Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Headset for Gamers

This is something real and happening. You might have heard about the crowd funding platform Kickstarter where people without resources and without the backing of a large company or corporate can get their projects funded that eventually may become not only interesting but completely successful and profitable. The best example is Pebble, an E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android.

A similar saga is born, which is in a matter of hours grabbed more than 5K Backers funding more than $1.3 million crossing the pledged goal of $2,50,000 which is a wonderful achievement in itself. This project is Oculus Rift, the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.

The Oculus Rift is about virtual reality headset or kind-of Goggle for gamers which promise much; at least when seen in the first test versions by their developers. The project is created by Palmer Luckey, a guy from Long Beach, California who is enthusiastic about virtual reality, and presents what is the first project that is really worth it.

The project needed $ 250,000 to fund all costs and at the time of writing this post, the project is already backed by 5,535 and has a total funding of $1,349,976.  If we consider that there are still 25 days for the listing to close, and then think yourself about the number of backers and the funding that the project will have at the end of 25th day from now on. From the huge response, we can determine without doubt that the crowd funding process has completely overwhelming success.

Technical Specifications of Oculus Rift (Developer Kit)

Well, the below given specifications are of the Developer version of Oculus Rift. The team is confident that the Consumer version of Oculus Rift will be much more impressive, all without an increase in price.

  Head Tracking      6 Degrees of Freedom (DOF) Ultra Low Latency
  Field of View     110 Degrees Diagonal / 90 Degrees Horizontal
  Resolution     1280×800 (640×800 per eye)
  Inputs     DVI/HDMI and USB
  Platforms     PC and Mobile
  Weight     0.22 Kilograms

Oculus Rift: Implications and Possibilities

Shipping Information

Developer versions will be ready to ship in December and have a great field of vision, head tracking and high definition display. Also, it will be shiped with an SDK for developers to create their own different games for Oculus Rift.

The team behind the project are including a copy of DOOM 3 BFG Edition, the first Oculus-ready game, with every Rift dev kit on Kickstarter.

Live Tracker for Oculus Rift project listing on Kickstarter

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