Question: The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is consumer-ready. When do they start shipping their devices to customers?
Answer: This week – The first Rift was hand delivered by the founder of the virtual reality firm on the 28th of March
The Oculus Rift is the very first of the sophisticated consumer-ready VR headsets to reach the market. The Rift fits over someone head like a pair of glasses and uses OLED panels for each eye, allowing them to witness a virtual world.
The headset has a positional tracking system which is used to track the position for the user’s head. This gives the user full control over where they look, and with a controller the user can also interact with everything in the virtual world.
Palmer Luckey, the founder of the firm Oculus, handed over the first headset a couple of days before the consumer version of the Rift is officially due to start reaching customers.
Mr Luckey said that he wanted the “satisfaction” of delivering the first Rift, saying “I’ll be damned if some random delivery guy is going to get the satisfaction of delivering the first Rift, that’s mine”.
The Rift has stated that the Rift is primarily a gaming device, however it has a lot of other features such as:
- Media features – The device includes a free application called “Oculus Cinema” which allows the Rift to be sued to view conventional movies and videos from inside a virtual environment.
- Social features – A number of social applications for the Rift are in development and it is expected that there will be quite a lot of competition in this sector.
- Industrial and professional features – The Rift has attracted a lot of interest from industry and professional spheres. A number of architectures firms have been experimenting with the Rift for visualisation and design.
There is a lot of potential for a device like this and I envision that a similar device will be used in the future for educational purposes. There have already been a number of educational games developed for the Oculus Rift and I think it’s one of the most exciting recent advancements in technology.
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