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This article was published on March 25, 2016

The Oculus Rift is finally shipping

The Oculus Rift is finally shipping
Amanda Connolly
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Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and ed Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and editorial at the Web Summit. She’s interested in all things tech, with a particular fondness for lifestyle and creative tech and the spaces where these intersect. Twitter

If you were one of the clever people who got in early with their Oculus Rift preorder, you’ll be happy to learn that your headset is on its way.

Confirmed by CEO Brendan Iribe, customers should start receiving their bundles from Monday, March 28.

Oculus was a massive hit on Kickstarter when its campaign went live in 2012 and today marks two years since the company was acquired by Facebook.

Backers and fans will breathe a sigh of relief this weekend because despite countless updates and prototypes, it was beginning to feel like the consumer product was just a dream.

Anyone who hasn’t placed a preorder will have to wait until July to receive their headset but you can order them now. Oculus has a bundle that includes the Rift headset, an Xbox One controller and two games for $599.99 or a full PC package starting at $1,500.

It’s a big deal for the VR industry that its first consumer headset (besides smartphone-powered ones) is finally ready for the public. Arriving less than a week before HTC’s Vive, it will certainly be interesting to see how Oculus gets the ball rolling for the VR industry

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