Updated 12:03 PM EST, Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Oculus Rift Release Date Delayed? The Latest Updates on Facebook VR vs Sony Project Morpheus

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Prospects waiting for the arrival of the Oculus Rift may be up for some disappointment, if we are to read between current headlines. Apparently, in Facebook's most recent quarterly earnings call, chief financial officer David Wehner confirmed that the Oculus Rift remains in its development stage.

The rep said, "We have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus. I'd just note that Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it's early to be talking about large shipment volumes, and our expense guidance reflects any volumes that we might do in 2015."

This seems to hint that consumers will not get the Oculus Rift this year, though we can still hope that a release date, at least, will be announced.

Palmer Luckey, Oculus founder and Rift inventor, suggested that things are going as planned. GameSpot took note of his remarks, which said, "I did say that before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap and we've expanded a lot of the ambition we had around the product and what we wanted to do."

He went on, "Us partnering with Facebook allowed us a lot of things that we wouldn't have been able to do otherwise, like hire 300 people to be working on getting the Rift out as quickly as possible at the level we want it."

With regards to the headset's release date, Luckey was more tight-lipped, "I can't comment on the date one way or another in either direction but I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right."

That being said, TechRadar is convinced that 2015 may have to settle with HTC and Valve's Vive VR Headset, as well as Samsung's Gear VR for the Galaxy S6.

Another promising competitor is Sony's Project Morpheus, the highly-anticipated VR companion to the PlayStation 4. Citing the Japanese manufacturer's recent quarterly earnings, Bidness Etc noted that the PS4 has kept the company on a "survivable track."

The outlet suggested ways in which Sony can maximize the console's potential, and that includes use of Project Morpheus.

TechCrunch's Kyle Russell has recently met with PlayStation R&D senior director Richard Marks for a hands-on experience of the Project Morpheus. After his encounter, Russell reviews, "I think Sony has nailed the headset and software experience with Morpheus, cutting out a lot of the frustrations involved with headsets currently on the market."

Announced in March 2014, Project Morpheus, adopts 3D audio technology and stereoscopic sounds, providing a 360-degree virtual experience.

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