You've heard about it, and we're sure you want it. Gents, we're talking about the Oculus Rift, that head-mounted stereoscopic display device that redefines “eye-candy.”
It's not the first of its kind in the market (and it certainly won't be the last), but it comes out looking more handsome than its predecessors in several aspects. The Oculus Rift quickly got the attention of gamers, techies, and even “normal folk” for several reasons: It's relatively smaller and more portable, comes at a more friendly price point, and offers a wide field of view and 360-degree head tracking (read: it follows your head's movement for a more realistic interaction with a virtual environment)—making users feel as if they're right inside a different, more magical world.
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The Oculus Rift (and the device's maker, Oculus VR) has certainly been creating buzz in tech circles. And a few short years later—and after bagging the 2014 Best of CES award—it's already on Round 2: the second iteration of the device called the Development Kit 2 (DK2) can now be pre-ordered for $350 (around P15,300). This one ups the techie ante with improvements for visuals, like having a better OLED display that combats blur, and integrations for game developers.
All these VR talk make us wonder: If we have an Oculus Rift, what can we use it for? We came up with a list below that makes us dream of it even more—and wish Santa is real. The official consumer version won't come out until later this year (or maybe even next year), but it's always good to plan ahead, right?
But of course. The Rift was created primarily for gaming, so it will certainly excel here. Some of the titles that already offer support for the Oculus Rift include the awesome space-shooter EVE: Valkyrie and Valve's epic barilan game Team Fortress 2.
In time, more developers will out games either made with the Rift in mind, or add VR support for their existing titles. The backing of companies like Epic Games and Valve all but ensures that you'll be playing with a VR display on your head for years to come.