The Oculus Rift is officially releasing on Monday, March 28th. The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, decided that he wanted to deliver the first unit personally, so he flew to Anchorage, Alaska to make the day of the very first person to preorder the Oculus Rift. Luckey, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, met with Ross Martin to hand-deliver his Oculus Rift, signed by four of the developers, including Luckey himself. He has posted videos and photos of the delivery on his Facebook page.
In the videos posted on his Facebook page, Luckey gleefully demonstrates to Martin how to wear the Oculus Rift and goes over a bit of the development with him. He also is incredibly excited to learn that the Alaskan is a native Alaskan and grew up with sled dogs in the front yard. For as goofy as Palmer Luckey is, he does seem genuinely excited to meet his first backer and to be finally getting his hyped product out there. He can hardly contain himself in showing Martin how to wear the headset and adjust the comfort level of everything.
The Oculus Rift is the first major virtual reality headset to be released to the public. In about a week, however, the HTC Vive, which has the backing of Valve Software, will be released to directly compete with the Rift. And in October, the PlayStation VR headset will be released. It will be considerably less expensive than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, but it is much more limited in its use. It will only be compatible with Playstation 4 games.
Excited to get your hands on the Oculus Rift? Interested in a different VR headset? Or did you get burned by Virtual Boy back in the day and now you want to wait this out? Let us know in the comments below!