As this thread was becoming a monster, I created a web dedicated to the Oculus Rift - head over to www.riftvr.com for my latest ramblings.
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To me, it's one of the most exciting and significant developments in gaming peripherals for decades. And when I heard they'd fired up a Kickstarter project with the option to actually get your hands on a unit (should you pledge enough) - I barely hesitated.
It'd be good to have a thread with a collection of news, videos and updates / feedback from those who've pledged etc. So far:
--- Kickstarter Project page (rising at about $30,000 per hour at the moment)
--- Interesting E3 Interview with Carmack, with some details of his work on Doom 3 and obsession with head mounted displays. The relationship between the unit he uses in the video and the Oculus Rift are not transparently clear, but it seems to be close.
---- Edge feature - 10 Oculus Rift games they'd like to see.
---- Carmack's Quakecon 2012 keynote - fascinating insight to current HMD limitations and Carmack's involvement in the Rift project. Yes, it is 3 hours long, don't be a woofter and watch it anyway!
---- MTBS3D member hands-on, one of the most exciting and intriguing write up I've read: here
---- The beginning of the above thread with a full detailed review with a very early sample unit by Carmack with plenty of discussion and counterpoints by Palmer Luckey himself.
---- The full MTBS3D Rift thread here (starting at the point where most of us would be interested)
---- Joystiq's impressions of the Quakecon Rift demo.
---- RockPaperShotgun 'heads on' with the Rift.
---- Project Holodeck - using the Oculus Rift.
---- One of the best heads-on articles I've yet read from Penny-Arcade - again and again the same statements "it feels real".
---- Interview with Palmer at Siggraph
---- A pretty good write-up by Dvice of their experience of the Rift at Quakecon.
I think there's no doubt, even with the crappy low-res panels, this thing is incredible. Imagine what the imminent 2nd prototype will be like?
Dates for pledge rewards to ship are Nov 2012 for the self assembly kit ($275) and Dec 2012 for pre-assembled ($300). Both subject to $30 International Shipping BTW.
Can't wait to see where this goes.
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