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access_time August 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM in News by Adam Larck

Oculus Gets Huge Backing in First Day on Kickstarter

Another heavy hitter has stepped up to the plate on Kickstarter.

Oculus has introduced the Oculus Rift on Kickstarter to some huge backing by fans and companies. In its first day on the site, the headset has made $604,889 as of this writing. It’s goal? Only $250,000.

For those that don’t know, the Oculus Rift, designed by Oculus (naturally), is a stereoscopic, 3D headset that will let developers put their games on the headset to have a virtual reality feel. So far, a prototype of the Rift and DOOM 3 BFG Edition, the first game for the Rift, was shown off at E3.

In addition, several big names in the industry have spoken out in support of the Rift as well.

“I’m a believer,” said Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games. “We’re extremely excited here at Epic Games to get the Unreal Engine integrated with Oculus!”

Meanwhile, Gabe Newell at Valve said that, “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 gamers to support this Kickstarter,”

Right now, the cheapest way to get the Rift developer kit and copy of the game is to donate at least $300. However, there are also posters and shirts available at the lower price point.


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