The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc.
The first Oculus Rift was released in 2016, and has gone through various pre-production models since the Kickstarter campaign, around five of which were demonstrated to the public.
Oculus initiated a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund the Rift's development. The project proved successful, raising US$2.5 million. In 2014, Facebook purchased Oculus for $2 billion.
It boasts integrated headphones which provide a 3D audio effect, rotational and positional tracking. The positional tracking system, called Constellation, is performed by a USB stationary infrared sensor that is picking up light that is emitted by IR LEDs that are integrated into the head-mounted display.
It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer.
The sensor normally sits on the user's desk. This creates 3D space, allowing for the user to use the Rift while sitting, standing, or walking around the same room.
At the forefront of the VR game - The Oculus Rift has provided the high bar that all other VR headsets have had to life up to.
Here, we have compiled a handy list of the top reasons you should hire an Oculus Rift for your next event:
The Rift boasts OLED displays with a total resolution of 2160 x 1200 and a 90Hz refresh rate, providing flawless and fully-immersive picture for gaming and video.
Rift's advanced display technology combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence – the feeling as though you're actually there. You've never experienced immersion like this.
A combination of a high refresh rate, global refresh and low persistence means that the user experiences none of the motion blurring or judder that is experienced on a regular monitor.
The Oculus Rift is light enough to be comfortable to wear, and the extra ventilation added to the headset makes it less of a sweat fest.
The HDMI/USB cables are now housed in a single cord and the harness has also been modified making it portable and giving users even more freedom.
The straps themselves are easily adjustable thanks to the simple velcro system on the sides and top of your head.
It's now covered in a fine fabric. There's a removable fascia and there's a bit more room for users with glasses.
An adjustable dial accounts for different distances between users' eyes, and the weight distribution is more centred so you don't feel like the accessory is off balance.
The inclusion of integrated earphones makes the immersion of the Rift event more intense. The sound-quality of said earphones are also absolutely amazing.
With 360 degree tracking now an option for Rift owners, the company also added a visual boundary system that prevents you from leaving your space and smacking into thing
Touch controllers available to use with the Rift are an ergonomical masterpiece. The controllers are significantly more ergonomic than the HTC Vive’s Wands - the intuitive design makes it feel like you're using nothing but your hands.
Discover a games and videos across genres, and play them from an entirely new perspective. Oculus is the leading VR brand for content, boasting the largest number of names.
Without an optional third sensor added to your set up, the Rift only allows for 180 degree coverage which can create some blind spots within your content.
The HTC Vive boasts better tracking technology. The Oculus has a maximum tracking field—5×11 feet (width-to-length)—compared to the Vive’s symmetrical maximum field of 15×15 feet. The Oculus is perfect however for a small space at an event.