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Oculus Rift could 'eventually' run Android as a standalone system

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Virtual reality headset Oculus Rift could one day run Android through a system of its own, Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack recently told Engadget.

The headset currently runs with the assistance of a PC. According to Carmack, a free device with no wire to drag off your shoulder would "make a big difference."

"The way I believe it's going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that's basically like what you have in mobile phones," Carmack said.

You can watch the full interview at Engadget. The HD consumer-friendly version of the Oculus Rift is expected sometime next year. Standard definition developer kits were sent to Kickstarter backers earlier this year.

Yesterday at Gaming Insiders Summit, CEO Brendan Iribe announced that developers were looking into higher resolution 4K displays. Earlier this week, Iribe also revealed that new prototypes of the Oculus Rift will eliminate simulation sickness.