Oculus Gives More Peeks Into Its Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Gives More Peeks Into Its Rift Virtual Reality Headset
The Rift VR Experience
Infrared LED Tracking System
Designed for Comfort and Support
Adjustable Lens System
Integrated Audio Headphones
Wireless Xbox Controller Is Included
A Full VR Experience
Optional Oculus Touch Gaming Accessories
Get Into the Game With Rift
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Oculus Gives More Peeks Into Its Rift Virtual Reality Headset

By Todd R. Weiss

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The Rift VR Experience

The Rift VR system is an all-in-one integrated unit that includes dual low-persistence AMOLED displays that are designed specifically for virtual reality activities. They are worn on a user's head and have an appearance similar to a scuba diving mask, but with darkened lenses.

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Infrared LED Tracking System

The upcoming Rift headset will use an infrared LED constellation tracking system that provides precise, low-latency 360-degree orientation and position tracking for users for simulations and game play. Pictured is an inside view of the tracking system components.

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Designed for Comfort and Support

Rift ergonomics are designed to provide good balance on the wearer's head using a strap architecture that spreads the weight of the device. The device is slipped on a user's head just like putting on a baseball cap, and then its straps can be adjusted to fit well.

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Adjustable Lens System

The Rift includes a special mechanism to allow users to adjust the distance between the lenses for a more comfortable fit and provides a means to replace the soft foam that cushions the unit against a user's face when the foam wears out. The Rift can be worn with eyeglasses.

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Integrated Audio Headphones

The built-in audio system on the Rift VR headset is designed to give users an accurate audio experience. The integrated headphones are detachable to allow users to opt for an alternate headset if desired, and a built-in microphone is also part of the unit.

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Wireless Xbox Controller Is Included

Each Rift will ship with a wireless Microsoft Xbox One controller so that users can play next-generation games and experiences with the device right out of the box. Shown here from left to right is the Rift's infrared sensor, a Rift device and an Xbox controller.

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A Full VR Experience

Rift users will be able to see and experience a wide variety of virtual reality games and simulations through the device, as well as play with Rift users from around the world through an online gaming community of Rift players.

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Optional Oculus Touch Gaming Accessories

Also to be offered is an Oculus Touch accessory that features a pair of tracked controllers that give users the sensation that their virtual hands are actually their own. Here is a prototype that includes an analog thumbstick, two buttons, an analog trigger and a hand trigger.

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Get Into the Game With Rift

When wearing a Rift VR headset and incorporating an optional Oculus Touch control set, game players will be able to "see" and participate in VR games from anywhere. Pictured is a player experiencing a game using the Rift along with the Oculus Touch controllers.

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