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Oculus Rift consumer beta by summer 2015 - Report

Commercial VR headset could be rolled out through Google Glass-like public beta program

A consumer-ready Occulus Rift will be given a limited release next year, according to a report by TechRadar.

It will follow a similar stategy to the rollout of Google Glass, with a 'public beta' intended to gauge consumer and retailer reaction prior to a full launch.

Citing "multiple sources with knowledge of the matter", TechRadar reported that the release is planned for April 2015, but may end up being pushed back into the summer.

Speaking to Eurogamer earlier this month, Occulus VR co-founder Nate Mitchell said that the aim was for the consumer version to be "as cheap as possible", in the range of $200-400.

He explained that a commercial headset would need to be significantly smaller and lighter than the current dev kit, and be "super-polished and easy to use by anyone".

The Occulus Rift may face significant competition on release, with VR now being developed by Samsung, Valve and Sony.

An Oculus representative declined to comment on the report.

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