Oculus Rift is a virtual reality product introduced by Oculus VR LLC, an American virtual reality technology company founded in June 2012 at Irvine, California.
Summer of 2012: Oculus announced the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display designed for video gaming, and created a Kickstarter campaign to fund development. The product proved highly successful, collecting around $10 million for development, and released two pre-production models to the public: the “Development Kit 1” and the “Development Kit 2”. The consumer product was introduced on 28 March 2016, including integrated headphones, a refreshed design, an available tracked controller system, and an IR LED sensor.
March 2014: Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion, in cash and Facebook stock.
November 2015: the company partnered with Samsung to develop the Samsung Gear VR, for the Samsung Galaxy models (which works like Google Cardboard), and cost $99.
March 2016: Oculus Rift headset starts being shipped to customers in 20 countries, and costs $599. (Its main competitive product is HTC Vive introduced in April 2016).
Product Introduction (Mar 2016)
- Oculus Rift headset ($599), including the following accessories:
- Oculus Remote (mini)
- Intergrated VR Audio headset
- IR LED VR Sensor
- XBox One wireless control (game control)
- Oculus Touch (optional accessory):
- Oculus Rift requires a powerful computer to run software and render 3D effects (with 1 HDMI port for headset, 2 USB ports for headset and IR sensor). Click here to see How to setup Oculus.
- What computer games are compatible with Oculus Rift? The Rift has support for two widely used game engines: Unity and Unreal Engine. The result is that many indie titles and several larger games are compatible with the developer kit. You can find many of these listed on the Oculus VR site and in the recently launched VR section of Steam, Valve’s game download service. There are also fan-made modifications to particular titles to get them working with the Rift. Third-party programs such as TriDef, Vireio Perception and VorpX allow games that are not made for the Rift to work with it. The Rift will ship with two free games: Lucky’s Tale and EVE:Valkyrie, sci-fi space combat simulator, set in the same world as popular massively multiplayer online EVE Online. However other titles like Insomniac Games’ Edge of Nowhere and 505 Games’ Ad1ft will also be making an appearance.
Official product website: http://www.oculus.com