PS4 And Xbox One Beware: Oculus VR Just Might Be The True Face Of Next-Gen Gaming (Video)
At a time during which the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are set to go head-to-head in a battle for next-gen console supremacy, it might be hard to imagine any other name in the video-gaming industry becoming worthy of note. However, with a brand that seeks to revolutionize the way in which people experience gaming, technology company Oculus VR™ has done just that.
Iribe is the CEO of Oculus VR, the tech company that has raised over $18 million in funding since being founded during summer 2012, $2.4 of which was generated as a result of a crowd-funding campaign on KickStarter. Oculus seeks to capitalize on the future of virtual reality technology with their "Rift" headsets that brings users into the world of immersive gaming.
It's an idea that has generated an increasing amount of buzz in the past year, with features written by both Forbes and the New York Times, but one that Iribe insists was not just down to his own brilliance as he says he was brought on board to the project by someone he regards as a true genius.
For now, Oculus Rift models are only available for developers who plan to experiment with the headsets at a price of $300. Without the benefit of seeing how the open market reacts to Oculus' virtual reality experience, however, Iribe speaks with confidence when he talks about what he thinks will be the biggest feature that drives customers towards the product.
While Oculus carries with it the promise of a gaming experience that is like no other, the company faces an inevitably huge task forcing its way into the worldwide conversation with companies like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, who are all on the verge of releasing their next generation consoles. But Iribe insists that he feels neither intimidated nor threatened by the potential success that the big three gaming companies might experience, so much so that he wouldn't mind seeing them create their own versions of a virtual reality experience.
Though the "big three" will always be a sure bet to continue innovating when it comes to the home-console experience, Iribe hints at an advantage that Oculus might have as it seeks to create a name for itself in its own lane. The Irvine, California-based company is primed to offer opportunities for utility that go way beyond gaming, with the Rift's design as a key catalyst.
Whatever is developed to fit the company's platform, one common denominator is likely to be a feature of them all as Brendan Iribe and Oculus continue to further a project that is sure to provide a feeling to users that is truly unique.