Almost all gamers dream about the day that they can experience games in virtual reality. The day that the game is so realistic that it is hard to tell the difference between the game and real life. Basically all gamers want the matrix where you plug in and become part of a different world.
The Oculus Rift brings us one step closer to that. It is by far the most advanced virtual reality system being built for the sole purpose of playing games. The Oculus Rift wont be on the level of the matrix just yet but it is a stem in the right direction.
Most people will be very skeptical as most virtual reality systems to date has been really bad. But the Oculus Rift might just break that trend for the first time. The system has drawn the attention of some of the biggest names in gaming industry.
Here is a list of people that are very interested in the system.
- Mark Bolas
- Cliff Bleszinski from Epic games
- David Helgason SEo of Unity
- Michael Abrash developer and Valve
- Gabe Newell owner of Valve
- Jack McCauley lead engineer of Guitar Hero
- John Carmack id Software
The main difference between the Oculus Rift and previous virtual reality system is that it has a huge field of view of 110 degrees. If you saw the Quakecon 2012 keynotes (will make a post when the video is on youtube) the system will also focus on having very low latency thus helping the experience feel more engaging.
The important thing is to not expect to much of the early versions. They are planning on making a decent consumer product but right now they want to get the dev kits out to developers to improve it.
Overall this system looks very interesting and after a few iterations we might really have an amazing virtual reality system available to the masses. The fact that some of the most respected game developers are excited makes it that much more interesting. If you are interested in supporting this amazing project then make sure to check out their kickstarter page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game