Carmack Reveals New id Software Virtual Reality Headset That Costs $500

During his E3 keynote, id Software co-founder and lead programmer John Carmack showed off the first prototype of a new virtual reality headset they intend to sell soon for $500 apiece.

The headset blocks all lights from the environment and displays its video output through two small screens hosted inside the goggles.

Carmack made a live demonstration of using the new kit with Doom 3. In the demo, Carmack used a standard controller to move and shoot while using the kit’s head tracker to look around.

The virtual reality kit is named “Rift.” It is designed by Palmer Luckey who plans to launch a Kickstarter project to produce and distribute the open-source kit for other developers to tinker with soon.

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