General News

What is Oculus Rift?

Whats Oculous Rift all about? Its the next generation of virtual reality technology. How big it will be for tha adult industry is uncertain but it will be massive for mainstream entertainment and the gaming markets

Published Fri 15th Apr 2016
By itsAdult / General News

What is Oculus Rift?

You pull a helmet over your head, and suddenly, you're inside a virtual world that seems completely lifelike. You can run around, fight, race, fly and create in a way that gamers (or anyone else for that matter) have never done before. What was once the stuff of Hollywood fantasy has now become a reality thanks to Oculus VR, creators of a personal head-mounted display named Oculus Rift.

Here's everything we know about the Oculus Rift so far in terms of specs, features, platform support and overall potential. Also, don't forget to check out our in-depth Oculus Rift review.

What is the Oculus Rift?

Invented by a VR enthusiast named Palmer Luckey, the Oculus Rift is a set of virtual-reality goggles that will work with your gaming desktop or laptop. After he debuting a prototype at the E3 gaming convention in 2012, Luckey founded Irvine, Calif.-based Oculus VR with Brendan Iribe, who became CEO. The two launched a Kickstarter project in August 2012 to sell prototype developer versions of the Oculus Rift, raising $2.4 million. Since that auspicious launch, Luckey and crew went to work refining the HMD, releasing several prototypes including Development Kit 2 (DK2), Crystal Cove and Crescent Bay. 

On Mar. 25, 2014, Oculus VR was purchased by social networking giant Facebook for a combined $2 billion dollars. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the headset "has the chance to create the most social platform ever," though we don't know how exactly the website will utilize the Oculus Rift. In an interview with Polygon, Luckey said that Oculus VR will continue to operate in its Irvine headquarters, and will use Facebook's backing to create a better, more affordable product.

MORE: Oculus VR Inventor Luckey Talks Virtual Reality's Future

How does the Oculus Rift work?

Picture a set of ski goggles but instead of miles of fresh powder, you're transported into space or underwater. The Rift accomplishes this using a pair of screens that displays two images side by side, one for each eye. A set of lenses is placed on top of the panels, focusing and reshaping the picture for each eye, and creating a stereoscopic 3D image. The goggles have embedded sensors that monitor the wearer's head motions and adjust the image accordingly. The latest version of the Oculus Rift is bolstered by an external positional-tracking sensor, which helps track head movements more accurately. The end result is the sensation that you are looking around a 3D world.

What about augmented reality?

Augmented reality (AR) involves superimposing graphics over a view of the real world, such as a smartphone's camera or the lenses in Microsoft's HoloLens glasses. While Oculus Rift lets you see a 3D world, it lacks a camera to allow wears to see outside the headset which means it can't do AR. However, the execs at Oculus VR have said that maybe one day, they will add cameras to the goggles, allowing you to see the real world when you're not in a game similar to the Samsung Gear VR and the HTC Vive. Such a setup would potentially let you add three-dimensional graphics on top of the camera feed and allow for augmented reality. 

What's the latest news about the Oculus Rift?

The first consumer models of the Rift are set to ship March 30 for $599. Oculus VR has teamed with a number of desktop makers such as Alienware, Asus and Dell to offer affordable bundles feature the Rift with a VR-ready desktop. This version of the Rift is a sleeker, version of the Crescent Bay prototype which offers sharper resolution and enhanced overall performance.

Rift specs include a 2160 x 1200 OLED display which delivers 1080p per eye, a 110-degree field of view with a 90Hz refresh rate. The device will also feature a built in accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and 360-degree positional tracking that follows six axes of movement with a latency of milliseconds. Packaged accessories include the sensor, remote, cables and an Xbox One controller. The Rift also has a pair of Touch controllers that let your hands get in on the VR fun, but those aren't slated to launch until later this year.

Do people experience motion sickness with the Oculus Rift?

With its high refresh rate and low latency, most people shouldn't experience motion sickness in theory. However, it takes some time for a person's body to adjust to the virtual reality, especially for games where your running around while your sitting in the real world. Ultimately, VR can affect people differently. The higher resolution panels have also put an end to the "screen-door effect" (the ability to see the spaces between individual pixels, so it almost looks like you're viewing the world through a grid or a screen door) has been eliminated . What are the tech specs of the Oculus Rift?

MORE: Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: The Vive Is a Better Buy (for Now)

Is Oculus Rift compatible with my game console?

No. The Rift is exclusive to the PC, but thanks to Windows 10 cross-device compatibility, Xbox One owner will have the ability to stream some of their titles to the headset. If you're looking for a true console-based experience, you should wait for the PlayStation VR which scheduled to debut some time this year.

What computer games are compatible with Oculus Rift?

The Rift has support for two widely used game engines: Unity and Unreal Engine. The result is that many indie titles and several larger games are compatible with the developer kit. You can find many of these listed on the Oculus VR site and in the recently launched VR section of Steam, Valve's game download service. There are also fan-made modifications to particular titles to get them working with the Rift. Third-party programs such as TriDef, Vireio Perception and VorpX allow games that are not made for the Rift to work with it. The Rift will ship with two free games: Lucky's Tale and EVE:Valkyrie, sci-fi space combat simulator, set in the same world as popular massively multiplayer online EVE Online. However other titles like Insomniac Games' Edge of Nowhere and 505 Games' Ad1ft will also be making an appearance.

What are the minimum requirements to use the Oculus Rift?

The latest version of the Rift requires a computer running Windows 7 or higher with a processor greater than or equivalent to an Intel Intel i5-4590 with at least 8GB of RAM. Regarding the graphics card, you need a Nvidia GeForce 980 desktop chip for laptops. Desktops will require at least a Nvidia 970 card or an AMD 290 graphics cardfor desktops. To plug the headset in, your system needs three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port and HDMI 1.3.

How do I get the Oculus Rift to work with my computer?

Oculus VR has designed the Oculus Rift to be relatively simple to get up and running starting with connecting the headset to your PC and plugging it in.  The Rift is already tethered to the control box with a 13-foot cable. Your computer should automatically detect the Rift and install its drivers and download the accompanying software. Next you should take some time to adjust the screen distance with the slider at the bottom of the device. From there, you download a few Oculus-compatible titles and start playing.

Does the Oculus Rift have any non-gaming applications?

Filmmakers have begun to experiment with the Oculus Rift to make an audience member feel like he or she is part of the film — from being onstage at a recorded concert to seeing a whole film from a single character's point of view, complete with the ability to look around and explore each scene. Films like this could blur the line between cinema and gaming. However there are a number of companies exploring the medical and education applications as well as uses in retail and real estate.

Source: TomsGuide.comVR Amarna Miller

You May Like

What You Need To Know About The Self Employment Income Support Scheme
General News / Fri 8th May 2020 What You Need To Know About The Self Employment Income Support Scheme If you are experiencing financial difficulty because of the corona virus pandemic then you may be eligible for income support with the governments new scheme
Evil Angel Releases Angel Invades America
General News / Tue 7th Apr 2020 Evil Angel Releases Angel Invades America Angel Long is the first female producer in the UK to shoot for the quality hardcore label Evil Angel
Adult Performers Rally Support For The NHS With #WanksAsThanks Campaign
General News / Thu 2nd Apr 2020 Adult Performers Rally Support For The NHS With #WanksAsThanks Campaign Adult performers and supporters rally the industry and fans to show their appreciation for the NHS with a fund raising campaign and to ease the stress during the COVID19 crisis
Benedict Garret On Why We Must Stand Up Against Abuse
General News / Thu 2nd Apr 2020 Benedict Garret On Why We Must Stand Up Against Abuse Benedict Garrett has something personal to share about why he believes it is important to speak out against abuse where you find it
ManyVids Petitions UK Government to Safeguard Sex Workers
General News / Thu 26th Mar 2020 ManyVids Petitions UK Government to Safeguard Sex Workers ManyVids has petitioned the UK government for the occupation of “adult entertainer” to be protected under the Equality Act of 2010.
Clips4Sale Lifts Ban On Words and Sex Acts
General News / Thu 26th Mar 2020 Clips4Sale Lifts Ban On Words and Sex Acts Clips 4 Sale introduces previously banned words and sex acts as new categories to its site
UK Productions Shut Down In The Wake Of Corona Virus
General News / Sat 14th Mar 2020 UK Productions Shut Down In The Wake Of Corona Virus Productions and studios shut down in the wake of Corona Virus rise in the UK
What powers will Ofcom have to regulate the internet?
General News / Fri 13th Mar 2020 What powers will Ofcom have to regulate the internet? Watchdog to broadly oversee two specific areas covering illegal and harmful content
Filming Sex Without Consent Is A Criminal Offence
General News / Wed 29th Jan 2020 Filming Sex Without Consent Is A Criminal Offence Content producers be advised. Filming content with out the correctly worded releases giving you permission to publish online is now a criminal offence under UK law
Age Verification Industry Requests Judicial Review Regarding UK Decision
General News / Fri 17th Jan 2020 Age Verification Industry Requests Judicial Review Regarding UK Decision Top companies to the adult industry appeal against the governments decision to drop age verification
NEW DVD RELEASE: Harmony Films present Tina Kays Fetish Spa
General News / Sun 8th Dec 2019 NEW DVD RELEASE: Harmony Films present Tina Kays Fetish Spa Tina Kays second film as director for Harmony Films latest release
Open Rights Group Screening The Great Hack Across the UK
General News / Sat 30th Nov 2019 Open Rights Group Screening The Great Hack Across the UK FREE screening of the Great Hack followed by a workshop to clean up UK political campaigning.
Ride The Ribbon With Porn Pedallers
General News / Thu 31st Oct 2019 Ride The Ribbon With Porn Pedallers Porn Pedallers are inviting the adult industry to participate in a charitable event to get on your bike and Ride The Ribbon
Brit Sex Cash Gets A Site Relaunch
General News / Thu 24th Oct 2019 Brit Sex Cash Gets A Site Relaunch Popular UK pay site and affiliate program Brit Sex Cash gets a site relaunch
Govt Drop Age Verification Citing Privacy Issues
General News / Tue 22nd Oct 2019 Govt Drop Age Verification Citing Privacy Issues The government have dropped age verification
British Bukkake Productions Release Cum Faced Teens
General News / Tue 22nd Oct 2019 British Bukkake Productions Release Cum Faced Teens British Bukkake Productions release DVD Cum Faced Teens
Sahara Knite Is Elected Chair Person To Lead UKAP
General News / Mon 21st Oct 2019 Sahara Knite Is Elected Chair Person To Lead UKAP Adult performer and content producer Sahara Knite has been elected the new chair person to lead UKAP
UKAP AGM and Barge Party Friday October 18th
General News / Wed 25th Sep 2019 UKAP AGM and Barge Party Friday October 18th Information about the upcoming UKAP Annual General Meeting and party on the Tamesis Barge
Berlin Casting Call For Pascals Sub Sluts
General News / Fri 23rd Aug 2019 Berlin Casting Call For Pascals Sub Sluts Are you a performer going to Berlin for the XBiz Convention? Pascals Sub Sluts are looking for female performers seeking work
Adult Industry Friends Mourn The Loss Of Colin Chapman
General News / Sun 7th Jul 2019 Adult Industry Friends Mourn The Loss Of Colin Chapman Friends and associates mourn the loss of a dear friend and adult industry ally and advocate.
Porn Pedallers Go Large: New Sponsors, New Outfits and Epic Charity Cycle Event
General News / Fri 21st Jun 2019 Porn Pedallers Go Large: New Sponsors, New Outfits and Epic Charity Cycle Event To coincide with their Kit Launch Party in Leicester Square, Porn Pedallers announce their new sponsors, their new kit and an epic cycle event
IN FOCUS: A Film About Female Empowerment In The Adult Business
General News / Tue 18th Jun 2019 IN FOCUS: A Film About Female Empowerment In The Adult Business Lea Winchcombe is an independent film producer making a documentary about women who are empowered by what they do i the adult industry and is currently looking for female performers and content creators who want to get involved
Hardcore Guaranteed Now On Amazon Prime
General News / Wed 5th Jun 2019 Hardcore Guaranteed Now On Amazon Prime Hardcore Guaranteed is a documentary telling the untold story of UK porn pioneer Mike Freemans battle producing porn during the swinging 60s amidst police corruption and gangsters which would eventually lead to murder and the beginnings of the porn industry throughout the 80s and 90s
US Demands Social Media Details From Visa Applicants
General News / Mon 3rd Jun 2019 US Demands Social Media Details From Visa Applicants US demands visa applicants to submit their social media and emails from the past 5 years
Age Pass From AV Secure Seeks Testers
General News / Wed 22nd May 2019 Age Pass From AV Secure Seeks Testers Age verification is about to launch on June 15th and Age Pass from AV Secure is looking for candidates to help them test drive their service before launch
UKAP Awards 2019 Cancelled
General News / Tue 14th May 2019 UKAP Awards 2019 Cancelled The UKAP Awards 2019 is cancelled
Cocos Law: Online Legislation To Take Late Dubliners Name
General News / Fri 3rd May 2019 Cocos Law: Online Legislation To Take Late Dubliners Name Legislation for online bullying , stalking and revenge porn to take on the name of the Dubliner who took her own life because of cyber bullying
Harmony Films announces  New Release Kiki Neighbours
General News / Thu 18th Apr 2019 Harmony Films announces New Release Kiki Neighbours Harmony films latest DVD release Kiki Neighbours showcases Kiki Minaj, Tina Kay and Jasmine Jae among someof the talents featured o their latest release
Age Verification Of Online Porn Begins July 15th
General News / Thu 18th Apr 2019 Age Verification Of Online Porn Begins July 15th The UK government has set a date for age verification to begin on July 15th
Dusk Films Launches Nerd Pervert Merchandise
General News / Wed 10th Apr 2019 Dusk Films Launches Nerd Pervert Merchandise UK Northern based Adult Production company Dusk Films has just launched a merchandise store for its brand Nerd Pervert.

Sign up to itsAdult as a Business or Performer to create your profile and join our ever growing community of adult industry professionals.

Forgotten your login details? Click Here

Enter your email address below

Remembered login details? Click Here