Oculus is the Leader of Virtual Reality

Why Oculus VR is the Leader of Virtual Reality Gaming

It wasn’t all that long ago that modern VR seemed very futuristic, and came with a price tag that was out of reach for a lot of people. Fortunately, time has passed, prices have dropped, and now you can afford to immerse yourself in various forms of VR entertainment with updated and highly impressive technology.

In this article, I will highlight the reasons why Oculus VR is the leader of virtual reality gaming.

But first …

What exactly is VR?

A Brief History of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is an interactive experience that allows a person to become part of a three-dimensional (3D) simulated environment. By use of special electronic equipment, usually consisting of a headset with a screen inside and gloves that are fitted with sensors, you can can explore and physically interact in a computer generated world with the ability to touch and manipulate objects.

While the modern concept of virtual reality comes from science fiction, the history and early development came long before any entertainment purposes. Original use of recent technology provided helpful medical and military applications, including surgical and flight simulation.

Oculus VR - flight simulator

Thanks to continued scientific breakthroughs and advancements in VR technology, the world has been introduced to seemingly impossible 3D experiences.

Over the last 20 years, countless people, associated with a number of different companies, have developed the products we’ve now come to recognize.

One such company, Oculus VR, designed the first prototype capable of rotational tracking, and paved the way for the virtual reality designs we see today.

With a wide spectrum of uses, ranging from workplace training for surgeons and pilots, to robotics, and even psychological therapy, VR is becoming most commonly used for entertainment.

What Virtual Reality Offers

Alternate Reality

VR completely immerses you in an artificially created environment that produces naturally occurring real-world responses. A simulation may include walking down the street, teleporting between rooms, jumping over a barricade and shooting your enemy in a combat game, or floating in a spaceship.

Virtual Reality space simulator

Total Sensory Stimulation

Through the use of integrated hardware and software, users achieve a high level of sensory stimulation in visual, audio, and touch feedback. You are both physically and mentally engaged to the point that you believe you are actually in the virtual world that surrounds you.

How does it all work?

By use of a headset, which completely blocks your view of the real world, you are thrust into an artificial 3D environment that looks and feels real. Every real movement you make is reflected in virtual motion.

While experiencing the visual and audio effects with the headset, you experience touch through use of the accompanying handheld devices which contain motion trackers that respond to your activity. You can feel and move people and objects.

Introducing the Oculus Rift + Touch VR System

                       

System Includes:

  • 1 headset with a built-in display and on-ear headphones
  • 2 wireless hand controls that provide touch response
  • 2 wired sensors that track your body movements and translate them to VR motion
  • necessary cables to connect the system to your PC

Experience full immersion in hundreds of VR games. Enjoy 3D movies, live concerts in virtual auditoriums, sports, vacations to many destinations, or gatherings with family and friends from afar.

What you need in order to use the Oculus Rift

Recommended Hardware:

  • PC(computer) with Intel i5 or better
  • Operating System (currently Windows 10)
  • Required amount of 8+ GB RAM
  • High quality Graphics Card (such as NVIDIA GTX 1060)
  • HDMI 1.3 video output
  • (3) USB 3.0 ports and (1) USB 2.0 port

The better your PC hardware, the better your experience will be.

And, of course, you need an Internet connection.

If you’re looking to upgrade, here are some current best seller VR ready PCs and Laptops on Amazon:

        

How to get started after you purchase your Oculus Rift

Following the provided instructions, connect all HDMI and USB cables as shown. Then, just pop a couple of AA batteries into the hand controls, and you’re good to go!

When you first put on your Rift headset, simply move your head to view the menu. Then select an item by looking at it and pressing the select button on the remote / hand control. Alternatively, to move around you can use the navigation disc on the hand control.

The first time you enter Oculus Home, you’ll want to set up your VR device by choosing the correct date and time settings, establishing an internet connection to your network, adjusting your sensors, adjusting your volume, and customizing your notifications – such as receiving alerts and installing app upgrades. You can also add contacts, so when you gear up you see your current list of friends.

Optional Accessories

According to Users, it may be useful to have an additional sensor, or a headset and hand control stand.

     

Who Would Love an Oculus Rift System?

Gamers

Of course. Live in the game. Feel the action. Be part of the ultimate gaming experience.

Travelers

Imagine experiencing new places without ever leaving your home! We all have distant places we’d like to see but it’s not always possible to take an extended leave from work. Unless you have an unlimited amount of vacation days, and unlimited funds, this could be the next best thing.

Movie Lovers

Immerse yourself in your own 3D theater, any time you like!

Music lovers

Find yourself in a concert venue watching and listening to your favorite artists.

Virtual Reality Music

Family

If your relatives live across town, or across country, this provides a way to come together in the same space. Virtual rooms provide a meeting place for hanging out and chatting or playing games together. Virtual Dominoes, anyone?

Play Options

There are hundreds of options available to virtually do almost anything. Now that technology has presented an affordable and worthy at-home VR system, games will be the next development focus. There will be more, and they will continue to advance in every way possible.

Here are some of the top-selling VR games for Oculus Rift as of today:

Shooter:

Robo Recall – Thanks to defective homicidal robots being put out of commission in the Recall Department, there’s an immediate opening for new Recallers. Full of action-packed challenges, the main character (you), must prevent a robot takeover by using your combat skills and customized weapons as you teleport through the city.

Adventure:

Lone Echo – It’s been said, that if you own a Rift and don’t have this game, you wasted your money. This is supposedly the best interactive experience available in VR. Jack is an AI transported to a Saturn mining facility to help Captain Rhodes solve a problem. Travel outer space, use futuristic tools, explore the space station, join interactive dialog, and use interactive space equipment in the most detailed VR environment made to date.

 

Active / Exercise:

The Climb – With modes for both the beginner and the experienced climber, you scale high mountains, explore caves, compete in time trials, and earn achievements to unlock new gear.

Strategy:

Brass Tactics – Step onto the battlefield where you will build, customize and upgrade your Army. With more than 20 maps, and 12 difficulties, every game introduces a new challenge. Options for single play, online coop, and online competitive, make this game one that you can replay for years to come.

Horror:

Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul – Pro: Legitimately scary. With just a flashlight, you explore a massive multi-level home set in the woods, and come to realize through your mystery solving that you are not alone in the dark. If you’re the type who looks forward to haunted houses at Halloween, this is the ultimate experience for you. Con: it’s short. Though people will play multiple times over and continue to be scared each time, they are hoping for a longer sequel.

What Do Customer Reviews Say About Oculus Rift?

People seem to prefer the leading Oculus Rift over other brands of VR devices due to its lightweight and ergonomic design, as well as its unmatched tracking performance. Though it doesn’t always hold true in every case of products brought to market, it appears that the modern day VR inventor does in fact continue to lead the charge in the development and advancement of VR devices.

With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, the Oculus Rift + Touch VR System is sitting at a worthy 4.2 out of 5 stars at the time of this posting. The general consensus is that Oculus has risen to the challenge, and people are blown away by the user experience with the Rift.

A word of caution has been shared by users as well…

Although the Oculus Rift boasts ultra-low latency tracking (this is the measurement of delay between the user’s motion and the image display), it could possibly cause motion sickness in people who are prone to it.

Also, may not be recommended for people who experience seizures.

Fad or Here To Stay?

Well, first, considering that VR’s current technology has been a work in progress for over 150 years, it hardly embodies the definition of a fad in any sense. Aside from its very broad range of use and application across several sectors, VR in the gaming industry is just warming up.

The most advanced designs that are currently on the market are introducing people to devices that are capable of doing things that were only previously imagined. The technology of full 3D immersion is here, and now that it’s affordable, it’s only a matter of time before the gaming community sees an increase in game options to explore more interactive gaming.

Who’s the ‘VR Company’ You Already Know?

Facebook.

Facebook purchased Oculus back in 2014, and has, as recently as this month, claimed to be working on further development. While commercials are busy advertising the wireless Oculus Go, a beefier wireless system is in the pipeline.

Virtual Reality is here to stay, and will continue to advance. This is a technology with a long history, and a bright future. The gaming industry has only scratched the surface of what’s to come in VR entertainment.

What’s Next for Oculus?

The next Oculus VR system, the Oculus Quest, is set to release in the Spring of 2019. Combining the best features of the Rift and the popular wireless Go, the Quest promises big things. Time, of course, will tell if Facebook and Oculus deliver on their promises. For now, the Oculus Rift continues to rule, as it’s ability to harness the power of your PC optimizes your entire VR experience.

This won’t be our last article on VR. I anticipate a upward trend in 2019. Stay tuned!

 

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26 comments

  1. I’ve never heard of virtual reality gaming, but found your article very informative. I find it interesting that gamers get a dose of alternate reality and sensory stimulation from gaming. 

    I’m not a game person, so I wondered what the reward was buying one of these systems. It makes sense to me now. 

    The headset with hand controls looks like something my grandsons would like. I’ll have to check it out. 

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Holly!

      Thank you for getting the comments started here!

      VR has come a long way, and we’ll continue to see advancements in the future. I bet your grandson would love a VR system! And you’d have a great time just watching him play!

      Be sure to check the computer requirements for the Rift, and if the one he would use has the right specs, then you’re good to go! Enjoy!

  2. You have done a great review here of the Oculus Rift. I love the journey that you took me on.

    1st you showed us a brief history of VR, then what we need to get started, and also what to expect with the system!

    I really like the idea of being at a virtual reality concert. Can you imagine having the fun and atmosphere of a concert without actually having to stand beside all those people!?

    Also travel in VR! I think being able to go somewhere in VR to see how it is before really going on holiday is a great idea. A test vacation!

    And what a great way to exercise!

    The price is not too bad at about $1000 so I will have a look at one of these units for the coming year.

    Liked your review a lot. 

    Tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thank you so much for commenting here!

      Yes, there are so many things to be excited about with VR! I love your idea of the test vacation. You absolutely could discover a place that you’d like to visit for real some day.

      As for price: The Oculus Rift & Touch System is about $400, so same price as if you were buying a new Xbox or PlayStation console. Considering that this is immersive gaming, I think the price point is incredible. You’d only spend more if you are buying a new computer as well. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting our website, Tim. Stop back soon to see more articles on VR!

  3. So cool. A virtual reality console, and what uses it has from experiencing live concerts, to interacting with family, and travelling! Technology is truly taking us to unimaginable places. 

    Does it come with any VR games/ experiences? 

    Wish I had one to get in touch with different ‘realities’ and experiences such as travelling to other countries!

    1. Hi Cheriri!

      Great question! 

      As we are approaching the Holidays, this system is currently on sale for $349 and comes with 6 titles including the very popular and highly rated Robo Recall. It’s a great starter package!  

      (not sure how long it will be available at this price)

      Here’s where you can find more info! Oculus Rift + Touch System

  4. Virtual Reality or VR technology never ceases to amaze me. Your article has explained it very well in depth. I don’t have the Oculus Rift yet. 

    What crosses my mind is safety concerns when playing. Will we move away from original location where we are standing and hit anything that is in our way in the midst of excitement of the game? Do we need to play Oculus Rift in a purely empty insulated room for safety?

    1. Hi, and thank you for posting your question here!

      While an entire room set up for VR would be amazing! …

      No, it’s not necessary. The sensors, 2 of which are included with this system, provide what’s called ‘room scale.’

      So movement is scaled to the space you are playing in. You’ll want a few feet around you for sure, but it can be enjoyed in the comfort of your living room without ruining it in the process 🙂

  5. Thanks for your introduction to VR gaming.  VR is an area that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and your article is a good starting point for me.  The brief history you offer is a good explanation, and very useful to me as a spring board as I start digging more into the subject.

    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Hugo!

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for visiting our website, and for commenting here! Check back soon, as we’ll have more info to share on the topic of VR!

  6. I love Virtual Reality! So much fun. I played a few times in Bangkok and also once in Brooklyn, NY. You just never have enough time with these games!!! Do you think this available on Mac as well? I do not own a PC. 

    So affordable now to have it at home and play it as many times as you like! I will love having this, but will probably stop me from doing everything else lol 

    Happy Holidays

    1. Hi Nuttanee!

      Thanks for commenting here, and great question!

      No! Unfortunately, Oculus and Apple have not worked out the compatibility. Both companies have stated in the past that they are working on it, but who knows when that will happen. Until then, you may want to check out the Oculus Go

      While Oculus Go is not the best system for gaming, it’s amazing for movies, concerts, family get togethers, etc. So, you can still have some great VR experiences!

      Check back soon for an Oculus Go article with more info!

      Update 12-28-18: Here’s the Oculus Go article!

  7. I’ve never tried to play any VR games yet.  I love gaming, and the VR system seems like a great way to venture out into an alternate reality.  I didn’t know that you can “attend” concerts and get togethers with family. That is an awesome use of VR technology! My daughters would love to use this to visit each other, as one is older and no longer living at home.  

    I also did not know that Facebook purchased a VR company, I never would have guessed.  Great information!  I really do think that VR is here to stay, and not just for gaming. 

    1. Hi Andy!

      Glad that you found this article of interest! Check back soon, as we’ll have more to share in the world of VR!

      Thanks for visiting our website, and for commenting here!

  8. I have only tried VR once and I felt so car sick. I guess it is something that might take a little bit of time to get used to. I never felt like I wanted one for myself until now. This would be amazing. The design of this one is very futuristic. I really like the looks of it. Hopefully I will be able to purchase one of these and actually be able to enjoy it.

    1. Hi Alexandra!

      Yes, motion sickness can be an issue particularly for those who are prone to it. Some users who experience this suggest that if you start with a short period of time and increase slowly each day that your body will adapt. Most VR users have reviewed that the Oculus Go is least likely to create this effect, so I’d probably try that one out if I were you, but of course there’s no guarantee. I hope this helps, and I hope you are able to enjoy some VR time!

  9. I’m more of a HTC Vive fan, but the Oculus Rift is definitely the cheaper option when it comes to high end VR sets. Steam also has a good library of free games to try and there are some other games that you would be surprised that actually supports VR, like Payday 2.

    However, I’ll note that VR gaming might not be for people with motion sickness. I really do have bad motion sickness, but it really depends on the game and your VR setup. 

    1. Hi Murasa!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment here!

      Yes, the Vive is definitely another popular choice. Did you know that HTC is soon releasing 2 new headsets?! Be sure to stop back, as I plan to have more information on that soon!

  10. Virtual reality is very intriguing to me. I have never gotten a chance to actually participate in virtual reality games/programs, but I have always wanted to. I may need to look into the cost of something like this a little bit more. I have 4 kids that are all at ages where we could have a lot of fun together as a family. Do they have things like this that you can use on say a PS4?

    1. Hi Angie!

      Thanks for your comment and question!

      Yes, PS4 does have it’s own VR set. You would need to get a PS VR headset and camera, or a bundle which includes both (as well a game or two usually). Then you can use your own PS4 console and controllers, or buy additional hand controls. Here’s a link to check it out: PS4 Virtual Reality Bundle

      Sony is working on expanding their games by including VR mode in more games, and creating more VR specific games. There are about 200 to explore right now. So, if you’re a PS4 fan and go this route, you’ll have some family game options! Happy gaming!

  11. The Oculus Rift + Touch VR system looks really high quality. The only VR that I have been exposed to was with a headset that combined with my phone to create a virtual reality experience. You attached your phone to the headset and it became the screen.

    It was kind of cool but honestly, the graphics weren’t that great and it took a lot of phone batter and memory storage for the VR capabilities. So I’ve only used it a couple of times. Admittedly I got it for free when I took my phone to the Sprint store to fix a problem I was having. So I guess that saying, “you get what you pay for” has been proven right.

    The Rift looks much cooler. I like that it has its own built-in display. I bet it looks much more realistic than mine did.

    1. Hi Mariah!

      The Rift would make a great next level device. Please stop back and share your experience after you’ve gotten to use it! Thanks for commenting!

  12. Looking at the headset, I’m wondering if it fits adults and children equally. What is the youngest age that a child might get involved in VR gaming? I’m surprised there are no popular education titles for the Oculus VR. Do you think we will see any popular educational offerings anytime soon?

    1. Hi Terrence!

      Thank you for commenting here, and good questions!

      All of the headsets, regardless of brand, have velcro adjustable straps that can fit any size head.

      There are actually many educational experiences to be had in VR! There are thousands of experiences available now by access to app libraries. Without even owning a VR device, you can look up a listing of what’s offered through Oculus or Steam. 

      You can watch documentaries, go rock climbing, explore space, take a yoga course, watch world news, explore an underwater aquarium. You have access to Netflix, Hulu, Disney, YouTube, and several other content apps where you can search for nearly anything for any age. So, much to be explored if you are looking for educational usage!

  13. That’s a comprehensive review and anyone interested in VR will find something valuable in what you’ve provided here. I know a bit about VR because my lab uses it for simulation other than playing games. 

    Just as one is placed in an artificial environment in games, it’s helping us to give investors and process engineers the feel of what’s going on in a reactor. Thanks for the tons of information. 

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