Neoseeker : News : John Carmack's VR headset lands on Kickstarter
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spietzack Aug 1, 12
sweet!!i want to play bf3 on these!!!
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ashantiqua Aug 1, 12
"Resolution and latency problems of older VR headsets have also been eliminated with the Rift to make this headset ideal for gaming."

so what then is the resolution? for something so close to your face, youll want something with a crapton of ppi. what tech is being used? LCD (hope not), OLED?
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bluexy Aug 1, 12
ashantiqua Here's about all they've said. Resolution: 1280x800 (640x800 per eye) with Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal -- the screens look LCD. Keep in mind this is a dev kit and not a final product, so who knows what they do with the specs in the future.
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Shadow of Death Aug 1, 12
Bit tempted to get this. Rather expensive, though. I already have a 3D Vision enabled rig. It doesn't have head tracking, but still...

Plus, only the bundled game will work with this at the time of release, who knows how many other games will ultimately get the feature. It would be especially important at a game's launch.
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THM Aug 1, 12
Nah....I'm satisfied with my 3D LED....
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BlackLabel Aug 2, 12
quote Shadow of Death
Bit tempted to get this. Rather expensive, though. I already have a 3D Vision enabled rig. It doesn't have head tracking, but still...

Plus, only the bundled game will work with this at the time of release, who knows how many other games will ultimately get the feature. It would be especially important at a game's launch.
This is ultimately something you just slam $15 on and then wait. Much of this money will be going to developers to help them port games to it and in Epic and Valve's case allow them to tweak their engines to support it. This Kickstarter is very much to fund the foundations to make the Oc Rift well supported, while we can buy the unit now they are very much expecting devs to buy that.
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Shadow of Death Aug 2, 12
BlackLabel - Honestly though, I don't expect it to get much cheaper once they start selling them properly TBH. I mean, it's 640x800x2 displays in a headset, with tracking and hardware intended to minimize latency. Individually, the hardware probably isn't all that expensive but I think it would add up.

Just how much cheaper do you think it'll get? They need to make a decent profit on each sale, whereas with the Dev kits they're probably more focused on breaking even (trying to get them out to developers by making the hardware attractively priced).

I'm in a position where it's only really worth getting either the headset or nothing though. I'm Canadian, and thus 'international', so I'd have to plonk $15 for the lower tier physical items, whereas the Rift device itself has a better item cost vs shipping ratio. I'm not all that keen on shirts or posters anyway (I have plenty of shirts I already want to wear, and ditto for posters).

If they give a rough estimate as to the cost of a consumer unit and it's cheap enough, I'll go for that instead.

So yeah, I'm a bit on the fence about this.
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BlackLabel Aug 2, 12
Shadow of Death - From what I've heard they will be looking to make the build quality and the components better without increasing cost. Whether they go through with that is undetermined and it may just be hopeful talk on their part.

If you can get one now then I'd say go for it as like you say it could go up in price, they are hoping it won't but there are no guarantees. On the plus side this tech as a dev unit is good enough to impress some big names so even if the consumer model does have slightly better components you won't be missing out.

So yeah I'd say if you can get it now, go for it. I mean you already have a rig that can do 3D so you are possibly in a better position than most to use this. I think as it is the risk is lower buying this unit as we don't know the future, they hope to improve it and keep costs down but they very well could fail in that and end up shipping at $400-$500. I think it would be a good idea to go for this if you can.
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Shadow of Death Aug 2, 12
Blacklabel - I'll sit on it for now then. The $300 one doesn't have a limit on units that can be ordered, so if nothing is brought up about the consumer version, then I might just bite the bullet and get it via kickstarter and hope that I didn't make a mistake XD They've got about a month before it ends to detail the consumer model before the kickstarter ends.
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MrGrimm Aug 3, 12
This kind of thing will be made eventually, with our without these guys. The sooner the better though, I might actually spend money on this Kickstarter.
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Mark pesces Oct 3, 12
He copied it from this site. http://www.vrtifacts.com/hmds/leep-on-the-cheap/


Eric howlett is going to sue them for violating his patent as soon as they make some money...just sayin... If you steal stuff you should pay who you stole it from
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