Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oculus Rift news: Oculus Sensor now available for purchase; Dead and Buried will be free for Oculus Touch; Oculus Rift review and comparison


Here are a trio of Oculus Rift-related news for you:


1. OCULUS SENSOR NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE


You can now add an Oculus Sensor to get room-scale tracking for your Oculus Rift.

One of the major differences between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive is that the Rift was designed for seated or standing VR experiences, while the Vive is designed for roomscale VR, which allows the user to walk around the play area.  Oculus was adamant that room-scale VR was unnecessary and impractical for most people.  Finally, however, at Oculus Connect 3, Oculus relented and announced the availability of an Oculus Sensor for separate purchase ($79). With three sensors, the Rift would gain roomscale VR tracking capability.

The Oculus Sensor is now available on the Oculus Store (scroll down).  Oculus added a disclaimer: "CAUTION: 360° and Room Scale tracking are experimental features—not all experiences may work as expected."

Thanks to reader David Grass for bringing this to my attention!

2. DEAD AND BURIED WILL BE FREE FOR OCULUS TOUCH


Dead and Buried is a shooter developed by Oculus Studios for the Oculus Touch where you go by yourself or against other players, either as a lawman or an outlaw.  Today, Oculus announced that Dead and Buried will be free for Oculus Touch.   This is an example of how Oculus' software investment (initially $250 million, now $500 million) will benefit users directly. 




3.  OCULUS RIFT REVIEW AND COMPARISON
I just got the Oculus Rift yesterday!  I'll discuss why I got it even though I already got the Vive, PSVR and Gear VR.  I'll compare it to my other VR systems, and I'll discuss whether my opinion about the Rift has changed.