The Oculus Rift Is Here! Are You Ready?

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.

  1. Uninstall any and all Oculus software prior to 1.3
  2. Make sure your video card is up-to-date
  3. Make sure you have the proper USB capabilities/newest drivers
  4. Install 1.3 Runtime – This will update drivers and firmware
  5. Create a profile/Log in to Oculus
  6. Run the device setup for the first time
  7. Play games with the VRSPIES!

Installation Guide for Runtime 1.3
For some people you may experience error messages prior to installation. This is often caused by previous Oculus runtimes not being uninstalled correctly by your computer. If you see this message and cannot install the newest runtime then message Oculus Support and they will assist you. Otherwise an easy fix is to reinstall your windows files. Just make sure you have your things backed up! This worked for me.

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.

Yes! The DK2 is WORKS on the newest runtime, but note*, it is NOT fully supported and this has been made clear by Oculus and the software banner that says so within Oculus Home. Do not expect to have access to all the same things that a CV1 owner will have.

**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.

Some things you will be able to do right from the start is watch the much awaited ‘Henry’ & ‘Lost’ from Oculus Story Studios. Henry is the story of a little hedgehog who has a birthday party. Lost is a much more dramatic experience with the viewer beginning there journey in the middle of the forest surrounded by unusual sounds. Both of them are AMAZING experiences and will only further your excitement for the direction in which these teams are taking this technology.




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

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5 thoughts on “The Oculus Rift Is Here! Are You Ready?

  • March 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

    The Rift is here and Vive lands in a week – exciting times for sure 🙂

    • March 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Super Excited! Hopefully someone close to me gets a Vive so I can compare for myself!)

  • March 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Good article. You should probably mention in this article that most/all 0.8 content will no longer function, for now at least.

    I tested Titans of Space, World Axis, Battle for Endor, Keep Talking, and many others. None work at all.

    Better hang on to that dual boot machine so you can still enjoy all the VR content you've gathered for the last few years.

    • March 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Good point! I've written in a short addition to the article, thanks a lot!)
      Currently 0.8 Runtime Demos will need to be updated by their developers. As you said, I will be booting to my small HD anytime I want to play the newer demos for the time being.

    • March 29, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Hopefully several of our KS/MO VRheads will be getting Vive's so we can try them out!

      I'm really not to worried about roomscale, as I've had my DK2 set up to walk around with it for quite some time. The fact of the matter is, if you game for hours, you will want to sit, most of the time probably.

      I do like to walk in VR, but given only a few steps in any direction, you still use controller to move, then you mostly lean and peer around. That is until you are required to 'hit the deck' to avoid bullets or the like 😉

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