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Next gen too limited for Oculus Rift

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One of the more exciting technological advancements in gaming is Rift VR’s Oculus rift, a head-mounted virtual reality kit that allows for genuinely immersive experiences. there were rumours hat the tech might make its way to the PS4, but it doesn’t seem likely; according to Rift’s boss Palmer Luckey, next gen consoles aren’t powerful enough.

“Consoles are too limited for what we want to do. We’re trying to make the best virtual reality device in the world and we want to continue to innovate and upgrade every year – continue making progress internally – and whenever we make big jumps we want to push that to the public,” he told TechRadar.

“The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they’re locked to a certain spec for a long, long time. Look at the PCs that existed eight years ago. There have been so many huge advances since then. Now look at the VR hardware of today. I think the jump we’re going to see in the next four or five years is going to be massive.”

The Rift needs to be “rendering at high resolutions at over 60 frames a second in 3D,” and so far, it seems that the new consoles are barely capable of hitting those rates in 2D.

“We’re seeing games that are already saying they’re gonna run in 720p on next gen so they can barely hit 60 in 2D,” Luckey said.

“It’s hard to imagine them running a VR experience that’s on par with PC. And certainly five years from now the experiences and the technology for virtual reality that will be available on PC is going to be be so far beyond anything that a console can provide.

“What we’re most excited about – really the core direction of our company – is trying to make something that works on platforms that are moving quickly and that are continuously getting more powerful, and consoles are not those.”

I went eyeballs on with the Rift earlier this year, and rather enjoyed the experience. There are some issues with the tech right now, but in the future, it could most certainly change the way games are played. and quite probably revolutionise the adult entertainment industry.

Last Updated: November 13, 2013

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