3 Minutes with Oculus - PAX Australia 2013

We spend three minutes sussing out all the important details of the highly anticipated Oculus Rift.

Discussion

56 comments
TimLaursen
TimLaursen

If I can't see my hands or my keyboard, it will be useless, unless you add in the pack some sort of VR controller, like a motion tracked glove or a Playstation Move stick. 

jark888
jark888

This is the true next gen.

Arijan83
Arijan83

Can oculus be used as a normal lcd tv even if game does not support it?

Without motion?

morenosuba
morenosuba

just give us a tentative release date already!!!

all this talk about it and STILL not even a tentative release date....i'd like to get it before i get so old i lose my eye sight thank you very much....

Bhemont
Bhemont

Some guy talking and advertising his product, would like to get some hands on instead. 

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

Theoreticaly iff matrix wer true  than we would be creating a virtual reality in virtual reality :D multi layer virtual maze thats pretty scary :O

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

Sword art online is Getting closer to reality XD

charlievo
charlievo

no one really make good games for it.  The product is only as good as stuffs made for it.  So far nothing is on the market. 

nathanmaxtro
nathanmaxtro

The first thing I'm going to do when I buy this is play through Skyrim again.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

I'll be buying this before PS4 if it's out anytime near the PS4 launch.

To anyone thinking this is just a pair of 3D goggles no it's far from that it's full VR with body and head tracking which means you look left and your character looks left, it's like looking through the eyes of the character.

For FPS games and racing games with cockpit view or games like Skyrim or Portal 2 this will immerse you in the world to an extent never seen before unless you tried the old VR at Universal Studios or something.

Also this can be used to replace things like laser tag with a virtual map and make the other real players game characters, just imagine a giant room with corridors that have sensors on every corner and in your eyes all you see is textured walls with incredible detail, and when you shoot someone you see their virtual counterpart get blasted away, the possibilities are grand.

This is a lot more than just a VR headset people.

Phrykshun
Phrykshun

Finish it up and take my money!

plasticreality
plasticreality

I have a developer kit, and I can tell you that the direction this technology is heading is revolutionary.  Right now it's not extremely compelling: low resolution, a limited field of view (though still impressive), and a lack of software make the current hardware mostly a curiosity.  As a friend of mine recently said (who doesn't game, by the way) "it's interesting, but not mind blowing."  

I truly believe that when the hardware is ready for the consumer market (likely within the next year or so), motion controls have been efficiently integrated, and developers have figured out how to use this new medium, people are going to go crazy over this thing.  This will be bigger than the Wii, in my opinion, and perhaps more revolutionary than the invention of television.  Crazy times.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

LOL he must have been a trip while in school haha he looks like a fun guy.

pcps4dude
pcps4dude

"3 minutes with Oculus"? is that dude Oculus? i want my 1080p rift now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

$300 is too expensive for mass adoption.

It might not be practical in the slightest but I don't think VR headsets are going to sell in mass market numbers until they hit the $99 threshold.

Unless you make it a full console too, with a controller, that I can also hook up to my TV and just play that way if I want to. That could work in terms of selling it for $300.

wewerethere
wewerethere

These guys are gonna be so rich. I'm waiting for next gen integration. *drools*

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

You want to hear something outrageous? I'm actually looking forward for the Oculus Rift more than the PS4 or the Xbox One.. LOL

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

I watched the movie Johnny Mnemonic yerterday. The main character uses a device so «similar» to the oculus rift its amazing :)

hustyparmen
hustyparmen

you need to record a video for a guy just talking about it?...

turretx7
turretx7

3 minutes of blablablabla

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

I'm a little confused. They say it will be 1080p, but also say to get 1080p you have to add each side of it. So each eye/lens sees half of 1080p. Is that really 1080p then?

morenosuba
morenosuba

i hate you....in a very jelous sort of way...

miser_cz
miser_cz

@plasticreality Interesting, so currently you see borders of the screen? How much of black space is there?

DaRkL3AD3R
DaRkL3AD3R

@pcps4dude Actually yes that dude is Oculus. Oculus is the company and that man is the main marketing guy.

Slade968
Slade968

@amaneuvering The oculus is a display only, much like a TV or monitor. You would not have any reason to hook it up to your TV. The power driving the game would be from a PC (and a pretty decent one at that) in the short term. Though it is likely it will be made console compatible with the new generation at a lower rez. (Right now, the PS4 and Xbox One are not thought to be powerful enough but  who knows). 

In the future, I expect this to be fully compatible with smart phones as they will probably overtake the power of the new generation consoles within a couple of years. That technology is evolving very quickly.

And honestly, once people realize the true potential of such a device I think $300 will be completely reasonable especially at 4k. Think about being able to watch movies in a virtual imax theater with full 3D effects. Or being able to take virtual tours in countries over seas or walk through the streets of ancient greece. You could attend live sporting events virtually. Not to mention the millitary applications in training. Instead of having 15 monitors, day traders could wear one oculus rift to get the information they need. You could go for a jog in the world of Skyrim or The Witcher 3 via the Virtuix Omni(definitely google the kickstarter, it's awesome) and its later iterations.

I'm with @plasticreality I think a realistic affordable VR tech will be bigger than the invention of the television.

IJONOI
IJONOI

@amaneuvering Surely you'd pay a lot more for a TV/monitor and these as far as I can tell are vastly more technologically advanced?

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Vidpci why don't you read up on OC and watch some videos, your comment is just ignorant

Dasim64
Dasim64

@Vidpci The Rift is a lot more than just a pair of 3D glasses. The wider field of view and head tracking, along with the 3D, allow for a more immersive gaming experience than you would ever have with a Flat Screen 3D experience. This is about stepping into the game world, not just looking at 3D images.

Slade968
Slade968

@wewerethere I've already looked into ways to invest in this besides just giving money to the kickstarter but there is nothing open to the public now. Shame, I can see this becoming huge.

feathers632
feathers632

@TheOnlyConan Pixel resolution isn't so much of an issue with HMD.  Even the consumer kit as 1280 gives good results and spectacular immersion.  Most important thing is fast display and lag-free tracking.  The overall screen resolution is indeed divided because the Oculus uses a single display.  That display is effectively split in half so each eye sees only half the image.  1280/2 = 640 so the dev kit gives people 640 resolution per eye.  That doesn't sound much but given the image is stereoscopic 3d and modern displays are bright and clear... it's much better than it seems.  Oculus HD will use the same technique.. A single 1080 display divided per eye = 960.  It's much better than you would imagine and the most amazing thing you get is a sense of scale.  The thing that's missing from conventional TV/Monitor gaming.  No real sense of scale for the 3d imagery.  With Oculus when you walk up to something very big... it really is very big.

Psycold
Psycold

@miser_cz @plasticreality I also have a dev kit and he's right, the worst part is definitely the resolution, but it is not a huge issue since they have already created a 1080p prototype and are working on going beyond that resolution. The resolution makes it impossible to see things in the distance and makes the spaces between the pixels much more noticeable. That being said, it is still an amazing experience using just the dev kit, especially with Half-Life 2. 

plasticreality
plasticreality

@miser_cz @plasticreality Not the borders of the screen per se, but the sides of the HMD (like you're seeing the world through a pair of ski goggles).  If you look at the center of the screen with your eyes and move your head to look around the world, it's not as noticeable.  

Slade968
Slade968

@wgerardi @jookiyaya Yea, honestly this is the real next gen for me. Xbox and PS4 look good an all but they hardly offer anything innovative. Most of the features are similar to the previous generation just more refined.

wgerardi
wgerardi

@Slade968 @wgerardi @jookiyaya I'm more interested in what the Kinect 2 can do for Oculus than any other bit of next-gen hardware. Strange, because I'm definitely with Sony next gen as far as consoles go.