Oculus Launches Kickstarter For Virtual Reality Headset
Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever. With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before.
The Rift is definitely a game changer, there are a number of virtual reality headsets out there, but none that deliver a truly immersive gaming experience. Most products either lack the technical features required for believable immersion or sit at a very high price-point (around $20,000+) reserved for the military or scientific community. Expect this to be an affordable, fun accessory or console in itself which will definitely push gaming to the next level for developers.
With prototypes already floating around, especially in the hands of developers you can expect to be immersed in the world of virtual reality sooner than you think.
Tentative Technical specs of the Developer Kit
Head tracking: 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) ultra low latency
Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal
Resolution: 1280×800 (640×800 per eye)
Inputs: DVI/HDMI and USB
Platforms: PC and mobile
Weight: ~0.22 kilograms
All of the Rift Dev kits include access to the Oculus Developer Center, which provides the SDK, technical support, and serves as a community for Oculus developers.
The SDK will include clean well-documented code, samples, and tutorials to make integration with any 3D game or application as easy as possible. Also being worked on is an out-of-the-box engine integrations for Unreal Engine and Unity, so that anyone interested in working with the Rift, including indie developers, can get started right away.
After only one day in, through the use of Kickstarter, Oculus was able to raise more than $650,000, surpassing their goal set at $250,000 which the company hoped to have been completed by September 1st, 2012. If you’re interested in supporting the development, you can head over to the Oculus Kickstarter page and give a pledge.