Carmack Envisions Wireless Android Powered Oculus Rift
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With the success of the Oculus Rift’s Kickstarter page and the eventual launch of the next virtual reality system, the Rift is starting to see some competition. Sony is looking to market its own virtual reality headset.
Carmack is not nervous about this recent competition, but discussed more details about the Oculus Rift in an interview with Engadget. According to Carmack, the Rift must be connected to the PC at all times to work, however, Carmack aims to make the headset standalone as the ideal solution thanks to innovations within the mobile industry. And a platform such as Android, powered by a system-on-a-chip could help achieve such goals.
Android-Powered Oculus Rift Ideal?
While this goal is a desire for Carmack, there are some issues currently with the idea. Carmack states that the main problem would be currently, that a wireless headset would run at a 10th of the power of the wired headset on a computer with the current technology. The current chips used for mobile devices would only be enough for things such as virtual chats and watching films.
In order to play much more demanding games that are ideally what Oculus wants to put out, the hardware would need to improve greatly for the mobile platforms, and currently is not possible to create the experience Carmack ideally desires. Carmack feels, however, this is the next step to virtual reality after the Oculus Is released, virtual reality games without a wire being dragged.
The Future of the Rift
The Oculus Rift has many ambitious goals for the future. After its release to the consumer next year, there are a lot of plans for improvements. The ultimate goals for the Rift are to be wireless and able to play the latest games without the feeling of a wire dragging or being across your shoulder. While current technology does not allow for such lofty goals to be reached, it is a desire for the future of virtual reality that Oculus will continue to aim for.