Oculus has launched a self-titled virtual reality (VR) headset, called the Oculus Rift, with the headset available from $275. id software’s John Carmack revealed the headset at E3 this year, where it was barely more than duct tape and metal.
There’s a definite curiosity around virtual reality headsets, so will the Oculus Rift peroms as advertised?
Oculus, a company developed a virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift, sent out a press release yesterday announcing the virtual reality headset. It’s live on crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter, so here are the details.
Oculus said the version on Kickstarter is strictly SDK, and designed for game developers and enthusiasts. The idea is to expedite the process of getting Rift into the hands of the two groups, along with the copy of Doom 3 BFG Edition included with the headset. Doom 3 looks like the only game built for headsets currently.
Oculus added it aims to deliver the technical immersion and approachable price point previous VR headsets have lacked. At $275, it’s definitely affordable. For mass consumer adoption? I’m not so sure.
Oculus revealed specifications of the console: it has a resolution across both eyes; a 110 degree diagonal/90 degrees horizontal field of view; DVI, HDMI, and USB inputs; a weight of 0.22 kilograms; and six degrees of freedom for head tracking with ultra low latency, which is important because the game needs to responds instantly. Oculus did say specifications are subject to change. It wants to iterate and build a model for the mass consumers.
Nab yourself an SDK and there’s access to the Oculus Developer Center, a Rift developer community. Oculus is supporting just about every major platform around: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Unity, and the Unreal Engine. For new technology like Rift, supporting every demographic is key.
Pledges don’t start at $275 for the console — you can pledge as little as $10 for updates on development of the SDK, or $5,000 to be flown out to the developer for a day trip. Outside the two tiers, there is: $25 for an Oculus t-shirt, and $300 for an assembled version of Rift with Doom 3 BFG edition. There’s a full list on the Kickstarter page.
The page has endorsements from Carmack, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, Epic Game designer Cliff Blezinski, and others.