If you are in the market for a good VR Gear to enjoy the virtual gaming experience to the maximum, the Oculus Rift can do that for you.

Released just over a year ago, the Oculus Rift has made a mark for itself in the market already, and it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. After all that time in the market, one would expect that it would have had a major competitor.

While Google and Microsoft are looking likely to be the ones to step into those shoes, the only major rival for the Oculus Rift remains the HTC Vive.

From a customer standpoint, some of the features that make this VR Gear a recommended product are:

  • 1080 x 1200 pixels (per eye)
  •  Image rendering at 90Hz
  • Constellation method tracking allowing for real-life 3D environment rendering
  • Integrated headphones for 3D audio effect
  • And so much more

Beginning as an ambitious Kickstarter campaign some years ago, the Oculus Rift has gone through up to five development models since then. It is safe to say these development models are not a waste, given the kind of reception the VR headsets received when they did finally launch.

Today, many of the VR Games on the market can be rendered effortlessly with the Oculus Rift. Although not a cheap option, this VR Gear gets the job done without giving you room for second thoughts

Hardware

Asides from the hardware features listed above, one of the technologies used in the Oculus Rift is the low persistence option. This means that each image is shown for a total time frame of 2 milliseconds.

Such a fast rendering time would not have been impressive on its own. Combined with the high rate of refresh, however, that means the user never gets to see their experience marred by blurry vision lines while in motion.

To accommodate users that depend on glasses for sight assistance, the Oculus Rift comes with multiple facial interfaces. That same feature also allows for users with different face sizes and orientations to enjoy the experience too.

System Requirements

According to the developers of the Oculus Rift, there are basic system requirements to be met before you pair this headset with your computer. Announced in May 2015, those requirements are:

  • Intel Core i5-4590 chipset (or any other CPU equivalent)
  • 16GB RAM
  • Presence of 3 USB 3.0 Ports
  • One USB 2.0 Port
  • 64 bits (on Windows 7 and later)

However, the developing team has found a way around their own technology, helping it meet a wider variety of users. If your system has all of the below specs, you can use the Oculus Rift too

  • Intel Core i3-6100/ AMD FX 4350
  • GeForce GTX 960 (or its equivalent)
  • Two USB 3.0 Ports
  • One USB 2.0 Ports
  • Windows 8 or later

Note that in making the sacrifice to reach a larger audience, the user is also expected to sacrifice some features. For example, instead of the rendering possible at 90Hz, a user looking to take advantage of the lower requirements would settle for 45Hhz instead.

Wrap Up

A good market reception, compatibility with a very good number of games, a more affordable price for what it launched for and next year being a promise of augmented reality games, what are you waiting for?