Oculus publicly states 2013 as release year goal for the Rift

Oculus have been very particular about not committing to a schedule for when their Rift consumer version could be expected to come out. In interviews and Q & A's, Palmer Luckey and other representatives have been coy at best, and in some cases even tried to downplay expectations of a possible 2013 release.

As we're getting closer to November, when the first devkits will be shipped out, there haven't been much news coming out of the California based company, but recent job listings might indicate they are getting more confident about their ability to produce a consumer ready within the next year.

They just added their outstanding job listings to LinkedIn, with this company bio:

Oculus is a technology company revolutionizing the way people experience video games. The company’s first product, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, is currently in development and is set to launch in 2013. The company was founded by Palmer Luckey and veterans of RedOctane, developers of the acclaimed Guitar Hero series; Scaleform, the #1 user interface software in the gaming; and Gaikai, the cloud gaming company

Now, that's not exactly a remark set in stone, but given their track record of being reluctant to publicly state a specific release goal until now, I will take it as a sign that, if nothing else, they themselves are getting more assured that the product is shaping up nicely.

It's now been a month since their last Kickstarter update, where they stated they would announce "several exciting surprises" in the following weeks, so we should expect a new update any day now.