With the recent reports that Facebook has bought the two year old Oculus Rift (headquartered in Irvine, California USA) for two billion US dollars, there is the conflict or competition with other gaming headgear. The virtual head piece costs 350 US dollars for the developer kit and according to the company website, it is only available for pre-order. This HOT item is new in comparison to other devices which took more than its two years to gain notoriety.
The Oculus Rift is mainly known as a virtual reality (VR) device for gaming, but it can also be used for other activities such as watching movies (Yes, I have!) and other means of visual entertainment (see their website). The headgear can be a bit heavy to wear for persons who are not accustomed to wearing such devices. The inner visual is clear in appearance. As a suggestion, the Oculus Rift doesn’t work for persons who wear eyeglasses for it has a snug fit which will not go over any set of eyewear. If a person is quite particular about their hair, as an additional suggestion, it is best to have your hair (if you are not already bald) flat so that the straps on the Oculus will fit gently over the back of the head. For the most part, don’t make your hair fancy if you plan on wearing the Oculus Rift!
Oculus Rift is relatively affordable considering what it can do so that people can enjoy action movies and video games, giving them the feel that they are inside the visual. Most persons who have tried the head piece, said that they don’t think that they can wear the VR set for a long period of time due to getting a headache from the intense closeness to their vision and the bulky feel on their head. For the most part, if a person would like to try the Oculus Rift before making the pre-order purchase, they best way to see if it is something that is suited for you is inquire with video game developers and also attend gaming tradeshows where there is a likelihood, at least one person or company will have it set-up to try to wear.
There are so many reports from other sources of various kinds in regard to the buyout. But what does that actually mean for the gaming industry it was created for? The future for the Oculus Rift is still pending and only the creators of the VR headgear know their fate since Facebook purchased them.
Hopefully, being bought by Facebook after only being technically around for two years was worth it!