Australian T3 - - GAME ON -

It seems fit­ting that the lit­tle crowd-funded head­set that could – and by “could” we mean re­vive the en­tire world’s in­ter­est in vir­tual re­al­ity – has hit the mon­e­tary mother lode. Ocu­lus VR’s US$2bn sell­out to Face­book was frowned upon by those cling­ing to the quaint idea that Kick­starter is an in­vest­ment web­site, not just a glo­ri­fied pre-or­der ser­vice, but for the wider world it con­firmed what some al­ready knew: ty­ing a screen to your face is, in­deed, the fu­ture.

Hav­ing used the new lolly to snap up key names from the likes of Google Glass, Nvidia, Doom cre­ator id Soft­ware and Un­charted de­vel­oper Naughty Dog, Ocu­lus is no longer the nerdy guy tool­ing around in the garage, but a 125-strong team. With over 30,000 pre-or­ders for its DK2 de­vel­oper kit to date and a new pub­lish­ing di­vi­sion build­ing a ros­ter of ex­clu­sives, the count­down to a re­tail re­lease can’t have long to run. US$350, ocu­lus vr.com, dev kit out now, consu mer re­lease TBC

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