When I first grasped the idea of how a virtual reality works, I was immediately blown away. There could be many, many real world applications of a VR headset in our hands, but one thing that I was particular excited for is the same thing that most other people are excited for — gaming.
I’m not a hardcore gamer as I’ve written many times before. I enjoy exploration type of games most. The Walking Dead, Firewatch, etc. are two of the games that I enjoyed playing.
Far Cry 3 and 4 are my favorite games, too. And I’d love to be able to play the future iteration of those games in a VR headset, but I’m assuming that it will take quite a while before VR is ready for past-paced FPS games.
However, during October 2015, I was in Park City, Utah in a company meetup and I got the supreme chance of trying out an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset for real. It was a prototype device as you can guess, and the sceneries that I saw in VR were just that — sceneries. All I was instructed to do was look around and enjoy the world as it changed itself when I’m not directly looking into it.
The experience was amazing. So much that I was instantly ready to buy an Oculus Rift for myself. But as you know, the Rift isn’t available even now. The pre-orders have begun, and its expected release date is sometime in July this year. I’ll visit the US in May, so I’ll not be able to pick it up at launch.
Out of curiosity, because I would definitely get a VR headset if it lives up to its hype, I just downloaded the software from Oculus Rift’s website to see if my computer was capable of running Oculus Rift specifically. The GeForce Experience application that I’ve already installed on my computer has already indicated that my computer was VR-ready. But I wanted to check what Oculus’ own software says.
I wasn’t disappointed.
If you’re curious, you can check your PC’s compatibility by downloading the Oculus’ software from the pre-order page here.
Now the big question is, should I opt for Oculus Rift or should I wait and get the PlayStation VR — which might be more optimized as all PlayStation 4 shares the same hardware and architecture. To make it even more convincing, it’s expected that the PlayStation VR may cost quite a bit less than the Rift’s surprising $600 price tag.
So, assuming that by Q3 of this year, both PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift will have been unveiled, what should I be getting? Of course, I’ll be checking the individual reviews of their performance and usefulness as well as the countless comparison reviews that will be up in no time, but even then, the ultimate choice will come down to me.
Should I get the Oculus Rift for PC or should I get the PlayStation VR for PlayStation 4 when they are out?
I know this is not something anyone can answer right away. But if you’re reading this and you have some suggestions, I’d love to hear it. 🙂 Otherwise, I’ve already started waiting for the release of both of these virtual reality headsets to come out and show what they are truly capable of.
Are you planning to get into the virtual reality world of gaming? Do you think it will become mainstream anytime soon? Share your thoughts in the comments.