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Is Oculus Rift the ultimate device for Xbox One?

by William Schwartz

More and more people are getting their hands-on with the Oculus Rift. The VR-enabling headset is striking up a grass roots movement with developers who are making formerly unbelievable experiences in video games, a reality. Developers at Hyperkin recently put out a video that demonstrates the power of the Oculus Rift headset when used with a Kinect, giving the player full controller-less immersion in the world of Skyrim.

The demonstration features the Kinect and Oculus Rift hooked up to a PC running Windows 8, and the results are nothing short of astounding. Claiming to have gotten this contraption running with the modification of a few drivers, one can only imagine what could be possible with the more powerful Kinect 2 that is due to ship with the Xbox One at launch.

The developer says that no other accessories are required to do anything in the game, and you can see them traversing the world of Skyrim, casting spells by using their hands only. Movement seems to have been figured out as well, a slight tilt forward of the body has the player moving around the world of Skyrim at a whim.

Can the Oculus Rift make a big splash in the next-generation? Or will it fail to catch-on beyond the hard-core enthusiast crowd? Given the right conditions and support, it looks like there’s a world of possibility for the Oculus Rift and the Kinect for full immersion in first-person games.

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