It's happening, it's finally here! Virtual Reality is within your grasp and you can reach out and touch it. Nothing got me more excited than Oculus's announcement that their new Rift is finally here, after playing with the developers kits for over a year I wasn't sure when this day would come and Oculus certainly have not disappointed, in fact Apple have a lot of catching up to do, here's a quick guide to some major game changers in the new Rift.
1. Beautiful Design - where form follows function. The new Oculus Rift is a beautifully crafted and considered device, with sublime lines and smooth curves what's not to like. We are attracted to objects of desire and the new rift does a splendid job in seducing the consumer with great looks. However what has impressed me the most is the functional upgrades Oculus have incorporated to make the VR experience more advanced than any other device on the market. Notice the built-in headphones, adjustable face plate and touch pads. Not to mention the Xbox controllers! The Rift is also much lighter which is great news for longer more immersive experiences and this time those with glasses have not been left out, with better around fit for the everyones face.
2. Perfect partnerships - A marriage made in a gamers heaven. Through the new partnership with Microsoft the Xbox Controller will be available with every Rift! Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced that Windows 10 will support the VR headset natively through a direct streaming feature. This means you will be able to play and view epic gaming titles like Halo in Oculus Cinema and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to play Eve Valkeryie. This combination of VR and Gaming is what the world of game lovers was waiting for, this was the promise that no-one has realised until now.
3. Reach out and touch - controllers that set you free. The Oculus Touch controllers, now seeing these was like the icing on the cake and then some! The beautiful (can't wait to hold them) Oculus Touch controllers are nothing short of impressive. They wrap around your hands effortlessly, are super lightweight and look very natural and comfortable. Most important is they are wireless and contain natural-feeling haptic feedback, we are unleashed from annoying wires and cables.
4. Content is king - New platform, community and Interface design. Finally the Rift will arrive with it's shining new Apple like app store, giving consumers a platform of content to choose from and a VR community to engage with. Oculus wants you to know that real, purpose-built VR games are coming, there's EVE Valkyrie, of course, the incredible space dogfighting experience, however Insomniac Games announced a over-the- shoulder VR adventure game called Edge of Nowhere and it looks pretty cool!
Edge of Nowhere is a VR third-person action-adventure from acclaimed independent developer Insomniac Games. Travel to the far reaches of the Antarctic mountains in search of a missing expedition team. What appears to be a rescue mission takes a turn as you venture into the deep unknown, and discover a surreal world that will test your wits and sanity.
Exciting times for Virtual Reality experiences, gaming and VR films, the new Oculus Rift is coming in Q1 2016 the question is will you be ready? Find out more details and get updates from https://www.oculus.com/en-us/