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Kickstart The Future With Oculus VR Headset

Kickstart The Future With Oculus VR Headset

by Jeff SmithAugust 1, 2012

3D VR Headsets have been attempted before, but the new Oculus 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 Kickstarter 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 Doom 3: BFG Edition which is already compatible with the Rift.

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


“I’m a believer. We’re extremely excited here at Epic Games to get the Unreal Engine 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 Unity

“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 Valve


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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  • John G

    I’ve read that the brain can calculate 3D by taking two images from two eyes and comparing them. However, 3D works perfectly fine with one eye. Surely this “Binocular vision” is pointless if the brain can calculate 3D perfectly fine with one eye.

    Does the brain just guess or is there some other trick involved? I notice eyes individually focus. So the brain could calculate the amount of blur and work out the distance that way?

  • lcollier93sbcglobalnet

    I have a 55WX800u Toshiba 3d tv, and I also have the toshiba 3d glasses, plus the Xbox.


    I’m planning to buy a 3D TV for my husband because he loves movies and is addicted to games, especially 3D games. Since 3D TVs are expensive, are there any models that have offer special discounts?

  • Ray D

    Ive never gone to see a 3D film because of this, i know you can sort of wear the 3D specs on your glasses,, but i don think its the same. Is there some sort of 3D glasses site, you could buy with your prescription?

  • liza

    I am planning to add a 3d effect on my future designs, what 3d software can you recommend that will work well also with adobe products?

  • Krazy Bob

    The usual explanation for our 3d vision is that, having 2 eyes, the crossed result of their slightly different vision creates the 3d effect. However, if I close one eye, I don’t experience any sudden flattening of my vision; nor I think that one-eyed people have problems perceiving depth, do they? So, what’s the REAL mechanism behind 3d vision?

  • nathan

    1. For some reason when I access the transparency page in the 3D Canvas site, it redirects to Yahoo. Can any 3D modelers help me out for transparency for spoke gaps for steam locomotive wheels?

    2. How to bend objects to form a curve because I need a steam locomotive top cab to be curved.

  • Xavier Hawthorne

    Hi guys
    I’m just wondering if there is any Virtual Reality Helmets that put you to sleep and you play games at the same time. Like say you put the helmet on, and put in a Doom cartridge, then it puts you to sleep then you wake up in a world of aliens and stuff(kinda like when you go to sleep and your in a terrible nightmare), and when you die you wake up again.
    I’m well aware of SmartGoggles and Oculus Rift But they dont do that type of virtual reality.
    But i was just asking if there was actually one of those types of VR helmets in the world.

  • Denali

    Doom is without a doubt my #1 favorite video game of all time! The original game was my intro to the FPS genre. It was for the majority of all old school gamers. Doom is the patriarch of FPS games. Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Killzone, Resistance, etc. they all owe their success to Doom and id Software. So hen I heard that Doom 3 was getting the HD treatment. I pounced on that sh*t!

    Doom 3: BFG Edition is gonna be sick! Featuring HD versions of Doom 3, Resurrection of Evil, and a new Expansion titled The Lost Mission. What’s not to love? Plus it includes the original Doom and Doom 2: Hell on Earth! Not to mention it is the first game to feature functionality for the upcoming Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head mounted display that is currently being developed by Oculus. The Oculus Rift currently has a Kickstarter campaign underway for those wanting to pledge.

    Doom 3: BFG Edition is a must have fr any REAL FPS fan!

  • Bryant B

    What do most people use for 3d design? It has to be simple enough to learn by messing around but still usable to make high quality stuff once you get some experience. Sort of like Photoshop is for image manipulation.

  • NC Baller

    I am very serious about making movies and although I have made some good movies using After Effects and all, I’m ready to expand my knowledge and get into animation. I’ve heard of a bunch of 3D Programs such as Milkshape and Autodesk 3D Max. What’s the best stuff available for a budget under $1000?

  • Le Pwner

    If I put red and blue dots to create a 3D effect on a mirror, and looked into it with 3D glasses, would the appearance of myself and others appear 3D as well? If not, what could I put onto a mirror to make it’s image 3D?

  • simply complicated

    Basically a friend and I were wondering if you recorded a 3D film on a video camera could you just put the 3D glasses over the lens and it be 3D for everyone?