So the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset is starting to arrive to first adopters today. The founder of the company decided to gift the first one sent out personally:
The founder of VR (virtual reality) firm Oculus has hand delivered the first Rift headset to a customer.
Palmer Luckey handed over the headset a couple of days before the consumer version of the Rift is officially due to start reaching customers.
The recipient was Ross Martin from Alaska who ordered the headset when pre-orders opened in January.
Mr Luckey said he wanted the “satisfaction” of delivering the first Rift headset.
The Oculus Rift is the first to release in a trio of virtual reality headsets set to drop this year. The HTC Vive and Sony’s Morpheus/Playstation VR are coming later this year.
The obvious downside is the obvious motion sickness concerns when your PC is not fast enough (You need to have at least 60 frames per second delivered to each screen in the headsets to eliminate it). Another concern is the cost of the virtual reality headsets:
The PlayStation headset is the cheapest of the three, retailing at $399 in the US and £350 in the UK. By contrast the Oculus Rift costs $599 (£499) and the HTC $799 (£689).
They will literally cost the equivalent of a PC or a console. As cool as they are, we shall see if they gain any widespread adoption.
For those interested, the recommended PC specifications needed to run the Oculus Rift:
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
And the games released at launch: