Oculus: Our Virtual Reality

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January 20, 2016

Source: Oculus.com

The gaming community has known about the Oculus Rift and its virtual reality capabilities for years now, and for a while you would only really see one in action watching YouTube celebrities do “Let’s Plays,” or if you hung out with a rich friend.

Now throughout the years the guys at Oculus have been busy, putting finishing touches on the Rift. Complete with a sleeker design and an upgraded optic display, the new Rift makes the most immersive VR experience available. Of course they didn’t stop there. “Virtual Reality” is more than just being able to look around. You need to be able to interact with your environment and move things around to customize your surroundings.

The Oculus Touch is one of the newer additions to the Oculus family; two wireless hand-held devices that your hands can easily wrap around, making the experience feel that much more natural. A type of “Constellation Tracking” technology allows you to manipulate the environment with incredible precision and accuracy. They come with two adjustable sensors to accurately track each device. As an example of what is possible, Oculus has an art application called “Medium” that allows the user create any sculptor your mind could come up with. There is even a Twitter page dedicated to all the Medium creations the public has come up with, check them out @OculusMedium.


All this seems well and dandy but what good is this tech if your computer doesn’t have the right hardware to run it. Well now Oculus has put it all into one bundle for your convenience! The Rift, Touch, and its sensors are all coming in a bundle pack with top name computers complete with top of the line hardware to make sure you’re Oculus-ready as soon as you plug it in. Cop a stylish and sleek Dell, Asus, or Alienware PC for about $1000 with a purchase of Rift. Of course you could always build your own computer for a cheaper price, but if you don’t have the patience or know-how, you’re paying for the convenience.