A Virtual Reality Kickstarter That Has Gabe Newell And John Carmack Excited
We’ve all seen them lurking around at gaming expo’s and websites. The promise of a truly immersive virtual reality option for gaming is something of a promised land for gamers, always coming up short of what is expected. That might be changing very soon in the form of the Oculus Rift.
The Rift made its first appearance back at E3, where John Carmack (Doom creator) started backing the project and even showed off an early prototype while playing the Doom 3 BFG Edition. Now, you see, when someone like John Carmack says to look at something, you fucking pay attention because usually it’s something that will be worth your time. Same goes for Gabe Newell, who has now also begun backing up the Oculus Rift project. Cliff Bleszinski has also stated that Epic Games is aiming to bring the Unreal Engine to the Rift, while Unity CEO David Helgason seems to be very interested in this new WR technology as well.
The video above introduces you to the Oculus Rift, and begs you to contribute to their Kickstater campaign. That’s right, a project backed by some of the greatest minds in the industry still needs a Kickstarter. Funny world, hey? Anyway, it’s no surprise that the Kickstarter goal has already been reached, especially since development kits are being offered for only $300.
The fund still has a good month to go before deadline and already the $250 000 target has been reached twice. Sitting at just under half a million dollars there’s no doubt that the Rift will soar in the Kickstarter framework, but is it something that will actually work.
Well, according to the creators, the Rift is quite revolutionary. With promised features such as negligible latency, 3D and a panoramic field of view the Rift is certainly trying to be way more than the competition. Additionally, The BFG Edition of Doom 3 will support the Rift at launch, should the project see itself all the way through.
Check out the video above for more details and some hyping up. If you like what you see, why not pledge a dollar?