Oculus Rift Begins Shipping

The long-awaited Oculus Rift is now here. The virtual reality headsets began shipping to customers this Monday, bringing new worlds to users and launching what some are calling ‘the best new device since the iPhone.’

The Oculus Rift is being sold for US$600, (approximately CAN$790,) and at the moment will be used primarily for video games, with about 30 games available for the device.

oculus-rift-consumer-editionThe headset can also be used to view 360-degree videos and photographs.

According to an article on financialpost.com, other competing devices are expected to come out later this year. The Vive is a headset made by HTC and Valve that will begin shipping next month and Sony says it will begin selling its Playstation VR headset in October of 2016.

Unlike the Oculus Rift the Sony device works with a gaming console instead of a high-end PC, making it significantly cheaper than its competitors.

Even lower cost virtual reality headsets such as Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR exist, which use smartphones as screens to give less sophisticated experiences.

Analysts say they don’t expect sales of Oculus to have a big impact on Facebook’s business-Facebook bought the company for US$2 billion two years ago-but the reality of sales remains to be seen. For more info on Oculus Rift, click here.

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