Oculus Rift Inventor Predicts Mobile CPU Will ‘Outpower’ Consoles By the End of Next Generation

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Nov 15, 2013 10:30 AM EST
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The virtual reality-based Oculus Rift gaming platform may have been touted as a promise of a soon to arrive future where gaming takes a whole new turn with a virtual reality head mounted display for games, but it seems like the platform inventor himself feels that mobile-based CPUs will surpass consoles by the end of this generation.

Speaking to Tech Radar in a recent interview, inventor Palmer Luckey predicted that advancement in mobile CPUs in recent times is recognizable, and will surpass consoles by the end of the next generation.

“If you look at the rate of how fast mobile phone technology has been advancing, I would be willing to bet that by the end of this console generation there are going to be mobile processors that far outpower them,” Luckey stated.

"And they upgrade every single year. So when you have VR hardware that's getting better every year and mobile processing power that's getting better every year, it won't be too many years before you can get a much better experience than a console in a headset that has everything built into it and is still cheaper than a console."

While the future is still unpredictable, previous reports about the mobile possibilities of the Oculus Rift have given birth to new expectations regarding a viable mobile version.

Back in October, CEO Brendan Iribe announced at GamesBeat 2013 that the company is working on a lighter mobile virtual reality headset for consumers, with the headset said to use the Android device's processor.

The same Tech Radar report, at that time, stated that “the team is shooting to launch the mobile version with the PC headset in 2014, which means we would see the device next year as opposed to our previous 5-year estimation.”

However, if anybody is following up on the developments related to the Rift since mid-2013, they'll know that this is not the first time the company has shown its desire to present itself on a more mobile aspect of things.

Back in July, Iribe stated in an interview that although he loves consoles, “we’re a lot more excited about where mobile’s going to go, and being able to plug it right into a next gen cellphone.”

“It’s the innovation, and how fast cellphones are now improving – where we’ll be with the next Galaxy or the next iPhone compared to where consoles are,” he added.

Oculus Rift is currently scheduled for a 2014 release for PC.

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