Over the last few years there have been some incredible Kickstarter projects that promised to shake up the gaming industry after years of stagnant growth. Today Coin Arcade follows up on these projects. The two devices that caught our imagination the most are the Oculus Rift, and the OUYA. One is a wearable VR type headset that promises to make gaming more immersive and intuitive and the other an Android console that promises to be affordable, open source, and a refreshing break from the proprietary consoles that currently saturate the market.
Firstly let’s talk about OUYA, the device is shipping to you lucky Kickstarter backers on March 28th and to the rest of us in June and promises to be an affordable console for occasional gamers while also offering some interesting exclusives to entice the rest of us over. The winner for the OUYA is Android, a powerful and established platform that has massive industry traction and thousands of developers who will be able to start writing games immediately. Let’s be clear that the OUYA is not intended as a platform to run AAA titles, its hardware constrained by a mobile processor and graphics chip.
The Oculus Rift is really quite exciting, having seen technology demonstrations it certainly looks phenomenal and its success or failure may either usher in a new era of industry wide VR development or condemn Virtual Reality as a cheap ‘gimmick’ for the next twenty years. In essence the Oculus Rift is VR done right. Place the headset on and you’ll experience a gorgeous display that moves with your head granting you complete visual immersion. There is no word on the release date for the Rift but it’s my bet that we can expect it by Q1 2014 although if you’re super eager to get your hands on one you can preorder the developer version which is shipping in May.
All in all I’m sure we can all agree that 2013/14 is the most exciting period gaming-wise for the last decade and innovation shows no sign of slowing down. Hardware aside, if the technology demos of the PS4 launch event are anything to go by then buckle up we’re in for quite a show.