Virtual Reality has always been a dream in the minds of gamers (and many tech enthusiasts in general). It’s been worked on here in the real world and presented as the true future of technology in the media, from books and films such as Neuromancer and The Matrix, to anime like .hack//Sign. Now, developer Oculus plans to make their mark in this area of gaming with their Kickstarter project, Rift.
With a goal of $250,000, Oculus is designing a headset specifically for gaming in virtual reality. Oculus claims that the Rift will “help make VR the standard for gameplay in the very near future,” and ”change the way you think about gaming forever.” Oculus is focusing on the factor of immersing one within the game, as they believe that to be the area where the other VR headsets out there fall short. They also say that the Rift will have the technical capabilities needed for believable and enjoyable virtual reality, but at a price gamers can afford; this being the other area they believe current VR systems have trouble balancing.
With supporters like Valve’s Gabe Newell and id Software’s John Carmack, the Rift certainly has the enthusiasm and the hopes of the video game industry behind it. However, virtual reality projects have tried and fallen short in the past. Only time will tell if Oculus will have better luck in stamping their name in gaming forever. Oculus launched the Rift on August 1st and in the span of one day has raised over $1,000,000 with 28 days left to go. Much like the Ouya, the Rift is gaining popularity quickly and, again, like the Ouya, has blown its initial monetary goal out of the water.
Source – Kickstarter