculus Touch input device for the Rift virtual reality headset during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Elies Campo tries the Oculus Rift Experience, giving the user a 360 degree, 3-D view to travel through a network and clear potential threats, during the RSA Conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in San Francisco. Threat analysts, security vendors and corporate IT administrators have gathered here to talk about malicious software, spear-phishing and other attacks that can steal money or secrets from companies and consumers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a man tries out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at the Oculus booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. From virtual reality headsets to the latest installments of "Halo" and "Uncharted," the newest hardware and software will be hyped by nearly 300 exhibitors at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show held June 16-18, 2015, in Los Angeles. What will be this year's game changers? (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe talks about the features of the new Rift virtual reality headset during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES), in Las Vegas. Facebook said Tuesday, March 25, 2014, it has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The Oculus VR Inc. Rift headset is displayed for a photograph during the 'Step Into The Rift' event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Facebook Inc.'s Oculus virtual-reality headsets will work with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 and use the software maker's wireless Xbox game controller. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Oculus emplyoee Patrick Hercamp (R) helps set up the virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift CV1 on John Peters (L) at the Annual Gaming Industry Conference E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Convention Center will be hosting the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which focuses on gaming systems and interactive entertainment, featuring introductions to new products and technologies. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Game enthusiast, Jacob Mix, tests out the virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift CV1 at the Annual Gaming Industry Conference E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Convention Center will be hosting the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which focuses on gaming systems and interactive entertainment, featuring introductions to new products and technologies. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: A Rift VR headset is on display at the Oculus VR booth during E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: A Rift VR headset is on display at the Oculus VR booth during E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Singer-songwriter Usher tries Oculus Rift at the Pencils Of Promise Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Singer-songwriter Usher tries Oculus Rift at the Pencils of Promise gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Westfield introduces world first Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets ahead of 'Future Fashion' an immersive pop-up experience at Westfield London on March 12, 2015 in London, England. Future Fashion will take place at Westfield London from 27-29 March and Westfield Stratford City from 2-4 April. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Westfield)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 23: BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 23: A video gaming fan play games with a Oculus Rift Head-Mounted Display at the Gamefest during the International Games Week Berlin trade fair on April 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The International Games Week Berlin highlights trends in video gaming but also brings together industry professionals from April 21-26 at events across the city. (Photo by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images) (Photo by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: The Oculus VR Crescent Bay Headset prototype is displayed at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The immersive, virtual reality headset is meant to be a consumer version of the Oculus Rift and features 360-degree head tracking and high-quality integrated audio. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
An attendee wears an Oculus Rift HD virtual reality head-mounted display at he plays EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter game, at the Intel booth at the 2014 International CES, January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO /ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 23: A video gaming fan play games with a Oculus Rift Head-Mounted Display at the Gamefest during the International Games Week Berlin trade fair on April 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The International Games Week Berlin highlights trends in video gaming but also brings together industry professionals from April 21-26 at events across the city. (Photo by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images)
Elies Campo tries the Oculus Rift Experience, giving the user a 360 degree, 3-D view to travel through a network and clear potential threats, during the RSA Conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in San Francisco. Threat analysts, security vendors and corporate IT administrators have gathered here to talk about malicious software, spear-phishing and other attacks that can steal money or secrets from companies and consumers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Children wearing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, experience virtual reality technology at the experience hall "T.um mobile" of SK Telecom's Information and Communications Technology, or ICT, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. SK Telecom, the largest mobile carrier in South Korea, opened Wednesday the hands-on experience center where children can learn about the history and latest trends of information and communications technology in Seoul.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A man tries out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as show attendees wait in line outside the Oculus booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
FILE - In this June 10, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game with Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Westfield introduces world first Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets ahead of 'Future Fashion' an immersive pop-up experience at Westfield London on March 12, 2015 in London, England. Future Fashion will take place at Westfield London from 27-29 March and Westfield Stratford City from 2-4 April. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Westfield)
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The Oculus Rift promises to build on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype, including an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a refined industrial design and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit.

In the coming weeks, Oculus plans to reveal details around its hardware, software and input, as well as unveil unannounced made-for-VR games and Rift experiences.

The company's blog will have more technical specs next week. It also teased a big presence at upcoming gaming expo E3, saying, "this is only the beginning."

Here are some first-look photos:

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