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Oculus Rift will launch for Android mobile devices

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Oculus VR will release an Android-powered mobile version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset,VentureBeat reports.

The announcement comes from chief executive officer Brendan Iribe at the GamesBeat 2013 video game conference keynote. According to VentureBeat, the company intends to launch the mobile and PC headset simultaneously, or "as close as possible to" each other. The device will reportedly be a smaller version that uses the mobile device's processor.

Oculus Rift will not launch for iOS.

Earlier this month, Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack said the headset could one day run Android devices through a standalone system. The consumer-friendly, HD Oculus Rift is expected to launch next year. Kickstarter backers received standard edition developer kits earlier this year.

Update: In an Engadget interview, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe clarified that only one version of the consumer Oculus Rift would be made available, and that it would be compatible with PC and Android — you won't need different versions of the hardware for each platform.