In a recent interview, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey said that the company isn't looking to create a rich person's toy, nor are they looking to create a research tool. The team is striving to create a consumer VR headset that "pretty much" anyone can afford. That's certainly good news for gamers waiting patiently for the headset to make a commercial debut.
"You can't sell an expensive piece of hardware and expect tons of content to show up," he said in an interview. "We're not doing market research around what's the breaking point for people to buy a VR headset; we're just trying to sell it as cheap as we can while still existing as a company."
Right now developers are spending $300 for an Oculus Rift kit. He said that the company isn't in a comfortable point where they can just hand out the hardware to developers for free. Instead Oculus VR is working with developers to produce content, such as EVE Valkyrie.
"We're co-publishing EVE Valkyrie and we're working with a lot of other publishers, and big and very small indies. When very interesting VR software comes up, very often we end up talking to the people. And some of those people may end up with similar deals to the EVE Valkyrie deal where we'll work with them to publish their game because it's hard to get funding for a VR game right now," he said.
The challenge is to make a game that is fully immersive. He indicated that there's no real challenge for devs on the technical side, as the team has tried to make the technical aspect as easy as possible, especially when using the Unreal and Unity gaming engines, which are compatible with the Oculus Rift.
"We don't want developers to have to understand the technical complexities of sensor fusion or motion tracking or stereoscopic 3D rendering," he said. "We want them to be able to focus more on designing a good VR game."
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