Oculus Rift – immersive headset

The Oculus Rift is an immersive headset that promises to put you bang in the middle of any 3D game. It takes the place of a regular computer display. And the wearer — visually isolated from the real world — is presented with stereo screens, one for each eye. Present-day head-mounted displays give users a diagonal field of view that’s limited to around 40 degrees – with absolutely no peripheral vision. With the Rift, you get a whopping 110 degrees. Move your head horizontally, and the Oculus Rift, using nifty sensors, makes it seem like you’re actually moving your head around in the virtual world. In effect, you can turn your head around to survey your surroundings in the game. Currently, this device is already in the hands of developers who’re working on specialized content: Imagine yourself in a post-apocalyptic, zombified world, fighting the undead – and from the corner of your eye, you detect someone staggering towards you. Dammit fool, run!
Dev kit ships in August 2013 at $300 ( 17,700)