The good news is that the first batch of Oculus Rift developer kits may finally start shipping to Kickstarter backers this Monday, the not so good news is that there will not be a Doom 3 BFG Edition copy supporting the Rift bundled as it was previously announced. The reason for that is that DOOM 3 BFG Edition will not support the Rift development kit by the time the kits begin shipping. So instead the team at Oculus is offering a few alternative options in the form of replacement awards instead of DOOM 3 BFG.
– $20 Steam Wallet credit, perfect for buying your next game on Steam (including DOOM 3 BFG Edition without Rift developer kit support if you still want it).
– $25 Oculus Store credit, which can be applied to future purchases at the Oculus Store including Oculus Latency Testers, new Oculus t-shirts, and more Rift development kits.
– A full refund for your pledge.
You’ll need to choose your new reward by logging into the Oculus Order Manager. Codes for the replacement rewards will be delivered in April. You’ll default to the Oculus Store credit if you don’t make a selection by April 5. Also while in the ORder Manager make sure you have an up to date address for delivery and change it if needed.
Now, since Doom 3 BFG Edition with Rift support probably will not be ready by the time the dev kits start reaching people the question what you will test the device with arises. The Oculus team suggests that the game Hawken might be ready with support for the Rift by that time, but we’ll see. Hopefully along with the Dev Kits we are also going to get access to the SDK, so even without games out to support it we could start playing with the device, though there was not word about that in the latest update.
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Ok, we already knew that the Kickstarter project for the 3D-capable VR headset Oculus Rift is going to be funded since day one as it has reached the goal of $250K USD very fast. But now we know the final numbers and the Rift has managed to attract 9522 backers pledging a total of $2,437,430 USD or almost ten times the initial goal. Now the hard part for Palmer Luckey and the team at Oculus begins, because they need to get ready the initial 100 DIY kits of the device for November something like over 7000 Oculus Rift developer kits ready for backers in December. Not to mention that they should also be working on improving the device even further for the release of an even better consumer version sometime next year, all we can do now is wait and hope the team at Oculus will manage to keep their promise.
Meanwhile there is another developer that has announced Oculus Rift support in their upcoming game. After the Doom 3: BFG Edition and Hawken comes Miner Wars: 2081, a first-person action-survival space simulation game set in the year 2081. The game is being developed by an independent software company called Keen Software House and is expected to be released sometime later this year (Q3-Q4 2012). What is interesting to note is that the game is going to support 6DoF movement natively and the developers consider the Rift as a perfect addition for their game. We’ll have to wait and see what they will come up with, but it is very nice that more and more developers are seeing the potential and are going to support the Oculus Rift even before it hits the market in a consumer version.
– More about the Oculus Rift support announcement in the game Miner Wars: 2081…
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