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After Facebook partnered with Microsoft, Oculus dropped support for both GNU/Linux and OSX operating systems. While they are small markets, it is sad to see a company with enough funds to support them decide that they are not worth the support at this time. See More
Could be seen as a pro but this could be bad for the whole VR market because it could turn into console wars for VR, instead of a brand of monitor like it should be. Imagine Asus monitor exclusives. Timed exclusives as well as Rift platform exclusives that never leave the ecosystem leaves other players with other headsets out, something that has not been an issue for PC games (only PC games, not console to PC games obviously) before this, which is one of the major reason enjoy PC gaming. See More
You can only officially get software and games from their official store. This can limit competition for pricing and availability, thus artificially creating scarcity for their platform. You can purchase games from Steam as well, but the games purchased in each store can't be seen in the other. Why fragment the market and user experience? This is something already seen on digital stores that lock content to one platform such as Nintendo's, Sony's, and Microsoft's. Through limiting competition on where you can purchase digital goods, prices tend to never fall that much, seeing years old games that still sell at full release prices more often than one would think. While it is still early to know for sure what route Facebook will take, keeping titles expensive for long swaths of time or allowing prices to degrade in a natural fashion due to age, their current track record for honesty in their endeavours leans more towards locked down expensive content. See More
There's a dial at the base of the unit that can be used to adjust lens distance. This helps focus on the display, which is essential for best text clarity. Being that everyone's eyes are different, this greatly helps to make for an experience that anyone can enjoy with clear visuals. See More
Video card requirements: nVidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 (or greater) CPU: Intel i5-4590 (or greater) RAM: 8GB (or greater) These specs will limit the number of users that will be able to use the Rift, as a compatible computer may add to the already high $600 price tag. For a totally smooth experience an nVidia GTX 1070 or an AMD R9 Fury would be recommended. $400USD+ cards! See More
For those used to the traditional way of playing video games, using a controller and sitting in a chair, the Rift should feel quite familiar. It does offer a virtual reality experience through what you view, with some tracking interactions, but mainly it is much like playing a traditional console or PC game where you are viewing the game on a screen (directly in front of your face of course) and controlling the game with a gamepad or keyboard and mouse. This should appeal to those that would like to experience VR gaming but do not want to compromise on their traditional control methods or afford the room for gaming that takes place standing and walking around ones room (such as the Vive). A slight evolution on traditional gaming without being too unfamiliar in control or setup. See More
Being able to test for latency and adjust accordingly can help improve the experience of play. This tester uses a real-time microsecond precision measurement of motion-to-photon latency, which can help optimize the latency being experienced in order to cut down on delays of movement to visual interpretation. Basically as you move your head to look around, there will be a delay of information as it has to first be transmitted to the PC that you moved, then the correct info has to be sent back to the display in order to show this movement in an accurate and believable way. The longer the delay the less real the VR experience with a side effect of causing motion sickness. Having a tool to adjust this can be beneficial in getting as close to a real world VR viewing experience. See More
This device is driven by any desktop PC, providing it run the Oculus SDK. This hardware agnosticism makes is positive because of the freedom it provides to both consumer and developer. No matter the PC components being used, as long as they are up to the Rifts specs, the device will work. See More
Windows 10 supports streaming of XBox One games to any Windows 10 PC. With the native Oculus support built in, this means the user can also stream XBox One games to the Rift as well. While VR will not be supported in those games due to the fact they were not made for it, you can still experience those games on the Rift screen making for a large viewing area thanks to how close the screens are to ones eyes. See More
The design of the device allows for most of the pressure when wearing to be placed on the top of the head meaning there is little contact and pressure on ones face. This helps to keep it comfortable to wear for extended periods. See More
There is ventilation built into the unit so that when the user gets sweaty, the device will not fog up on the inside. This also is good for the electronics in the device such as the screens, as moisture in them may cause them to break or malfunction. See More
Foveated rendering is a rendering method where the quality of the image (and subsequently the processing power needed to render the image) throughout the image is different. It allows rendering only the parts the user is focused on in high quality and lower the resource usage of the device considerably. See More
The built in eye tracking currently has to be recalibrated every time a new demo/game is started. This can be time consuming and interrupts the flow of play for those that like to try out many different games in one session. See More
With 2 cameras on front of the unit, the Sulon Q can produce a 3D map of the room you're in without the need for stationary sensors to track your movement. This also means that it can track the position of your hands, meaning there will be no need to hold onto controllers. See More
Virtual reality is available, however this headset also supports augmented reality. This bridges virtual reality with the real world, allowing VR components to overlap in the real world. You can see an example of the Augmented reality in the Magic Beans Demo video. See More
The Sulon Q can be used completely un-tethered. That means no cables to drag around, and no need to worry about upgrading your PC to be VR-ready. It incorporates PC components right into the headset - 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, AMD FX-8800P process and a Radeon R7 graphics card. It also includes a 2560x1440p OLED display to complete the build. These components are housed in the box that rests on the back of the wearer's head, and helps balance out the weight of the headset. See More
With a 210 degree vertical field of view along with a 180 degree vertical view the device can mimic 75% of a normal human's field of view, which is more than any other device claims so far (nearly double that of other high end VR sets). This really helps the wearer feel like they are actually in the virtual world. See More
The hardware is under an open license, so it's great for hardware hackers to make and share their improvements. The plastic part 3d models are open and can be printed on a 3d printer as well meaning users are free to customize the looks of the device as well. This also means any manufacturer is free to produce a device using the open hardware and software. Which can lead to more competition which can lead to lower price points. See More
Thanks to two front facing cameras the position tracking can work more accurately as well as display Augmented Reality to both eyes through separate cameras, making for a more real experience. This also eliminates the need for external sensors, as the two cameras can be used to calculate depth. See More
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