Oculus Rift Review: Part 1

If you saw my post last week, you know that I gifted myself an Oculus Rift system as a holiday present. I opened it a couple days ago because it’s the holiday season and I don’t follow any religions (but I do follow Black Friday sales).

Magical. That’s the word that kept popping into my head while exploring the tutorial. The immersion is stunning. Movies take you on a journey, but VR puts you in the story. It’s breathtaking. I was grinning and giggling the whole time. Magical.

So what’s VR like in a driving simulator? To find out, I started up Assetto Corsa. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the latest update makes Laguna Seca an official track from Kunos Simulazioni and  a free download. Previously I had used Laguna Seca from an external source. As I had just updated my system, I had to go through the usual wheel, pedal, and FFB tuning. Then I took it for a spin in 2D to see the new Laguna Seca. I was shocked to find that they have the new asphalt with extended aprons. Way to go KS!

Switching the video from 2D to Oculus Rift is a simple as selecting the video source in a drop-down menu. So I did and put the Rift on my head…

OH MY GOD. I hadn’t realized how much difference there was between 2D and 3D. The world is so much fuller in 3D. 2D has a way of squashing elevation. In 3D, you’re fucking there.

Then I started to get a head ache and motion sick. Well that sucks. Somehow I have to train myself out of this because it’s truly amazing. Next week I’ll report on how my training is going.

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4 thoughts on “Oculus Rift Review: Part 1

  1. motion sickness and VR is really tricky. i work at Intuitive Surgical and you’d be amazed at how much is involved in creating a 3D environment that can be used for any length of time. i know we’ve played w/ the Rift and have a couple around the office. maybe i should see if i can borrow one and try it. each person’s susceptibility is different. i wonder if i’d get sick… good luck and let me know what you’re doing for training

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  2. I tried AC with Rift for about half an hour. It was OK for most of the time, but then I started to look around and leaned out of the (open) car. Nausea struck immediately. I felt sick till next morning. I will try again without excessive head movements. Perhaps you also can try this.

    Was the resolution acceptable for you? For me it was a huge disappointment.

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