What Is The Oculus Rift?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or been out of the virtual circuit over the last two years it’s highly unlikely you’ve not heard of Oculus Rift. But if it does sound alien here’s a primer.

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed, manufactured by Oculus VR and released in March 2016. The company itself was formed by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe in California in June 2012 when the two game developers decide to work on the headset and setup a Kickstarter campaign.

The project proved immensely successful, raising US $2.5 million from the campaign for the development of the product. The Rift then went through various pre-production models several of which were demonstrated and some shipped to developers and investors.

In March 2014, Mark Zuckerberg decided to pay $ 2 billion in stock and cash for Oculus as part of Facebook’s strategy and foray into the virtual world.

The Rift itself has an OLED display, 1080×1200 resolution per eye, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and 110° field of view. With integrated headphones which provide a 3D audio effect and rotational and positional tracking, called “Constellation” the Rift is considered cutting edge in the field and has propelled Luckey and Iribe to tech stardom.