The first time we got a chance to chat with the Oculus Rift team, they mentioned how they were interested in making the device compatible with Android devices. It’s a pretty nice fit considering the open nature of the Android platform. Fast forward to now and the product is now official. According to VentureBeat, the Android version of the Oculus Rift is expected to arrive around the same time as the consumer version for PC. The announcement was made by Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe at GamesBeat 2013.
The mobile Oculus is said to be lighter than the dev kit version that’s currently available. Support for other platforms such as iOS is not confirmed at this time.
There’s a lot of potential for Android gaming on the Oculus Rift. Much like PC gaming, anyone can make a Rift-compatible game and distribute it however they wish. When it comes to iOS, the Apple App Store is the only legitimate way to download games. Android developers can simply offer a downloadable APK that players can install on their respective devices. Someone could easily create an online destination exclusively for mobile Rift game downloads.
Since this announcement is still fresh, we don’t have an estimated release date or price. Rest assured, it is coming.