The Oculus Project is something I’ve had one of my sneaky gaming eyes on for some time now. What is quite simply, perhaps the most promising development in home gaming technology of the last twenty years, and the stuff of gaming dreams worldwide since the days of pong is now not only a possibility, but it’ll only set you back £300.00 when it hits the market.
The concept of home VR have captivated the imaginations of many for a long time now, and it’s hard to accept that it’s now a technological reality. Oculus are boasting the best possible home VR experience currently available, using groundbreaking new technology. Winning best in show at CES2013, The Verge Award, the Oculus received immense praise:
“There’s no debate amongst the Verge staffers —the Oculus Rift is the most revolutionary gaming experience we’ve seen in years, despite the fact that we only tested a relatively low-res prototype of the upcoming dev kit. The hardware’s simplicity belies the incredibly visceral, immersive experience that begins as soon as you strap it on. Sure, it might make you feel motion sick at first, but after trying it out, going back to playing games on a flat display seems positively archaic. It’ll be unleashed to the developer community by the end of March — we’re looking forward to seeing what sorts of native games come out of that.
– Nathan Ingraham“
Oculus is certainly a game changer that now here, will be here to stay. Check out their website for news, reviews, and a documentary/demo of the technology and the R&D effort that created it. To top things off, the first Oculus compatible game will be Doom3, I personally can’t think of a more fitting introduction to home VR than that.