VIRTUAL REALITY IS HERE. AGAIN.
Virtual reality (VR) has been a recurring theme in the world of gaming since 1992 film The Lawnmower Man gave us the idea that a passport to another dimension was only a snazzy electronic headset away.
Up until now, most attempts to immerse us in another world with magic goggles have been disappointing, but the global gaming community has a new name on its lips: something called Oculus Rift. It’s the latest player in VR, and many say it’s the best yet.
Stuart Miles, the founder of tech website Pocket-Lint.com, is one of the people who put an early prototype of the headset through its paces at this year’s CES show. “The concept is that you wear the goggles, then when you move your head it moves your character in the game,” he says. “It’s all about creating a fully immersive experience, and the clever bit is that you really do feel like you’re moving in real time.”
The brainchild of a hotshot 20-something American, the headset’s first round of financing – a hefty $2.4 million (Dh8.8m) – was raised through Kickstarter, the online fund-raising platform where fans of an idea pledge cash. Don’t expect it in the shops for six months or more, but when it arrives, it should be special.
As The New York Times says, “It’s like watching an IMAX screen that never ends.” Yes, a neverending IMAX screen where you’re in the action.