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The Oculus Rift is finally ready for the public. The consumer-ready design for the virtual reality headset was revealed on Wednesday along with news that it would ship in early 2016. Oculus VR said it would share details about the hardware, virtual reality games and other programs "in the coming weeks." But it did give people a peek at what the gadget would look like — a far cry from the duct-tape design of the original prototype.

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Hype has been building around the virtual reality headset since its creators raised funds on Kickstarter in 2012. After that, Oculus VR was bought by Facebook for $2 billion and several other major tech players, including Sony and Samsung, have jumped into the virtual reality market. The current Oculus Rift is meant for developers and sells for $350. There is no word on how expensive the consumer version of the device will be, but Oculus VR did say that pre-orders would begin "later this year."

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