Nearly three years ago, Palmer Luckey and his small team at Oculus launched the Kickstarter campaign that started this whole VR revolution the world is about to embark on. The original promise was to deliver a developer kit to start creating VR experiences with the expectation of a retail release in the future. Oculus made good on that promise a long time ago, but it seems the company is not done thanking the original believers in VR.
Oculus made a surprise announcement today: Every single person that bought an original developer kit will be receiving a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift. Backers will also receive Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie bundled with the Rift, just as those who pre-order hardware starting tomorrow.
Oculus sent out a message through Kickstarter this morning to all backers that made the initial pledge notifying them of the exciting news. The company said backers will need to fill out a survey and provide shipping information before February 1 to qualify for the free Rift. Oculus did note that the Rift is only launching in 20 countries, so there may be backers that are left out. The company said it is “working on an alternative” for those living outside the launch countries.