Kickstarter: Oculus-Rift virtual reality headset hits funding goal

Wednesday, 1 August 2012 20:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Oculus-Rift a new virtual reality headset backed by id Software’s John Carmack aunched a Kickstarter page this morning, and it’s already surpassed its $250,000 goal with 1,402 backers pledging $346,703.

The headset is to be developed by start-up Oculus, and according to its official Kickstarter page, the initial funds will go towards creating dev kits that studios can use to support their games.

One outspoken fan of the project is id Software’s John Carmack. In fact, if you pledge $300 or more, you will bag yourself a Oculus-Rift headset with a copy of id’s Doom 3: BFG edition built-in.

Carmack is also quoted on the Oculus Kickstarter page, “What I’ve got now, is, I honestly think the best VR demo probably the world has ever seen.”

That’s not a bad endorsement.

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