The Oculus Rift consumer version launches in Q1 2016

At long last Oculus announced today that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will be shipping in the first quarter of 2016 with pre-orders later this year. This is really exciting news that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is almost here.

Here is the official announcement below on the upcoming the Oculus Rift consumer version.

Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.

The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be.

The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit.

The blog post goes on to say that details on the hardware, software, input and experiences will be revealed in the weeks ahead. Technical specifications will be announced next week on the Oculus blog. Yay!

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift. Next week, we’ll share more of the technical specifications here on the Oculus blog.

I love this part of the blog saying that virtual reality is going to transform many areas and that this is only the beginning.

Virtual reality is going to transform gaming, film, entertainment, communication, and much more. If you’re interested in building a next-generation VR game or application, everything you need to start developing for the Rift is available at the Oculus Developer Center.

E3 is just around the corner — this is only the beginning.

Can’t wait for Q1 2016 to arrive and again this is really exciting news for those that have been following the latest the Oculus Rift developments.


Bay City’s seventh anniversary & historical snapshots from the past

Bay City 7th Anniversary


Marianne McCann
Bay City Alliance


Mainland Community Celebrates with Parade, Live Music

BAY CITY, SL (3 May, 2015) – Bay City, the first project of the “Linden Department of Public Works,” is entering it’s 7th year as part of Second Life. To Celebrate, Residents and friends of the popular mainland community will host their annual parade as well as a live music event.

Anniversary participants are asked to gather at noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 17th of May, to lineup for the parade at the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will make its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, concluding at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Bay City Fairgrounds, featuring a trio of live acts as well as DJ Marx Dudek providing music leading into the event.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are welcomed to participate. Celebration goods are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region, for those who wish to be a part of the parade, and ample viewing area is provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend — not only Residents of Bay City

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

Check out these historical snapshots of previous Bay City anniversary’s in Second Life…

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade - May 2010
Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade – May 2010
Bay City's Third Anniversary on 14th May 2011
Bay City 3rd Anniversary Parade Route – May 2011
Bay City’s third anniversary was a success
Bay City 3rd Anniversary Celebrations – May 2011
Bay City turns 4
Bay City 4th Anniversary, the owl returns – May 2012
Bay City 5th Birthday Live Music
Bay City 5th Anniversary Celebrations – May 2013
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Bay City 5th Anniversary Parade Celebrations – May 2013
Bay City 6
Bay City 6th Anniversary Celebrations – May 2014
Great parade this year
Bay City 6th Anniversary Celebrations – May 2014

Check out my Bay City in SL photo album here for more great views from around the city in Second Life.