Virtual Reality Headset Oculus Rift Going Mobile

The virtual reality revolution is going mobile.

The folks developing the gush-worthy Oculus Rift VR headset have announced they are also working on a smaller, lighter version for Android devices. Yes, you could see people with VR headsets walking around in public next year. Well, maybe not walking around. Sitting on the train? Yeah, that sounds much safer.

VentureBeat reports that Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe made the announcement Tuesday morning at the GamesBeat 2013 conference, stating:

“We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as well as the PC VR side,” Iribe said. “We’re really looking at hitting the consumer market. We’re very excited about what we’re seeing. Skeptical about how good mobile VR could be on such a small platform? It’s pretty incredible what [John Carmack has] been able to do.”

What type of VR experiences can we expect on Android? “Modest” is the word Carmack used when speaking with Engadget last week. Think watching movies in 3D. However, Carmack said that Oculus envisions eventually creating a completely untethered Rift headset powered by the same types of chips in mobile devices.

Yes, Oculus has plans for Rift as a standalone platform, not just a PC peripheral. Could be amazing, particularly if cameras are added and augmented reality meets virtual reality.

I look forward to living in The Lawn Mower Man! Without the homicidal maniac, of course.

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