The big news of today was the fact that Oculus held a live event where they unleashed many knew details about the device. However, nobody expected to see Xbox’s Phil Spencer walk out on the stage to reveal that Microsoft has partnered with the company.
It was revealed that Oculus Rift devices will come with an Xbox One controller and adapter to be used with Windows 10 that will allow you to stream Xbox One games to the Oculus Rift.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the “Rift will natively work with Windows 10,” and that people will be able to “stream their Xbox One games like Halo, Forza, and Sunset Overdrive to the Oculus Rift using the controller that they know and love.”
Check out the Step Into The Rift trailer below.
Next year marks the beginning of virtual reality for the gaming industry and the entertainment industry as a whole.
Oculus VR has revealed that the consumer build of Oculus Rift is officially launching in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders being available later this year.
While a price or release date was not revealed during today’s announcement, the devs do promise that it will ship with compelling content, a full ecosystem and a fully-integrated hardware and software tech stack that is designed specifically for the Rift.
A Kickstarter campaign began for the Oculus Rift back in 2012, with the company raising over $2 million. However, things skyrocketed from there as Facebook acquired the company for over $2 billion just two years later.
The Rift will be coming next year… kinda.
The virtual reality movement has been happening gradually for a while now, with new models of the Oculus Rift dev kit being released for those willing to fork over cash for a work in progress. With all of these new dek kits, though, there has been a surprising lack of information regarding when then finished version of the Rift will be released to the public.
Well, TechRadar has reported that the Rift could be released to the public as soon as next next year. They are claiming that the first version of the consumer build will role out by Summer 2015, with the previously expected Spring release likely being delayed.
It’s worth noting that this first consumer version is set to be released in the form of a public beta, as it will be released in limited quantities and will only be attainable through the company itself. The expected price for this version of the Rift is somewhere between $200 and $400.
Condemn O.R. Condone:
The idea of the Rift is definitely interesting, but with all of these dev kits and still no word on when the actual version will be released, I’m starting to get a little tired of hearing about. When this thing is finally ready to go and we have a better idea of what kind of audience it will cater to, then we’ll talk.
Well, this is an unexpected turn of events. The VR company Oculus VR, which began as a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Oculus Rift, has been purchased by Facebook in a huge deal worth an estimated $2 billion.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the following in a statement:
“Oculus’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.
Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.
But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.”
Condemn (OR) Condone:
I’m pretty mixed on this news. This undoubtedly means that Oculus has a ton more money to work with, but at what cost? It sounds to me like Zuckerberg has a lot more planned for Oculus then what Oculus even intended, and hopefully that all doesn’t get in the way of gaming.
[Note] The judgments are the following:
Condemn – Hate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | Condone – Love
Though the Oculus Rift has been showcased by various personalities on YouTube, the actual consumer build is still a ways off. When it does hit shelves, though, many expect that it will come with a steep pricetag. However, according to the Oculus Rift creator it will be something anyone can afford.
Creator Palmer Luckey said the following to GameIndustry International: “You can’t sell an expensive piece of hardware and expect tons of content to show up. We’re not doing market research around what’s the breaking point for people to buy a VR headset; we’re just trying to sell it as cheap as we can while still existing as a company.”
It has been mentioned in the past the the system is targeting a $300 price range, with the possibility for a cheaper price with potential partnerships.
Condemn OR Condone:
If this is a system that can actually be affordable and can live up to its lofty hype, then I think it could be pretty cool. Still, they have been mentioning treadmills and other things to “optimize” the experience that would cost over half a grand easily. If you can get the complete experience for an affordable price then I’m all for it, but i’m still iffy on whether or not that will end up being the case.