Oculus Rift

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What Does Oculus Rift Mean?

An Oculus Rift is a head-mounted display manufactured by Oculus VR. It is a specially designed virtual reality display that makes use of state-of-the-art display systems, optics and refresh rates to provide a high level of visual fidelity and an immersive, wide field of view. It has an advanced display technology combined with a low latency tracking system to give a lifelike experience to the wearer.


Techopedia Explains Oculus Rift

Virtual reality systems simulate lifelike experiences with the help of advanced display technologies and motion tracking. The Oculus Rift is one such VR system that works as a wearable headset capable of letting the users experience a virtual environment.

The specifications of the Oculus Rift are:

  • Head-mounted display
  • OLED display technology
  • 2160 × 1200 resolution (1800 × 1200 per eye)
  • 90 Hz refresh rate
  • 110 degrees or greater field of view (nominal)
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows (plans for OS X and Linux compatibility)

The Oculus Rift is designed to give a feeling of presence and provide a lifelike experience with its specialized design and software. It is customizable and adaptable to various uses. One common application is to enhance the gaming experience.

The Oculus Rift comprises an integrated audio VR, thus providing a 3-D audio effect. It also includes rotational and positional tracking accomplished with the help of infrared sensors. Therefore, it can be used while users are sitting, standing or walking around the room.


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