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Oculus Rift and IndieCade Holding Month-Long VR Jam

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The Oculus Rift has picked up quite some traction in recent months. Quite a few developers have hopped on board the VR train to develop for it. 

To further court indie developers, Oculus Rift has joined forces with IndieCade to host a month-long VR game jam in August. "Participants are challenged to build the most innovative virtual reality games and experiences designed specifically for the Oculus Rift," states the contest page. 

Grand prize winners will receive a boatload of cash ($10,000), a trip to the Oculus headquarters to meet the team, and a free trip to IndieCade to demo their game. Second place winners, third place winners, and finalists will all receive prizes as well. 

The competition is open to all, though the contest will be divided between Open Call (all Rift developers) and Selected Developers (hand selected previous IndieCade developers.) For those that don't have a Rift development kit, playtest hubs will be open in Los Angeles at USC and in New York at NYU. 

The VR jam will kick off August 2 and will end on August 25. Those interested in more details can check out the official contest website.

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    aoneone , July 25, 2013 9:30 AM
    Oh boy! I can't wait for consumer version~ ^_^
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    brettms71 , July 25, 2013 2:54 PM
    I tried the Oculus at PAX Australia. It was really awesome. Can't wait to open my wallet and throw money at them to give me one!
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    theclouds , July 25, 2013 4:06 PM
    In my eyes, the Oculus Rift is the real next-gen gaming tech. PS4 and Xbox One are nice advancements but pale to the avenues the Oculus opens. Rumors of cost subsidizing sweetens the prospect further.
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    NightLight , July 25, 2013 4:38 PM
    smart thing for msft to do is support occulus before sony does.
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    jkflipflop98 , July 26, 2013 12:24 AM
    I have a Rift sitting here on my desk. After playing with it for a little over a month, I can say with certainty that this little gadget is The Next Big Thing. Yeah, right now the tracking is a little drifty and the resolution is pretty low (720p panel split between the two eyes.) but when the consumer edition comes out sporting 6 DOF magnetometer tracking and a 1200p screen, it really is going to change the way people consume media.
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    theclouds , July 26, 2013 4:43 AM
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    I have a Rift sitting here on my desk. After playing with it for a little over a month, I can say with certainty that this little gadget is The Next Big Thing. Yeah, right now the tracking is a little drifty and the resolution is pretty low (720p panel split between the two eyes.) but when the consumer edition comes out sporting 6 DOF magnetometer tracking and a 1200p screen, it really is going to change the way people consume media.


    Agreed. I saw a virtual movie theater in a video demo for the Rift...I can't wait to see what the Rift community thinks of next. To give a sense of creative scale, imagine Skyrim mod enthusiasm for something like the Rift. Yes, I had used the word Rift in ever sentence. Somebody is excited about the Rift.

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    dark_lord69 , July 26, 2013 6:46 AM
    I am also VERY eager to get the retail version!!!
    Praying for a Half-Life 3 Oculus Rift Experience.
    Bioshock Infinite would be cool too!

    I have a question for the makers/developers... Can you use it to watch 3D BluRay movies too?

    Also, between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo one of the three needs to jump on this bandwagon ASAP before the other companies beat them to it!

    Combining HD, 3D and VR I can imaging the possibilities and I'm very excited about it. And excited to try it!