Oculus Rift is now shipping, Zuck happy

    Today the Oculus Rift has started reaching customers in more than 20 countries. The fully-immersive VR has been a long time in the making with the the technology starting way back on August 2nd of 2012 with a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign was successful, with 9,522 backers pledging US$2,437,429 to help bring this project to life.
    The Rift has gone through multiple iterations since then and now features upgraded optics with an OLED display, a 1080p, or 1080×1200, resolution per eye, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and >100° field of view.

    Despite VR’s massive potential to simulate any environment, Oculus are initially focusing their attention on gamers. Given the heavy PC requirements to run Oculus Rift, its not surprising as this community is well versed in having to throw plenty of dollars for the best experience.

    In terms of content at launch, Oculus say they have dozens of VR games, 360 videos, film shorts, and photos. There’s more than 30 games available on the Oculus Store, ready to play today including the Zelda-esque labyrinth adventure of Chronos to the high-impact space battle simulation of EVE: Valkyrie, and of course Lucky’s Tale, the colorfully immersive VR platformer that’s bundled with every Rift.

    The Rift lets players meet up with friends in the same VR environment, making what is typically a very solitary experience a far more social one.

    When it comes to video, they’re offering Rift users the same Oculus Video app that’s been available on the GearVR for some time. There’s thousands of Facebook 360 videos and the best of Vimeo and Twitch livestreams, its a solid app, just one Rift can’t claim as a first. Oculus say they’re going to add feature-length movies “soon” but if you’re going to spend 2-3 hours in Rift, you may need to plug in.

    Facebook announced their acquisition of Oculus in March 2014 and completed it by mid-July that year. Today is no doubt a big day for Mark Zuckerber who bet big ($2 Billion) on Oculus and VR in general, that it will be an important computing platform. Earlier today he posted the following.

    Today we start shipping Oculus Rift! Another big milestone towards the future of computing.

    Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, March 28, 2016

    More information at Oculus

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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