3D Stereoscopic/VR gaming headsets are in development–and on the cusp of release–from all the major players in the industry, and now Oculus has announced that it is developing a VR device for dogs. The Dogulus Rffft will be available early next year for beta testing, with retail release slated for “holiday 2017.”
Unsurprisingly, it was Oculus developer and tech wizard John Carmack whose brainstorm led to the new device. “I thought, is there a tech market niche that hasn’t been explored? Pets have a lot of free time and disposable income. Plus, dogs are already highly motivated to play games.”
As with the Oculus Rift, it will be some time before developers create software that effectively makes use of the Dogulus’ capabilities. “Right now, demo titles include Sausage Quest, Sim Dog Park, and Fetch!,” Carmack said. “Oh, and a new Call of Duty game. Playing from the viewpoint of the dog was really popular in the last COD.”
Dogs are thought to have a limited ability to see color and detail. “Which makes VR a perfect fit for them, ” Carmack said. “Since VR kind of sucks anyway.”
Oculus has not set a street price for the retail product or the dev kit.
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