Occulus Rift for college students

Students at City of Wolverhampton are ahead of the game after stepping into the world of virtual reality.

The college is one of the first in the country to be using cutting edge device Occulus Rift to help Games Design students develop ideas for virtual reality games.

The headset, which was only released a few months ago, is one of the first consumer-targeted virtual reality headsets. Gamers are able to pick up and manipulate virtual objects and interact within the game. Lecturer David Walters said: “This is not a passive industry but is always moving forwards. Virtual reality is the future of games design so we have adapted our courses and purchased this equipment to reflect that and ensure our students are firmly at the forefront in learning new techniques and technologies.”

Curriculum manager Michael Dixon added: “These headsets sold out within 15 minutes when they first went on pre-order in January and we have been waiting several months for them to arrive.

“It’s very exciting and right at the top of the end of the innovative training we are doing in this department. This experience will put our students ahead of the competition when applying for jobs.”


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