The first consumer ready units of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will be arriving towards the end of March 2016 for those that were able to get in an early order in the pre-order campaign that launched today. The kit costs some $599 USD, so potential customers will need some persuading if they’re to pick one up along with a PC capable of running the device. Fortunately, Oculus VR already has one very good reason for videogame fans to consider a purchase; there are more than 20 exclusive videogames on the way to the kit this year alone.
This figure was confirmed to VRFocus in an email sent out by Oculus VR announcing the launch of pre-orders. It notes that Oculus Studios will ‘introduce’ over 20 titles for the Oculus Rift. Many of these have already been revealed: Rock Band VR, Edge of Nowhere, and The Climb are mentioned specifically, while Lucky’s Tale will be arriving with every unit. There’s also the likes of Chronos, Damaged Core and VR Sports Challenge to name a few, while projects from developers such as Ready at Dawn and 4A Games are still yet to be revealed. With that said, it looks like there will still be plenty of new title announcements from Oculus VR as the year progresses.
Many of these titles will be played using an Xbox One controller, which will come bundled in with every Oculus Rift sold. In the second half of the year the company will also launch Oculus Touch, a brand new position-tracked controller solution that allows players to reach in to VR experiences and interact with objects in realistic ways. No doubt a swathe of new exclusive projects are also being prepared for this launch too along with other titles that, until the kit arrives, may be exclusive to the HTC Vive.
For the latest on any and all Oculus Rift compatible videogames, keep reading VRFocus.