Perhaps the most anticipated technology ever, the Oculus Rift is set to bring virtual reality to the masses. Something that’s been seen in science fiction for decades is finally going to become a reality. Here are five things you need to know about this crazy tech.
1. You Have to Make Sure Your Computer Can Handle
Not all computers are built to withstand the intense graphics that the Rift experience provides. If you want the ultimate experience that this technology can offer, you have to upgrade or make sure your computer is already where it needs to be. Things you don’t perceive or notice on a computer monitor will be apparent with the Rift.
Oculus provides the specs you’ll need, as well as a tool for you to test your computer to see if it’s compatible with the Rift. Oculus just came out with Rift/PC bundles if yours doesn’t fit the bill, but other PCs are perfect for Oculus Rift.
2. You Might Get Nauseous — But That Might Not Be a Bad Thing
One of the biggest problems with the Oculus Rift was that testers were getting nauseous when they used it. Typically, that’s not something you want while you’re trying to game. The company says that this updated version has basically solved the nausea problem, but there might not be a way to make it go away completely.
This is attributed to how real some of these games feel. If you’re playing a game where you’re an astronaut floating in space and you want a truly authentic experience, you’re probably going to feel a little ill. With other, more sedate games, you might not feel this sickness. But if you want an active, exciting and authentic experience like being an astronaut, expect some consequences. It’s all part of the immersive experience of virtual reality.
3. The Price Is Worth It
The $599 price tag comes with the standard stuff you would expect, like the sensor, a remote and cables. It also comes with an Xbox One controller and two games to get you started if you preorder.
“Eve: Valkyrie” puts you in the cockpit of a fighter spaceship involved in epic dogfights. With the 360-degree feature, you’ll be able to see the whole battlefield. You also get to upgrade and customize ships, weapons and other equipment.
Not that into battles? “Lucky’s Tale” puts you into a vibrant, colorful world with Lucky the fox. In the fun platforming adventure game, you jump and climb your way through the world, covering various levels and mini games.
Both of these games were designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift, ensuring you have the experience you’re expecting from the Rift.
4. It’s Not Just for Gamers
While you might think of virtual reality as something for gamers, it can do far more. SyFy is releasing a show for Rift headsets, and more shows are expected to follow suit.
As the system becomes a reality and becomes widely released, more features are going to be available. Facebook is planning to use it to share experiences and to provide an immersive social media experience. Filmmakers are planning movies for use with Rift, and the technology could provide a new way to have teleconferences or even shop online.
5. It Will Change the World
While Oculus Rift is leading the pack, other developers are rushing to compete. HTC, Sony, and Microsoft are just a few of the companies working on their own virtual reality technology. Oculus Rift is set to change the technology landscape forever.
Expect to see tons of other virtual reality headsets released in the next few years, and more and more things available for them. Games and apps are certainly going to be released solely for virtual reality. It’s the next step in innovation.
The Oculus Rift is an amazing piece of technology. Get ready to watch it take the world by storm.