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Oculus Rift VR system to get official Android support, nothing for iOS

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Oculus Rift VR system to get official Android support, nothing for iOS
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Oculus Rift, it is a fairly exciting new entry into the virtual reality gaming world. Virtual reality is something that got big for a short time in the mid-90s, but the technology just couldn't match the dream, and so the idea fell aside until recently. The Oculus Rift has gained the attention of a number big name game developers, including John Carmack, founder of id Software who is adding support for the accessory into Doom 4. 

The device acts as a pair of goggles that give independent displays to each eye, simulating 3D, and the device contains a number of sensors so when you move your head you can actually look around the game world. The promise of the device has already led to its Kickstarter earning almost 10 times ($2.4 million) its goal of $250,000. 

Now, chief executive officer Brendan Iribe has surprised us all by announcing that along with the upcoming PC launch of the Oculus Rift, there are plans to have mobile support ready as soon as possible to that initial release. Unfortunately for the company that fancies itself the leader of mobile gaming, there are no plans for iOS support, only Android. As yet, there is no word on mobile games that will support the accessory. 

source: VentureBeat

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posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:54

1. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

Now that's sweet. I want to play boxing and do my 1-2-3 combo punching in the air!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 18:29

6. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I'm interested in racing and fighter pilot sims. Maybe even see what can be had in future Battlefield and Call of Duty games.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:29

2. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I want to try Amnesia and Outlast with this... and then never sleep again..

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:20

3. AJtheAndroid (Posts: 42; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Used the developer version....looks quite good except the resolution isnt as good in the developer version.

Theres a future in this for sure if lots of games support and it has a reasonable price.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:27

4. stealthd (unregistered)

No iOS support seems like it'll cut out a huge chunk of mobile gaming. They just have to make an SDK for iOS developers to integrate into games. Personally I think supporting mobile at all with something like the Oculus Rift is kind of silly, I mean are we going to see people on buses wearing the goggles? (And then missing their stop or having someone swipe their wallet). Better not to leave mobile gamers out in the cold, but the experience is going to pale in comparison to a Rift hooked up to a desktop gaming PC.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:29

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I am sure iOS support would be coming. The device is still new.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 03:48

7. Red-Pain (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I want Sword Art online :D

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