It’s a Wrap!

Thank you all so much for making the campaign a huge success. We ended with over 947% of our original funding goal. Pretty incredible.

“Gift a Rift” Contest Winners

We had over 3,000 people vote for their favorite Gift a Rift submissions, but in the end, two projects took the lead. We’re thrilled to announce that the winners are:

First place: Lee Salzman (Cube Engine) with over 37% of the vote!

Second place: Phosfiend Systems (FRACT) with over 23% of the vote!

Lee Salzman and Phosfiend Systems will each receive a free Rift developer kit, t-shirt, and poster all signed by the Oculus VR™ team. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We’re eager to see what Lee and Phosfiend come up with.

Video Credits

We wanted to give a big thank you to our video production team, they totally rocked. Many of you have asked who helped us produce such cool videos, so here they are:

Oculus Rift Kickstarter Video

  • Directed by Win Bates (www.winbates.com)
  • Produced by Oculus VR™ & Win Bates
  • DP – Will Carnahan & Adam Lee
  • Gaffer – Sheila Flores
  • Sound Mixer – Travis Prater
  • Editor – Luc Delamare, Nico Litonjua
  • Music – Traver Hoar

Hawken + Oculus Rift Announcement Video

  • Directed by Oculus VR™
  • Produced by Oculus VR™ & Win Bates
  • DP – Kelsey Taylor & Luc Delamare
  • Sound Mixers – Travis Prater & Dave Hansmann
  • Editor – Nico Litonjua
  • Music – Hawken Soundtrack

Special Thanks

First, we want to give a very special thank you to John Carmack. Everyone that’s demoed the Oculus Rift has seen the incredible results of John’s hard work and passion, showcased in DOOM 3 BFG Edition. We can’t thank John and the id Software team enough.

We’d also like to thank:

Mark Long, Khang Le, and the Hawken team
Cliff Bleszinski and Epic Games
David Helgason and Unity
Gabe Newell, Michael Abrash and Valve
Mark Bolas and the team at USC’s MxR lab
Juli Griffo and the Shayd team

And of course, our Kickstarter backers. Our success is thanks to you!

Next Steps

With Kickstarter complete, we’re now focused on getting the rewards into your hands.

We’ll be heads down in the lab for the next few months, hard at work on the developer kits and SDK. Since one of our goals has always been to share the development of the Rift, stay tuned for more progress updates.

For the vision to truly come to life, it’s going to require collaboration, innovation, and pioneering from the entire community. We can’t wait to work with you to finally make virtual reality a great experience!

Thanks for joining us on this exciting journey and again for all your support.

We’ll talk to you soon!

- Palmer

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