Oculus has announced that the CV1 will ship during the first quarter of 2016, and pre-purchase will be possible later this year. The characteristics, price and control system have not yet been revealed.
We read the news on Polygon and on IGN. Although Palmer stated months ago that if they had not launched the product in 2015 it would mean that something had gone terribly wrong, at the SXSW festival he qualified his words indicating that many changes had occurred in that time. Therefore it is already official, and Oculus Rift is expected to arrive shortly after HTC Vive and shortly before Project Morpheus. It will be based on the Crescent Bay prototype and will be prepared for standing and sitting experiences, with a more ergonomic look and a tight industrial design.
The news should appear on the Oculus blog throughout the day, but it seems that some publications have been ahead of Oculus itself. Over the next few weeks, more details will be known about the hardware, software, input devices and many games for virtual reality that will come to Oculus Rift and that have not yet been announced. The pre-purchase should be underway by the end of this year.