Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to Android
A year had passed since the Kickstarter campaign for Oculus Rift which captured interest and headlines, raising over $2.4 million, way over its initial goal of $250,000. Apart from working on a consumer model of the virtual reality goggles, the company announced during the Gamesbeat conference on Tuesday that it is working on a mobile version of the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift with Android support
The mobile version of the Oculus Rift is said to be smaller and lighter than the PC Oculus Rift, which is not a surprise given that it is meant to be very portable. Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe said that the device will only work with Android devices for the time being. Presumable because the device will be offloading its activities to the smartphone’s hardware resources, the open source nature of Android will be more suitable.
“We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as the PC VR side,” said Iribe. “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.”
The Oculus Rift is said to launch sometime during 2014, so the wait would not be very long.