The Oculus Rift is a forthcoming virtual reality headset with a head-mounted display. It originally started life as a Kickstarter campaign by Oculus VR, which wanted to create a product that, was more effective and efficient than what was available on the market and one that would cost less for the consumer.
Although the developer edition and developer kit has only been released at the moment, the company are expecting to release the commercial version in 2015. But with other so-called “future of gaming and technology” virtual reality units having been released in the past without much success, what makes the Oculus Rift different and how will it change our lives? Even though it was initially invented with gamers in mind, it seems as if Oculus could redefine our virtual experience with regards to social media, gaming, music and movies. Social media with social media being as popular as it is and there are no signs of that changing, it makes sense that the Oculus would be used to enhance our social media experience. There is speculation that with the Rift you will be able to meet up with your friends in a virtual sense, without having to leave the comfort of your home.
Gaming was one of the things that the rift was designed for and if they deliver on the promises, our gaming experience may completely change. With it, you won’t have to sit on the edge of your seat, trying to feel part of the game you are playing.
You will be able to put on the head-mounted display and feel completely immersed in the game you are playing as if you were inside it and part of it. VP of Product at Oculus, Nate Mitchell has said “we have a demo where you’re standing on the edge of a cliff…your knees actually lock up subconsciously” Only time will tell just how much the Rift will change the face of gaming, but it sounds exciting already!
Normally if you lived in say London, but your favourite band was playing in Los Angeles; the only way you would get to experience that gig short of having the money for flights etc.; would be to wait for the DVD release or if it was streamed. With the Rift though the plans are that one day, music fans will be able to watch gigs from the comfort of their own homes; while feeling as if they were right there in the hustle-bustle of the crowd like everyone else.