The long awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset is almost available for consumer use. Preorders for the Oculus Rift are available at $599. The $599 price will get you a few other things as well, according to the website’s shopping cart:
“Includes: headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky’s Tale”
For those unaware of the news surrounding VR headsets, Occulus Rift is compatible with Windows PC and possibly Xbox One in the future, while Sony Playstation 4 will only be compatible with a different VR headset called Morpheus. But don’t hold your breath waiting for VR to come to Xbox one, as the Xbox One hardware may not be powerful enough to handle the Oculus Rift headset.
Cinema Blend reported the following:
“One thing to keep in mind in all of this, though, is that Microsoft has made it known that Oculus Rift games can be streamed to the Xbox One through Windows 10. They don’t mention running Rift games natively on the Xbox One, and that makes sense given that the recommended requirements for playing games through the VR device are extremely steep. The Xbox One doesn’t have the horsepower to run Rift games natively, which does make me question how Sony will handle the Morpheus on the PS4.”
Virtual reality computer devices have had a long history of slow progress and consumer failure. Perhaps VR will finally become popular and high enough in quality to deliver a more realistic and immersive VR experience that has not been possible till now. Unfortunately, the hardware cost may prevent mass consumer adoption of Oculus Rift, since the required PC hardware required to run the $599 headset is also very expensive.
Adi Robertson from the Verge reported the following:
“Lots of people are angry about the Oculus Rift’s $599 price tag. It’s hundreds of dollars more than an actual gaming console, and twice as much as the original development kit. It also requires a powerful computer to run — maybe $1,000 if you build it yourself. It’s a gamer’s device….
…Palmer Luckey’s original Rift prototype didn’t just succeed because of a technological breakthrough — it was built around concepts that had been around for decades. It succeeded because it was cheap. Luckey was working at a time when smartphones were making motion sensors and small LCD panels easy to find, and computing had advanced enough that what took a supercomputer in the ’90s could be run on a laptop. $300 isn’t pocket change, but compared to the high-end headsets of the ’90s (combined with the cost of a computer that ran them) it was a huge shift.”
Visit the Oculus site here to see the products they are offering, including the ‘Rift’ and ‘Samsung Gear VR.’
Here are two gameplay videos of EVE: Valkerie and Lucky’s Tale, the games that come included with the Oculus Rift $599 Bundle. Watch the third and last video about the history of Computer based Virtual Reality hardware.