Back in the early 90s I remember trying out Virtual Reality and being tremendously excited. Everyone agreed it was just about to change the world and make it slightly more brilliant. Which, quite frankly, it needs. Films like The Lawnmower Man showed some of its potential for taking ‘educationally challenged’ people and turning them into raging egotistical psychopaths. On the gaming front (and probably porn front), things were going to be great.
I remember VR being pretty fun. For its time. I wondered slowly around a blocky landscape and fired an inaccurate gun at a slow pterodactyl for some reason. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Then… no VR for bloody ages.
20 years later we finally have the awesome sounding Oculus Rift.(Good Scifi character name.) Oculus Rift was invented by some ‘soon to be a billionaire’ gaming brainy-pants in his garage. It has since been crowd funded. The cool thing is that it doesn’t cost a 100,000quid, it will actually be affordable. Plus, advances in screens and motion sensors have allowed it to be fucking incredible.
Just to reiterate, this is fully immersive 3D, we are talking about. Combined with games. Come on Christmas!
Here are some vaguely interesting clips. First, someone brilliant has already turned Skyrim into an Oculus Rift compatible game. Here is a brief clip talking about it and the Oculus generally.
If you like Skyrim or want to see the 3D yourself, you can try this NOW. AT HOME JUST USING YOUR EYES!Maybe you have already seen this before. Quite frankly, it may be the last thing you see because I am sure it messes up your eyes. But watch this clip and go cross eyed. Honestly. If you get it right you will see Skyrim in 3D and that’s surely another bucket list ticked.
Finally, here is a gamer/geek’s first impressions:
I will be buying one of these. Or if an Oculus Rift publicity man reads this, then send me one and I will publicize the hell out of it.