The Oculus Rift is soon to be released to the public, with the promise to revolutionize 3D gaming. The problem is that this is good idea…in 1995. To me, the Oculus Rift is a good idea in the wrong era. The team at Oculus Virtual Reality seems to have missed the boat; they are working with a peripheral that became out dated and out of necessity in the ‘90s. They are going up against Microsoft’s’ Kinect, Sony’s’ Move, and Wii U’s controller accessories that, in their own market, are doing well; not great, but well. Is the Oculus Rift, much like the VR head gear that came before it (i.e. Virtual Boy), doomed to failure?
Personally I think yes, but time will tell. I believe that it will at first be popular, a cool little thing you have to pull out for friends or to impress your grandma. Then as time goes by and next gen comes along it will slowly fade into the history books. At first look it does seem impressive, it’s getting good support from games like Skyrim, Team Fortress 2, and Mirror’s Edge but that may also be it’s great undoing. Games such as these are, for the most part long-play titles, especially Skyrim, and to have someone sit with bulky headgear on for more than twenty-minutes is just cruel. Not to mention, trying to sell this novelty (at 300+ dollars none the less) to the hardcore gaming market is going to be a stretch. One of its major flaws is something that nothing can be done about. There is no hiding that it’s big, bulky, and cumbersome. VR tech hasn’t come all that far from the peripheral stand point, however, the graphics are leaps and bounds from the days of Virtual Boy and all those fake VR games you see in movies but never in real life.
Now you might be sitting there thinking “oh, yea of little faith.” This thing looks awesome. Just imagine all the cool stuff your going to be able to do, how it will change gaming for the better, and we are experiencing the future now! Thank you gaming gods you have answered our prayers, we are not worthy! If so, please, sit back down and calm your-self. I’m just saying what I feel and time is, in all actuality, the ultimate judge. We will just have to wait and see how people react to it once the price is set and what support will is offered in terms of games. The Oculus Rift feels like two steps back to make one step forward; will that step forward make a difference, if not now then in the very near future? As I said only time, and the market can tell.