Oculus Rift Won’t Make It To Next-Gen Consoles Because They Are Too ‘Limited’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 14th, 2013 at 8:58 am,

Oculus Rift Next Gen

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.”

Oculus Rift Not For Next Gen

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.

Are you excited for VR gaming? Do you think it could be the future of gaming? Let us know, down below.

Soure: TechRadar

TAGS: Microsoft, Oculus Rift, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

  • http://www.sof-bf4.net/ RedKnight

    Out of the mouth, of an IDIOT!!!

    This is how to make sure… your new VR Headset fails in the marketplace!!! PC and Mobile Phone/TABLET sales only…. will not be enough to make the Oculus Rift a success.

    At first… the Oculus Rift will sell to a niche audience. People will not sit at an airport or in their home wearing the Oculus Rift to play a game on their iPhone. The majority of PC players will continue to use their expensive HD game screens. But the Next-Gen console players always look for new ways to play their games. A VR headset with a new PS4 or xBox1… would sell very nicely! And considering most gamers… play their games for 1 to 5 hours at a time… there’s your VR headset buyers!!

    I hope this idiot sees, in time, that including the PS4 and xBoxOne for the Oculus Rift, will keep his company in business!

    Palmer…. if you’re out there… I hope you’ve read this!! And I’m not buying stock in your company anytime soon!!!!

    • Deepset Rogue

      That’s kind of a dumb thing to say. Sony is already planning a VR headset and Microsoft will more than likely attempt to make their own for the Xbox One as, like you said, gamers are wanting new ways to play their games. In a competitive situation the Oculus Rift would not have the same monetary backing as the VR headset that Sony is planning or Microsoft’s if they were to do the same. Why create obstacles for yourself by trying to compete with corporate giants on their own turf when you already have an open market with PC gaming?

      • Deepset Rogue

        Rumored to be planning I should say.

      • David Knowles

        But then why release this statement bashing the 2 consoles? He making himself sound like an idiot.

    • KoJeT

      You do not know a damned thing about PC gamers do you? Yeah our HD screens Are nice i can assure you most of us are always looking for the next best thing out there. Oh and whats the next best thing. VR headsets. Don’t spout nonsense you actually know.

      • SoloArtist21

        As a PC gamer I can tell you that even though the Oculus is cool, I’m not going to be playing all my PC games on it, think about it, why would you want to use an Uculus to play a RTS, or something similar, for that I’ll stick to my screen.

    • Joe Funky

      He never said he DIDN’T want to put it on consoles, but that his team CAN’T. There is a difference. And from the sound of it, you’re not a PC gamer yourself, so don’t try and speak for the rest of us. As for the Oculus Rift, I would LOVE to have one of these to play games on. The immersion would be fantastic, and at the suggested price they’re talking about of around $200-$300, it’s cheap for what you’d be getting. I’ve personally been sold on the Oculus Rift for a long time, and can’t wait to own one myself.

      • Cariannis

        I’m a PC gamer and I agree with RedKnight, my expensive HD game screen is better. Now for something like the PS4/X1 I’d pick this up in a heartbeat. Especially for a new Elder Scrolls that used the Rift, it would make me question mods or immersion into the character.

        IMO (In My Opinion: for the people that can’t figure out that’s what forums are for).

    • Planescape

      You are an idiot…Stick to consoles moron you dont know nothing about PC gamers. VR is something each one of us dreamed about since gothic,fallout,elder scrolls witcher series….Stick to your limited console crap and dont worry about oculus rift. It will be huge without console kiddies…

    • David Knowles

      I got the feeling he knows Sony and Microsoft will not allow him to bring it to the PS4 or the Xbone and thus he had no choice but to declare it not coming to the console and then criticise them. In reality the machines are more than powerful enough to handle Oculus Rift, Sony PS4 already does everything it needs to work, it comes built in with the capability of using PSP as a second screen, which is Oculus Rift is.

  • Michael

    I can see a VR headset working beautifully with Kinect 2.0. If Kinect 2.0 ever gets a PC release, that will open up more opportunities than the Kinect on Xbox one would provide due to continual upgrades. Of course, you’d need a house with a huge room with nothing in it so you don’t smash your coffee table when you smash your enemies’ heads in.

    • Daniel Carlson

      that would make me get an xbone hands down. That idea is amazing.. I just creamed my gamer pants lol

      • Michael

        Yeah I’m imagining playing Skyrim like that. Imagine this: Top of the line desktop with insane compute power(I’ll let you imagine the price lol), Oculus rift with 4k resolution, Kinect 2.0, and controlling Skyrim entirely with voice and motion. 4k texture mods, camping and survival, eat, sleep, and drink required; total immersion.

        And a frickin’ gymnasium to play it in lol.

    • Cariannis

      If they could get the Rift to work with Halo using Kinect and a model of the MA3 Assault Rifle…I would get in shape so fast it wouldn’t be funny.

      • Michael

        I would think Kinect 2.0 would be able to recognize foreign objects like that. Gun-shaped controllers with that would be pretty sweet. Maybe even holding a stick or plastic sword would read as an actual sword in a game.

        • Cariannis

          I would love to see a Zatoichi game. The game comes with a plastic cane sword that the player can use to slice and dice ninjas and gangsters.

        • David Knowles

          Ryse was suppose to be like that, able to control the game with a real sword or if you aren’t cool enough to have a real sword on hand, a plastic one. Sadly they reverted back to standard controls. I suspect we will have to wait for a independent studio to produce such a game.

  • doug

    A lot of people do not think or research anything do they?

    It is NOT Oculus’s choice to support or not support consoles, it is MICROSOFT AND SONYS choice.

    They need to make their consoles support the rift not the other way around. How do you expect Oculus to support consoles when all games and the operating system of the console itself needs to be changed to accommodate it?

    Last time I checked Oculus didn’t have access to other peoples gaming source code. Let alone Sony and Microsoft’s console operating system source code. If you want it to support consoles then ask Sony and Microsoft to support it.

    • David Knowles

      Sony PS4 should already support Oculus rift, it capable of outputting games to the PSP Vita, an Xbone has Microsoft smartscreen that does the same.