Posts Tagged ‘Oculus Rift’

Is Your Feeble PC Ready For VR?

This is not virtual. This is reality. The two big beasts of the coming VR revolution are lumbering into view. It’s actually happening. By the end of April both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive VR headsets will be on sale. Things you can actually buy. Yes, yes, virtual reality has had several false starts. But this time, you can sense it. This time, it’s different. Well, probably. Oh, OK, nobody knows how big an impact VR is going to have in the next few years. But what I can do is help you to understand how much PC power you’re probably going need to get the most out of the new headsets.

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HTC Vive Vs. Oculus Rift: How Do The VR Headsets Compare?

Back in the day, I’d often get asked whether PlayStation or Xbox was best. Helpless efforts to argue “well, actually, PC is…” aside, I’d defuse their concerns about which had the superior graphics by naming which games you would or wouldn’t get on each. It’s not going to be any different for VR.

But for now, when numbers are really all we have, I’m going to list some numbers at you below. It’s too early to say for sure which headset you should buy if you’re planning on buying one at all, but this should help you to determine whether one virtual reality headset or the other might have better image quality or motion tracking.

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What The High Oculus Rift Price Means For PC Gaming

£530. That’s how much it cost RPS to order an Oculus Rift to one of our distributed offices in the UK*. While I didn’t pay directly as such, it’s still a blood-chilling sum to spend on what, for now, still feels more like a peripheral to use with a select few experiments than a brave new age of PC gaming. I’m not going to write about whether it’s ‘worth it’ because I don’t know and won’t until the thing is strapped to my face. But I do want to chew over what that high price – which importantly is significantly less in the US, though more still in other territories – means.

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Luckey Apologises For Oculus Rift Price Confusion

Oculus boss Palmer Luckey has apologised for earlier comments which led many to believe the Rift VR headset would be significantly cheaper than its eventual $600/£500/€700. In a Reddit Q&A shortly after yesterday’s price announcement, Luckey acknowledged that he “handled the messaging poorly” when he claimed last September that the Rift would be “roughly in the ballpark” of $350.

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Oculus Pre-Orders Open Now, Price Is $600/£500/€700

And so the age of VR truly begins. It’s been a long time coming, but 2016 is the year we finally find out if facebox gaming will sink or swim. I’m extremely excited personally, but still doubtful that it can reach far outside an adoring techno-niche: something far more elegant is needed for that, I feel. But that’s for the future. Right now, today, the long-awaited consumer version of the Oculus Rift [official site] has gone on pre-sale. The bad news is that it’ll cost you a terrifying $600 before tax and shipping if you’re Stateside, and it gets even worse if you’re based in the UK or Europe – £500 for the former, €700 for the latter – before shipping. Maybe VR just sunk already?

Though you won’t actually have to stump that hideous sum up until the thing’s about to be posted out, which we now know will be in March.
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Oculus Touch Controllers Delayed Till Later In 2016

The Oculus Touch has been delayed. Originally planned for release in ‘Q2’ of 2016, the VR motion controllers are now due to arrive in the back of the year according to an update on the Oculus site. The Rift headset remains on course for release in the first quarter of the year, with pre-orders “launching very soon”.

The header image represents my feelings.

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‘Final’ Oculus Rift Hardware Shipping To Devs

It’s not certain quite yet, but with the HTC/Valve Vive suffering a delay until Spring, it’s looking as though Facebook’s Oculus Rift might be first out of the gates for a consumer PC VR headset. Oculus have announced that “final Rift hardware” is now on its way to developers who are “imminently shipping.” “Imminently” is a very exciting word.

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EVE Valkyrie Wants To Be “Top Gun In Space”

I’m at a press preview event for EVE Valkyrie [official site]. It’s CCP’s multiplayer dogfighting VR game which they’ve just announced will come bundled with every Oculus Rift headset at launch. As lead game designer Andrew Willans explains the project: “The goal from day one was always to make you feel like a badass space pilot – Tom Cruise in Top Gun in space.”

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EVE Valkyrie Will Be Bundled With Oculus Rift Pre-Orders

Pip played EVE Valkyrie [official site] earlier this week, getting to grips with the virtual reality space shooter in its near-to-final form. You can read what she thought right now. But alongside the impressions is news that a copy of Valkyrie is being included with every pre-order of the Oculus Rift.

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Is VR The Future Of Gaming?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, in the wake of the Oculus Connect conference and all its many reveals about the Facebook-owned side of virtual reality, we’re talking VR. We’re a few years into what some say is gaming’s next big leap, but it’s still all sweaty plastic faceboxes and a great uncertainty as to whether headspinning and handwaving can sustain their merriment across the course of what we snootily call Proper Games.

Are the Oculus Rift, the Valve Vive, the GearVR and the rest of ’em really the future of games? We definitely sort the matter out once and for all below. Definitely.

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Oculus Connect 2: Everything You Need To Know

Oculus Connect 2 is currently taking place in California and it’s brought with it a dozen announcements. No, not the price – though it’ll be at least $300. No, not a more specific release date than “Q1 2016”, though they did say the Touch controllers would be out Q2 2016. But if you want to know about watching Netflix in a virtual reality cinema, playing Minecraft on a VR headset, and which games are being developed specifically for the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch, then read on for details and videos.

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Bullet Train: Epic’s New VR FPS Demo

Tinseltown is awash with virtual stars this week, thanks to the Oculus Connect event. Hatsune Miku has pressed her hands into virtual concrete on Hollywood Boulevard, Palmer Luckey is delighting tourists outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with his levitation, and Epic Games have unveiled a new Unreal Engine 4 VR tech demo.

Named Bullet Train, it’s an idea for a first-person shooter using Oculus Rift or Gear VR cybergoggles along with the Oculus Touch handheld motion controllers. And… look, I know I’m a decrepit cane-waving VR sceptic to you, but I swear it looks like a fancier version of Dactyl Nightmare. See:

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The Zenimax And Oculus VR Lawsuit Is Moving Ahead

It’s an interesting turn of events in the life of Oculus VR. Earlier this week The New York Times confirmed that the lawsuit accusing Oculus VR of stealing trade secrets and code for the development of the headset would not be thrown out.

So what the heck is going on here, exactly? More after the jump.

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Spector On VR: “If Someone’s Sneaking Up Behind Me With A Baseball Bat, I Want To Know About It”

Mad Donna's gonna git ya

Yeah, I should probably have gone with the “VR is a fad” quote that everyone else is using, because it’s the ooh, contentious bit and it would fit into one line in our headline box, but c’mon, this one’s much more fun. But yes, Warren Spector, he of various Deus Exes and Thiefses, has (unknowingly) sided with John in the great virtual reality opinion wars of 2015. They’re both dangerously wrong of course, but more importantly he’s excited about Cuphead.
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TUXFACE: CryEngine Adds Linux Support

The mythical ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’ never arrived as explosively as many predicted (surprise surprise) but the open-source operating system (don’t even start, pedants – it’s been a long week and I will tear your windpipe out with my own gnarled hands) has steadily become a fairly attractive alternative to Windows. Games were always a big problem, but look at us today: most major game engines run on Linux, and Valve have made a dedicated gaming OS out of it.

You can now add CryEngine to your list of Linux Game Things, as Linux support arrived in its latest update. Crytek also added native Oculus Rift support.

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Editorial: Why VR Is Going To Be An Enormous Flop

VR isn’t going to succeed. It doesn’t matter how many companies jump in, how technically competent their VR goggles might be, nor even if they can figure out a way that wearing them doesn’t make your face melt off and slide down your neck – VR gaming will never be more than a niche interest, and a lot of money is about to get wasted.

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Oculus Rift Consumer Headset, Touch Controller Revealed

The Oculus press conference in LA ahead of E3 has come to a close (though you can watch the rebroadcast here), and we now know what the consumer version of the Rift VR headset will look like, that it will come with an XBox One controller, and that Oculus have developed their own motion controller called the Oculus Touch. Step below for a brief round-up of the most important news from the conference, a trailer showing the headset, and mention of a couple of the new games that were shown at the event.

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Oculus Rift Will Come With Wireless Xbox One Controller

The Oculus press conference is happening in LA right now ahead of next week’s E3. You might already be watching the livestream, but if not, here’s the news so far: your cutting-edge system shock virtual reality future will be controlled with an XBox One Controller and an adapter.

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