Oculus rift headset is going to change the entire gaming experience by adding the VR aspect to it. Before gaming was only on the PC screens but now you can get the feel of totally being involved in the game.So without further ado lets dig deeper into this new technology.
With the Virtual Reality making its roots deeper and stronger , different developers have come out with their own versions of the reality headsets and one among them which is towards the high- resolution end is The Oculus Rift.
The Oculus rift headset is developed and manufactured by the Oculus VR. On 26 March 2014, it was acquired by Facebook resulting in the Oculus VR development team operating independently within Facebook in order to achieve its final product – The Oculus Rift.
The Oculus VR team came out with two development kits before the final consumer product was announced and they were the dk1 and dk2 (Click here for a detailed comparison between dk1 and dk2 ).
Specifications of the Oculus Rift
Resolution: 2160 x 1200
Refresh Rate: 90Hz
Field of view: 110 degrees
Tracking area: 5 x 11 feet
Controller: Xbox One controller, Oculus Touch
NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Compatible HDMI output
2x USB 3.0 ports
Windows 7 or newer versions
Cost: $599+ $199(Oculus Touch Controllers)
Best Buy: www.amazon.com
Reasons to love Oculus Rift
1. Just looking at the gaming aspect of it, after the collaboration of Microsoft with the Oculus team which resulted in a wireless Xbox controller getting shipped with every rift that you order! Yes, the gaming experience is actually going to be way better with the wireless controller and the virtual reality jazz added on to it.
2. The partnership with Microsoft not only added the wireless Xbox one controller in the consumer version box but the compatibility of Windows 10 with the Oculus has made it possible to stream every Xbox one game in the “Virtual Game Room” of the Oculus Rift.
3. The Final Design of the Oculus Rift consumer version hence includes the Oculus Rift headset and a wireless Xbox One controller as promised by the Oculus team in the E3 event held in June 2016.
4. They also disclosed the Oculus touch Prototype in the event hence making the future for Oculus Rift more promising. The Oculus touch is in the market as well, which makes the entire VR experience much more immersive and interactive for users.
Oculus Rift Requirements
Oculus Rift has a few requirements and that could be a drawback for some of us, but once you have got these in your hands then your Oculus is up and ready to take you into Virtual Reality.
1. It is said to support versions of Windows 7 and above, however, a partnership with Microsoft by default meant that upgrading your system to Windows 10 and as of now considering the hype, Windows 10 is the best option(so that you can easily stream every Xbox One games on the Virtual Game Room).
2. Indeed you need to have a beefy system and the bar set for the graphics specification is Nvidia GTX 970 GPU as specified by the Oculus team.
3. Few sources say that later it would support Linux and Mac as well in the future, as of now, it does go well with just the Windows support.
4. That being said, it does require powerful PC specifications.
Oculus Rift Resolution
The Oculus has been powered with the OLED display and has a resolution of 2160 x 1200.The refresh rate is about 90 Hz and hence requires a PC which has beefy specifications because you cannot expect your PC to run slow and the Oculus to give you an awesome experience because that combination is just not going to work well.
Unboxing the Oculus Rift
Well buying the consumer version which would be shipped to you on August 2016 you would get a
- VR headset
- Sensor designed for VR
- Oculus remote
- Xbox One controller
- Lucky’s Tale (Game)
However, there might be a few changes in the contents of the box once the Oculus Touch releases.
Content that comes with the Rift
The Oculus Rift’s game catalog contained 30 games during its launch and they included puzzles, adventure, horror and mystery thriller games that are really immersive. You may end up using the gamepad, remote, and mouse or only the gamepad in few games implying that the usage of the input devices totally depends on the kind of games you are playing on your Oculus Rift headset.
However, consumers have felt that there is a need to include motion controllers in order to make the experience much better and immersive because let’s face it, the experience would be immersive if there is involvement of body parts like hands. It is more likely to induce a feeling that you are in another dimension.
Even though you can tell a clear difference between the reality and the VR world, the experience is worth appreciating.
Few games are similar to the ones on the Gear VR and the only good thing about them being on the Gear VR was that you could turn and look around easily but with the Oculus Rift, there is always this fear that you can get entangled in the wires with too much turning around.
The Oculus Rift provides with a variety of games which include the natural locomotion, cockpit locomotion, and artificial locomotion.The fact that all these games actually let you experience things which you might never do in reality or you might be afraid to do them for real makes this VR headset and its games really unique and interesting.
The few games that come in the Oculus Rift Game Catalog are: American Truck Simulator, EVE: Valkyrie, FIRMA, Flight Simulator X (with DLC), GUNJACK, iOmoon, Omega Agent, Prepar3D (with Mod), Radial-G: Racing Revolved, Space Bit Attack, Time Machine VR, Toy Plane Heroes, Valiant, VR Karts, War Thunder, Dreadhalls, Edge of Nowhere, Lucky’s Tale, Into the Dead, Crystal Rift, Albino Lullaby, Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games and the list goes on.
There is always new content to look up to when it comes to the catalog of the Oculus Rift making the headset worth the price you pay.
How do I setup the Oculus Rift?
This question pops up in everyone’s mind and many of us quit by just thinking that the setup process is extremely difficult.Well, it is not as difficult as it may look like. There have been people complaining that the only reason they have been hesitant to buy the rift is because they think it is too complicated to set it up and they might just end up using it less frequently than expected because of the hassles involved in the setup.
I can assure you that setting up the Rift is not a herculean task and you can do it without any issue.
How do I do it, you ask? Well, check out the video and get to know the entire setup process much better.
Will I get motion Sickness while using the Oculus Rift?
This is a common complaint and many of the VR headset developers have been trying to do their best to overcome this issue. Motion Sickness does depend on the person as it varies from person to person. I always felt that motion sickness is something you get used to in your VR headset, but it actually depends more on the games you play.The third person games are much better than the First person games when it comes to avoiding motion sickness. I’m scared of heights so, when I play games where my fear of heights is targeted, I start feeling really sick and want to just throw up. However, my friends do not feel the same way about the same games.
Motion sickness is something that really depends on you and it can even reduce with regular use of the headset. Still, if you are really worried about getting motion sick I do recommend you to try out the demo for the Oculus Rift and then make your choice. But if you have been using the Gear VR or other VR headsets before, then I do not think you would find this issue a deal breaker.
What is Oculus Touch?
The Oculus Touch is yet to release later this year and it will be launched with more than 30 VR games, in which 20 games are going to be brand new which are designed around the usage of the Oculus Touch.
The launch titles include Unspoken, Dead & Buried, Rock Band VR from Harmonix, R Sports Challenge, The Climb(enabled with touch), headsetSerious Sam VR: The Last Hope, Pro Fishing Challenge VR, I Expect You to Die, Giant Cop, Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption.
These games will be touch enabled and later this year after the release of the touch, team Oculus will be bundling the Oculus Touch with the consumer box which can result in an overall increase in the price of the bundle(Since it now includes the Oculus Touch).
UPDATE: The Oculus Touch was released on December 6, 2016. It is available on Amazon and you can check out the complete review of the Oculus Touch here. In order to make things easier, I would just include my final verdict for the Oculus Touch here which is AMAZING. It is a controller you should get ASAP if you have the money and are willing to spend some extra cash to get a much more interactive VR experience.
Want to buy the Oculus Rift?
There is no doubt that this technology leaves you intrigued and is very addictive. Once you get your hands on it there is a lot to explore as it opens up the world with new visuals and dimensions.
I recommend buying this once you have met the PC requirements(that being the only limitation) needed for it and I think it is one of the headsets which you could possibly get in the year 2017. Do check out the customer reviews on Amazon and in the case you have any further questions or queries, leave them in the comment section below and I would be happy to help!
I would go all in for the Rift, What about you??