Oculus VR is demonstrating a new prototype of their virtual reality headset behind closed doors at CES (stay tuned for eyes-on impressions), but the team still isn’t talking about a release window or suggested retail price. They may not have to, however. A joint venture between Virtuix and Virtual World Web called “Holodeck v 1.0″ just made its public debut on the CES show floor, and may have tipped both release date and price for the Oculus Rift.
The Holodeck v1.0 (named after the extraordinary but fictional virtual reality experience from Star Trek) combines the Oculus Rift, the Virtuix Omni treadmill, and software from Virtual World Web to create fully immersive environments and worlds. Brian Shuster, CEO at Virtual World Web, has assured me the product will launch for $999 this summer, and will include the final, retail Oculus Rift headset.
Since the Omni treadmill retails for $499 on its own and the Virtual World Web software has a baseline cost of $0, it’s not difficult to infer that the Oculus Rift will carry a price tag of $499 or less.
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