Who needs all that fancy motion control, 3D technology, tablet controller mumbo jumbo? Some devs at the Exile Game Jam just made a "Guillotine Simulator" for the Oculus Rift. Yes, the headset that brings gamers closer to the action than ever before now has an application that simulates getting your head chopped off by a execution device. Welcome to the future of video games.
In the video below you can see the developers having unsuspecting players lean on top of a chair, no controllers available to them, and simply ask them to look around. They'll see a crowd having gathered around them, but it's not until they look upwards that they truly see what's in store for them. The guillotine drops. The head rolls off. What am I even watching.
Some of the players are legitimately shocked by the events of the game, either from watching the blade dropping towards them or though that you're seeing what it might look like from the view of a disembodied head. Some people are visibly afraid, others smile knowingly -- this, this is what's so brilliant about the Oculus Rift.
No controller, just first-person perspective into an event we'd otherwise never have known.
The Oculus Rift is not yet in full release to the public. Dev kits have been sent out to many backers, though I believe they're still in the process of getting them out to everyone who pre-ordered. Hardware developers go out of their way to remind us that the dev kit is just that, it's meant for developers to build things with, not for consumers. A consumer version of the device will be available in 2014.