Oculus Rift is the latest development in the craze that is ‘virtual reality’. Although the device may have been purchased by Facebook for a ridiculous amount of money, (more on that soon) there is still no real market for the Oculus Rift. This Means that many are still left wondering exactly what the Oculus Rift is and where the device will go from here.
What makes the Oculus Rift different from other virtual reality devices
– Low Persistence (Eliminates motion blur which drastically reduces ‘simulator sickness’)
– Accurate positional head tracking (to better allow the Oculus Rift to pick-up head movements and upper-body leaning movements)
The Oculus Rift now offers an HD display that gives the user a 960×1080 resolution for each eye. All this combined with HDMI output, USB 2.0 connectors and an HDMI to DVI converter, will not only help developers create all kinds of exciting virtual reality software, but could well enable the Oculus Rift to be compatible with all gaming platforms.
The Oculus Rift Team
Oculus Rift say they’re bringing the ‘best developers in the world together’ for development of the virtual reality device. At first, you would think this was just marketing blurb…but take a look at just some of the teams previous employers:
Microsoft, Nvidia, Motorola, id Software, Splash Damage, Gray Matter Interactive, Raven Software, Infinity Ward, Bethesda Softworks, Activision, Autodesk, IBM, Google, Havok, Harmonix, Crytek, EPIC, Valve, Respawn, Insomniac, Atari, RedOctane, Sony Amazon, Western Digital, Kingston Technology, Mitsubishi Electronics, Walt Disney, Microprose, Hasbro and talented Mechanical Engineers that have created portable retro masterpieces (such as portable Gamecubes and N64’s!).
The above experience comes from a team of more than 100 staff (including John Carmack). We think it’s safe to say that the Oculus Rift is in safe hands.
Oculus Rift Release Date and Price
Recent reports now suggest the Oculus Rift could see an Autum 2015 release date for consumers (the Oculus Rift DK2 is already available for developers). Developers are currently purchasing the DK2 for around $350 per unit. Although development kits will always be more expensive than the final consumer product, last minute alterations can still effect the final retail price.