Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Is Upon Us (Again, but better!)

On June 11, 2015 at 1pm, Oculus unveiled their fully finished product the Oculus Rift: VR Headset. Just in case you have been out the virtual reality loop here is a summary. The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality “VR” headset that brings you inside the videogame (virtually speaking). It is supposed to a giant leap forward than past VR headsets, which I believe it is. At their press conference they should off the black light weight headset. The headset has adjustable lenses to accommodate various eye distances. A receiver dongle will need to be plugged into your computer in order to track the headset. Suprisingly, an Xbox One controller will come packaged with the headset due to an unexpected partnership with Microsoft. Good ole, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, came out on staging talking about the integration between Windows 10, Xbox One, and the Oculus Rift. A demo was playing showing a player wearing the headset and looking into a virtual living room, playing Forza: Motorsport 6 (I think).

Other games were showcased as well, EVE Valkyrie, puts you the pilot seat of a space fighter jet attacking a fleet on hostile aliens. Insominac Games revealed Edge of Nowhere, which puts into arctic adventure story with beautiful glaciers and landscapes. Afterward the games were announce, Anna Sweet, Head of Developer Strategy, announce a $10 million dollar investment plan into independent game development. Pretty cool!

Lastly, Oculus Founder, Palmer Luckey, announced Oculus Touch! It looks interesting. It’s like a joystick that you continuously hold with a ring going you hand. Oculus Touch provides haptic feedback and low-latency (little lag between input and the output of the movement). It integrates “Hand Presence, Manipulation, Low Mental Load, and Communicative Gestures, and Traditional Inputs”.

The Oculus Rift has been in development for about 3 or so years now. I am excited and interesting to see if this will catch on in today’s market. Only time will tell. Oculus Rift: VR headset releases Q1 of 2016. No price has been announced, but you can bet “Jusrassic” it’s going to cost a pretty penny!


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