Oculus Rift has been in the limelight since 2012 when its founder Palmer Luckey first started experimenting with the Oculus Rift headset. He was absolutely passionate about virtual world and virtual reality, thus he started giving shape to his ideas. In this way Oculus was born and later on this was bought by Facebook. Here is a roundup on the features, specifications, price and release date of Oculus Rift.
The headset of the gadget plays a very important role in giving the users a feel of the virtual world. The technology used is quite simple, i.e. with the help of the headset two images are shown in the two eyes to produce a stereoscopic image. Along with this audio and hand tracking is also used to give the take the user to the virtual world. This concept might sound simple; however, the technology used to create this vision is way too complicated. The Rift is equipped with 1080×1200 OLED display to reproduce the 3D effect on the mind of the users as this specification is enough to deceive the mind. The headset is wrapped in a black fabric that makes it comfortable for the users to use this headset. The Rift comes with one camera for head and hand tracking.
Hardware Compatible with Oculus Rift
To run Oculus Rift, quite advanced processor will be needed. This is because at the same time, same scene is reproduced at a much high resolution screen as well as high frame rate. Some processors are not suitable for running 60fps at 1080 x 1900 resolution, so running two like this at the same time is a impossibility. The Windows PC that will be compatible with Rift are Intel Core i5 4590, AMD R9 290 and Nvidia GTX 970 with at least 8GB RAM. The best part is the makers have promised that the future generation Rifts are also going to work on this same specification computer.
The bad news is that Rift is at present not compatible with OS X and Linux. But Palmer Luckey has promised that they are working on it and it will be available soon enough.
Since Oculus has aligned itself with Microsoft so that the Rift is compatible with Xbox One, automatically the controllers of Xbox One are compatible with Rift. Apart from that Rift has its own set of controllers which comprise of an analogue stick, two haptic analogue triggers, two buttons and the ability to understand gestures. Touch isn’t ready yet for Oculus Rift. The makers are of the opinion that if touch is included in the 1st generation of the gadget, the product would have become much more expensive. Rift will allow you to sit in a place and play using the controllers.
The toe up between Xbox One and Rift will allow the users to have a different experience altogether. Users will have to the opportunity to experience gaming in a large theatre. About 30 games will be released along with Oculus Rift that users can play using the gadget. Some of them we have knew were coming. But some interesting additions to the list are The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Astronauts, Rock Band VR and many more.
Oculus Rift Release Date
If you have place a pre order for Oculus Rift, then you will get to experience this VR very soon as the manufacturers have already started shipping the pre orders. Rumor has it that Oculus Rift will be available online by July 2016 and as of now there is no confirmation as to when retailers will have their stock piled up for sale.
Oculus Rift Price
Oculus Rift comes with a price tag of 500 pounds and there is doubt about the fact that this gadget is very expensive. Previously, in a press meet it was being declared that Oculus Rift will be priced around 350$. The price tag of this product is definitely a big disappointment for the prospective buyers who were looking forward toward Oculus Rift from a long time. But we cannot ignore the fact whenever a new gadget is launched the price of the product is very high and primarily the tech geeks aspire to the 1st generation of these products. In the course of time, as the technology becomes much better and demand of the same increases, the price of the product is definitely going to decrease. The same was true for smartphone. When it was launched by Blackberry and then Apple, it was very pricey and available to a handful number across the world. But in the course of about 10 years smartphone had a huge demand all across the world and gradually the price went down. We are expecting the same for Oculus Rift or VR in general.