Oculus Rift devs hoping for "Matrix-level" virtual reality

Founder Palmer Luckey says VR tech today is "very crude," but could advance to all-new heights in the years ahead.

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Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has high hopes for his company's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and for the future of virtual reality overall.

Speaking with Eurogamer this week, Luckey said though virtual reality technology still has a ways to go, it could advance to the level of what was seen in The Matrix in the coming years.

"VR tech today is still very crude, but it's advancing rapidly," Luckey said. "I think in a few years, maybe a few decades depending on how lucky we are, we'll be able to get Matrix-level virtual reality."

Also in the interview, Oculus VR COO Laird Malamed said the company has held discussions with Microsoft and Sony about bringing the technology to consoles.

"They're a little busy," Malamed said. "We've chatted, but they're trying to bring their new consoles out. It's a possibility--it would work. It's the same thing as iOS--it could technically work, but the business side isn't there."

There's even the possibility that Microsoft and/or Sony are working on virtual reality headsets of their own. Malamed said he would welcome this move, because it would mean the market for virtual reality games is growing.

"They're big companies with lots of resources. For us we'd say good," he said. "With John Carmack coming over as our CTO, we've had a great Kickstarter campaign; they continue to be great supporters, but we're still a start-up. VR's had a lot of failures in the past, and so the more people that enter the market is good because developers that ultimately have to develop the content, they know they'll have people playing their games, which is better for all of us."

Malamed also revealed that more than 20,000 developer units of the Oculus Rift have been shipped since they became available earlier this year. Development kits are available today for $300 each.

Earlier this month, Doom studio id Software cofounder John Carmack joined Oculus VR as its chief technology officer.

Discussion

115 comments
tretre32
tretre32

Try Alone in the Rift. that fuckin bloody little girl!!! this is gonna revolutionize horror games. But my fav is Half life 2 in the Rift. No wonder John Carmack took the cto job at oculus. The father of fps finally working on TRUE first person tech.

Hurvl
Hurvl

People becoming addicted to this virtual reality, would they need to take a blue pill as part of their treatment?

Freboy
Freboy

You know, new technologies and new consoles are or fine and good, but IMHO the thing really holding back games today is level design. I mean, most games (that acutally have levels) either (a) have you navigating a linear path to your goal or (b) dump you in a flat landscape and have you jogging to whatever vague goals are set up for you. 

Games like Deus Ex:HR and The Witcher have really tried to combine the best aspects from these two styles, but I feel that there is SO much more do be done in how adventure games are laid out.

M Right Here
M Right Here

I am huge Sony fan and getting a ps4, but if you combine oculus with something like Kinect, I will buy that..

OzmaHD
OzmaHD

Nintendo Get on it! Remember the Virtual Boy?

J-007
J-007

Sony and Microsoft should release their own for more competition and it would keep us on our toes more and it should have been out long ago but now I see why its been a while. Its actually time we got into this since both consoles are competitive enough for some top notch games that are coming

Ezio Vynci
Ezio Vynci

this gen got way too far with options, i mean, ps4, xbox1, wiiu, ouya, nvidia shield, oculus, so many possibilities yet so little money

Elann2008
Elann2008

So while using the Oculus Rift, if i take the blue pill will I ever come back? We're gonna need an insurance policy.

Zloth2
Zloth2

!?  That's some serious overstating.  The only way you'll get Matrix level VR is to scoop out the brain and put the whole thing into a computer.  Even if you just talk about the visual experience, getting computer graphics to be indistinguishable from reality is a LONG way away.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Maybe by the time Oculus Rift 4 launches the Matrix level experience can be reached? In the year 2044 maybe? Kinda reminds me of the promise of the Ultra Nintendo 64 with the promise of CGI supercomputer Ultra poject reality graphics running at the Jurassic park movie level graphics. Running at over 100Megahertz.

The N64 didn't quite live up to that hype. The Oculus Rift won't either, at least not this version of it. Matrix level virtual Reality games are a long ways off and won't cost well over $700.00 for the Oculus system alone if tech can get to that level.

Stiler
Stiler

I can't wait for the consumer kit to come out (they are aiming for minimum 1080 res and want it even higher for the consumer launch). 

Star Citizen

Eve: Valkyrie

Everquest Next (in the behind closed doors video they showed an oculus rift being used for development of the game).

It's going to be amazing playing these games with one.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Ugh, he has some interesting things to say but then he drops the steaming load of Matrix BS again. I don't even know where to start on what is wrong with that.

Dude needs to watch another film.

CT Stryk
CT Stryk

There goes triple screen...

obsequies
obsequies

so instead of the virtual boys red scheme its going to be green?

Pajor Ádám
Pajor Ádám

I want Amnesia with this thing. Maybe, I would regret it.

Scimitar Firecloud
Scimitar Firecloud

The Burst Linker ? Actually, it's the third generation. Though we already have augmented reality, it's not directly sent to our brains. Also, this technology is fantasized, because connecting the ring to the neck is not sufficient to access brain terminations.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Oh yeah, I forgot that Akihiko was the one who actually made the Nerve Gear. I want the kind of technology that they had in Accel World.

Scimitar Firecloud
Scimitar Firecloud

About two years or so, if my memories of the light novel are good. But, y'know, this is fictional. They say that there was puzzle games before, but that Akihiko meant the NerveGear FOR SAO.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

When was it that the Nerve Gear came out? I know that Sword Art came out in 2022, so the Nerve Gear must have been out before then, right?

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

AND....these pretzels are making me THIRSTY

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

MY NAME IS TROLL....HEAR ME ROAAAARRRRRR

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

hey man you started it. i really was just trying to state my opinion about what vr would be. you turned around and were being a smart ass.

netter99
netter99

car racing games will be so sick with this

Welbeloved Akulas
Welbeloved Akulas

If it gives me peripheral vision in fps's TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

Wasn't there an article about this last week? OR must have quite the advertising budget for something that has no production schedule.

Jimmy Moisan-Isabelle
Jimmy Moisan-Isabelle

lol i had hard time watching 3d because of the stupid googles and now that just no

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

yea yea yea bla bla bla When the hell can i buy one FFS!!!!!!!!!!

Justin Strunk
Justin Strunk

heh, I love my rift. Best tech device I invested in.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@Justin Strunk Yep, I just got mine Monday. The more I use it, the more I love it.

Slade968
Slade968

@Star Wars Battlefront has always been better than Cod and BF combined.

I'm confused by your name. Are facebook groups posting here now?

Zloth2
Zloth2

@K-A_L-A_D-U_R @Zloth2 Beam away, you've still got to have the graphics to send and right now we are nowhere near anything that looks very real.  A single tree with rustling leaves, swaying in the wind can't hold up to close scrutiny in a video game.  A realistic forest would be difficult to pull off in a few decades, never mind a world.

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

@Slade968 you should plug into the matrix and find out since you think its possible. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Zloth2
Zloth2

@K-A_L-A_D-U_R I think I commented in that article, too. ;)  Graphics have improved in the past decade but doing that same improvement five times over still would be very lacking.  Especially when it comes to physics.  Do you have any idea the number of calculations that would need to be done to get all the leaves on a tree to move right and sway the branches with the wind (as opposed to just playing an animation)?  Heaven help you if it's the Fall and some of those leaves are supposed to detach and settle to the ground in the wind!

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

@Slade968 @BrainFart01 hey man you started it. i just thought you were really thinking that he was trying to say a real like matrix was possible...you turned around and were being a smart ass first