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Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Are Finally A Reality, And We’ve Got Questions

If you’ve been following the developments in virtual reality over the last several years, there’s a good chance you’ve pondered one nagging question: when can I buy a headset of my own? Oculus and other VR pioneers have been offering mind-blowing demos of their groundbreaking technology for years—back in September, our own Corrina sampled the Morpheus headset as part of a promotion for The Walk—but consumers still couldn’t experience this technology in the comfort of their own homes… until now.

After countless delays, Oculus has announced that its Rift headset will finally be available for pre-order tomorrow morning. The official release date still hasn’t been announced, but headsets are expected to ship some time in the next three months. While it’s not clear exactly how much you’ll be paying for early adopter status, your initial Rift experiences are likely to include Lucky’s Tale and CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie, the two games that come packaged with the headset.

Before the pre-orders begin, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey will be answering questions in a Reddit AMA. He’s likely to offer all kinds of exciting updates about the Oculus Rift, but here are the basics.

How does it work?

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The headset displays two images side-by-side with a set of lenses focusing and reshaping them for each eye, creating an effect comparable to 3D. Embedded sensors and an external positional-tracking accessory track your movements, adjusting the image accordingly. Rather than offer a fixed screen that moves where you move, the Rift immerses users in a 3D world.

Will it rock your virtual world?

It will soon. Among the early games planned for the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality version of Rock Band.

Is it strictly for gaming?

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Nope. Filmmakers are currently hard at work developing movies that allow you to experience the proceedings from a particular character’s POV. Storytelling in this format might take some time to get right, but Oculus Rift is likely to be ideal for the kind of experiential documentary content IMAX is known for.

You can order the Oculus Rift headset tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Pacific. In the meantime, here’s a preview of Lucky’s Tale.

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