Another versus piece, but this one’s really a non-contest. Two horror films centred around mirrors that toy with themes of perception and reality, but one does the job far better than the other and by no small degree. You know what, I’m just going to launch straight into this one: (more…)
Virtual Reality has become a mainstay of the technology industry as of the past few years, all thanks to the invention of the Oculus Rift. However, that’s a piece of kit that is rather expensive for what is effectively a novelty (at the moment). Join Timlah as we look at a couple of the cheap alternatives to virtual reality headsets.
Have you ever woken up and decided that you just want to jump off the top of a building? The only way to make that better is by flipping off your haters, being cheered for by your fans, slamming back espresso and spray painting the sides of buildings as you fall. Of course, you’re not intending to go splat on the ground below you, as at the right moment you’ll pull the cord and let your parachute take you safely to the ground. With such an exhilarating premise, can the most enthusiastic title in video games live up to its promise? Join Timlah as we look at the Dejobaan Games base jumping, point scoring title.
The second favourite horror cliché after the masked slasher, must surely be the haunting. A soul reluctant to let go, a bound demon, or some other spectral force that clings to some physical entity to wreak havoc and stack chairs. It’s been done so much it’s comedic, it’s positively childish, the stuff of Scooby-Doo and slightly above average animated films.
But there’s something about a decent haunting that can deeply creep us out, and if it’s something original, something with a twist, can a haunted tale leave us unable to perceive something in the same way ever again? (more…)
Honestly gamers around the world rejoiced at such an idea. Finally, we would be immersed into the worlds that we play in! We could see things happen right in front of us and we could be right there, part of the action. But let’s quickly talk about what the Oculus Rift is.
Virtual Reality Headset – Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift was the first major development towards Virtual Reality headsets in a more commercial environment since that big fail many years ago. Hopefully you know the one I’m talking about. Yeah.
Since it was so successful, many high profile developers have noticed it. In fact, a high profile developer in John Carmack of Id Software fame has joined onto the matter.
This post is a small one as less than 24 hours ago there was a new announcement. If you’ve not yet seen the Oculus Rift in action, I would recommend watching some YouTube videos to see what it’s all about. In fact, let’s put the Elders React To video on, as it’s possibly one of the sweetest videos in favour of Virtual Reality that I have ever seen.
The interesting thing is, the Oculus Rift can be available for so much more than just gaming. Of course, gamers seem to be at the cutting edge of technology a lot of the time as in general, gamers like to experiment and try new things. Look at the Wii – It was innovative at the time and has led the way for new interaction with games.
Then there’s the DS and the 3DS. The Gameboy and the Game Gear, the Amiga – You get the point. These were all things made with gaming in mind and yes: They were good for other things too.. Except perhaps the Gameboy and Game Gear. They didn’t really do anything other than gaming.
Of course, whilst I’m getting all excited for the rift, there is a problem. The headset works with 2 images, meaning that people with poor or no vision in an eye might not get the full experience. In my case, I was born was a hereditary condition called Coats’ Disease, meaning I can’t see out of an eye. Except some light… But it’s let’s ignore that.
This means that someone like me might not get the full experience… having said that: Perhaps I will? I’ve yet to try the Oculus Rift, but once the consumer version is available, I will likely be putting a few quid aside here and there to try and get my hands on one: or better yet, try it at a friends place first! I’m certain it would work fine for someone like me, as I was born with my condition. But that’s something to think about if you’re thinking about going for the Oculus Rift – Is your vision good enough?
Perhaps this latest update will help to ease concerns:
The Crescent Bay then is the latest development Oculus Rift headset and it’s better than ever before.
The Crescent Bay according to the latest update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page, as announced at Oculus Connect, the first ever Oculus Rift conference, “features new display technology, 360° head tracking, expanded positional tracking volume, dramatically improved weight and ergonomics, and high-quality integrated audio”.
Reading into this, it seems like this will be the first Oculus Rift headset that will actually be “fully immersive“. With integrated audio added to the mix (and no extra headphones needed) people will be able to just put the headset on and be absorbed into a game or an environment. Very cool! Assuming I’ve read this correctly, there will be a proper 360 degree sense of audio, meaning if something was behind you: You would hear it behind you. I hope this is the case, as that there is a truly immersive experience.
Currently it’s just for developers, however the Crescent Bay is one more step towards a fully fledged finished commercial product. I can’t wait to see the Oculus Rift in shops! But with all of this technology involved… I wonder how expensive the headset will be in the end? Time will surely tell.
So what do you all think about the Oculus Rift? How about this exciting new Crescent Bay announcement? As always, comments in the section below and keep it geek, people!