Everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift VR system

Everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift VR System

Following a kickstarter campaign which introduced Oculus to the world in 2012, the Oculus Rift was finally released in 2016 after the company was acquired in 2014 by Facebook. It was one of the most important launches in the tech industry and was the impetus for the virtual reality market which has been growing rapidly since.

The growth and potential of the VR system became apparent in October 2017, when Oculus announced the launch of its Oculus Rift for Business bundle. This business specific pack provides businesses with the ability to improve productivity, training methods, and to help present unbelievable experiences for both their customers and employees in a number of different industries.

Virtual reality was once a wild dream portrayed in sci-fi Hollywood films, but thanks to Oculus and its VR headset, everyone can now experience the thrills of virtual reality from the comfort of their own home or workplace. Read on for our complete guide to everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift VR system.

What is Oculus Rift compatible with?

Before buying your Oculus Rift, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right computer that can handle all of the VR headset requirements. Although it is fairly small, the Oculus Rift is a powerful device so your computer will need to meet the following minimum specs:

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
  • Alternative Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 960 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • OS: Windows 10

If the specs of your computer exceed the minimum Oculus Rift requirements then you’ll have no problems with future system updates or content which may exceed the recommended minimum specs. This is why Oculus suggests you use the following recommended specs to see if your Windows PC is ready for VR:

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • Alternative Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10

If you’re not sure whether or not your computer meets the specs, the Oculus website has a tool which will tell you whether or not your PC is compatible. However, it’s not only the tech you need to keep in mind. To use the Oculus Touch controllers, you’ll also need space of at least 1m x 1m, although some games require a play area of 2m x 1.5m.

Oculus Rift Setup

You’ve received your Oculus Rift but it’s now time to set it up. Taking no longer than 30 minutes, all you’ll need to do is download the Oculus app to your computer and create an account. You’ll need to make sure before doing so, that there is at least 4GB of free disk space on your system drive and it is formatted to use the NTFS file system.

While the Oculus app is installing, you can decide whether or not you want to download your apps and games too. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your Oculus Rift setup and then you’ll be ready to explore all the virtual worlds offered by Oculus.

How the Oculus Rift works

Using a pair of screens displaying two images side by side, one for each eye, the Oculus Rift creates a stereoscopic 3D image. The ski-like goggles use embedded sensors to monitor the wearer’s motions and in turn, adjusts the image. Using an external positional-tracking sensor, the latest release from Oculus Rift helps to track head movements more accurately.

What is Oculus Rift used for?

The Oculus Rift is a truly immersive experience and has a number of applications outside of  gaming. Your Oculus Rift headset supports a number of 360° services creating endless possibilities for you and even your business. Here are just some of the ways VR is changing the way people interact on a day to day basis.

Architecture

Oculus Rift headsets are a useful tool for architects, as they can show off 3D models of their work instead of the more traditional 2D computer image. Architects can use the Oculus VR headsets to walk with their clients through the rooms to help them get a better feel of the scale and space. It can also help architects when working with designers and engineers to explore the various spaces without having to construct prototypes.

Medicine and therapy

Virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift can be used for training doctors  as well as an aid for planning a surgery without the patient having to be on the operating table in front of them. Using VR for therapy is already an extremely popular tool and it even has its own acronym of VRT. VR headsets are currently being used to treat mental health problems amongst war veterans who are experiencing anxiety or post-traumatic stress.

Travel and tourism

The world is your oyster with a VR headset as you can travel to wherever you want whilst sitting on your couch. Although it won’t match visiting the real thing, it can be a pretty unique experience. From walking through museums to visiting historical sites and impressive landscapes around the world, the tourism industry has truly embraced VR. For travel agents, it becomes a new sales tool to show holidaymakers what they’ll experience.

Oculus Rift – is it worth it?

The Oculus Rift currently gives you access to dozens of new and exciting worlds and experiences. The applications of this VR headset are continuing to grow and it is becoming much more than just a gaming console. With the VR games market set to start releasing new, ground-breaking titles, and with industries beginning to maximise the potential of VR, the VR market has a bright future. VR and the Oculus Rift is a new frontier that should be explored and can help set your business apart from the rest of the competition.

How to travel with your Oculus Rift?

If you’ve just received and set up your Oculus Rift, there’s no doubt you’ll want to show it off to your friends or take it with you to the office to begin exploring its potential. Taking your Oculus Rift with you does present the risk of it getting damaged en route, which is why we would recommend investing in a protective VR carrying case.
The lightweight but tough Dave Oculus Rift carrying case provides waterproof and dustproof protection for your VR headset and accessories. If you’re looking for something more heavy-duty, then the waterproof, crushproof and dustproof Peli 1600 Case with a durable foam insert for your Oculus Rift VR headset and various accessories is the one for you.


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