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How does the Oculus Rift work?

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2 years ago#1
Can you connect it to any PC or home console such as the PS3/PS4? Or does it have its own computing system that renders PC games?
2 years ago#2
The Rift is basically a monitor, so to get stereoscopic (side-by-side) 3D from a program/game it has to be supported software side.

I'm not sure if standard side-by-side output would work (i think it would to a degree at least) since the OR itself has sort of a 'fish eye' effect with the lens it uses. (if you watch a video of most OR games you will notice the pictures are rounded and kind of distorted at the edges)
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2 years ago#3
It's not compatible with consoles, but yeah you hook it up to a normal pc.
2 years ago#4
I have a question about hooking it up. What inputs/outputs does it have? I'm assuming it has at least USB for the motion tracking.

Also, once it's hooked up, does it act like a second monitor or does it only display while playing a game? From what I've watched it always seemed to be mirrored on the monitor so I'm not sure if it was set to clone the display or if that's just how it works.
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2 years ago#5
USB and either DVI or HDMI.

As for output while gaming, it can either be mirrored or act as an extended desktop.

In almost all cases the game is still displayed on your main monitor as well.
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2 years ago#6
PhilOnDez posted...
I have a question about hooking it up. What inputs/outputs does it have? I'm assuming it has at least USB for the motion tracking.

Also, once it's hooked up, does it act like a second monitor or does it only display while playing a game? From what I've watched it always seemed to be mirrored on the monitor so I'm not sure if it was set to clone the display or if that's just how it works.


It's just easier to clone it imo. If I have to take it off for dizziness or anything, I can still see it on the monitor.
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2 years ago#7
The oculus rift is actually magic, and is ran by hamsters in a chinese sweatshop.
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2 years ago#8
Any idea when it will be mass released to consumers? I'm trying to hold out for that one since it will have increased resolution and functionality over the dev kit version. Or do you think it's worth it to purchase the development one now?
2 years ago#9
I would wait for the commercial release. It should be out sometime in 2014.
2 years ago#10
AncientAstro posted...
Any idea when it will be mass released to consumers? I'm trying to hold out for that one since it will have increased resolution and functionality over the dev kit version. Or do you think it's worth it to purchase the development one now?


Should be out this year.

I have a dev kit, but I'd recommend holding out for the retail version.

Also, I think they may have stopped selling dev kits.
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