Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that is supposed to offer everything that other similar products still lack – an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, so that gamers can get a truly immerse experience playing their favorite games. Have in mind that this project is for the developer version of the device, a consumer version is planned further ahead in time, but hopefully developers will be able to quickly pick up when they get their hands on the device. The first game to fully support the Oculus Rift is going to be DOOM 3 BFG Edition and the interesting thing is that John Carmack himself is quite enthusiastic about the project, so don’t wonder why DOOM, though other game developers are also expressing their interest in the device as well. The man behind the Oculus Rift is Palmer Luckey, a VR enthusiast and gamer who has designed the device, so finally a gamer making a HMD device for gamers. And though there isn’t much about stereoscopic 3D support mentioned on the projects page, the device is supposed to support stereoscopic 3D, so don’t worry about that. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to support this project, actually I’ve already made my pledge and can’t wait to get my hands on one of these.
Update: Oculus Rift just surpassed the 250K goal in just a few hours after the Kickstarter project has been announced, so it is going to be funded, now lets see what will be the final number in 30 days, so that we can get an idea about the interest in the product. Just a reminder, we are still talking about a developer version of the device, and I’m already expecting to get my DIY kit in November… ;)