Next Gen Consoles Can’t Handle Oculus Rift
Founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, recently said in an interview with TechRadar that the Xbox one and the Playstation 4 would not be supporting the Oculus Rift. Luckey also added that the consoles wouldn’t be able to handle the Rift for what they were looking to achieve.
Too Limited for the Rift
Luckey feels that consoles have been in the same state for years when it comes to power. They were too limited and stick themselves in a set type of spec for too long. Luckey feels that PCs advance quicker for what he is looking to achieve with the Oculus Rift. He encourages others to look at the PCs that were created a decade ago and see how much has been changed since then. He feels with the way virtual reality is heading and how intense the system is already it will require more than what consoles will be offering, even in the future.
Issues with Consoles
There is also concern that games are already limiting themselves just to reach the bare minimum the Oculus Rift would be looking for. Luckey has trouble believing that a console could run the same as a PC and be able to hand the Rift technology. This shows a concern that consoles will not be available for the virtual reality system. There is concern it might be beyond anything a console can provide, which may be why companies like Sony and Microsoft are beginning to look toward developing their own Virtual Reality supported devices.
In the past, Luckey has expressed to Engadget nothing but interest in working with consoles. Luckey had stated he would enjoy working with the next-gen consoles and wanted to see where that road would take the company. License issues have also been a concern with the Rift and that would be the biggest hurdle in working with consoles. It is only recently that Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told Joystiq, that consoles were considered not a focus of the Rift.
Does The Rift Have Competition?
Sony has been stated to be attempting to make its version of the virtual reality peripheral. They have already started work on a headset that will eventually lead to virtual reality. The Rift has some very lofty goals for the future.