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.