There’s no doubt Microsoft and especially Sony made headlines at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) with their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next-generation video game consoles. However, an even cooler device may be the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality (VR) headset that features high-definition graphics.
Oculus Rift is a VR headset that has been in development for some time. It isn’t backed by a major gaming company like Microsoft or Mad Catz, but is instead supported by a $2.4 million Kickstarter campaign.
Using those funds, Oculus VR (the company behind the Rift) produced 7,500 kits for developers who’ll be building games for the device. Each developer kit is reportedly priced at $300, but we don’t know how much the final product will cost the average consumer.
Nate Mitchell, Oculus VR’s vice president of product, says it’s possible the device could be ready for home consumers around the same time the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 begin shipping later this year.
As you might expect, Oculus VR wants to make games more immersive than they are now.
“The whole goal is to put players inside the game, let you step inside the world (and) feel like you’re actually there,” Mitchell said.
The newest version of the Rift headset provides high-definition, 3D visuals running in 1080p. At E3, gamers got a chance to try out Epic Games’ upcoming Elemental, which uses the new Unreal 4 engine. Needless to say, the reviews were positive.
Unfortunately, only a few games are currently playable on the Oculus Rift. However, with the splash it made at E3 behind it and thousands of developer kits out there, it’s possible that could change very soon.