Oculus Rift – The $599 Virtual Reality Headset Which Will Depend On A High-end PC

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The Oculus Rift started as a project on Kickstarter, in 2012, where its creator was hoping to raise funds for its production. $2,437,429 was the total sum that was obtained from 9,522 backers and Oculus used this money to make the first Development Kit. Then, the second DK was released in March 2014 and at the end of the month, Mark Zuckerberg has announced the purchase of the Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology. On January 6, the Consumer Edition was available for preorder and it will be shipped on March 28. The device will cost $599, but the buyers will pay also the additional fees (tax and shipping).

Don’t rush to complain about its price, because in the box, besides the Oculus Rift VR headset, you’ll get a camera, a remote, an Xbox One controller and a copy of two games, EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale.

The Oculus Rift will offer an amazing experience, by tricking your mind to believe that you’ll enter another world, where they will hear simulated sounds though headphones or speakers, and the position of the head or other VR headsets will be tracked with a positional tracking system called Constellation and which is formed from external infrared tracking sensors which have a stand of a desk lamp form factor, but they can be detached and placed anywhere in the room, so they can track your headset.

Also, there is a display for each eye using the OLED technology and the resolution per eye is 1,080 x 1,200 pixels, which will run at 90 Hz and will make the images pretty sharp. The displays are housed inside a black fabric-wrapped frame, which will feel very comfortable to hold.

The Oculus Rift will be paired with a Windows computer and the recommended specs are: an Intel Core i5-4590 CPU or something equivalent, an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 GPU or something similar and 8GB of RAM.

Sources: Alphr & Wikipedia