The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset Kickstarter campaign has been fully funded. In just a few hours, Oculus, the company behind the project, managed to raise almost $500,000 ($450,165 as of this writing), practically doubling their goal of $250,000 in under 24 hours.
If you're wondering why what's so special about the virtual reality set, it's been specifically designed with video games in mind and has some of the most influential members of the gaming community supporting it. Developers like John Carmack, Cliff Bleszinski, and even Gabe Newell are standing behind Oculus, saying how much they believe in the product and how exciting it could be for gaming. Check out this video detailing the device.
The reason that it got funded so quickly, aside from incredible word-of-mouth, probably had to do with the fact that anyone who pledged over $300 got a early developer kit, "perfect for the established or indie game developer interested in working with the Rift immediately," according to Oculus. Pledges who spent more than $300 also will get a free copy of Doom 3 BFG, the first game to be compatible with the Rift.
We'll just have to wait and see if the Oculus will become the go to gaming headset of the future, or if Microsoft's or Sony's VR offerings are the better choice. For more info on the Oculus, check out our Oculus Rift hands-on preview from E3 2012.