April 8, 2013
That is, if you do it correctly. The problem is that existing virtual reality headsets provide a mediocre and gimmicky experience.
But here comes Oculus Rift, a cutting-edge virtual reality headset for 3D games being developed by Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.
Palmer started working on the project in his parents’ garage. He eventually started the company Oculus VR to further the project. The company has raised $2.4 million dollars from a Kickstarter campaign and has attracted the support of industry big wigs such as John Carmack of ID (Quake, Doom) and Gabe Newell of Valve (Half-Life).
The Oculus Rift is different and provides a high field of view that is intended to fill the wearers whole view and completely immerse them in the virtual world. If the tech is good then you will see a lot of game developer support and it seems to be getting a lot of interest from some big name players. Team Fortress 2, the popular multiplayer game from Valve, is the first game to fully support the Oculus Rift and comes with the development kit. Some other titles that will include support are Star Citizen and The Gallery: Six Elements.
This is an exciting time for virtual reality if the Oculus lives up to it’s potential. Racing games from the perspective of the drivers seat would be awesome. Piloting a Mech or a spaceship would be fun as hell. Combine it with a technology such as Microsoft’s Kinect and you open up a whole new way to interact with a virtual environment.
To find out more or to pre-order a development kit, check out http://www.oculusvr.com