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Date posted: 02/08/2012
A virtual reality headset supported by major video game developers is the latest tech project to cause excitement on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
Oculus Rift secured its target of $250,000 (£160,200) within its first four hours of going live.
The kit promises gamers an "immersive experience" using a 640 by 800 pixel screen for each of the user's eyes.
One VR expert noted that previous efforts to build a consumer-targeted device had disappointed.
But Palmer Luckey, the founder of California-based Oculus, said he believed his team had overcome the problems that had caused others to struggle.
"Most consumer-mounted displays have a diagonal field of view of about 30 to 40 degrees - you see a really small image way off in the distance and it doesn't make you feel like you are there," he said.
"With the Oculus Rift you get a diagonal field of view of 110 degrees. That means you're not looking at a screen any more - you actually feel like you are inside of the world."
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