Oculus Rift delayed until March 2013

Kickstarter project announces delay on virtual reality headsets

The Oculus Rift has taken the gaming community by storm thanks to its performance and ease of use when developing games for next-generation devices

Oculus have confirmed that their Oculus Rift VR headset won't be shipping out to developers this year with a revised release date set for next March.

Kickstarter project, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, has 7,500 backers waiting until sometime next March to receive their products.

The campaign, launched in August, saw an overwhelming response from the Kickstarter community receiving nearly $2.5 million in donations.

Although not in general release the headset has already been approved to work with Doom 3 BFG Edition with the game developers actually working to make it compatible with the headset.

The news of a wait is not the only announcement from the company as changes to the original headset have also been made.

It was initially promoted as having a 5.6-inch LCD display, replaced now by the 1280x800 7-inch. This has resulted in a 30g increase in weight and a much wider device.

A decision was also made to self-develop a motion sensor rather than the originally sourced off-the-shelf one.

The company hope to have all orders fulfilled by mid-April 2013.