A little while before E3, id’s John Carmack started getting very excited about a virtual reality headset he had been tinkering with. It’s part of what prompted id to re-package Doom 3 into the upcoming Doom 3: BFG Edition. When it was stated that Doom 3: BFG Edition will support “head mounted displays” it seemed odd; how many ordinary people have VR headsets lying around at home? Not many, but that’s about to change.
When Carmack was gushing about this prototype VR headset, he was actually gushing about the Oculus Rift, which is being designed by a guy called Palmer Luckey. The headset is being aimed at anyone who is into gaming, and the designer promises that it’s going to change the way we play games. But what makes this promise a little more believable is that John Carmack, Gabe Newell, David Helgason (Unity) and Cliff Bleszinski have all experienced the prototype, and they all want in.
The team behind the Oculus Rift has just begun a Kickstarter campaign to help fund developer units so that when the final product comes out, there’s a load of games that work with it. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter was completely funded in a matter of hours. Hit the jump for a video walkthrough.