Mobile VR Headsets are 'the Future' says Oculus Founder

VRFocus - Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR, has said that mobile virtual reality (VR) headsets are the future of the VR industry. Speaking at the South By South West (SXSW) Gaming festival, Luckey revealed his prediction that VR headsets that didn’t require any attachment to other hardware to run high-end videogames would be here ‘within the decade’.

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GentlemenRUs1678d ago (Edited 1678d ago )

*If you can look towards the consumer version first

Look, We won't be getting these till 2016, It's the cold hard truth =/

SteamPowered1678d ago

Pretty bold prediction. Especially about cell phones becoming more powerful than pc. Hopefully they reveal the release date on the 19th.

jazmac1678d ago

This kind of VR really doesn't appeal to me, having a large block strapped to my head is not the kind of immersion in videos games I'm looking for.

Sadly this is the only realistically possible kind of VR within reach as dream type VRs or virtual rooms are way off into the future.

It's kind of a double edged sword, I want them to progress down this line of tech and so giving it a commercial platform is a good thing, but at the same time I don't want these headsets to detract from the current games market especially when it comes to competitive multiplayer games.

Pandamobile1678d ago

How would VR detract from existing game markets when it's entirely optional?

jazmac1678d ago

Because these VR headsets will not only make their own games but are being implemented into existing and future games so if successful could start to have impact on how AAA games are designed from the start.

e.g. take Call of Duty/Battlefield/Quake/Counter Strike but its primary focus is now on VR functionality

An extreme scenario I know but I'm looking at this from a games skill level perspective, VR in this form is pretty much never going to be particularly skilful at least compared to how we play now with keyboard and mouse.

Just a thought, I don't really see it having such an impact but I think it conveys my thoughts on why I don't find this kind of VR in itself interesting but I may have interest in what it could (eventually) lead to.

SpiralTear1678d ago

It's still pretty surreal to me that this kind of tech exists. It was considered a futuristic sci-fi idea barely a couple decades ago. And really, mobile VR headsets seem like the logical progression for "the VR industry."

Not so certain about their place in the games industry just yet. I'm very eager to try one out, though.

Clover9041678d ago (Edited 1678d ago )

I'm so excited for the eventual release of the consumer model Oculus Rift. Unfortunately, the consumer model isn't coming anytime soon. Palmer Luckey himself has hinted at the possibility of a new Developer Kit coming very soon, so I'm expecting a GDC announcement.

I'm not a game developer, but I am ready to have my mind blown like the Verge crew. DK2, here I come:

specialguest1678d ago

I'm really conflicted. I want to order the DK1 now to finally experience the magic, but DK2 might be out in a few short months.

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