Palmer's Small Head Mounted Display Scored Big PartnerRemember that head mounted display John Carmack--of Doom, Quake, and Rage fame--was bandying around? Well, the project seems to be going from a hobbyist's dream to a true commercial project. Palmer Luckey will still be running a Kickstarter campaign, but he mentions that there isn't as much of a need for it anymore: he has some serious backing.
John Carmack's head mounted display
On an update to the Meant to be Seen forum, where he has been posting about his device, he leaked what information he could:
Here is what I know I can say without getting in trouble:
1) I am talking to Valve.
2) I am talking to id/Zenimax/Bethesda
3) I am talking to Epic
4) I am talking to Crytek
5) I am talking to Unity
6) I am talking to several other development companies
The extent of their relationships with Oculus varies, but I can promise at least a few partnerships... I am working with hardware engineers who have designed some extremely well known gaming peripherals, software developers with very extensive middleware integration and partnership experience, and a small amount of funding from people who really, really want VR to happen... The Kickstarter kit is going to be even cheaper than before, and after the kit is out, development of a higher res, well polished consumer head mount is going to go forward at a lightning pace.
I hate to succumb to hype, but in an attempt to keep people from being to upset about the delay: Imagine an HMD with a massive field of view and more pixels than 1080p per eye, wireless PC link, built in absolute head and hand/weapon/wand positioning, and native integration with some (if not all) of the major game engines, all for less than $1,000 USD. That can happen in 2013!
This is an exciting time for those of us who have been (not so) patiently waiting for VR to finally take off.