UPDATE: Facebook CTO Hints Oculus Rift Will Ship in 2015
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At today’s F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer may have given a subtly hint suggesting the consumer release of the Oculus Rift could very well be in 2015.
After demonstrating VR gameplay footage from the EVE: Valkyrie trailer that debuted at Fanfest 2015 to attendees, Schroepfer briefly said, “You’re going to be able to do this, this year, in VR…and you’re going to be doing it in something shipped by Oculus.”
While Schroepfer was not exactly clear if he was referring specifically to the highly-anticipated consumer version of the Oculus Rift, and Eve: Valkyrie, it does have many fans wondering if this finally answers the long speculated debate about a 2015 launch for the VR headset being released.
Schroepfer went on to briefly discuss about the Crescent Bay prototype, saying how the team is “just on the cusp” of delivering the sense of presence at a level that truly makes you believe you are in the virtual world. He also provided some insight about how Facebook plans to integrate virtual reality technology within the social networking platform. Facebook plans to bring people even closer together, and offer new ways to experience moments with others in the future. “That’s our hope of what we can do with VR,” he added.
UPDATE: Following the keynote, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer has responded via Twitter to clarify earlier reports by suggesting he misspoke and did not intend to imply any shipping date with regards to the Oculus Rift or EVE: Valkyrie game.
@vindugoel did not announce anything regarding shipping just said pc hardware available this year can create these experiences
— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) March 26, 2015