Gabe Newell Urges Devs To Back The Oculus Rift VR Headset Kickstarter

Tom Hopkins

The John Carmack-backed Oculus Rift virtual reality headset hits Kickstarter, with support from Valve, Epic and Unity.

Published on Aug 1, 2012

Oculus Rift, the impressive Virtual Reality headset shown off by id Software's John Carmack at E3 is now available via Kickstarter.

The headset can be bought, fully assembled for $300 and comes with a copy of id's upcoming rerelease, Doom 3 BFG - but the kits are currently aimed at developers with higher tiers offering full SDK support.

The project is headed by VR expert Palmer Luckey, and following recent meetings, also has the backing of Epic, Unity and Valve.

"It looks incredibly exciting, if anybody’s going to tackle this set of hard problems, we think that Palmer’s going to do it," reads a quote from Gabe Newell. "So we’d strongly encourage you to support this Kickstarter."

The move is the first step in bringing the headset to market according to creator Luckey.

"Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever," reads the description. "With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before."

Developers can get their hands on a Rift earlier thanks to the Kickstarter, according to Luckey.

Last month the VR expert also hinted that a commerical version of the Oculus Rift was well into development.

"The extent of their relationships with Oculus varies, but I can promise at least a few partnerships," he wrote. "I am working with hardware engineers who have designed some extremely well known gaming peripherals, software developers with very extensive middleware integration and partnership experience, and a small amount of funding from people who really, really want VR to happen."

The Oculus Rift is expected to be available for the public to try at the upcoming Quakecon.



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