Yesterday, the crew behind the the most talked about virtual reality headset took the stage in a pre-E3 press conference to provide some new information on its anticipated project. The Oculus Rift began as a Kickstarter explosion, and has since partnered with Facebook as they designed, tested, and re-tested their brainchild to create an entirely new entry into the gaming world.
The consumer version of the Oculus Rift features a wireless sensor that’s used to measure depth, and the headset itself has 360-degree audio, and is light enough that it can be held in one hand. Microsoft has also partnered with Oculus, and each purchase will include an Xbox One controller, and the Rift will be compatible with the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. This is good news for those with Xbox One players who will be able to stream games to the Rift’s headset, providing a virtual world instead of a TV screen or monitor.
If a controller isn’t tasty, Oculus will also be releasing the Oculus Touch. These wireless controllers have been designed to hold in each hand that uses joysticks and trigger buttons to provide a more natural, free-moving hand and arm movements.
As far as games go, Oculus announced they would be investing $10 million towards independent game development for their VR device. They also announced that CCP will be releasing a game called EVE Valkyrie, and one from Insomniac Games titled Edge of Nowhere.
While the hour-long presser was filled with some new information, the biggest omission was what the final price will be once it’s released to the public. As far as consumerism goes, they did announce that the Rift will be available to the public sometime early 2016.
Check out the video from Microsoft below about their partnership with the Oculus Rift.
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