The boons keep coming for the Oculus Rift VR headset. Another $75 million USD has been pledged to the project by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which sees the total funding for the device exceed $100 million USD.
That new money will go a long way towards filling these positions, not to mention the now-mammoth task of bringing the headsets to the marketplace. Speaking of which, if anyone wanted to work in the same company as Doom co-creator John Carmack, now might be a good time – the first-person shooting pioneer officially joined the company a short while ago.
Netscape founder Marc Andreessen released a statement saying the Rift isn’t just about gaming – it’s about anything that could benefit from completely immersing someone into a world:
“We believe Oculus will not only alter the gaming landscape but will redefine fundamental human experiences in areas like film, education, architecture, and design. Oculus is at the tip of the iceberg of its potential, and we’re incredibly excited to help them change the world.”
Apparently it’s months, and not years, before you can have one of these, but Oculus VR don’t even have a final model yet. Demand is high, but it’s the type of thing you might want to try before you buy – even if you don’t get queasy playing first-person twitch games, this is a whole new level.