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Oculus Rift will be able to achieve “Matrix level virtual reality” in just a few years

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 12:00 GMT By Dave Owen

The found of Oculus Palmer Luckey has stated that VR tech may be able to achieve “Matrix level virtual reality” virtual reality within just a few years, “depending on how lucky we are.”

In a talk with Eurogamer Luckey predicted a bright future for VR technology: “VR tech is still very crude,” he said, “but it’s advancing rapidly.”

The Oculus Rift device is going from strength-to-strength this year. Over 20,000 dev units have been shipped, and the company recently recruited id veteran John Carmack as its CTO. Oculus is now working on making the device combatible with Android mobile devices.

The next step beyond that would be to bring the device to games consoles. It’s simplicity means it would be a relatively easy thing to accomplish. “From our point of view you just need an HDMI input, and both consoles have HDMI,” said Laird Malamed of Oculus. “My experience has been that to get access to the USB side, that’s typically where you need software level support and that’s where you need their help.”

This could be nixed if Microsoft and Sony choose to release their own VR headsets for their respective next-gen consoles. Malamed said that the competition would be a positive thing for the technology.

“They’re big companies with lots of resources. For us we’d say good. With John Carmack coming over as our CTO, we’ve had a great Kickstarter campaign, they continue to be great supporters, but we’re still a start-up. VR’s had a lot of failures in the past, and so the more people that enter the market is good because developers that ultimately have to develop the content, they know they’ll have people playing their games which is better for all of us.”

It’s conceivable then that VR headsets could become commonplace during the next console generation.

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  1. redwood

    http://2.asset.soup.io/asset/1001/0370_1fb7.gif

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Lloytron

    ‘Matrix level’ virtual reality?

    Exaggerate much? Matrix level virtual reality = impossible to tell it from actual reality.

    Yeah I’d say give it a few years and a pair of goggles and then we’ll all “know kung fu”.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Pytox

    @1 hahahhaha xD

    #3 11 months ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    I can’t WAIT for the 1080p consumer device to be launched. Real next gen stuff.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Gheritt White

    What if I told you this was the biggest load of BS I’d heard all year?

    #5 11 months ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m sure porn in The Matrix is much better than on the Rift!

    edit: @1 lol!

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Bomba Luigi

    Yeah… no. And when it should be possible one Day, please don’t do it. It dosn’t end good.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Hcw87

    20-50 years from now, they’ll probably come up with Dream Machines where you can ”Dream” your own games/virtual reality.

    So pretty much like The Matrix.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. M. K.

    Jesus, this Rift bullshit is getting more ridiculous day by day :D

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Eury Spenta

    matrix? more like shitrix
    stupid usless device

    #10 11 months ago
  11. sebastien rivas

    Ain’t getting ridicul at all.
    Ok the headset looks very clunky 80′s look at my VCR on my head but still the technology is truly next gen.
    For example thing I expect from Occulus:
    1-No wiring to console whatsoever
    2-no more sitting on the coach
    3-use for any FPS, RPG and alike with 3D viewpoints
    4-Might as well kill game pads and instead manufacture sticks, guns, shield etc… with all classic inputs so it is not a necessity to have 2 hands on a single object.

    The main issue is how do we walk/run/jump/crouch/straff etc… without inputs and use of fingers and while not bumping onto the coffee table and alike, that is the real next step!

    #11 11 months ago
  12. ninm156

    I have an Oculus and ya they are a ways off from the matrix. They have a few major issues screen resolution, screen door effect and motion sickness. But if they get the first two fixed it will look pretty convincing. I booted up 3D heaven01 and the gal looks like she is standing right in front of you, i wouldn’t say matrix but add in some blue and red neon and I would swear I was in a Tron spin off (a low res low budget x-rated version anyway). I think stuff like that alone will sell and push this tech along. The Omni is working on walking and people are using the hydra to simulate arm movement and I think if this really takes off the rest will come. and honestly everyone I have shown this to wants one so I don’t see how this wont sell well. They throw up a kiosk at the local best buy and that will take care of that and as far as the headset it is the developer version its functional not really designed for retail sales. I can tell you that you can wear it for hours without any issues it may look like a vcr but it feels about as heavy as a pair of good ski googles. It is the future unless holo projectors are in the works.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. sh4dow

    @5:

    I’d agree.
    He should really lay off the drugs.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. dcoetzee

    The most exciting part of this story to me is Luckey’s sincere statement that Microsoft and Sony making their own VR device would be a good thing. This is why Oculus VR hasn’t patented any of its technology: he is committed to the success of VR, not his own bottom line.

    #14 11 months ago