If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the highly anticipated Oculus Rift head-mounted-display yet, we have one video for you now that is surely going to interest you. The new virtual reality tech is still in early stages, but one developer has used an early pair to demonstrate what Skyrim looks like when hooked up with Oculus Rift.
Since this is a headset based product, you can’t see the full potential of what is on offer here in the video – you have to experience it first hand to really get an idea. It does however, give you a glimpse of what Oculus Rift can do, with the developer Chris Gallizzi able to walk within the worlds of Skyrim by moving around with the headset placed on his head.
The display technology then merges the two images that you see in the video, to create a new 3D image that the player will see when actually using the headset. Gallizzi has also added that full 360 turns are possible and it really does feel like you are connected inside the world of Skyrim – blowing the likes of Kinect and other already-available motion kits out of the water.
Initially funded on Kickstarter, interest for Oculus Rift has now increased tenfold, highlighted in the fact that the likes of Gabe Newell, Cliff Bleszinski and John Carmark having already given their official endorsement to the tech. That means that developers who pledged $300 or more on Kickstarter as part of their backing are already in possession of an early kit, allowing them to go hands on with the product and introduce mods that allow support for games such as Skyrim.
A consumer version of Oculus Rift will not be ready until 2014, but we can’t wait to see what the final product looks like – again, it is all about being able to experience it first hand to truly appreciate what is possible. Watch the footage of Skyrim above and let us know your thoughts on virtual reality within gaming.
Are you really starting to believe that full virtual reality will be possible in the near future?
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