Oculus Rift has become so synonymous with the virtual reality gaming industry that for a long time, the VR scene was viewed through the glasses of this one player. It set the benchmark in the industry which also had other major Japanese and Korean players. For $600, the new Oculus Rift is definitely better than most of its competitors and it is now an all-purpose entertainment device. It is perched prettily at the middle of the price range and makes for a smart choice.
However, the Oculus Rift is not able to provide room-scale motion tracking. So, even though you can rotate or tilt your head, with the sensors tracking your head movements, you could not move about the room to interact with your natural environment. According to an update made by TechRadar, Oculus Rift may soon introduce this feature as well, which would bring it at par with HTC Vive.
Oculus is a great VR headset because of the content support it has. It has some of the best VR games in its kitty. The list of apps is also growing steadily and they provide an engrossing experience in a 360º surround setting.
The 2160×1200 resolution across two OLED displays is awesome. Of course, to enjoy the full range of features that Oculus Rift has to offer, you will need a high-end gamer’s console or PC. The headset has to be wired to the computer and to the HDMI port of a graphics card. The motion sensing cameras will then immerse you in a ‘reality’ from which it is hard to return because it becomes addictive!
The Oculus Rift has been into development for four years now and has improved by leaps and bounds. It doesn’t have the screen resolution that you would expect from a 4K video device but it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The stereoscopic 3D is also commendable and the device works at 233 million pixels per second. The only problem is that there is still no confirmation on the launch of touch controllers which would enhance the virtual experience many times more. There is also report that many more titles are ready to be added by next year. For all practical purposes, the Oculus Rift still remains a very user-friendly VR headset and it can only improve.