John Carmack was showing off an incredible virtual reaility headset at E3 this year, and now it has arrived on Kickstarter with a new name.
The VR headset is now a pretty sweet looking unit called the Oculus Rift. The Rift has arrived on crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a $250,000 goal but has already surpassed that. The project is set to expire on September 1, so the potential is certainly there for the funding to reach new heights. Donations start at $10, but you need to shell out $300 to receive the Rift. There was a $275 tier to receive an unassembled headset, but that has already sold out.
A $300 donation or higher will net you the Rift, a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition, and full access to the Developer Center for the SDK, documents, and more. Lower tiers get you everything from a special "thank you" to signed posters and t-shirts, so even if you don't have $300 lying around you can still help out. A $5,000 donation will even earn you a trip to Oculus to check out the labs and maybe play some games; however, only two spots were left at the time of writing.
Carmack is the co-founder of id Software and an engineering wizard, so it is only fitting to have him leading the way with VR headsets. The Oculus Rift produces a stereoscopic 3D image with a 110 degree field of view, which means you will not see the screen while using the headset. Resolution and latency problems of older VR headsets have also been eliminated with the Rift to make this headset ideal for gaming. You can check out the video below to get an idea of what the Oculus Rift will bring to gaming.