There’s no denying that Oculus Rift, the new 100+ degree field of vision headset coming by way of a Kickstarter campaign, has caught the attention of gamers and developers alike. The idea of being able to experience a game, like id Software’s Doom 3 in such a large field of view, and with no latency problems, definitely sounds like the future, and it’s only a matter of time before more developers hop on board.
Among those who have proclaimed early loyalty to the project is Minecraft guru Notch, who says that he not only wants to support the technology in his forthcoming title 0x10c but in Minecraft as well. Notch, or Markus Persson as he is less commonly known, says that the Oculus Rift headset would need to support Java for that to be possible, a new hint towards the development of the very secretive 0x10c project, but beyond that he seems enthusiastic.
Specifically, Persson took to Twitter to express his enthusiasm for the project as a lover of new and intriguing changes to the world of video games. Then, he explained that he would like to implement it into 0x10c, his space-set next project, but made the aforementioned caveat about Java.
And finally, when it comes to Minecraft, Notch said that it would ultimately be up to Jens Bergensten, who has assumed the development role for the popular indie title. Even before Minecraft gets Oculus Rift support, though, it does have a new administrative block on the horizon that will take the game to a new level.
It felt like only a matter of time before developers hop on the Oculus Rift train and begin supporting such intriguing technology. While the device itself is sure to be extremely expensive and well outside of the purview of the casual gamer, its implications for the future of gaming are hard to overlook. If new and exciting developers like Notch can develop with Rift in mind that would be something to watch out for.
What do you think about Oculus Rift support coming to either Minecraft or 0x10c? What other currently available games do you think could work well with the new tech?