I’ve seen things inside the Oculus Rift you people wouldn’t believe. And for the most part, it involved the strange LSD-inspired indie game SoundSelf.
SoundSelf is not exactly a new project — the project met its Kickstarter goal last March. What has changed is the Oculus Rift integration, a feature that was not originally planned when the game started out.
Having played it in it’s Oculus form, it’s hard to describe the intensity of the experience. Imagine being in a virtual tunnel 3D telescoping fractals that pulsate along with the sound of your own voice, which is then fed back to you as an ever-growing, Bodhisattva hum. It looks absolutely absurd when you see someone doing it, but when you’re inside that headset, it’s absolutely sublime. It’s like the virtual reality dream of countless tech nerds, psychonauts and cyberpunks finally made manifest after so many years.
I went into E3 expecting to want an Xbox One or a PS3, but after playing SoundSelf what I really want more than anything is a Rift.