Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Released
Recently there has been great deal of talk about Virtual Reality in the gaming industry. Most of this talk is centered around a product which has been in development for some time. Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift made quite a splash with its announcement in 2012. Since then it has had gamers on the edge of their seats, eager to hear more about this device. With the built-in display and ability to monitor your head movements, the Rift was designed to make the user’s gaming experience seem more “real.” This technology is the next step up from what is being seen with consoles currently; the addition of cameras to bring the user into the game by making it more interactive with their bodies.
Hopes for this device are high, and many are waiting anxiously for the release date. Earlier this week, Oculus VR released their Oculus Rift DK2 (Developer’s Kit 2) for developers. Priced at $350 this early version of the product boasts a resolution of 960 x 1080 for each eye, refresh rates of 75 Hz, 72 Hz, and 60 Hz, and a persistence of 2 ms, 3 ms, and full. They also have a 100 degree nominal field of view.
In order for this device to work correctly, it has sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer which update at a rate of 1000 Hz. These allow the device to correctly interpret the user’s head motions. There is also a CMOS sensor on the outside to provide for positional tracking.
It is obvious that the Oculus Rift is indeed a very innovative piece of technology, as is Sony’s project Morpheus for the PS4. However, the question still lies, what will this do for the gaming industry? It is easy to say the obvious that the user will finally get a true sense of being “inside” the games they play. Users will be able to get a sense that they are truly in direct action with a game. It still must be asked though, is this going to simply be a niche market? Will this technology bring a whole new level of gaming to us, or will it simply fall to the good ol’ mouse and keyboard? Sadly, we will have to wait to find out.
To be sure, this new technology will change up the industry, however will that change last, or will it simply be a stepping stone to the next level of immersion?
As originally Written by DanielB