Oculus Rift dev kits delayed to 2013

Virtual reality headsets will now begin shipping in March next year

Distribution of Oculus Rift developer kits has been delayed from this year to March 2013.


It has already been confirmed that the virtual reality headset, which raised nearly $2.5 million in Kickstarter pledges earlier this year, will support games including Hawken, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Doom 4.

A statement explaining the delay on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page reads: "Designing, sourcing, and manufacturing thousands of developer kits is no small feat.

"Since our Kickstarter, we've been up against the wall, working around the clock to produce and distribute over 7,500 units in just 4 short, crazy months. We've had to modify our original design for mass-manufacturing and, at the same time, balance additional features with our tight schedule.

"We wanted to have the developer kits to all our backers before the holidays; but more than that, we want to ship the best Oculus Rift developer kit possible. In order to accommodate the required changes, new features, and manufacturing duration, we had to shift our ship date.

"We're happy to be able to finally announce that the Oculus Rift developer kits will begin shipping in March 2013."

For our early impressions, check out this Oculus Rift hands-on video from Gamescom earlier this year.

Here are some shots of the latest working Oculus Rift prototypes: