The Oculus Rift development kits have begun shipping to developers and despite the relatively low resolution and missing head translation, much praise is being heaped upon them.
Will Ground Branch be supporting it?
The short answer is, yes.
The long answer is, $#&@ yes.
The Rift brings a lot to the tactical FPS genre, not to mention gaming and non-gaming alike. The only issue the Rift has is that there are no decent interfaces to go with it – we’re stuck using a mouse/keyboard combo or gamepad.
The problem with any new device is getting past the super-human accuracy we are given when we use a mouse. Any non-mouse implementation will either need to match a mouses accuracy or provide a substantial benefit above and beyond this limitation.
You can see an interesting way of using a Razer Hyrda in the following video:
I could see an implementation similar to this that replaces aiming, sprinting, reloading and the like with simple realistic hand movements.
Hand to magazine, hold trigger.
Both hands down.
Swing weapon out.
Not only more immersive, but faster and with more control then a button press.
Will that be enough to make up for the lack of accuracy?
I don’t know.
I really don’t want to see “no mouse/keyboard” servers, but wouldn’t be surprised if it happens.