Gabe Newell is Excited about a new Virtual Reality Headset
When I first saw a set of virtual reality goggles back in the 90′s I thought to myself “This… this is the future!” But now it’s 2012 and VR advancements seem to have hit a bit of a wall. Perhaps it was the less then phenomenal “Virtual Boy” that turned people sour on the concept of VR.
Whatever the case, virtual reality is primed to make a comeback with the “Rift” by Oculus. Created by Luckey Palmer, the goal of the Rift is to bring affordable virtual reality headsets to the masses and also to game developers. In order to get some dev kits of his new technology in the hands of game developers, he’s begun a Kickstarter campaign that’s already brought in over half a million dollars.
So what’s got people so excited? Well it could be that Valve CEO Gabe Newell appears in the Kickstarter video and declares that if anyone can solve the problems involved with Virtual Reality, Palmer Luckey can. And Gabe’s not the only heavy hitter in the video. John Carmak, Id software’s lead programmer for Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein was the one to originally discover the Rift and he’s worked with Luckey to create an VR ready Doom BFG, which will be the first title compatible with the Oculus Rift. Cliffy B also popped up on the video to give another ringing endorsement and says that Epic games is excited for the possibilities.
The really exciting thing about the Oculus Rift is that Kickstarter backers who pledge $300 or more get a dev kit. And if they can sell a dev kit for that low, there’s a good chance that the actual retail product will be affordable enough for the average gamer to pick up. The Kickstarter video is available here, I’d highly advise checking it out. Maybe next we’ll finally get those flying cars!