Appearing on Kickstarter a few years ago, Oculus Rift is considered to be the virtual reality headset project that truly sparked the industry. After years of development and testing, as well as more than two developer kits released by the company, Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally hit the markets a few months ago. However, during those years a number of competitors managed to take the front stage of the VR revolution, including HTC Vive and a number of smartphone VR solutions. That begs the question of whether or not Oculus Rift is truly a revolutionary device and if it is still worth buying today.
A VR PC Experience
One of the major differences between the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and Google Cardboard inspired VR headsets is the fact that both the Oculus and the Vive work with a PC. While that makes them far more customizable and helps them deliver more immersive and unique experiences software-wise, it also makes them far more expensive than your general smartphone VR headset. While the expensive price of the headset itself is a major deal breaker for some, the fact that one would need a gaming PC that is worth double the headset is another huge issue.
Nonetheless, those who consider buying the Oculus Rift are already familiar with what the device requires and how much it is worth. It may be expensive, but the Oculus provides with extremely low latency rates, and lets hardcore gamers experience some of their favorite titles in virtual reality. Furthermore, with a display resolution of 2160 by 1200 and a 110-degree field view, the Oculus is one of the most immersive VR headsets on the market.
A Range of Virtual Experiences
Another thing that separates the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset from most is its Oculus Home platform. Being the first headset in the industry, the Oculus is also one of the first devices that developers got their hands on. This results in Oculus Home, one of the biggest and most diverse virtual reality game and application platforms currently available. Combined with the list of PC games that had been updated to receive VR supports, the Oculus has a list of virtual reality games and experiences that the Android platform can’t really offer.
Features and Specifications
- OLED 2160 by 1200 High Resolution Display
- Fast 90 Hz Refresh Rate
- The Oculus Home Software Platform
- 110-degree Field of View
- Built-In Audio
- Built-In Microphone
- A Number of Tracking Sensors
- A Huge VR Library
- Growing List of Movies, Games and Apps
- Comfortable Fit
- Doesn’t Come with a Touch Controller
- Rather Expensive
- Can Cause Nausea
The Oculus Rift virtual reality experience is not designed for those who just want to try out VR. It is designed for the hardcore gamers and enthusiasts that want to experience Virtual Reality at its most immersive level. It is for customers, who want to play games, watch movies and enjoy different virtual reality experience. If you are one of them, then the Oculus Rift is definitely for you.