Project gets backing from top PC games industry figures

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset reaches Kickstarter target in just four hours

The Oculus Rift has caused a wave of excitement on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

The virtual reality headset reached its target of $250,000 (£160,200) within its first four hours of going live on the site.

The gadget has gained support by some of the PC games industry’s leading figures who agreed to appear in the promotional video.

Doom creator John Carmack, Valve’s Gabe Newell and Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games, all took part in the promo video, which you can view at the Oculus Kickstarter page.

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset promises gamers an immersive experience using a 640 by 800 pixel screen for each of the user’s eyes.

"Most consumer-mounted displays have a diagonal field of view of about 30 to 40 degrees – you see a really small image way off in the distance and it doesn’t make you feel like you are there," said Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus.

"With the Oculus Rift you get a diagonal field of view of 110 degrees. That means you’re not looking at a screen any more – you actually feel like you are inside of the world."

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