After some early stabs late last century, virtual reality looks like it may finally be ready to become a commercial success, and we have the Oculus Rift to thank. The VR headset was a huge Kickstarter success, and work has been underway ever since to tweak the hardware until it’s ready to hit stores. While already set up to be a smash on the PC, over the summer we heard some chatter about how the Oculus Rift might take advantage of mobile devices, possibly even connecting to next-gen smartphones. Back then, nothing was set in stone, but this week we finally get confirmation of where this is all headed, with word of a mobile Oculus Rift for Android.
This version of the Rift would be light and designed to be portable, though it’s unclear if we’re looking at any technical differences when compared to the headset as intended for use with a PC. The goal is to make the mobile edition available right from the moment the commercial Rift finally launches, or at least as close to it as possible.
Unfortunately, iOS support doesn’t sound like it’s forthcoming, with the platform described as “problematic” as far as devices like this are concerned.
So: great news for gamers, as well as folks who enjoy wandering around and bumping into people – maybe Oculus Rift gaming will become the next “distracted by texting.”