The Rift is a virtual head-mounted display that has been developed the company Oculus VR. It was originally proposed at a Kickstarter campaign. At that time Oculus VR was an independent company and to develop the product, the company was able to accumulate $2.5 million from fundraising events.
The latest rumors revolving around this device suggest that the developers might send free Oculus Rift head-mounted VR headsets to the persons who backed the Oculus Rift revolution before Oculus started their campaign.
Even before the company’s formation, the Rift VR headset existed in some form. After the company was formed, it decided to hold a Kickstarter campaign so that developers from all over world could get their hands on it.
The idea of a comparatively cheaper, high-performance virtual reality headset was first pitched in by Palmer Luckey. Palmer Luckey is also the founder of the device. It made its first public appearance in E3 2012.Luckey shared his idea and designs regarding the product on various
Luckey shared his idea and designs regarding the product on various forums at MTBS3D.com. This particular website provides a platform for enthusiasts to share their ideas and hold discussions on matters related to virtual reality devices.
At that time Luckey had limited access to resources required to develop the device. His work on a prototype of the device was shared by him on the website.Members of the community took notice of his work and offered to send him donations for buying various parts required to develop the device. In exchange Luckey agreed to give them access to the earliest prototypes of the virtual reality headset.
Members of the community took notice of his work and offered to send him donations for buying various parts required to develop the device. In exchange Luckey agreed to give them access to the earliest prototypes of the virtual reality headset.
Oculus had previously stated that it will give away a special Kickstarter Edition Consumer Oculus Rift for free to those who had initially backed the Kickstarter DK1.
The recent rumors suggest that Oculus would honor the promise that Luckey made and send the backers the very first Oculus Rifts. These people will not be required to shell out any money for the product. However, it should be noted that this claim is yet to be confirmed from an official source.
As for the device itself, it is currently up for pre-order. It comes with a price tag of $599 and the company would start shipping the device from March 28.
It is a commonly known fact that Virtual Reality gaming requires a buffed-up PC to run. Thus, it can be easily guessed that the average computer will in no way be able to match the hardware output that is required for virtual reality gaming.
Virtual reality enthusiasts who are looking forward to purchasing the Oculus Rift must keep in mind that a high-end PC is required to make the device perform seamlessly.
This could have a negative effect on the success of the Oculus Rift. To make the Rift compatible with their PC, users will have to buff them up in a big way which would obviously come at the cost of a significant amount of money.
While some users might decide to purchase the high-end stuff for their PC, some might decide against it, which would in turn, affect the sales of the Oculus Rift. Nevertheless, let us have a look at the tech-specs list required for the Rift. These recommendations came from Oculus itself.
The minimum requirements list for a PC to be able to function seamlessly with the Oculus Rift stand as follows-
In the Graphics Card department, the PC requires to have at least a Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 card to run games on Rift. Better graphics cards would definitely ensure better performance
An Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent processor is the minimum requirement for running games on the Rift. The minimum requirement for RAM is 8GB. Apart from these, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or newer plus two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port are also required.