2016’s tech/gaming theme looks like it’s gonna be all about virtual reality.
The first contender out of the gate happens to be the one that initially began this new VR race – the Oculus Rift. Starting on March 28, 2016, Kickstarter supporters will receive their units. As for those buyers who pre-ordered themselves a headset, the first batch will begin shipping during the middle of the week after that launch date. There’s still hope for those folks who aren’t in either group. Before the year comes to a close, there’s a good chance you’ll get to add this device into your living room space.
Before you bring VR’s newest killer app into your home, learn everything there is to know about the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Rift Technology
Oculus VR has come a long way since it revealed its VR headset concept back in 2012. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $2.5-million, several development models and a huge $2-billion purchase from Facebook, the Oculus Rift has finally reached its final form and is now entering its launch phase. This latest piece of home technology will take everyone into specially designed video games, VR films and plenty of other experiences that have yet to be revealed.
Every Oculus Rift package comes with the following items: an Oculus Remote, a special sensor and an Xbox One controller. On the audio front, the Oculus Rift headset will feature integrated audio features that will truly immerse you in whatever you’re doing. The game Lucky’s Tale will come bundled with every Oculus Rift. The Oculus Touch controller won’t be included with the Oculus Rift and must be bought separately. This add-on device will be released in the 2nd half of 2016.
Note – if you’d like to obtain a VR headset that works with the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, you’re better off picking up the Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset.
You’ll need to have a Windows-powered PC and the right specifications attached to it in order to properly utilize the Oculus Rift. The Rift compatibility tool can be downloaded directly from the official Oculus Rift website. This downloadable toll will help you find out if your PC is ready made to run this VR headset. The recommended PC specifications for the Oculus Rift can be read below:
– 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
Like we mentioned before, Lucky’s Tale is probably the first VR game you’ll hop into since it comes with every purchased Oculus Rift. Once you enter the Oculus’ digital storefront, you’ll see a wide variety of games up for sale (prices range from $5 to $60). When it comes to the best games that truly represent the best elements of VR gaming, check out the following titles you can play at launch:
30 full games will hit the Oculus Rift digital storefront at launch. Over time, even more games will become compatible with the headset. A few console titles, such as Alien: Isolation, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Dying Light, Elite: Dangerous etc. will eventually be added to the list of playable Oculus Rift games. Check out the full Oculus Rift launch lineup right here. You should also peer into the ever expanding list of games making its way over to the world of VR at this link.
If you don’t happen to have a PC that has the appropriate gear needed to work with the Oculus Rift, several PC bundles will help rectify that issue. Alienware, Asus and Dell have partnered with Oculus in order to produce different PC models that come equipped with Oculus Rift compatible technology. If you pre-order one, you can expect to get your bundle sometime between April and May 2016. You can see which Oculus Rift/PC bundles are up for grabs down below: