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Oculus Rift hands-on demo

The Oculus Rift promises what so many '80s films predicted: goggles that envelop you in a fully 3D environment, where your perspective actually moves with your head. Sounds awesome on paper, but how does it work in practice? We got the chance to try out the Oculus Rift for ourselves at GDC 2013:

Our thoughts, besides the ones in the video? The unit is surprisingly light--imagine ski goggles, or two duct-taped game cases strapped to your head--which bodes well for longer play sessions. It also creates that cool, dream-like sensation of a disconnect between your mind and body; for instance, your eyes and brain may be telling you that you're plummeting towards earth, triggering a faint vertigo sensation despite the fact that your feet are planted firmly on the ground. No official retail price has been announced for the Oculus Rift, but if we start seeing more developers tweak their games to match Hawken and Team Fortress 2's compatibility with the device, this could very well become the next must-have peripheral in the world of gaming.

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10 comments

  • michaelpreston - April 2, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    PLEASE DO TF2!!! Thanks!!!
  • C.King - March 28, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    i hear there's a tread mill that could complete virtual reality experience if you combine with this and existing motion control. dammit i want it already! seems funky to still be using a controller when you physically look around but i suppose it works in context of mechs. totally looking forward to a full virtual reality experience in the future
  • yasmarc - March 28, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    I can't wait to sneak up on friends wearing this and headphones and just scare the shit out of them! Or maybe I'll rearrange their rooms while they're playing. Or maybe someone else will just rob them :(
  • shawksta - March 28, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    Sounds neat, some obvious set backs but who knows what'll happen when its fully finished and released
  • Shadow Of Death - March 28, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    I'm wondering how well it works if you wear glasses. I'm assuming they've accounted for that though. I'll be getting the consumer model when it comes out. With KB+Mouse it might be more of an issue, but I could really use it with something like Racing games, which I play with a controller anyway. With games in the racing genre, being able to just twitch your head around for a split second to see what's there would be much better than panning with the camera. I wonder if stuff like this will eventually be supported on consoles too?
  • sandplasma - March 28, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    $300 is almost a new console, they're going to have to do better than that. I think $150 is the sweet spot to get as many people on it as possible.
  • OkinKun - March 27, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    When he says it's "fuzzy", that could be 2 things.. He might not have found the "sweet spot" perfectly when putting it on, it's like binoculars kinda. Also the resolution for this model is only slightly better than 720p, at 1280x800, stretched over your full view. Although the pixels are more dense in the center of the screen, and bigger around the edges, thanks to the optics. That's how your eyes see anyway. This is only the Developer Kit model. It's not meant for the general gaming consumer public, it's meant for hobbyists and game developers. The consumer model will be 1080p, and it will be lighter and a better form factor. It should be released sometime in 2014, they want it out mid year, before the holidays. It'll probably cost $300, less if the costs go down for some reason.
  • majormoses117 - March 27, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    I'll finally be able to lay on my back in bed and be able to be fully immersed in a video game? Yes please
  • ObliqueZombie - March 27, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    It sounds and looks soooo cool, but I have a feeling this will be problematic for keyboard and mouse set ups. Please I'm not too keen on the decreased fidelity, but alas, it is a tiny screen. I also worry about what it'll do to your eyes after extended sessions, being so close like that. My eyes are already not the best, But, if the price is right, this and a headset would be stellar for horror games, or even games like Dishonored and Deus Ex. I am optimistic.
  • Rub3z - March 29, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    Dishonored or Deus Ex on VR... Bioshock Infinite on VR... any one of those would destroy my life.

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