It been couple of months Oculus Rift has launched its virtual reality headset and it is estimated over 3.6 million headsets to be sold in 2016. This would possibly be the second most popular VR headset in the world after Samsung gear VR. Over the years the Rift has went through thousands of revisions from the various brand but this device can be used in any position like sitting, standing, walking etc. As per the recent reports it is observed many users have started getting addicted to the newly released versions of Oculus Rift VR headset to play virtual reality games. On keeping the headset, user is presented with a digital image world where he or she has to interact with fictional characters on game progression.
Oculus Rift is believed to work on the principles of Science Fiction. But for users this is truly going to give an in-game experience undoubtedly. Facebook has acquired this startup back in 2014 by seeing the probability of success in VR industry. Let’s have a look at the features of Oculus Rift :-
#1 Oculus Rift DK2 Hardware/Software Specs
The Oculus Rift DK2 hardware/software configuration is as follows
- Resolution: 960 x 1080 per eye
- Field of View: 100° Field of View (nominal)
- Display Type: AMOLED
- Display Size: 5.7″
- Video Input: DVI/HDMI
- Weight: 440 grams (without cable)
- Head Tracking: Available
#2 Xbox integration
One of the best features offered by Oculus Rift is the integration point with Xbox. With this you can have a few selected versions of 2D games played in a 3D environment which is an outstanding feature offered.
#3 Associated Peripherals and Other features
a) Oculus Headset
Oculus headset looks almost like a mask with cute design that suits your face. The feel is like wearing a pair of glasses. It also supports zoom in features without images getting blurred which is a great fit for action games. Oculus headphone is one of the most amazing design in VR gear market.
On Kit 2 version it comes With a refresh rate of 60Hz the resolution offered is delivered a 960 x 1080 display to each side. The screen with clear display will give you great vision to make your gaming experience thrilling.
Massive boost has been given in the case of Audio by Oculus Rift. The modifications help to emulate a sense of true 3D audio spatialisation. The consumer version of Rift comes with customizable and detachable head pieces. The 360 degree recorded sound adds value for your investment.
d) Light Weight
The Oculus rift device overall is incredibly light weight and very comfortable to wear. Thus it can be used to play games for long hours without any hassle. The straps on the set can be adjusted according to the user’s facial features. Even it has a provision to use pluggable components to be used in tandem.
e) Oculus Home Launcher
Oculus already added more to the user experience realm by defining a better VR launcher. This has been collaborated with many leading gaming consoles. Oculus Home launcher will be the starting point for the headset. The selection of games from the launcher is sure to add more friends to your list by giving easy access. This works on PC as well as in the VR. There will be also additions to the launcher with previews of to be released games.
#4 Recommended Hardware/Software Specs for use on PC
Most of the modern laptops have external video output ports connected to the integrated GPU. This is also connected with the hard drive via hardware and software specs that is not supported by the Rift. Rift developers are still working on a recommendable spec for integration on modern PCs and laptops. None of the present day laptops have the GPU performance for handling the Rift , though the newer versions of mobile GPUs may be capable of supporting the expected level of game performance.
Following are the recommended hardware / software specs for using Oculus Rift.
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Windows 7 SP1 or later
#5 Oculus Touch
The Oculus comes with a set of controllers to be used with the Rift, named the Oculus Touch which needs to be purchase separately. These controllers are quite sold , and resembles their mirror image suiting both hands. They are extremely lightweight, with motion control joystick, keys etc. There are also different buttons for supporting firing. While holding the Touch, the finger gestures of the users are captured for doing a human kind of mannerisms like finger pointing, doing a thumbs up etc during game play.
#6 Gaming experience with Oculus rift
Most of the AAA rated games have started releasing versions to be supported on the Rift – Project CARS, Elite: Dangerous, Euro Truck Simulator 2 are a few of them. Rift pre launch show announced EVE: Valkyrie by CCP and Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac Games.
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#7 Oculus Rift Price
The Oculus Rift price is vary from country to country and can be purchased from their official website or any popular ecommerce retails online.Here is the price of this VR device in USA:
- With so many features clubbed, this Oculus VR extravaganza is available at just $599.
- Oculus rift price with touch is: $798
- You can also buy Oculus rift touch separately at $199
The new revised version launch of Oculus Rift is worth a buy to experience the new and advanced virtual reality technology. There’s going to be a rethought among consumers whether to invest high on this version, considering the fact that a lower PC based version is also made available. But this VR console is sure to replace all legendary game peripherals.
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