This is the virtual reality headset the world has been waiting for, offering an immersive experience unlike any product. While previous generations of virtual reality headsets have had viewing angles of around 30 to 40 degrees, the Oculus Rift has a diagonal field of view of 110 degrees. This means users will really feel as if they’re inside a video game. Plus, with low-latency head tracking built in, turning your head allows you to look around the world in near real time.
Oculus VR launched its Kickstarter campaign with a Best of E3 2012 Game Critics Award and the support of industry heavyweights such as Gabe Newell, president and owner of Valve. The company reached — then exceeded — its $250,000 goal on the first day of funding. Oculus VR finished its crowdfunding round with more than $2.4 million.
A pledge of $300 was enough to preorder an Oculus Rift developer kit and a copy of the first-person shooter game “Doom 3 BFG,” scheduled to ship in December. A week before funding closed, Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games announced that the game “Hawken” will be Oculus-ready at its launch Dec. 12.