Oculus Rift was a long time coming but it's actually a real-life consumer headset these days. Oculus Rift, made for everyone rather than just developers, is available for the price of $599 or £499.
Orders are limited to one headset per person at this stage, but at least it's available now.
Of all the virtual reality (VR) systems, Oculus Rift is the one that probably commands the most headlines. It was a long time in development, it's acquisition by Facebook garnered plenty of attention and its capabilities place it at the forefront of VR experiences. We've met...
Virtual reality is here, and for a lot of game developers, it means exploring a whole new way of making and presenting games.
Decades after the head-mounted display wave of the future seemed poised to overtake gaming and all of society — at least from Hollywood’s point of view — a technology in which you wear a screen on your face and feel like you’re transported is finally viable. And with that tech comes a wealth of new games, each of which take a ginger step into a brand new medium and try to figure out how best to utilize it.
The Oculus Rift may look like a relatively simple device but it's actually a pretty amazing piece of kit packing a wealth of cutting-edge tech. The hugely exciting virtual reality headset includes a whole bunch of amazing hardware designed to create a sense of complete immersion in a three-dimensional world.
When you realise what's in there, it's hardly surprising that it's taken this long to come up with a virtual reality system which actually works – and there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Henry, the charming VR film from Oculus Story Studio, has won an Emmy® for Outstanding Original Interactive Program! This award recognizes creative achievement in interactive media and comes from the juried Emmy categories, where winning entries must earn unanimous approval from a panel of Interactive Media Peer Group professionals. Henry is the first VR original narrative movie to ever win an Emmy. This is an incredibly exciting time, not just for our team, but for all VR storytellers paving the way. “When we set out to make Henry, it was a step into the unknown world of making an...
Audi UK has joined forces with mobile solutions company Somo to create experiences for Members at the Goodwood Festival of Speed using Google Glass, Oculus Rift and more technologies leading today’s connected world. Using the latest in mobile, wearable and virtual reality technology, Audi and Somo have developed experiences for Members at the motor event as well as those participating remotely via social channels. “We’re really excited about some of the technology on show at this year’s Festival of Speed. With Vorsprung durch Technik at the core of the Audi brand, and through some...
It's hard to see when you're driving a tank, particularly when the hatch is closed for combat, but the Norwegian Armed Forces have hacked together a cool new solution using the Oculus Rift. By mounting cameras on the outside of the tank, soldiers were able to create a 360-degree VR feed for the driver. With the Rift, the driver has an unobstructed view of the surroundings, effectively seeing through the body of the tank in what one soldier compared to the vehicle view from a Battlefield game.
Alongside its consumer Rift, Oculus has announced a user interface for virtual reality. Oculus Home is quite a lot like the Gear VR interface of the same name that launched last year, but while you have to put on the Gear VR to do anything, this does double duty as a VR and a 2D interface. Without the Rift, it's a place where you can see what friends are doing and look at a catalog. If you do put it on, Oculus is offering game demos in VR. You'll be able to preview a game without downloading or buying it. The whole thing seems a little like a VR version of Steam. This is all part of Oculus'...
The Oculus Rift will make it to our living rooms in Q1 2016, and now we know the UI platform from which we'll view, buy and jump into VR games, plus see what our VR-loving friends are up to, too.
It's called Oculus Home, and with a tile-based UI similar to many other platforms (including fellow viewer Gear VR), it may not be groundbreaking but it definitely looks convenient, at least based on what we saw from the company's press event earlier today.
Home will let users preview games and buy them for download. It works with the headset on so you can, presumably,...
It was always clear that the Oculus Rift would require a high-end PC — Oculus product VP Nate Mitchell said as much last week. But today, Oculus has published the actual recommended specs for a Rift-compatible computer. Here's what you'll need:
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 newer
That's certainly not the world's most expensive PC — it doesn't, for example, involve the Titan X...