Say hello to Oculus Rift

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Say hello to Oculus Rift

It's virtually here

Last night, Oculus unveiled the Rift. Of course, we’ve seen a few versions of the virtual reality headset over the last three years, but this one is the model that’ll go on general sale early next year.

In case you’ve missed the tech world hype, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality (VR) headset. Two small high resolution screens sit really close to your eyes so your brain sees what they show in 3D, creating an immersive experience.

While such tech could make movies momentous, Oculus is focusing the Rift on gaming. Part of last night’s official press event saw the head of Xbox get on stage to announce a partnership between the gaming giant and Oculus. As part of that deal, the VR headset will come with an Xbox One controller and you’ll be able to play Xbox One games in virtual reality.

But the Xbox gaming pad is a kind of stop-gap for Oculus. The company also unveiled Oculus Touch last night – a prototype pair of handheld controls that sense motion and fine movements, effectively giving you virtual hands. That means you could give your friends a thumbs-up in games or turn dials and press switches by making real life movements.

Oculus Touch

EVE: Valkyrie

Oculus also told us about some of the people developing games for Rift, and there are some big names getting on board. One of the best-looking games in the works is EVE: Valkyrie, which has been in development for a long time. For an idea of how good this game is, put the video below in full screen and change the settings so it’s playing in 1080p at 60 frames p/second.

We’ve been waiting for Oculus to finish developing the Rift for three years now, and we couldn’t be more excited about getting our hands on one when it launches in six to nine months (Oculus says Rift will launch in the first quarter of 2016). With a little over half a year, we’ll have to get saving straight away. The headset and a computer capable of running its immersive games is set to cost USD$1,500 (£970).

Are you excited about Oculus Rift? Let us know which games you want to play on it in the comments below.

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