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Kickstart The Future With Oculus VR Headset

by Jeff SmithAugust 1, 2012

VR have been attempted before, but the new Rift may be the first to get it right.Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was disappointed by commercially available VR headsets. He didn’t want to just watch the game, he wanted to feel as if he was inside the game. So, he decided to make one that did exactly that.

The Oculus Rift is a brand new VR device that gives users a true sense of being “plugged in.” It achieves this by displaying a 110-degree 3D field-of-vision and nearly 1:1 head motion tracking. When you turn your head in real life, you also turn your head in the game. If that sounds interesting, you’ll also be excited to hear that Oculus is aiming for the most affordable price point for gamers.

You can help fund the Oculus Rift by making a contribution to the company’s here. Donation rewards range from a thank you from the team to actually spending a day with them, but the most popular option may be the $300 reward. It will include an Oculus Rift dev kit, access to the software development kit, and a copy of : BFG Edition which is already compatible with the Rift.

Developer support for the Rift already includes industry veterans and legends such as John Carmack, , and .

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“I’m a believer. We’re extremely excited here at to get the integrated with Oculus! -Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic Games

“I think this will be the coolest way to experience games in the future. It will simply be that big.” -David Helgason, CEO of

“It looks incredibly exciting. If anybody’s going to tackle this set of hard problems, we think that Palmer’s going to do it. So we’d strongly encourage gamers to support this Kickstarter.” -Gabe Newell, President of

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For the latest on Oculus, you can visit their website here. If you will be attending QuakeCon, Oculus will be present to show off the Rift.

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Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
Jeff represents the one of newest generations of gaming journalist; the generation that began gaming during the era of Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, and, just to cover all the bases, Dreamcast. Despite being relatively new in the industry, he is just as passionate as someone who first picked up a controller thirty years ago, sometime before he was even born. Comics interest him, troll dolls confuse him, and the sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 haunts him.