There is a growing circle of developers and gamers that believe that the Oculus Rift is the future of gaming. Virtual reality has been a pipe-dream for many gamers ever since the early 1990s when the technology became a neat parlour attraction. In the past, the experience never quite matched the concept and it was literally headache inducing. Now that technology has caught up, it appears that worthwhile VR might finally be within gamer’s grasps with the Oculus Rift.
The headset is capable of high definition 3D at 60 fps (maybe even 4K) and despite only having developer kits available, it already has several impressive experience available for the device. It has been stated in the past that the VR headset will be used for PC and mobile devices, but what about next-gen consoles?
According to the Rift’s inventor, Palmer Luckey, that is unlikely. Talking to TechRadar, Luckey said that the Oculus Rift won’t make an appearance on next-gen since the device is going to be continually upgraded and the nature of consoles is “too limited.” Luckey explained:
“The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they’re locked to a certain spec for a long, long time. Look at the PCs that existed eight years ago. There have been so many huge advances since then. Now look at the VR hardware of today. I think the jump we’re going to see in the next four or five years is going to be massive, and already VR is a very intensive thing, it requires rendering at high resolutions at over 60 frames a second in 3D.”
Luckey went on to explain that at the rate that mobile devices are growing and how far their processing power has come in the last few years, it won’t be long until they are more powerful than even the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“So when you have VR hardware that’s getting better every year and mobile processing power that’s getting better every year, it won’t be too many years before you can get a much better experience than a console in a headset that has everything built into it and is still cheaper than a console.”
While this may disappoint those who were hoping to enjoy the Oculus Rift on their next-gen consoles there is some respite. All indications show that Sony is indeed working on their own virtual reality headset and it isn’t too hard to imagine Microsoft being on their tails. VR is about to come back in a big way and major publishers are unlikely to want to miss a bite at the cherry.
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