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VR headset Oculus Rift

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by grit, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. grit

    grit an ugly force for good

    Just spent 4 hours this morning listening to John Carmack talk about the future and in particular VR headsets. He has partnered with a really interesting guy who has just started a kickstarter for essentially the greatest VR headset that has ever been produced so far.

    Still very much a developer toy, however the possibilities are spectacular for the next few years. Its the first bit of hardware that has gotten me excited in years... and the dev kit is only 300 dollars :D

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game
  2. Global Stoner

    Global Stoner baseline neural therapy

    It's about time someone had a go at it again!
  3. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    I am VERY excited about this. Immersive VR is exactly the sort of shot in the arm that the creatively stagnant games industry needs.
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  4. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad ¡pǝlqɐsıp ƃuıƃƃɐʇ sɐɥ ;ǝpnɹ ʇou

    Don't think the Ouya'll do it, then?
  5. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    No.
  6. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad ¡pǝlqɐsıp ƃuıƃƃɐʇ sɐɥ ;ǝpnɹ ʇou

    Ouya with VR headset?
  7. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    This is the thing that I most want in tech. True VR immersion is something I want to experience before I croak.
  8. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Needs more power
  9. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Stealing yo' likes

    I still havent got over The Lawnmower Man.
  10. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    This is the most impressive bit, as that's where 'affordable' VR rigs tend to fall down.
  11. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    That, and the very low latency are what makes this a game changer. I remember trying VR the last time it was cool and it was obvious you were looking through a tiny rectangle at a scene that lagged behind your head movements.

    Wearing the Rift apparently feels like you're "really there". Carmack talks about bending down to touch the floor and there being no sensory disconnect between the real thing he's touching and the virtual thing he's seeing. The possibilities are very exciting :)
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  12. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

    Probably will need a puke-bucket next you your chair too :)
  13. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    This technology is being used for a silly purpose, but it could be a good match with Good VR Headsets.



    Fully 3D force feedback with multiple "virtual objects"
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  14. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Cool.

    And strangely disturbing.
  15. stuff_it

    stuff_it Nerd burglar

    <vegan bacon joke>
  16. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Yes, well, it has both the look and the taste!
  17. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

  18. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

  19. Global Stoner

    Global Stoner baseline neural therapy

    I really really want one.
  20. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/john-carmack-joins-oculus-as-cto/
    John Carmack has joined Oculus as chief techology officer. This is excellent news.
    My hype needle for the Rift has been pushed hard in the red ever since I first read about it.
    I got round to trying it out at Rezzed a month ago and while it has rough edges as a dev kit, the feeling of immersion is absolutely incredible. The 3D for close-up objects is utterly convincing.
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  21. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    i was so tempted to get a dev kit.

    but i'm going to have to wait for a commercial release

    hope it isn't too expensive
  22. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    They're aiming for $300. Sounds good to me
  23. Fez909

    Fez909 I'm a Fishco Dancer (And a Sweet Romancer)

    It won't be long before someone creates a murder simulator (or worse) and the Wail is up in arms about this new breed of dangerous video games.
  24. Global Stoner

    Global Stoner baseline neural therapy

    Any chance it will be compatible with the next gen of consoles?
  25. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    very slim
  26. FaradayCaged

    FaradayCaged I like pancakes, do you like pancakes?


    What makes you say that? Have Oculus said anything about it themselves? Just was just kind of assuming that it would be, as they are releasing it to developers so it is kind of up to them if any next gen titles will be be compatible wouldn't it?
  27. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Console manufacturers exert a significant amount of control over what is available for those platforms. Deals would need to be done to provide support. The Oculus Rift FAQ is therefore non-committal about this stuff, merely expressing hope.
  28. Fez909

    Fez909 I'm a Fishco Dancer (And a Sweet Romancer)

    if it was a hit, no doubt we'd see Sony and Microsoft developing their own versions of it like we did with Kinnekt and Move following the Wii's success with motion controllers.
  29. moon

    moon Happy Happy Jo Wonderland

    I tried the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset last night, it was kinda cool.. any suggestions for things to watch/play on it?
  30. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Pretty strong rumours that Sony has had one in the works for some time now. Might be unveiled at CES in January...

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