If you were planning gaming sessions on Oculus Rif on Linux, you can already say goodbye to that thought. Oculus has already announced that they are putting on hold, for the moment, any development for the famous open-source operating system.
While Oculus Rift is currently available for pre-ordering, Oculus has announced last year that iOS has been removed from the list of operating systems compatible with the virtual reality glasses, and now it seems that Linux has followed the same path. The way things look now, Windows remains the only operating system that will be compatible with Oculus Rift at launch.
Although Linux was proposed as one of the major operating systems that will be compatible with Oculus Rift, it seems that the decision to keep the glasses exclusively on Windows arose from Oculus’s need to provide an experience as fluid as possible on one operating system with the launch of the product in the near future.
Palmer Lucky, CEO of Oculus believes that “Linux will definitely remain in our development plan, but only after the launch of the VR glasses on Windows, but sadly compatibility with iOS will only be achieved after Apple launches some more powerful computers, whenever that is going to happen. ”
Oculus’s reasons behind the decision to concentrate only on Windows for the launch are simple and logical. According to all statistics, the most popular operating system for games is Windows, by far and it would be a waste of time if the virtual reality glasses were compatible with two different operating systems at launch, while the developers at Oculus haven’t even managed to launch the complete product with its dedicated controllers.
It’s clear that the developers behind the virtual reality glasses are in a hurry to come out with a product more or less ready, but since it took the glasses more than three years to become a salable product, I wonder how it is possible that they haven’t found the resources to come up with a product compatible with Linux, considering that the development of the glasses began on this operating system.
Oculus Rift can be quite expensive for preorder at a price of $ 600 dollars in a bundle that includes two dedicated games for the VR glasses and a controller for Xbox. Later this year, Oculus will launch special controllers dedicated to virtual reality goggles.