...Triples Target In 12 Hours
After wowing E3 attendees and attracting developer talent like id Software's John Carmack, the revolutionary Oculus Rift 3D VR headset hit Kickstarter yesterday in order to secure startup funds.
Amazingly, they've managed to triple their $250,000 target before the first day has ended. Full details below.
"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 predictably hyperbolic pitch. "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."
"We're here raising money on Kickstarter to build development kits of the Rift, so we can get them into the hands of developers faster. Kickstarter has proven to be an amazing platform for accelerating big and small ideas alike. We hope you share our excitement about virtual reality, the Rift, and the future of gaming."
Creator Palmer Luckey promises that the Oculus Rift will set the bar as far as 3D gaming is concerned - John Carmack, Gabe Newell, Cliffy B and other industry figures agree.
"Needless to say, I'm a believer... We're extremely excited here at Epic Games to get the Unreal Engine integrated with Oculus" - Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director, Epic Games
"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 you to support this Kickstarter.” -Gabe Newell, President and Owner, Valve
Luckey and the team are seeking $250,000 in order to create dev kits and develop the SDK... and have already secured three times that amount. Head over and check out the project for yourself.
John Carmack took the device to E3 2012 in order to show off the new creation, and we're rather excited to say the least. In the interests of full disclosure, though, I should probably point out that I've lusted for John Carmack ever since I played Wolfenstein 3D (I was slightly too understand the complex feelings at the time), so impartiality may be an issue. I rote u a pome.