Amazing. Simply amazing. In an incredible gesture to early backers of the Oculus Rift, the company is sending everyone who was part of the initial Kickstarter a free final release Rift CV1. I’m frankly stunned at this generous offer from the Oculus team, and personally speaking, about as excited as a kid on a snow day at the thought of getting an upgrade to my well-worn Oculus DK1.
Here’s the full content of the email that I received.
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 OculusMedium 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.
Thanks again, Oculus! You guys are the best.