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Oculus Rift Unveiled: Virtual Reality Headset Comes With Xbox Controller

by Keith Wagstaff /

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The long-awaited consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will come with an X-Box One controller when it's released in early 2016.

"We're able to finally deliver on the dream of virtual reality," Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR, said Thursday at a press event in San Francisco unveiling the device.

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Oculus Rift will also include removable "integrated headphones" to provide 360-degree sound that syncs up with the action on the two OLED screens set inside of the goggles. Those with glasses will be able to keep them on while wearing Oculus Rift.

The controller isn't the only contribution from Microsoft. Gamers will be able to stream Xbox One games on a flat-screen inside of a virtual living room.

Related: Why Facebook Is Betting on Virtual Reality as the Next Big Thing

Oculus also announced several video games made specifically to be played in virtual reality. They include space shooter "EVE: Valkyrie" from CCP Games, maker of the popular "EVE Online" multiplayer game, and "VR Sports Challenge," which lets people play virtual basketball, football and other sports.

While the Oculus Rift will ship with an Xbox One controller, the company announced that it's working on Oculus Touch, consisting of two smaller, ring-shaped controllers that will sense where a player's hands are and give haptic feedback to simulate touching items.

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Facebook bought Oculus VR last year for $2 billion in cash and stock. While a prototype of the Rift for game developers is available for $350, the company has not announced how much the commercial version will cost when it's released sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

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