The Oculus Rift is one of the most immersive gaming products we have seen in a while. It doesn’t just sink you into the game, it makes you part of it. The 3D virtual reality headset was only thought to come to PC until today, though, leaving many of us out of the equation. That is until today – the company has announced that a mobile version of the Oculus Rift is in the works!
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe gave us the news during the GamesBeat conference this week, where he announced the smaller, mobile version of the PC Oculus Rift. The device is said to launch next to its bigger brother, in an effort to hit the consumer market (as opposed to only the gaming market). Launch is said to be sometime during 2014, so we might not have to wait too much.
The unit would be smaller, lighter and will use the mobile device’s processor. As for compatibility, it seems us Android users will be getting a bit of an exclusive. The mobile version of the Oculus Rift will only be available for Android. No iOS support is planned, probably because the ecosystem is so locked down and the gaming headset requires deep support from the phone.
I have tested the Oculus Rift for PC and have to say it is a very fun and immersive experience. I can’t wait to see how it will be with a mobile device. Playing games like Dead Trigger or first-person shooters must be a blast! There are still some concerns, though. We might not want to play for long hours, as many testers say it can make you dizzy. We’ll have to wait and see!
Price, availability and other details should be coming in due time. Meanwhile, let us know if you would be interested in an Oculus Rift for your smartphone/tablet? Which games would you want to play with it?
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