We all know the stereotype of “the future of gaming” being some guy with a clunky looking headset experiencing an intense virtual reality simulation—especially if you’re familiar with the ever popular Sims franchise.
Well, the future is already here apparently, and its name is Oculus Rift—the product of a very successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $2.4 million and is being backed by id Software, Valve and CCP.
With said clunky looking headset, users will be able to experience a brand new way of gaming that literally throws their mind deep into the game world. According to co-founder Andy Millns, the best games for the headset will be those developed with the headset’s unique properties in mind; traditional fast-paced shooters may not be the best bet on the Oculus Rift.
Currently, there have been a few star prototypes for the device; a particularly eye catching one is this guillotine simulator:
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3D graphics app company Inition designed their own prototype named Virtual Vertical Challenge which was showcased at the Digital Shoreditch Festival. Using the power of the Kinect, users had to traverse a slightly elevated plank of wood that simulated the player walking along a thin ledge between two very high buildings.
The sky is literally the limit according to Millns, since developing for the Oculus Rift is no harder than standard consoles. Currently, he wants to see what effects pressure sensitive gloves have in a 3D world. And the clunky design? That will be replaced with a sleeker model:
The Oculus Rift will be priced at an estimated $300. No release date as of yet.