Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter

#1 Edited by Zidd (1857 posts) -
#2 Edited by smcn (926 posts) -

That is NOT Carmack's VR headset. They quote him, they link to a video of Carmack's headset as if it were, and they put him in "special thanks".

The way they are connecting themselves to Carmack makes the whole thing look like a scam.

#3 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

@smcn said:

That is NOT Carmack's VR headset. They quote him, they link to a video of Carmack's headset as if it were, and they put him in "special thanks".

The way they are connecting themselves to Carmack makes the whole thing look like a scam.

Woah, that's pretty sketchy. Thanks for the heads-up.

#4 Posted by smcn (926 posts) -

@Ravenlight: To clarify, he has nothing to do with the development of the Rift. He "endorses" it, which means he said he likes it. That's it.

#5 Posted by Zekhariah (695 posts) -

I'd like to hear what Carmack thinks of this thing, since he is in their "special thanks" section. The quote from carmack seems to be about Doom 3 more than anything else. The other question would be how they managed to get the dev-kits down to only $300 (Carmack was at 500 min I think). If this is just a very cut down variation, it becomes a lot less interesting.

Technical specs and similar could really help clear this up.

#6 Edited by Shivoa (645 posts) -

Carmack left his VR headsets at home when we went to E3, the ones he used at the event to demo his software and tracking sensor with Doom 3 were built by the Oculus Rift guy(s? Lucky Palmer is the person Carmack spoke about at E3 who provided the hardware for the screen / glasses that he was using and that had the high FoV). Carmack is not part of the team that are making and distributing this stuff, but this is not some shady dealings and they do chat on some VR forums about this stuff (in a semi-open hardware community spirit).

Edit: link for truth.

#7 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

If my Kickstarter money isn't going toward putting John Carmack in space, i don't want it :P

#8 Posted by stinky (1553 posts) -

@Zekhariah said:

I'd like to hear what Carmack thinks of this thing, since he is in their "special thanks" section. The quote from carmack seems to be about Doom 3 more than anything else. The other question would be how they managed to get the dev-kits down to only $300 (Carmack was at 500 min I think). If this is just a very cut down variation, it becomes a lot less interesting.

Technical specs and similar could really help clear this up.

pretty well, he tweeted the kickstarter page to give it some attention.

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