Oculus Rift is about to become the new virtual reality standard.
The Oculus Rift, announced this week, is expected to bring to life an entirely new kind of gaming experience: interactive VR.
The headset’s innovative software technology will allow players to move around in virtual space, using only their minds.
And with an estimated price tag of $1,000, the new VR headset is expected make a huge difference in the future of video games, too.
What are VR games?
The word ‘virtual’ is an oxymoron.
The word is used to describe any form of digital content that can be shared with people.
But the concept of virtual reality is entirely different.
‘VR’ means ‘virtual’.
It means virtual in a way that most people can understand.
VR is about what happens in the virtual world.
This includes what the user sees, what happens to them and the way they interact with the world.
When you’re in VR, you are physically present in the world and that’s what makes it so special.
And VR is what’s special about the Oculus Rift.
‘In virtual reality, the player is not limited to one body,’ says Alex Ziebarth, chief executive officer of Oculus VR, which has partnered with Sony to create the Oculus SDK.
‘The Oculus Rift allows players to use two bodies and a VR headset to experience an entirely different space than a conventional 3D game.’
Oculus Rift games are already being developed by studios including Bethesda Softworks, the creators of Fallout 4, who are working with Microsoft to make a VR experience for the PC.
These titles have been called the ‘next big thing’ in the VR space, and they are being made by some of the biggest names in the industry.
They include Bethesda’s Fallout 4 VR and Sony’s Uncharted 4 VR.
They have also been released for the HTC Vive headset, Oculus’s new virtual-reality headset, and Oculus Touch, a touch-screen version of the Oculus VR headset that is being tested by Microsoft.
Sony has also been releasing its own VR games for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Sony’s Playstation VR experience, The Order VR, is based on the PlayStation 4’s first-person shooter Destiny.
Bethesda’s The Order: 1886, which is based in the same universe, is set in a post-apocalyptic world and takes place in an alternate reality.
Valve’s SteamVR game is set at a time in the early 21st century, with a protagonist called Ethan Hunt playing as a soldier on a mission to rescue a woman from the Nazis.
It’s an immersive experience that brings to life the feeling of being in a different place and time than you are, but is still a first-of-its-kind experience that gives players an experience that is unlike anything they’ve seen before.
VR games can be as simple as a single player experience or as complex as a multiplayer game.
The Rift has a lot of potential, especially in the worlds of games like The Order, but there are some games that are missing from the virtual reality landscape.
Sony, Bethesda and Valve have all made games for VR headsets that are available to buy on Steam.
And those titles include Minecraft, which Microsoft has released on its VR platform, and Left 4 Dead, a first person shooter set in an open world.
There are also games like Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Horizon Zero Dawn, which are available on the Oculus Store.
‘We’re a long way from being able to say that there’s going to be a VR gaming platform out there,’ says Ziebart.
‘But VR games have a place in the entertainment industry and the future is already here.’
The Rift is the first of many new virtual realities to come online.
The next generation of VR headsets will allow users to experience more than just VR games.
Games are going to play a much larger role in VR as well.
That’s why the first major VR headset, the HTC’s Vive, will be coming out in November.
Oculus VR is also developing a new virtual world for VR called ‘Oculus AR’.
But that’s another story.
Oculus and Amazon are also planning to release VR games and apps for the PlayStation VR headset.
These will be free to download for people to try and see if they’re compatible with their headset, says Ziesbart.
But even if they are, that doesn’t mean that people will be able to play these games in VR.
Oculus says it plans to work with game developers to make sure that their VR experiences can be played in VR for the first time.
‘Games are not just games anymore.
They are the first step in a whole new entertainment experience,’ says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe.
‘If you can’t play VR games in your normal home environment, then you need to get an Oculus Rift or a Vive.
‘This is an important time for gaming.
The first virtual reality headsets, like the Rift, will let you play in a real world environment.
And the future will not