Today it begins… As of this moment forward the world will never be the same. With the release of the Oculus Rift, information, entertainment, and human experiences as a whole are bound to evolve in ways that we never could’ve imagined before.
I can still remember watching ‘The Jetsons’ and imagining how cool it would be to have a video phone conversation with someone in a different place. Anyone who has used Skype knows that this happened long ago. When I was just about eight years old I saw ‘Toy Story’ and I recall asking my Dad how they made this movie!? He told me that there was a camera inside the computer that they could move anywhere that they wanted to. This made my head spin because I instantly imagined what it would be like if I was the camera inside the computer.. this would mean that I could walk around and see things from different perspectives, even see things that weren’t meant to be seen!
This is just a small representation of what VR allows us to do within a 3D world. Walk around your favorite animated movies, hang out with fictional characters, it’s not just games that become something special, but all forms of media can be enhanced when viewed in a VR HMD.
- Uninstall any and all Oculus software prior to 1.3
- Make sure your video card is up-to-date
- Make sure you have the proper USB capabilities/newest drivers
- Install 1.3 Runtime – This will update drivers and firmware
- Create a profile/Log in to Oculus
- Run the device setup for the first time
- Play games with the VRSPIES!
Need Help Removing Oculus Software?
Here is a brief video that describes some of the methods that can be used to rid your PC of those pesky old Oculus files.
**Addition – Previous demos and games that were available for the DK2 and 0.8 runtime will NOT work on the newer runtime until the developers integrate the newer Oculus 1.3 software into their projects.
As you can tell these experiences had a way of pulling me into the story. Within each of them I felt a sense of presence and extremely smooth tracking even though I was still just using the DK2. While watching Henry I felt I could walk around his house with him, and I wanted to! The atmosphere is amazing and reminds me of being a kid again. During Lost I genuinely felt like this giant hand was staring me down, and for a moment I was ready to leap out of the way in case he wanted to crush me. I can’t wait for more!
As always I am very interested in what you guys think about these experiences as well. Feel free to comment or email me at email@example.com.
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