In a revealing interview with Engadget released today which echoes our own speculation in a previous article (Will the consumer Rift be self-contained?), Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey confirmed that the consumer edition of the Rift will probably function as a stand-alone unit – meaning that it won’t be necessary to connect it to a PC/mobile/console to perform at least some functions, for example, surfing the web or watching a movie. Presumably there will need to be some way of connecting to higher powered machines to run more processor intensive applications.
Also hinted at was that there is significant software development proceeding in-house. Presumably part of this would be developing the Oculus OS (OculOS?) for the stand-alone Rift platform but Palmer also spoke of the need for there to be a “killer app” to really demonstrate the uniqueness of the VR experience and which might be something they produce themselves.
Other hints suggest that a release date of 2014 remains in place.