Oculus Rift is the “next generation” VR glasses – and that has its price. How much the device costs and which system requirements manufacturer Oculus VR recommends, we tell you in the generic article. We have also compiled some interesting information about the release, the scope of delivery, the compatible games, tests and many other topics. Oculus Rift is competing with PlayStation VR and HTC Vive, among others.
VR gaming to the breakthrough: What devices like the Virtual Boy didn’t succeed in the nineties, Oculus Rift is supposed to create thanks to state-of-the-art technology. Oculus VR’s virtual reality eyewear offers enormous potential for many people, as demonstrated not only by the successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than 2.4 million US dollars. Facebook’s commitment to Oculus VR, which cost it two billion US dollars, also illustrates the importance currently attached to VR technology. Competitors such as HTC (Vive) and Sony (PlayStation VR) have also jumped on the bandwagon and are also launching their own products in 2016.
Oculus Rift already looks back on a long development history, the first fully functional Developer Kit was released in March 2013. More than a year later an improved prototype followed in June 2014 with the DK 2. In September 2014, Oculus VR introduced the Crescent Bay, an improved version of the DK 2. While the first Developer Kit still resolved with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, the DK 2, also known as Crystal Cove, already had 1920×1080 pixels. In the final consumer model, Oculus VR added an extra scoop, in the commercial version an OLED display with 2160×1200 resolution is installed.
Oculus VR’s self-declared goal is to make people understand that virtual reality is relevant and more than just a toy. “A lot of people, even if they know Virtual Reality, see it as a tool to go down to the basement to play Halo,” said co-founder Palmer Luckey in an interview published in late summer 2014. “According to Luckey, however, perception could change if VR technology made the leap into the mass market and applications were developed for other areas of activity (such as medicine or tourism).
The fact that Oculus Rift is already conquering the mainstream in the first year after publication seems questionable in view of the high purchase price and other hurdles (keyword: system requirements). VR glasses could, however, be a door opener.
Oculus Rift: Testing VR glasses
In our test overview of Oculus Rift we summarize the reviews of the VR headset. In the test of Golem.de, for example, the processing is highlighted positively, which can hardly be criticized. However, “the dazzling light rays produced by the lenses – the literal Lens Flares” are disturbing. They can be compared to God Rays (German: Strahlenbüschel) and always occur when very bright content is rendered to dark content. The installation of Oculus Rift is fast – much faster than the VR competitor HTC Vive. When it comes to games, Oculus Rift performs differently in the tests.
Eurogamer and Digital Foundry warn against too high expectations for the performance of the VR version of Project Cars. On high details an extremely powerful computer is needed. Other launch titles, on the other hand, mostly run with the recommended system requirements of the Oculus Rift. More impressions from the Oculus Rift tests can be found at this link.
For the release Oculus Rift had to struggle with delivery bottlenecks. In mid-July, the Oculus makers announced that they had delivered all devices to pre-orderers. In addition, the manufacturer now promises new customers a delivery without waiting time, i.e. within the usual two to four working days. Retail chains and online sales partners are also to be supplied with more copies from now on, thus offering potential customers a rich selection of purchase options.
Initially, Oculus Rift was only available in Germany via an import from the USA. From September, this will change: From September 20, the virtual reality headset can also be purchased directly from retail partners Amazon Deutschland, Media Markt and Saturn. In the meantime, advance orders have been received. Each copy of the Oculus Rift will include the full version of Jump’n’Runs Lucky’s Tale as well as hundreds of free 360-degree videos and some VR movies. The price remains identical: Oculus Rift still costs 699 Euro. However, there are no shipping costs of 42 Euro.
Update for spatial tracking
Since the beginning of August 2016 a new update for Oculus Rift is available for download. The patch supports up to four sensors per pair of VR glasses, which together create a spatial tracking field similar to the one used by the competition HTC Vive. Movement in space is currently one of the major advantages of HTC and Valve hardware. So far, “Oculus Rift” has been delivered with only one tracking sensor, which allows only a limited range of motion. The “Oculus Touch” controllers, which are not yet available and are to be released by the end of the year, would in this case only work in front of the sensor. If the player turns around, the movements of the player are no longer tracked. With four sensors used, a similar playing style as with HTC Vive would be possible.
Oculus Rift: Specs of the Final Consumer Model
- OLED display with an image resolution of 2160 x 1200 and 90 Hz frame rate
- Field of View of 110 degrees
- Audio and microphone integrated in the device
- Compatible with Xbox One Controller / Oculus Touch
- Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
The final consumer model of Oculus Rift. The manufacturer puts the price at 699 Euro, the final consumer model of Oculus Rift. The manufacturer puts the price at the equivalent of 699 Euro.Source: Oculus VR
Oculus Rift: price, release and scope of delivery
Since January 6, 2016: Oculus Rift costs 699 euros (599 US dollars for customers in the USA). In addition, there are shipping costs and customs duties, which is why players in Germany have to raise around 741 euros for the VR headset. The proud price brought manufacturers Oculus VR a lot of criticism, but co-founder Palmer Luckey justifies the sum with the quality. “In the end, we decided to put quality before cost. (…) Creating the best VR headsets costs a lot more than just making good devices.”
If you are interested, you can pre-order Oculus Rift directly from the official Oculus Shop since the date mentioned above. Anyone who has accessed the shop in the first few hours after launch will be holding their copy in their hands in March or April 2016. New customers must now wait until at least June 2016. The above price includes Oculus Rift, matching cables, an IR sensor, a remote control, an Xbox One controller and the two VR compatible games Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. More than 100 games are expected to be available for Oculus Rift by the end of the year.
An overview of all Oculus Rift compatible games can be found on Wikipedia. Not included in the bundle is VR Touch, a controller developed especially for Oculus Rift. It is expected to be released in the second half of the year and is purely optional.
Oculus Rift: System Requirements
The representation of virtual realities takes its toll: The manufacturer recommends modern PC hardware for the “complete” Oculus Rift experience. Anyone playing with the purchase of a complete system should pay attention to the “Oculus Ready” label. Asus, Alienware and Dell are working together with Oculus VR to build high-end computers that have the power to run VR games. Prices start at 949 US dollars. For those who prefer to assemble their own PC, the recommended system requirements provide a rough guide. Which requirements are necessary naturally depends on the respective game and not least on the graphics settings.
- CPU: Intel i5-4590 or comparable / better
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 or comparable / better
- Memory: 8 Gigabyte RAM
- Video output: HDMI 1.3
- USB ports: 3x USB ports + 1x USB 2.0 port
- Operating system: Windows 7 SP 1 64-bit or later
With the help of an analysis tool provided by Oculus VR (download under the link), interested parties can check whether their PC is compatible with cyber glasses. Everything at a glance: Oculus Home offers functions such as a games library, friends list and a marketplace. Everything at a glance: Oculus Home offers functions like a games library, friends list and a marketplace.
Oculus Home: Online platform comparable to Steam
Oculus Home was presented for the first time at a special press event in San Francisco. It is an online platform for VR fans that is similar to Valves Steam in features. Oculus Home is a games library and social network at the same time and enables users to exchange information with friends, browse the marketplace for VR games and even watch short demos free of charge before buying them. The user interface is fully Oculus Rift oriented, so users don’t have to take off their VR glasses to operate them, but can see the interface in three-dimensional form on both displays of the Rift.
Oculus Touch: Controller for VR-Games
Graphic for Oculus Touch: On the left is the Z-trigger, which serves as a trigger in shooters.Graphic for Oculus Touch: On the left is the Z-trigger, which serves as a trigger in shooters.Source: Oculus VRAn Oculus Rift, a controller specially optimized for VR gaming, is expected to appear at the end of the year. A set consists of two technically identical, mirror-image input devices. Each Oculus touch controller has an analog stick, a Z-trigger, a button on the side for the middle finger and two additional buttons for additional functions. Oculus Touch is equipped with several acceleration sensors and the spatial data such as the position of the Oculus Rift is recorded by an infrared sensor. Oculus Touch is purely optional and is available separately. Information about the price is not available. With an update for SteamVR, the virtual reality platform has already been prepared for Oculus Touch.
The Oculus Rift CV1 is an excellent piece of technology and a good start into the VR world. In combination with a powerful computer the Rift offers one of the most immersive experiences at home. However, the cable pressure and the high price dampen the otherwise thoroughly positive impression. In the video you can see the final Oculus Rift in practice.
Pros & Cons
- Mature product
- Fantastic playing feel
- Pleasant fit of the glasses
- Sufficiently long cables
- Suitable for spectacle wearers
- Cables themselves interfere in the long run
- Danger of motion sickness
- Expensive to buy
- Extremely powerful PC required
After numerous hype reports and two development kits, the time has finally come: Oculus VR releases the CV1 (Consumer Version 1) of the Oculus Rift. This final version will be available to end customers for the first time – and at a hefty price of 699 Euro. Currently, the Rift is available in its own large online shops at this price. Pre-orders are no longer necessary, the VR glasses are now widely available in stock. Even in the Saturn and Media Markt stores, there are usually enough units that you can even try out in advance in many cases.
The specifications of the Oculus Rift CV1 are quite impressive. The VR glasses are based on the well-known system with two OLED displays placed as close to the eyes as possible. Each display has a resolution of 1,080 x 1,200 pixels – a total resolution of 2,160 x 1,200 pixels. The refresh rate is 90 Hertz. The four meter long cable is connected to a Windows PC, while the Rift can be used while sitting or standing. A separate IR tracker is used to monitor the orientation in the room. This works very well, with a large radius and does not break off even with a 360 degree rotation. In contrast to the HTC Vive, the Rift offers no further freedom of movement in a virtual room. In the classic way, you move your character via controller and control the camera with head movements. A small remote control and an Xbox One controller are included as input devices.
Strong PC needed for gambling
Due to the high resolution and the technology itself a very powerful computer for playable frame rates is necessary. As already with the Vive, there is hardly any jolt-free progress under a high-end configuration. Oculus VR recommends a processor in the performance range of the Intel Core i5-4590 – ideally even faster. The graphics card should correspond to a Geforce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390. But again, the faster the GPU, the better the experience. 8 GB RAM, Windows 7 SP1, three free USB 3.0 ports as well as a free USB 2.0 port and an HDMI 1.3 port should also be available. Later, the Microsoft Xbox One will also be compatible.
Immersive experience of the best kind
As with the HTC Vive, the gaming experience is brilliant – if you like gambling in virtual reality. The lenses and the setup are nearly perfect, disturbing spaces are hardly visible. Both “screens” merge ideally to a large and impressive overall picture. Since Oculus VR took a lot of trouble with the glasses, the seat and the wearing comfort are pleasant and even a bit better than with the Vive. And because there is no active movement in the room, the cabling is noticeably less annoying. But here, too, future rift generations should get by with less rigid cables that tear us out of the VR feeling.
Since there are already numerous well adapted games, you have plenty of material to try out. In the video above you can see the role-playing game Chronos – a nice example of how to implement classic PC gameplay for VR. The feeling is great and makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the game at all times. As usual with VR games, the titles hardly achieve the graphical brilliance of normal video games, which is mainly due to the high and fixed resolution and the repetition frequency: The engines must reach a certain FpS number, which is at the expense of the graphic quality.
The VR feeling itself is difficult to describe and is perceived differently by everyone. Some users can lose themselves in the world for hours, while others get sick of motion sickness after only a few minutes. If you have not yet come into contact with VR glasses, you should definitely try out the system beforehand. Whether at a friend’s or in the electrical market – test stations should slowly but surely appear in large numbers. Since the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift basically work on the same principle, you can also generate the rift feeling with a Vive practical test.
Oculus Rift: Alternatives
The market for VR glasses is just beginning to emerge. Smartphone specialist HTC currently has the biggest competition on offer. The VR glasses Vive works according to a similar principle, but has extended tracking. This means that you can move in the real world within a limited space and these movements are virtually translated. The Vive requires considerably more space for optimal operation, but offers an additional killer feature. You can currently order the HTC Vive on the official website at the price of 900 Euro plus shipping.
Savers and PS4 users should wait for the PlayStation VR. Sony’s VR glasses will run exclusively with the PlayStation 4 (Neo) and will be comparatively inexpensive with a price of around 400 euros. The functionality should correspond in large parts to that of the Oculus Rift. However, the lenses have a much lower resolution.
By far the cheapest solution, however, is Cardboard – a Google platform for which there are simple VR glasses in combination with a smartphone. In the simplest (cardboard) form you can buy Cardboard from 10 Euro.
Oculus delivers two touch controllers with corresponding content to match the Rift. The price for the duo, however, is a hefty 200 euros. We took a closer look at the touch controllers and tested them with a large number of apps and games. The first handle reveals that the two controllers are very well processed and fit comfortably in the hand. Setup is very easy with the help of the Oculus software, so that they are ready for use after a short time.
At the end of the control elements there are loops for the wrist that can be tightened to prevent slipping or flying around. On the surface there are two buttons and an analog stick. In addition, there is a trigger on the front of the handle and a trigger on the inside which can be used to imitate hand gestures such as gripping or pointing.
VR Porn Setup Guide For Oculus Rift
Are you one of the first buyers of the Oculus Rift or are you planning to buy VR glasses? We’ll explain how to install and set up the headset on your PC. The Oculus Rift is here and will probably be the first VR glasses most buyers will ever want to use on their PC. The question is how difficult it is to set up and operate the Oculus on your PC. We’ll show you how easy it is to install and calibrate the glasses.
The system requirements
Of course you should only buy an Oculus Rift if you have a powerful computer for it. The manufacturer himself specifies the following system requirements as minimum requirements:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or an AMD FX 8350
- Memory: At least 8 GB RAM
- Graphics card: GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290
Step by Step Guide
- Wiring the Oculus Rift correctly
- Connecting a Gamepad
- Download Oculus Client
- Start Oculus software and create user account
- Login and start setup
- Immerse yourself in virtual reality with Oculus