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Oculus Rift helmet is destined for Android heads

Virtual reality headwear is not for Apple pips yet
Wed Oct 30 2013, 13:15

THE GAMES PLAYING HELMET Oculus Rift will appear in an Android software version at some time, but there are no plans, apparently, for an iOS option.

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe expressed hope that the headset system, which was on display at the Virgin Media Eurogamer Expo in London this autumn, will appear at the same time as the PC version.

He made the announcement during the Gamesbeat 2013 video game conference, which was covered by Venturebeat.

"We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as the PC VR side," he said. "We're really looking at hitting the consumer market. We're very excited about what we're seeing. Skeptical about how good mobile VR could be on such a small platform. It's pretty incredible what [John Carmack has] been able to do."

Carmack, who also works at the Doom creator Id Software, joined Oculus VR this August as its CTO, and he was very happy about it.

He said, "I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It's certainly not there yet.

"There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don't even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It's going to be awesome!"

Carmack was the first developer to integrate the Oculus Rift headgear into a game. Vendetta Online announced support for the Oculus Rift 3D headset in July. µ


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