In just a matter of hours, Oculus Rift managed to exceed their $250,000 Kickstarter project goal to bring a dev kit prototype of their virtual reality goggle into the hands of game developers everywhere. What truly sets the Rift VR googles apart from other promises of virtual reality is that Rift manages to bring the user into the game with very little latency and a full 110 degree field of view.
VR headsets are not anything new; in fact some iterations have been worse than others, but if the vote of confidence by id’s John Carmack is anything to go by, the Oculus Rift may have just solved the puzzle that can take VR goggles from nerd dream to literal game changer. The Oculus Rift is already compatible with id’s forthcoming Doom 3: BFG Edition which will be available later this fall. So if that isn’t a hint of developer interest, I’m not sure there’s anything out there that can convince you.
If you’re a game developer or just someone with money to burn and a love to code, you can get your very own developer kit including a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition by pledging $300 on their kickstarter page. Sure, it’s a little pricey for a prototype that may never see the light of day, but then again this project is intended for the minds and pockets of those in a position to not just make this a great niche product but change the way we play games going forward.