Oculus Rift will be hitting homes this year after years of development.
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The VR headset is pretty great and a way forward into the future of gaming and tech, but just what is it all about? We have a full guide to the device and all its ins and outs.
It’ll have over 100 games
If you think that Oculus will be just another piece of hardware, then think again. Creator Palmer Luckey confirmed earlier this month that Oculus will have at least 100 titles – over 20 Oculus Studio titles, and many more 3rd party titles. We also know that the headset will ship with a copy of Lucky’s Tale, a platform game made just for VR, and it will also ship with the sci-fi shooter Eve: Valkryie.
Oculus is expensive
Oculus pre-order have already opened, and it costs $599 (R10 000). The bundle includes:
- The Oculus Rift headset,
- Xbox One controller,
- Oculus Remote,
- Copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale, and
- The cable required to use the headset.
We also know that Oculus will ship on 28 March 2016, in which the first shipment has already sold out. We also know that the next batch that will ship will be in March.
The minimum PC requirements
Oculus Rift will need quite a hefty PC to run. Here are the requirements to run the hardware:
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Memory: 8GB+ RAM
- Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
You can also download a program that will test you PC to check if you can run the hardware. This program will take 20 seconds to tell you if your PC is ready to run Oculus.
Oculus Headset will not ship to South Africa
Oculus will not ship to South Africa directly. Saying that, later on in the year you will be able to purchase it off third-party retailers like eBay and Amazon. Do not expect to visit the Oculus website and complete your purchase if you are in South Africa, because it is not happening.
If you are used to purchasing a new iPhone every year, then you might be expected to purchase a new Oculus headset every year or so as well. Palmer Luckey stated that the Oculus lifespan is “somewhere between a console and a mobile phone, but closer to a mobile phone”. This is not good news for us who will have to splurge out over R10 000 for an Oculus. This means every year or so, you will have to pocket out even more money due to improvements on hardware.
Oculus and PlayStation VR will go head to head in 2016
Oculus Rift will be launching in March, and PlayStation VR we know, will be launching sometime in 2016 too.
The two VR headsets will be going head to head this year as the world’s first commercially released VR hardware. We know that PlayStation VR will not be as expensive as Oculus, as Sony has stated that the PlayStation VR headset “will not be as pricey as Oculus“. We do expect it to be over R6 000 when it launches in SA, and hopefully the distributors can bring it in for under R10 000.
Oculus Store will stock movies too
Speaking to Reddit users, Palmer Luckey commented on a post regarding the Oculus store. The question was: What kind of prices can we expect Movies/Experiences to have in the Oculus Store? Most experiences in the GearVR store have been free. He responded saying that the store will stock a range of products from free to higher prices AAA games, of which the pricing will be similar to console PC games.
This basically gives us a better understanding that Oculus could be used to watch some VR movies that have been shot to make the most out of the hardware.
New facial interfaces and accessories will be available for the hardware when it launches. New padding options for the device and head straps will become available as the hardware grows on the market.
As Oculus becomes increasingly more popular, we will begin to know more about it. There is no doubt that it is one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2016, but how its release will roll out is still questionable.