Oculus Rift? More like Oculus Drift!

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What happens when you combine Formula D (Professional drift racing league) driver Matt Powers, a 650hp Roush Stage 3 Mustang, an Oculus Rift and an empty stretch of pavement? Awesomeness. Castrol calls it Virtual Drift. I would have opted for Oculus Drift (trademark pending). In any event, it’s an experience like none other.

Now after watching the video you’re probably thinking most, if not all of that was fake. That’s actually grossly inaccurate. Powers was indeed immersed in a virtual environment while traversing the real world in a car. Being able to do that was made possible by creative technologists Adam Amaral and Glenn Snyder, who¬†spent over 2 months testing everything.

They installed numerous sensors into the vehicle, which monitored wheel spin, braking, throttle positioning, steering angle and much more. Amaral himself said it best, “Essentially, we’re turning this car into a giant game controller.” They also had to map GPS coordinates to the game, so that Powers will always be on the track as opposed to off-course in a field.

Needless to say, the entire thing is a programming and engineering feat in itself. Can this be the future of gaming? Or maybe even the start of something else? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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