Thursday, 6 February 2014

1st Step Into Virtual Reality - The Oculus Rift

A new piece of technology has recently boomed with video game developers all across the globe because of it having the first massive step into realistic and practical virtual reality. Of course, I'm talking about the Oculus Rift!

The Rift is fairly lightweight head/facewear which allows a player to look around into a different world and interact seamlessly. Because it is so easy to become visually absorbed in the game world when using the Rift, it has had great popularity with the horror game genre so far with games like Slender: The Arrival, Lost in the Rift and Linger. It hasn't reached the public market as of yet as it is still in development, however developers can purchase versions of the Rift to test it and try their hand at making Oculus-Compatible games.

The Rift started with a great idea which was pitched on Kickstarter, because of the popularity and interest in the idea, more than enough money was pledged by fans to begin developing the Rifts we see being used by some developers today. Currently the Oculus team are working on being able to lean left, right, forward and back on the Rift for the next release version.

Hopefully in the not so late future, the Oculus Rift will have a lot of both Indie and Triple-A titles in the pipeline and the breakthrough piece of technology in virtual reality will become commercially available to the public.

If you're a developer, you can purchase your own Oculus Development kit by visiting their website at:

Below you can watch the Youtuber Pewdiepie playing an indie title for the Oculus Rift known as Linger, a horror game. (No gore, don't worry!)

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