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No, Facebook did not say the Oculus Rift will arrive this year

No, Facebook did not say the Oculus Rift will arrive this year

Oculus VR booth at CES 2015.

Oculus VR booth at CES 2015.

Above: Oculus VR booth at CES 2015.

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During Facebook’s second day f8 keynote today, chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer talked a lot about virtual reality, the future, and Oculus VR’s role in both. One statement he made during his monologue was taken out of context to imply that Facebook would launch the Oculus Rift this year. That’s not happening.

Here is the quote that resulted in multiple publications picking up the story incorrectly: “You will be able to do this, this year in VR.” Schroepfer said this right after a demo of a space ship launch (it was the multiplayer experience in EVE: Valkyrie) that makes the viewer, assuming they’re wearing a VR headset, feel like they’re in the driver’s seat.

Because they on-demand video of the keynote isn’t available at the time of publishing, we had to rely on our notes to get the facts straight. We weren’t confident we had the exact quote, but while we waited for the relevant clip to be uploaded, Schroepfer set the record straight.

He did it twice, and on Twitter no less:

All of this doesn’t mean that the Oculus Rift won’t arrive in some form this year; even though a consumer version is more likely to show up in 2016, Facebook could potentially speed up the process. In short, there is no official date yet.

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1.39 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 we… read more »

Oculus VR™ was founded by Palmer Luckey, self-described virtual reality enthusiast and hardware geek. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of their first product, the Oculus Rift, a ground-breaking vir… read more »

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