Although virtual reality has been a dream for years, no one had really made us believe (sorry Nintendo) that it would be the next evolution in gaming. This changed when the Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift launched to thunderous success in 2012, getting us all talking about playing today’s games in virtual reality.
If you’ve been thinking about jumping into the VR gaming world but still aren’t convinced, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve provided the following list of reasons why the Oculus Rift is a fantastic choice if you want your very own VR headset this year.
There’s already a great library of fun games to play…
What good is a virtual reality headset built for gaming without any good titles to play? Luckily, the Oculus Rift has amassed an impressive library of games to play. From solving heart pounding puzzles in Please Don’t Touch Anything to zooming through a space dogfight in EVE Valkyrie, there’s something for gamers of all tastes. Other excellent titles you can already play include Chronos (action-adventure/puzzle), space combat simulator Elite: Dangerous, and racing game Dirt Rally. Oculus Rift is also one of the funnest ways to play Minecraft.
…And with more incredible titles are on the way.
Some of the best Oculus Rift games are right around the corner. The ones we’re excited for include Mage’s Tale, a an RPG where you explore hand-crafted dungeons in order to fight enemies, find loot, and craft new items. Being developed by the people behind the Metro series, ARKTIKA.1 is a first-person shooter with awesome visuals and neat gameplay elements such as a cover system. Other 2017 titles to look forward to include: Lone Echo, From Other Suns, Killing Floor: Incursion, and Brass Tactics.
It doesn’t cost as much as it used to
If there’s one thing all gamers love, it’s bundles and discounts. As of this writing you can visit your favorite store and claim your own Oculus Rift for only $499. That’s a full $100 less than what people who pre-ordered the VR headset last year paid when it first released. For around $600 you can also grab a bundle that comes with two awesome Oculus Touch controllers. Some stores even include several free games when you buy the Oculus Rift from them.
VR is an awesome, immersive way to play games
There’s a reason why people have been going crazy about virtual reality for years now. There’s nothing more jaw-dropping than actually feeling like you’ve stepped into a war zone or enchanted forest. The Oculus Rift offers one of the most immersive interactive experiences today by using head tracking and motion control technology to interact with the virtual world around you. Virtual reality is one of those things you absolutely must try for yourself to understand why it’s currently being considered the future of video games.
Oculus Rift is designed for comfort
Does the thought of having a device strapped to you head sound awkward to you? If so, fret not— the Oculus Rift was made to feel good even after hours of use. There’s plenty of padding around your face and it includes adjustable straps to fit any head size well. Best of all, it has a much smaller profile than other VR headsets like the HTC Vive, which means little to no strain on your head and neck. Last but not least, putting it on and taking it off is easy and hassle free.
The touch controllers are great.
When the Oculus Rift first released a lot of consumer felt it didn’t do enough to stand above the competition. But once the innovative Oculus Touch controllers arrived, gamers and critics alike started seeing the Rift as the must-have VR headset. The Oculus Touch controllers feature an ergonomic design that’s comfortable to use, but what makes it special is the combination of advanced motion control technology and touch sensors on the controller’s surface. This allows 360 degree tracking for an even more life-like VR experience.
It’s very easy to set up
There’s nothing worse than unpacking a new piece of hardware only to need almost an hour to set it up. But with the Oculus Rift you can take it out of the box and start playing in only a few minutes. All it requires is connecting it to three USB ports, an HDMI port on your computer, and installing the included software. The Xbox Controller that comes with certain kits also works instantly.
You can use it to do more than gaming
Did you know that Oculus Rift is more than just a gaming device? With it you’re able to watch everything from movies and TV shows to even Youtube videos. Movies with 360-degree support offer the most immersive cinematic viewing experience you can have from the comfort of your own home. There’s a lot of other neat stuff Oculust Rift lets you do as well, such as touring actual museums or walking anywhere on earth via Google Street view.
There’s variety in terms of game prices
Up until the release of the Oculus Rift, there was a lot of worry about how much VR games would cost. Just like traditional video games, the Rift’s library of titles come with a variety of price tags. There are dozens of games to check out if you don’t want to spend more than ten bucks on something new. While there are some big-budget games that cost more to buy, we’ve seen that the average price of Oculust Rift games hovers around $20 to $30.
It doesn’t require a lot of space
When some people imagine a VR headset they assume there will be a lot of broken lamps and aching shins after accidentally kicking the couch or dog. The Oculus Rift was designed to do a lot with little space, which means you can have a good time even if you’re in a compact area. Unlike the HTC Vive which requires more space to play, you won’t need to relocate your desktop or clear out your room with the Oculus Rift.
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