I remember the first virtual reality game I ever played. You would wear the VR helmet and beat bad guys with special gloves and ankle straps with sensors inside. I loved that game, I wished there were more like it. I would even put on the helmet and pretend I was using it to play other games. It’s pretty sad that people seemed to lose interest in it when the Wii came out and motion control gimmicks became king. But thankfully the team behind the Oculus Rift have still held on to the dream. During its Kickstarter funding round the Rift raised nearly ten times its quarter million dollar goal. The Oculus Rift is set to be the most immersive consumer-grade virtual reality system. There’s a good reason why their slogan is Step into the game; when you wear the Rift you aren’t looking at your game, you’re inside it. Its unique way of tracking your vision ensures that your eyes are always full of your game and never off screen. I could spend a lot of time talking about the Rift, but its explained best in their pitch video.
If you look at their Kickstarter backer rewards you can tell that at this point they’re focusing on getting the Rift to developers, so it will be a while before you can buy one. Since the lowest amount of support needed to get a prototype was $275, I’m guessing that when it finally does hit shelves it will be around $200, not too much more than what the Kinect cost at launch. It looks like I’ll finally living the Sci-Fi dream of ultra-immersive VR games. Halo party anyone? They already have Doom 3 working on this thing. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy it around the time Hasbro starts selling hoverboards in 2015.
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