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Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
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If you missed our Kickstarter, you can pre-order an Oculus Rift developer kit now at http://oculusvr.com/preorder/!

Hawken to Launch Oculus-ready 12.12.12!

Game Critics Awards E3 2012, Best Hardware/Peripheral, Nominee
Game Critics Awards E3 2012, Best Hardware/Peripheral, Nominee

"Rift could be the closest we've come to Star Trek's holodeck." - Gamespy

“...the effect of using the Oculus Rift as you play is mind-blowing." - G4TV

"...we found ourselves entirely absorbed; a gaming experience with a level of immersion genuinely unlike anything else we have ever encountered." - CVG

Step inside your favorite game.

Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever. With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before.

We're here raising money on Kickstarter to build development kits of the Rift, so we can get them into the hands of developers faster. Kickstarter has proven to be an amazing platform for accelerating big and small ideas alike. We hope you share our excitement about virtual reality, the Rift, and the future of gaming.  

Designed for gamers, by gamers.

The Rift takes 3D gaming to the next level. There are a number of VR headsets out there, but none that deliver a truly immersive gaming experience. Most products either lack the technical features required for believable immersion or sit at a very high price-point ($20,000+) reserved for the military or scientific community. 

We set out to change all that with the Rift, which is designed to maximize immersion, comfort, and pure, uninhibited fun, at a price everyone can afford. 

We’re working with the best teams in the industry.

  • "What I've got now, is, I honestly think the best VR demo probably the world has ever seen."
    John Carmack, id Software

  • "Needless to say, I'm a believer... We're extremely excited here at Epic Games to get the Unreal Engine integrated with Oculus."
    Cliff 
    Bleszinski, Design Director Epic Games

  • "I think this will be the coolest way to experience games in the future. Simply that... that big."
    David Helgason, CEO Unity

  • "I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to program with it and see what we can do.”
    Michael Abrash, Valve

  • "It looks incredibly exciting, if anybody’s going to tackle this set of hard problems, we think that Palmer’s going to do it. So we’d strongly encourage you to support this Kickstarter.”
    Gabe Newell, President and Owner Valve

Bundling DOOM 3 BFG with the Rift

We're including a copy of DOOM 3 BFG Edition, the first Oculus-ready game, with every Rift dev kit on Kickstarter. John Carmack showed DOOM 3 BFG at E3, stunning the press and creating incredible anticipation for the release.

Virtual Reality Headset Amazes Users (MSNBC at E3)
Virtual Reality Headset Amazes Users (MSNBC at E3)

Join the development process and make your voice heard.

We have plenty of Rift prototypes internally - A few are even out in the wild, in the hands of developers like John Carmack. But we want to make the Rift available to all game developers, today, so they can be part of the development process. Kickstarter makes that possible. Your voice will be critical to making the Rift hardware and software as great as they can be.

The cutting edge of virtual reality hardware.

Even though the consumer version of the Rift is still a ways down the road, the early developer kit’s hardware design is cutting edge, with technical specifications above and beyond other consumer headset available today.

Technical specs of the Dev Kit (subject to change)
Head tracking: 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) ultra low latency
Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal
Resolution: 1280x800 (640x800 per eye)
Inputs: DVI/HDMI and USB
Platforms: PC and mobile
Weight: ~0.22 kilograms

And we’re confident we can make the consumer version even more impressive, all without increasing price or sacrificing an ounce of quality.

The SDK makes integration easy.

We’re already hard at work on a robust Oculus SDK that developers can use to integrate the Rift with their new and existing games. Our team has built great SDKs before and we’re excited to do it again. 

All of the Rift dev kits include access to the Oculus Developer Center, which provides the SDK, technical support, and serves as a community for Oculus developers.

The SDK will include clean well-documented code, samples, and tutorials to make integration with any 3D game or application as easy as possible. We’re also working on out-of-the-box engine integrations for Unreal Engine and Unity, so that anyone interested in working with the Rift, including indie developers, can get started right away!

Oculus Team

The Rift is developed by a team of industry veterans passionate about changing the way people experience video games forever. We’ve tackled projects of similar scope: we’ve designed and manufactured consumer hardware; we’ve built well-adopted software development kits for the game industry; and now we’re excited to build a product that can so radically change the way people play their favorite video games.

Join us in the movement to take games to the next level!

Special Thanks:

  • Mark Bolas and the team at USC's MxR lab

  • John Carmack and Zenimax Media

  • Cliff Bleszinski and Epic Games

  • David Helgason and Unity 

  • Gabe Newell, Michael Abrash and Valve

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    SPECIAL THANKS: Help us take gaming to the next level! You'll receive a sincere thank you from the Oculus team and we'll keep you up to date on all of our progress developing the consumer Rift and building out the developer SDK!

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    OCULUS POSTER: A limited-edition poster for the Oculus Rift, only available via Kickstarter. See the project description for a preview! (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    OCULUS T-SHIRT: A limited edition t-shirt for the Oculus Rift, only available via Kickstarter. See the project description for a preview! You'll also receive a sincere thank you from the Oculus team. (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    OCULUS T-SHIRT + POSTER: A limited edition t-shirt and poster for the Oculus Rift, only available via Kickstarter. Check out the project description for a preview! (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    SIGNED OCULUS T-SHIRT + POSTER: The limited edition t-shirt and poster for the Oculus Rift, both signed by the entire Oculus team.

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    UNASSEMBLED RIFT PROTOTYPE KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: Try building the prototype yourself! You'll receive your own DIY kit for building the Rift from scratch, including all of individual parts for the prototype as well as instructions for assembling it by hand. It will also be shipped out a month earlier, before the official dev kits. This also includes a copy of Doom 3 BFG, and full access to the Developer Center, SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping) NOTE: This DIY kit is only for true hardware geeks equipped with a hot glue gun. We encourage most of you to get the standard version below!

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    EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: Try the Rift for yourself now! You'll receive a developer kit, perfect for the established or indie game developer interested in working with the Rift immediately. This also includes a copy of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG + T-SHIRT + POSTER: A developer kit, a copy of Doom 3 BFG, access to the Oculus Developer Center, the t-shirt, and the poster, all in one exciting package! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    SIGNED EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG + T-SHIRT + POSTER: A developer kit, a copy of Doom 3 BFG, access to the Oculus Developer Center, the t-shirt, and the poster- all signed by the entire Oculus team! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    2x EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: You'll receive 2 developer kits (early prototype of the Rift headset), perfect for the established or indie game studio interested in working with the Rift immediately. This also includes 2 copies of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $60 for international shipping)

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    3x EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: You'll receive 3 developer kits (early prototype of the Rift headset), perfect for the established or indie game studio interested in working with the Rift immediately. This also includes 3 copies of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $60 for international shipping)

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    5x EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KIT + DOOM 3 BFG: You'll receive 5 developer kits (early prototype of the Rift headset), perfect for the established or indie game game studio interested in working with the Rift immediately. This also includes 5 copies of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $100 for international shipping)

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    STUDIO PACK - 10x EARLY RIFT DEVELOPER KITS + PREMIUM SUPPORT EVALUATION + DOOM 3 BFG: Want your team to have access to the cutting edge of gaming? You'll receive 10 developer kits (early prototype of the Rift headset), enough for your whole team to get started developing with the Rift. You’ll also receive an evaluation of our premium support, with direct access to Oculus engineers. This also includes 10 copies of Doom 3 BFG and full access to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs, samples, and engine integrations! (Please add $150 for international shipping)

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    VISIT OCULUS FOR THE DAY + ALL OF THE ABOVE: We'll fly you out to the Oculus lab where you'll spend a day hanging out with the team and checking out all of our latest work (and maybe playing a few games too). You'll also receive a developer kit, a copy of Doom 3 BFG, Developer Center access, the t-shirt, and the poster, all signed by the entire Oculus team, in person. (US-residents only, sorry!)

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