Finally an update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. The head mounted display that’s been… er… turning heads… has been teasing us with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The original plan was for it to go live in the middle of June but some exciting developments have happened since then. The Kickstarter was delayed due to these developments, but it’s actually been thanks to good news rather than bad — one bit of which is a lower price.
Palmer Luckey (aka PalmerTech), the mind behind the Oculus Rift, left an update today over at the MTBS3D forums and it’s nothing but good news. Originally, Luckey honed in on a $500 target price for the base Oculus Rift HMD. Today Luckey says that $500 will get you an even better bang for your buck: the HMD, head tracker, and a copy of Doom 3 for PC (which will fully support the Oculus Rift).
Luckey says that none of the delays are due to technical issues. Rather, it’s been timing and discussions with some big names in gaming that are very interested in the Oculus Rift. In particular, Luckey says that they wanted to delay the Kickstarter until the annual Quakecon and GamesCon. The Oculus Rift will be present at both conventions and Luckey hopes to generate a great amount of interest in the Kickstarter. This is a logical move thanks to John Carmack’s involvement in getting the Oculus Rift noticed by demoing it at E3.
So, that’s the latest on the Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter. I’ll be watching carefully for the very latest so stop back to stay up to date.