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Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
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Thank you from Oculus

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Friends,

On August 1, 2012, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to seed the development of a groundbreaking virtual reality headset – Oculus Rift.

Tomorrow, we'll be opening Rift pre-orders on Oculus.com. This is a major milestone on the path to putting great VR in the hands of millions.

You’re going to experience thrilling adventures in Lucky’s Tale and Edge of Nowhere, feel your heart race as you scale mountains in The Climb, and become a rockstar in Rockband VR. You’ll create and share something magical in Oculus Medium and participate in the ultimate space dogfighting in EVE: Valkyrie. As one of the early supporters of Oculus, you helped make this revolution happen. And before we open Rift pre-orders to the world, we wanted to share one more special update with you, our Kickstarter community.

As a small token of our appreciation for your support, all Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit will get a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift! And like all Rift pre-order purchasers, you’ll receive a bundled copy of Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie.

To claim your free Rift, fill out the survey you’ll receive from Kickstarter before February 1, 2016 and provide a shipping address that is located in one of the 20 countries Rift is launching in. For those who don’t live in one of those 20 countries, we’re working on an alternative, and you can let us know your preference in the form.

You were there at the beginning of our journey -- we couldn’t have done it without you. Today marks a new chapter.

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-- Palmer, Brendan, Nate, Michael

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    1. Florian Horsch on May 3

      I can't believe I missed this update. I even filled out the forms without knowing too much what was actually going on (shop system error, etc?!). THIS IS AWESOME. Really appreciate the spirit...

    2. Christopher Grayson on March 28, 2016

      As an Oculus Rift backer, I just learned about this today. Damn. Wow.

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      Samuel House on March 28, 2016

      Rift just arrived! Hand signed note and everything. Thanks a heap fellas!

    4. Dain Hedgpeth on March 23, 2016

      I didn't see any notice of this and it's part the noted date. Can my team still get our free Rift??

    5. Mutant Garage on March 19, 2016

      Can we get on the list for the Touch Controllers?

    6. pluMmet on March 2, 2016

      First person to receive their Rift Gift please let us know :D

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      Dylan Bruzenak on January 30, 2016

      For people not receiving the email, try this:

      1.) on the kickstarter page, click "view pledge". It should be a blue button on the bottom right of the top part of the page, under the company info.

      2.) click the second tab on the popup, surveys.

      3.) The survey should be toward the bottom there.

      4.) If this does not work contact oculus with the subject I NEED TO UPDATE and they will apparently get back to you.

      5.) Post here if it worked or not; I got the email and found the survey this way, not sure if this error results in you not receiving the survey at all, but thought it might be worth posting in case it helps someone.

    8. Artus Sharpe on January 28, 2016

      I haven't seen the email yet... Anybody else?

    9. Rueh Jing Yap on January 26, 2016

      Anyone from Asia received the survey email for free CV1? I'm one of the backer but didn't received any mail regarding this.

    10. Court Rye on January 25, 2016

      Just wanted to say thanks again you guys, I know you've been working hard on this and are as excited as we are. This announcement and your plan to gift rifts to the original backers is perfect.

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      Jonathan on January 21, 2016

      YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!! You have identified the most important VR supporters perfectly, and I am SO HAPPY you guys are doing this!!! :D :D What company does something like this on this scale?!? You guys are so generous, forward thinking and honestly good and awesome. I'm extremely excited to get my hands on this thing, and I'm already bragging to my friends and bugging developers to either adopt VR natively or sell a plugin for complete support.
      I can't wait for this tech to take off, you guys are brilliant. I hope throughout the evolution of VR, you guys stay on the forefront, and that as a business you keep being driven by the right, honest, awesome stuff that drives you guys. Keep up the very impressive work!

    12. Alkis Zevgaridis on January 21, 2016

      Thank you very much for this gift! What a nice surprise!
      Question: I backed 2 x Oculus Rift Developer Kits, does that mean I get 2 new or only one?
      Thanks in advance!
      Let Oculus become a blast!

      - Greetings from Belgium

    13. ZpeedTube on January 18, 2016

      Little late to find this out but it made me so happy to know that I well be getting the Oculus Rift for FREE! I don't have mutch money so if it was not for this I would not had a chanse to order it for some time!
      So thank you!! And I'm happy to be part of starting this!
      So thank you once agen and congratulations on finally releasing to Rift!

      ~Sincerly Emil (from Finland)

    14. Tyson Edwards on January 17, 2016

      Very happy that you guys decided to do this. Nice surprise!!!
      I did one of the signed kits in the campaign. Any chance that I could get a signature on this new one as well? I'd love to have a matching set along with the evolution of the product.

      Congrats on your success!

      ~Tyson

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      Andrew Addison on January 16, 2016

      Glad this happened. It had to exist, and thankyou for the first kickstarter of many that actually tipped your hat to those who helped it start. I truly wanted nothing in return other than a cool gadget before my other friends, and this to fly, which it has. If I was to ask for anything to keep that spirit going, please do some linux stuff. I thought you had sold out a bit, which is no problem as I got some cool stuff, but you may be able to keep an engagement with the opensource community, you know, keep that relationship going, and benefit immensely from it.

      Thanks,
      Andrew Addison

      P.S. Go on, sign it ;-)

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      Ben McDonnell on January 13, 2016

      Thanks Guys, Much appreciated!

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      Rory Loeb on January 13, 2016

      Trying on that ramshackle taped up prototype Oculus that you guys were showing around at the Hawken party at PAX all those years ago simply blew my mind...enough to kickstart the DK1 on the spot. Fast forward to now and I'm getting the same feels. Amazing generosity and really, such a classy move, Oculus. Congratulations!

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      Luke Bonner on January 12, 2016

      honestly thought this was a joke....blown away. With life catching up to me, I wouldn't have had the flexible income to buy one and upgrade my machine to support it...but now I'm going to do my best to be Oculus ready by release!

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      Tom Lewis on January 12, 2016

      Why were those who didn't order a DK1 considered so worthless that Oculus completely ignored them ? Surely non- DK1ers supported those who did, you know, the the kickstarter them, many hands build great things ? To expect a free Rift might have been a bit much but being consdered worthless and beneath any consideration is a bit of a kick in the teeth in comparison.

    20. Wayne Francis on January 11, 2016

      Just noticed the exact wording "free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift" is this different from the ones that are being pre-ordered? How? Is it a dev 2 kit?

    21. Andres 'Arsaneus' Schaffhauser on January 11, 2016

      "Are kickstarter backer rifts top of the queue in non shippable countries as well?

      Yes, but backers in non-supported countries should read the FAQ regarding their free Rift."

      What FAQ was Palmer referring to in the AMA yesterday?

    22. Wayne Francis on January 10, 2016

      WoW! Just wow. Here in Australia that is over a $1,000 value. Talk about treating your backers right!

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      Eric Platt on January 10, 2016

      This is wonderful.

      I pledged a considerable amount for the kickstarter,worked with the first prototype for a while, and then got busy with graduate school. I had almost felt that my excitement for the oculus rift had left me.

      Thank You!!

    24. ArtifexH on January 8, 2016

      Do we know if we'll have to pay for shipping? Or is Oculus going to cover this as well? Awesome either way.

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      Neme5is on January 8, 2016

      oh wow @oculus, i´m out of words right now. that´s a very nice "thank you" from you. it feels better now, after facebook bought you back then...

      it was not needed, nor expected to get anything from you again. but this blew my mind guys! if only the touch-controllers would already be sold (i would buy a pair right now!).

      can´t wait to play with the new oculus, since the dk1 isn´t supported anymore and i need my dosis of vr again. now i just hope, my pc can run all that beautifull vr.

    26. Frank Bliss on January 8, 2016

      First Class Act!!!

    27. Patrick Klimaszewski on January 8, 2016

      Also want to return my appreciation for this unexpected gift!!!
      This is really amazing and, in my opinion, how kickstarter should be if an idea grow that much further than initially expected.

      Once again thank you for all your work and all the best for the future!

    28. Wilson Bilkovich on January 7, 2016

      Wow, I wasn't expecting this at all. Thank you very much, and congratulations on the ongoing success.

    29. Daniel Spöck on January 7, 2016

      Wow, that's impressive!! At first I thought it's just spam, cause it sounds to good to be true. =)
      Thanks a lot!!! Much appreciated!!!!

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      Aaron on January 7, 2016

      Wow, this is awesome news!

      I can understand that some of the other, smaller backers are a little upset, so yes, maybe a coupon for the rift would be a nice consolation for their support. At least sell them it at cost so that it doesn't eat too much into your well deserved profits and it gets more rifts out there to spread the word that VR is here and it is ready for primetime.

      Congrats and, again, thank you!

    31. Peter de Castro on January 7, 2016

      And here I was: half excited, half festering in my "grumble grumble Linux support on hold" stew...if that's something one can do. Hot cross buns, you folks are nuts. Crazy-awesome. My country's not on the shipping list yet, but thanks anyway! Of course, I'll still pump a fist and a half (maybe two) when Linux support returns, but this marketing trick* of yours'll put my occasional digs at bay for a while. All the best to you with the launch!

      *No derogatory sense intended. Whether or not this is purely you being awesome to us early-investing enthusiasts and devs, I hope it helps get Rifts into enough development studios and onto enough faces to show and convince your mom and some other people** that VR's ready to do all sorts of awesome things now.

      **possibly a slight understatement

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      Steve Furness on January 7, 2016

      When I heard the release was imminent I was excited about your success but kind of upset because I really haven't got the cash to buy one.

      The fact that you guys are doing this for all of us who were in your corner from the outset is one of the most touching things I have ever heard of. It just isn't done...ever.

      You guys are literally the coolest geeks on the block and have gone a long way to restoring my faith in humanity.

      Way to go Oculus I love your work

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      Jonah Bitautas on January 7, 2016

      Like Kristofer below I thought the reward email was a mistake. Thanks for the gift!

    34. Benjamin Morrissey on January 7, 2016

      A little miffed at this point, I backed at $10 so as to ensure the people who got their order first were more likely to be actual full on Devs, unlike me who, while I do have an IT degree and have worked as a programer, only wanted to get it to muck about and get some insight. So I placed and order on the sight months later, and now with the reveal of the final price it will cost me over $1000 Australian to get one... yea I'm not jumping on board at that price, I still have my DK1 and will have to just stick to basics at this point. From the look of it I'm not the only one in this boat.

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      Endothermic on January 7, 2016

      Just got around to reading the redit AMA.
      Kickstarter backer shipments will be shipping in March.
      They will indeed have the same place in line for Touch, along with the other pre-order bonuses.

    36. Guillaume seguin on January 7, 2016

      WoW Thank you so much for the gift !

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      Kristofer Stoll on January 7, 2016

      Wow.... Backer #9303 here and I have to say wow..... I received an e-mail to receive my Free Rift and I thought it was a mistake! I can't believe the good-will you guys are showing to the OG backers!!!! It AMAZING! Thank YOU!!!! Seriously guys... WOW!!!

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      Endothermic on January 7, 2016

      Really... what do you mean "only the few who could afford to pledge the dk1".

      6955 pledged for a devkit that's most of the pledges, almost 3/4 not just a "few".

      It would have been nice if they gave all the backers one but you can be sure no matter what they did there would be people complaining about it.

      I'd like to know what the go with the touch controllers is, do we also have a place secured in-line for pre-orders like people pre-ordering the CV1 or do we have to pre-order one as well?

    39. ArtifexH on January 6, 2016

      Is there an estimated shipping date for these units?

    40. Jack Everitt on January 6, 2016

      Thank you very much!

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      Guilherme Campos on January 6, 2016

      This campaign had 9,522 backers and all of them were important to bring oculus to life. Now you say that only the few who could afford to pledge the dk1 are getting the free version, and all of us get nothing? Sincerely, I'm disappointed.... More than ever...

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      kick963 on January 6, 2016

      Bah, backed the project, cancelled out the dk1 reward to minimum due to you guys pressing 'development' and bought a DK2 afterward.
      No free goodies / discount for me I guess?

    43. Eliot Lash on January 6, 2016

      Thank you so much! Very generous. I was kind of feeling burned by the fact that my DK1 is as good as obsolete now, but this makes it all better. :D

    44. Jason Sheldon on January 6, 2016

      I don't suppose backers who backed at lower price levels than the development kit can get some kind of discount on the retail rift? I didn't back for the development kit because I was told if you weren't actively going to be developing, to wait for the retail edition, so I only backed for support and a t-shirt. It'd be nice if your other backers could purchase the retail edition now for the cost of the development kit then.

    45. Greg on January 6, 2016

      Thank you Oculus!!! Can't wait to see GrooVR in the rift :). I believed in you then and I believe in you now just as much. Thank you for making all this possible. I have now been working full time in VR for the last year and it wouldn't have been possible without you. You took my 2D screen and put me inside it. No where else i'd rather been. It's still as magical as the first day I put on my dk1. I can't wait to see where you / we go next!

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      KarlG on January 6, 2016

      Wow, thank you guys. We have to rewrite the calender .. I thought Christmas was just some weeks ago, but apparently I am wrong :-)

      I cann' t wait to finally feel the difference to DK1.

    47. Wireball on January 6, 2016

      You could release something like the DK2 as a budget option at $399 and call it the "Nausea Edition"! :P

      More seriously, I found the DK1 acceptable in most games, but admittedly I nearly hurled the time I tried PlanetSide 2 with Tridef 3D and it induced a 100ms head tracking lag. I can see why you want to avoid nausea.

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      Christopher McConnell on January 6, 2016

      I am in the process of moving, and did not see a shipping estimate, Have I just missed out on an early ship date now that the pre orders have gone out to April already?

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      Mace on January 6, 2016

      Woah, did not expect this. Thanks for this gesture and also thanks for making the Rift into what it is today. When I backed this project I did not only backed the product but also the person behind it. Thank you for your pulling the VR train. _O_