As every science fiction fan knows, if you want to escape to different worlds or satisfy your inner action junkie, you do not have to hop into a space ship. Instead, you simply put on a pair of virtual reality goggles, sit back, and enjoy. So where can we get ours?
Well, you can’t pick up a pair at your nearby Best Buy just yet, but virtual reality goggles are getting closer to becoming a reality. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acquired the gaming company, Oculus VR on March 25, 2014 for a whopping two billion dollars, in a combination of cash and stocks.
That’s quite a bit of money to shell out for video games, but that wasn’t Zuckerberg’s objective. Rather, he’s interested in a piece of technology the company produces, its Oculus Rift goggles, which allow gamers to feel like they’re not just watching objects on the screen, but like they’re in the game with the fictional characters.
And just how is this achieved? The Oculus Rift goggles, which look much like something you’d wear for a welding project, hooks into your computer or device as part what’s being called an “Oculus Rift Development Kit.” Inside the goggles are a series of lenses, positioned to create a stereoscopic, 3-D effect. The goggles also include motion sensors, so the overall effect is that you, the player, are moving around within what you’re seeing on the game screen!
Awesome! And how much is this development kit going to set you back, and how can you get yours like yesterday? You may not want to get in line just yet.
The “Oculus Rift Development Kit” is still in development, and not available to the public yet. Ordering has been put on hold for now, as developers are fine tuning a second version of the kit, eliminating the current bulky control box and cables, and that version is expected to be released in late 2014 or 2015.
Zuckerberg says his interest in the technology centers around shopping and social media. The military is showing some interest as well, as a possible therapy for soldiers with brain injury. As of right now, the first things you’ll be seeing are some games, including an updated version of the classic Doom.