Virtual reality: the province of cyberpunks and psychedelics users. Long dreamed of as a headset device but never delivered—until now it seems.
The developers of Oculus Rift claim that the virtual reality (VR) headset “will change the way you think about gaming forever,” providing “a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before.” They are looking to move the technology out of the military and scientific communities and into the bedroom.
Oculus is raising funds on Kickstarter to get the VR headset into the hands of developers more quickly. The first video game that is Rift-ready is ”DOOM” 3 BFG Edition, which is pretty neat, but how nuts would this tech be for “Halo,” or even some of those gorgeous, cinematic games by That Video Game Company? The developers have already raised over $1.5 million, far in excess of their $250,000 goal, so people seem to be digging the concept.
One question, though: Could the next generation look more like David Cronenberg’s umbilical cord-like virtual reality gaming system in “eXistenZ“? And then maybe explore how to replicate a psychedelic trip in a VR headset, please.