Sony, Valve and the other contenders in the race for wearable computing

Augmented and virtual reality gaming has emerged as the next possible technological landmark in the games business.

With Valve, id Software and today Sony coming up with their own prototypes, the future of gaming looks like it may not involve TV sets but instead wearable computing.

But which looks most promising? In today's Daily Digest we examine the most promising contenders in the head-mounted display market.

1. Oculus Rift

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Said to be "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games", the Oculus Rift has a diagonal field of view of 110 degrees, and a 3D panoramic view, which means the internal displays will appear to surround you.

Designer Palmer Luckey needed $250,000 to get Rift dev kits off the ground and in the hands of game developers, but the Kickstarter campaign created an immediate craze and raised more than $2.4 million.

A final retail product is a way off, but you can get your hands on a prototype version (estimated delivery in December 2012) with a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition (the first Rift-supported game) by pledging $300 or more to the fund.

Our view? With public backing from the likes of id, Valve and Epic Games, this could be a very exciting peripheral indeed.

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