What is Oculus Rift?
The Oculus Rift could be considered one of the most iconic figure and catalyst in the virtual reality market. Made to become mainstream, what is it really?
A virtual reality headset made by Oculus VR (the company), the Oculus Rift was released last March 28, 2016. It started as a proof of concept before the final production models were announced that virtual reality will change the face of computer interfaces.
In 2012, the Oculus Rift development began a KickStarter campaign in order to make some initial prototypes. Oculus VR had in itself announced that it will be an independent developer two months before the KickStarter started. It was a major success, the campaign raised US$2.5 million. It was enough to fund the initial creation of its first prototypes.
March 2014, Facebook bought Oculus for US$2 billion. Facebook saw a potential in the virtual reality as a niche and invested heavily on the future development.
Being the pioneer in the virtual reality game, the Rift have undergone some various changes and versions. A number of these were publicly demostrated yet some models are sent to KickStarter backers. These are back then called ‘development kits’.
Models that were announced are the following:
- DK1 – 2013
- DK2 – 2014
These ‘development kits’ allowed the developers of the Oculus Rift to make games and applications for the VR headset. Way back then, the headset was a massive hit to enthusiasts who would want to see the technology first hand.
The Oculus Rift had the following features in its current state.
- OLED display with 1080×1200 resolution per eye
- 90 Hz refresh rate
- 110° field of view
- integrated headphones with 3D audio effect, rotational and positional tracking called “Constellation”
- USB stationary infrared sensor
Can you use Oculus Rift on your PC?
The Oculus Rift have a minimum requirements to run the games much smoother and simulations more realistic. It is important to use the checklist to avoid underpowering the VR headset and causing drop in some frames. This ultimately will lead to poor graphics and motion sickness.
- Video Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Memory 8GB+ RAM
- Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer