The Oculus Rift is an upcoming virtual reality head-mounted display developed by Oculus VR, who have raised over 16 million dollars o funding since its announcement of the Oculus Rift last year in 2012. With over $250,000 being raised within the first four hours of Kickstarter, the Oculus Rift has attracted a lot of attention from not only consumers but also video game industry professionals.
The Oculus Rift kit promises gamers an immersive experience using a 640 by 800 pixel screen for each of the user's eyes. While the promise of virtual reality was all the rage in the 90s, previous development o this technology to build a consumer-targeted device has disappointed; previous attempts either had laggy and low-resolution screens, had small fields of view or made the users sick. However Palmer Luckey, founder of California-based Oculus VR, said he believed his team has found the solution to overcome the problems that caused others to struggle.
During the initial announcement phase, Luckey's efforts already convinced some of the PC gaming industry's leading figures; some of these including:
Carmack says that with the rapid rate of innovation and technological advancements, virtual reality technology was finally getting to the point where it could be viable at a reasonable price point. Currently, the development version of the Oculus Rift costs just $300 to purchase but prices are expected to drop with mass production, competition and continuous improvement in the technology. While no exact price has been announced for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, the Oculus VR development team promises to deliver the highest quality virtual reality experience at a price that everyone can afford.
Today, the Oculus Rift is ushering in a new wave of virtual reality technology, with over 17,000 development kits already being in the hands of video game designers. The feedback on the Oculus Rift has been phenomenal, receiving rave reviews from everyone in the gaming industry as well as outside it. The Oculus Rift team has highlighted the importance of sending development kits and have made it a priority to make the technology available to as many developers as possible. Many people have been experimenting with the Oculus Rift and many developers have found a way to utilize the Oculus Rift to help revolutionize the video game industry.
While the concept of having a virtual reality headset which works efficiently is spectacular, playing with a headset and controller simply isn't enough to meet the high demands of the video game market. With the 17,000 development kits being tested, many developers have made their goal to create the ultimate gaming experience by incorporating the ability to walk in a virtual world. The first major product to address this issue was the Virtuix omnidirectional treadmill, which brought in more than 1 million dollars from its initial $150,000 goal. While raising more than 6 times its initial goal is impressive, it is no surprise considering the amazing feat these developers were able to create as shown in the video below.