Oculus Rift Immersive 3D Headset
The Oculus Rift VR Headset is the cutting edge of virtual reality for video games. It is developed with funding from Kicktarter.
The virtual reality headset is designed specifically for video games, featuring stereoscopic 3D and a wide 110 degree field of view. Existing headset displays typically offer a 40 degree field of view, replicating a screen in front of the user. A 110 degree view gives the appearance of surrounding the user's natural field of view. It accomplishes the wide view through two screens, a 640x800 display for each eye, that combine for the illusion of a panoramic 1280x800 display. The Oculus Rift also features low latency head tracking so that what appears on the display mimics the motions of the head with near 1:1 accuracy.
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.
The Oculus package enables developers not only to experience VR gaming for the first time, but to easily integrate the Rift with their own games or stereoscopic 3D applications. “All of us at Oculus are excited to bring truly immersive VR to people who love video games like we do,” said Palmer Luckey, Founder of Oculus. “Virtual reality has been the long sought after Holy Grail, which most people only ever dreamed of… until now. The Rift is a true game changer that will help make VR the standard for gameplay in the very near future.” The Rift allows players to step into game. It produces a stereoscopic 3D experience with a huge field of view—110 degrees diagonally—so you don’t see the screen. It also overcomes the resolution and latency problems that have plagued previous VR headsets, where movement in the game lags behind movement of the head. “We’ve already gotten great feedback from the press and buy-in from major game developers including id Software, Epic, Unity and Valve,” Luckey said. “We know the gaming community will be as excited as we all are when they get their hands on it.” Read the Oculus Press Release here.
Oculus, led by a number of successful video game veterans and virtual reality visionaries, has set the funding goal at $250,000 USD. A contribution of $300 or more gets the donor a Rift VR headset dev kit, access to the software development kit (SDK) and a copy of Doom 3 BFG, which has already been integrated with the headset.
The Oculus team is seeking funding for the headset through Kickstarter, and reached its $250,000 (£160,000) goal in a matter of hours. It went on to surpass $1 million (£639,345) in funding after less than 48 hours, currently having raised almost $1,200,000 (£767,000) at the time of writing. The Kickstarter campaign still has 27 days of funding remaining. Much of the Kickstarter funding is coming from developers, who can secure an Oculus Rift development kit with a $300 donation.