Oculus Rift virtual reality headset secures Kickstarter funding

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has moved a step closer to becoming a reality after hitting its Kickstarter target of $250.000 in just four hours.  

The Oculus Rift purports to offer gamers a truly immersive virtual reality enhanced gaming experience, using a 640 by 800 pixel screen for each of the user's eyes. It also promises wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, The Kickstarter target is focussed around funding production of dev kits so games producers can begin working with the technology. As the device's Kickstarter page points out: "the consumer version of the Rift is still a ways down the road.”

The device's current specifications, which are subject to change are as follows:

Technical specs of the Dev Kit (subject to change)
Head tracking: 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) ultra low latency
Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal
Resolution: 1280x800 (640x800 per eye)
Inputs: DVI/HDMI and USB
Platforms: PC and mobile
Weight: 0.22 kilograms

The VR headset already has drawn interest and praise from high-profile developers in the gaming industry, including Epic's Design Director Cliff Bleszinski and Valve's President Gabe Newell. It was championed by id Software boss John Carmack at this year's E3 video games expo in Los Angeles.

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