Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality Headset
It was 2016 when the retail version of the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headset finally arrived, after various development kits and more than a few years of work. Since then, the very impressive and exceptional Oculus Touch motion controllers were also added to the Rift as a part of a bundle.
It doesn’t matter how much time it has been since it arrived, it still remains functional, efficient and immersive, only if you have a computer system that has the ability to handle it.
Every device has some competitions, but here with the addition of the Oculus Touch motion controllers, Oculus Rift is said to be more appealing and tempting than the HTC Vive, which is considered as a competition and comes at a more expensive price tag as well.
You will see that this headset is very simple looking and understated. It is a rectangular visor with rounded edges and a little visual flair in plain black color.
The front panel of this device is totally flat and simple, you will find that it is marked with an Oculus logo only and nothing else at all. All sides of the visor are equally flat.
There is a strap that extends from each arm around the sides of your head, along with the third strap that extends from the very top of the visor over the top of your head and meets at a padded triangle at the very back.
All the straps in this headset are held in one place with hook-and-loop fasteners, and they can be easily adjusted accordingly. A pair of headphones sits on the arms of it, which is able to individually rotate and revolve and flip up and down in order to fit perfectly on your ears.
The entire headset on its own is fairly light in weight and very comfortable as well. If you have an eye-sight problem or for any reason you want to wear glasses with this headset, you can, but it will just make it fit a little bit tighter than before because of the space consumed by your glasses.
If you’re concerned about the setup procedure of Rift, let me tell you that it is very simple.
You will have to download and install the Oculus setup on your computer. Plug in the headset and sensors into your computer using an HDMI cable and three ports of USB 3.0 first, and then sync the remote by pulling out the battery tab and pressing any button.
Plug in the Xbox One receiver into a USB 2.0 port and pair up the gamepad with it (optional). Once all of these steps are done, you can put on the headset and jump into the Oculus Rift software, check and do all the settings accordingly and there you are.
The requirements for this VR headset are nearly the same to the requirements for its competitor HTC Vive. This great VR headset recommends an Intel i5 – 4590 processor or a better processing unit, an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or a higher graphics video card, minimum 8 GB of RAM memory, and HDMI 1.3 output, 3 ports of USB 3.0 and 1 port of USB 2.0.
One of these ports in the requirements is for the additional sensor of Oculus Touch motion controller, and you can set it up itself using just two ports of USB 3.0: one port for the headset and the other for the external sensor.