Not a lot of people are happy about Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift, but Notch might be the most upset of us all. In a blog post Tuesday night after the news broke, Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, announced the cancellation of his team’s efforts to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift.
Wow. It seems Facebook’s ambitions are growing by the day. Little more than a month after his company bought messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that Facebook was acquiring virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR for what The Wall Street Journal reports is for $2 billion. In his announcement Zuckerberg said that virtual reality technology is going to be the next major frontier for online interaction and that Oculus VR’s Rift headset was at the forefront of virtual reality innovation.
The Oculus Rift is an incredible device. I’ve only had a single experience with the VR headset, but within seconds I became a believer. Virtual reality is going to play a major role in the future of entertainment — in fact, even though the Rift isn’t going to see a retail release any time soon, it’s already providing joy for Buzzfeed’s Gaming Editor Joe Bernstein. Enter: White Guys Wearin’ Oculus Rifts. More →
Danfung Dennis no longer concerns himself with whether or not virtual reality is going catch to on — he knows that at this point, it’s just a matter of time. Dennis is the director of Zero Point, a short film that provides a fully 3D 360-degree viewing experience, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the locations and get a taste of how virtual reality will change the entertainment landscape in the very near future. More →
We’ve seen plenty of ridiculously cool games on the Oculus Rift already in its short life span, but the latest project from the Zero Latency development team might be the most immersive (and terrifying) yet. Zombie Fort: Smackdown is a VR game on the Oculus Rift that fills your environment with zombies and challenges you to make it out alive. As Project Grey notes, most Oculus Rift games confine you to a computer and an office chair, but in Zombie Fort, players are equipped with a backpack which wirelessly connects the Oculus Rift to a computer while the cameras all around the room track your weapon in real-time. Check out a demo of the game in action below. More →
Much like the 4K television, the key to success for the Oculus Rift is content. Without a stable of virtual reality games available at launch, the Rift is nothing more than a clever and superfluous toy, but the team that built the headset is doing everything in its power to make sure that doesn’t happen. Just last month it was reported that Oculus VR had set up a publishing arm to bring third-party developers into the fold, and now the team is taking content creation one step further — Oculus VR is planning to develop its own games. More →
Considering how new the idea of competent virtual reality gaming is, it’s no surprise that developers aren’t lined up out the door to implement the technology quite yet. There are plenty of excited developers and gamers who want to take advantage of the Oculus Rift, but until the device proves itself on the market, it will be a niche product. Unless, of course, the team at Oculus VR starts bringing on developers itself to make games for the Rift. More →
One of the most exciting upcoming video game accessories is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Oculus Rift has been hailed as the next evolution of gaming, and at the GamesBeat conference on Tuesday the company announced that it is working to create a mobile version of the Rift for Android devices as well. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said that the device will only work with Android devices for now, presumably because of the open source nature of Google’s mobile platform. Oculus VR hopes to release the mobile version of the hardware at around the same time as the PC headset, although an official retail release has still not been announced for either yet.
What do you get when you combine a 3D virtual reality headset with a passive omnidirectional treadmill? The future of gaming, today. Virtual reality accessory startup Virtuix on Thursday posted a demo video of its upcoming Omni — a “natural motion interface for virtual reality applications” — being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headgear. The video showcases the killer combination being used to play a first-person shooter and the result is mind-blowing.
With 3D gaming a complete failure, the next frontier for gaming innovation looks like it will be virtual reality. The good news is that the John Carmack and Cliff Blezinkski-supported Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headset that managed to rack up almost $2.5 million on Kickstarter is coming along very nicely, with the latest prototype ready for mass production. The bad news is that the $300 developer kits previously slated for January 2013 won’t arrive until mid-March due to difficulties securing sufficient high-definition displays. More →
Virtual reality gaming is coming back! And this time around, it’s not going to be held back by the limited technology of the ’80s. The Oculus Rift is the most ambitious VR headset yet, with immersive 3D and advanced head-tracking technology that actually has a chance at mass market appeal. After collecting over $2.4 million in Kickstarter funding and catching the attention of tons of big-name game developers such as id Software’s John Carmack, Valve‘s Gabe Newell, Epic’s Cliff Blezinksi as well as executives from Gaikai and Unity, the Oculus Rift Developer Kit is finally up for preorder.