Imagine being completely immersed in the game that you're playing. Even more immersed than what you're thinking of right now. Imagine seeing the gaming world that you're in as you would see snowflakes in front of your eyes on a stormy winter's day in Canada. Can you see it? This is the kind of real-life experience that Oculus wants to bring to gaming.
The Oculus Rift Headset
Oculus has designed a headset that's been shaped and developed solely for gaming purposes. The Rift headset provides users with a 3D view of games that looks really hard to beat. If you're thinking of a 3D movie or TV, you're not completely off base - but the Oculus Rift headset is even better, even more complex.
This headset provides 'parallel images for each eye' (according to the Oculus website), and that translates into incredibly realistic 3D imaging for anyone that's a true gamer at heart. Oculus has just gained $75 million in funding to bring the headset to markets near you, too, so this is a 3D gaming reality that you can expect to take real life shape within the next few years.
Pricing and Details
A headset such as this one sounds expensive, right? Well, Oculus developers know that cost is important to gamers. With the high prices of consoles and games, Oculus doesn't want to enter the market with a headset that's incredibly expensive - that wouldn't make much sense to gamers that are tired of paying high prices.
You can purchase an Oculus Rift Development Kit right now for $300. That prices is completely reasonable considering the technology that you'll be getting. What, exactly, does the Rift headset look like, though? Picture a ski mask.
That's the best way to describe this headset - a ski mask that's lightweight and completely covers your face for an overall 3D gaming experience. Not only will you be able to play the games that you love, but you'll really feel like you're part of a game when you put this headset on.
Availability and Where to Buy
You can purchase your Rift Development Kit from the Oculus website right now, though the site does state that orders are expected to go out in December, but there's no specific date set yet. Oculus will use some of the $75 million the company has just raised to develop virtual games for the headset. This means that you can expect the lineup of games to get a lot better in the very near future.
The Rift headset currently works with Windows, Linux, and Mac supported software. If you're looking to propel yourself (or a gamer friend) into the future of gaming, I can't really think of a better way to do it than to purchase a Rift headset. Once the Oculus games hit the marketplace, gaming will take on a whole new (and much needed) dimension.
Will you spend $300 on a Rift headset? Or, do you feel like this type of virtual gaming is overrated?