What is the Oculus Rift? - dummies

What is the Oculus Rift?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House, Abshier House

Oculus Rift is a highly anticipated product and the latest in immersive virtual reality. As the latest trend in gaming, virtual reality is far beyond that of 1980’s film culture. The Rift is a virtual reality headset that offers high resolution graphics and an integrated speaker system, providing a full sensory experience that transports you into another realm. Using rotational and positional tracking, the Rift allows the user to sit, stand, or move freely.

The Oculus Rift is scheduled for release on March 28, 2016.

Take your gaming to the next level with Oculus Rift. [Credit: Image courtesy of Oculus.com]

Credit: Image courtesy of Oculus.com
Take your gaming to the next level with Oculus Rift.

How to prepare your PC for Oculus Rift

If you want to make the most of your Rift, you will need to make sure that your PC is Oculus ready. Rift uses your PC to power your VR experience. To make the most of your immersive encounter, make sure that your PC has the following hardware specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or newer

  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM

  • Video output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

  • USB ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

Check the Oculus website for the Rift compatibility tool to ensure that your Windows PC is ready to provide you with the best VR experience possible.

If you are preparing to jump into the Oculus Rift experience and are in the market for a new PC, consider checking out an Oculus ready PC. These PCs were designed with Rift in mind and are already set up to provide you with the best virtual reality experience.

Currently, the Rift is only available for the Windows platform, but plans are in the works to add OS X and Linux to the Oculus line.

What can you use the Oculus Rift for?

As an emerging technology, it’s difficult to tell exactly how consumers will use the Rift. While you can purchase the Rift with games already locked and loaded, there are many applications that go beyond normal gaming. Some of the possible applications for the Rift include:

  • Visualization in business and industry

  • Social connections

  • Movies

  • Immersive gaming

Imagine the possibilities! What better way to take a tour of your favorite museum without a plane ticket? Or, how about choosing a building design for your business? Not sure which blueprint you like? Just take a virtual tour. One thing is certain, there’s a whole world of potential.