As hard as it is to believe, Oculus Rift is already two years old. The Oculus Rift is arguably the most famous VR headset, even more so than the HTC Vive and other devices released to date. It started the VR wave with its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, back when this technology was considered merely a retro curiosity, more fitting to 90’s cyberpunk films such as Hacker than our own reality.
However, things have drastically changed since then, with VR gradually transitioning from a niche technology reserved to gamers and tech geeks to being advertised on virtually (no pun intended) every corner. Even though it fell short in some respects back when it was released, it had the chance to evolve in the last two years and become one of the best VR headsets for the Xbox One. Stick around, and you will find out why.
Oculus Rift Design
While nowadays the selection of vr for xbox one is as wide as it will ever get, the Oculus Rift still has not been surpassed in terms of design and aesthetics. Compared to other virtual reality headsets, such as the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the Rift has an elegant, played down look that roughly resembles a pair of ski goggles.
The headset is wrapped in a soft black material that hides the plastic exterior beneath it. This might seem like an unnecessary addition, but according to the company, the fabric prevents the goggles from becoming foggy due to condensation.
This design decision starts making even more sense when you consider the fact that most VR sweats tend to become very hot, sweaty and uncomfortable, especially in more demanding video games. However, with the Oculus Rift, you will never deal with this issue even after long gaming sessions. Unlike other VR headsets, which force you to take occasional breaks to catch your breath, the Rift supports successive hours of uninterrupted playing. Admittedly, users have reported instances of slight condensation – but most of those cases occurred in rooms with high amounts of humidity.
But the fabric is not the only design element that provides users with comfort and ease of gaming. Compared to other VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive or PlayStation VR, the Rift is extremely lightweight and compact. Furthermore, you can wear glasses with the headset without experiencing any discomforts whatsoever.
What You Need
The official requirements for the Oculus Rift are similar to the requirements for the HTC Vive. Since launch, due to consumer demand, both the price and the specs have been lowered. Costing between $300 and $400 on Amazon, you will need an Intel i5-4590, and Nvidia 960 and at east 8 GB of RAM to use the VR headset. Additionally, you will need an HDMI 1.3 output, three USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port. However, if you are a console player (more specifically, an Xbox One user), you can easily coonect the oculus rift to it.
How the Headset Works
The headset is connected to a PC or XBOX One directly via a lengthy cable that is split at the end into two connectors: a USB 3.0 and a HDMI jack. The Oculus rift comes with a single external sensor, a black, cylinder-shaped device that is mounted on a metal desktop stand. You can adjust the elevation of the sensor by tilting it up and down, but you will have to make sure it is positioned in such a way that it maintains a clear view of the headset.
The second sensor has a whole different role, namely tracking the Oculus Touch Controllers. These two sensors work together to obtain the best tracking possible and to cover as much space as necessary. As soon as you boot up the device, you will be greeted by a 2,160 by 1,000 OLED panel, which generates a 1,080 by 1,2000 picture for each eye. The pictures are separated by a series of lenses, which can be easily adjusted by using the small lever positioned on the right, directly beneath the visor.
Oculus Rift Gaming Experience
In terms of refresh rate and resolution rate, the Oculus Rift is one of the best virtual reality devices currently on the market. The headset renders beautiful, crisp pictures with smooth motions, frame rate, and head tracking. The 3D effects are complex and deep enough that they will make you believe that the objects are actually in front of you.
While the headset is perfectly capable of generating an immersive and complex environment, the sophistication and quality of the graphics will ultimately depend on the power of your system. Fortunately, Xbox One’s hardware, albeit a bit outdated, is more than capable of handling the Oculus Rift. Furthermore, the recent addition of paid DLC’s on mobile makes it even more convenient for gamers who like to stream. Stand out games that every Rift owners should try out are:
• EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer space dogfighting game set in the EVE universe. The game puts you into the cockpit of the ship, which can be fully explored by turning your head while sitting in one place.
• Lucky Tale, a lighthearted, cartoony third-person platforming game that uses the headset not necessarily for visual and auditive immersion, rather crafting interesting gameplay mechanics.
If you wanted an Oculus Rift headset for your Xbox One but could not afford it at release, this is your chance to get it. The Rift is comfortable, with an ergonomic design that supports successive hours of intense gaming, as well as an easy to use controller with an intuitive button layout. For $400, you will get a fully-fledged immersive experience and tons of engaging games that will keep you busy for months.