Oculus VR CEO Interested in Rift for Smartphones and Consoles

CEO Brendan Iribe also talks about the lack of a clear release date for Rift.

Oculus Rift
A virtual reality head mounted display for games is already a long-awaited dream, one that Oculus VR is looking to accomplish when they release Oculus Rift for in 2014. However, CEO Brendan Iribe is most interested in bringing it to new devices such as consoles and even smartphones.

Speaking to EDGE, Iribe stated that, “I love consoles but internally we’re a lot more excited about where mobile’s going to go, and being able to plug it right into a next gen cellphone.

“It’s the innovation, and how fast cellphones are now improving – where we’ll be with the next Galaxy or the next iPhone compared to where consoles are. Those things are almost doubling every year, compared to a console that’s just stuck it out for eight years – it just makes us very excited. There’s a lot of improvements that can be made on the hardware side for VR that no-one’s doing yet because it’s a new thing. The mobile rate of innovation is going to be able to make a lot of those improvements.”

As for when exactly Oculus Rift would be releasing in 2014, Iribe responded that, “We don’t want to announce any dates because frankly we just don’t know when it’s going to be really ready for the consumer market where everything is tied together. You have the form factor, HD, motion blur eliminated…so we don’t know how long that will take, but it’s close. We have internal prototypes which have a lot of each thing solved and it’s such a magical experience when you see it all together.”


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