Browse Definitions:
Definition

Oculus Rift

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset (VR headset) that is designed to connect to a high-powered PC to enable advanced computations and graphics rendering.

 

oculus rift inside

Oculus Rift VR headset

Oculus Rift features and specifications:
The system's Constellation positioning technology uses gaze tracking and IR LED sensors to identify the user's position while interacting with the virtual environment. Users can move freely within their physical environment, sitting, standing, walking, turning, ducking and dodging as they desire. An Xbox One controller provides familiar gaming functionality and the system’s Touch input devices enable left and right virtual hand control.

The headset has an OLED display with 2060 X 1200 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Field of view (FOV) is 110 degrees and the tracking area is 5' by 11'. Sensors include accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers. The system enables full 360-degree positional tracking.

The system does require a high-performance computer. Specifications recommended:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

The history of Oculus Rift
The original prototype of Oculus Rift was created in 2011 by the (then) 18-year-old Palmer Luckey in his parents’ garage in Long Beach, California. John Carmack, founder of the pioneering 3D gaming company iD Software, took the prototype to the E3 videogame show. A year later, an HD (high-definition) version of the device reignited consumer interest in virtual reality. In the fall of 2012, Oculus raised over two million dollars through its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign – significantly more than the $250,000 the startup sought.  

Following the successful campaign, Luckey co-founded Oculus VR with Brendan Iribe. The company's headquarters are in Irvine, California. Facebook acquired Oculus VR for two billion dollars in July 2014.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus VR's Chief Scientist Michael Abrash discuss the significance of virtual reality:

This was last updated in March 2016

Continue Reading About Oculus Rift

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

SearchSecurity

  • black hat

    Black hat refers to a hacker who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent.

  • copyright

    Copyright is a legal term describing ownership of control of the rights to the use and distribution of certain works of creative ...

  • keylogger (keystroke logger or system monitor)

    A keylogger, sometimes called a keystroke logger or system monitor, is a type of surveillance technology used to monitor and ...

SearchHealthIT

  • population health management (PHM)

    Population health management (PHM) is a discipline within the healthcare industry that studies and facilitates care delivery ...

  • ICD-10-PCS

    The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) is a U.S. cataloging system for...

  • U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world.

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

SearchStorage

  • hybrid hard drive (HHD)

    A hybrid hard drive (HHD), sometimes known as a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), is a mass storage device that combines a ...

  • USB flash drive

    A USB flash drive -- also known as a stick, thumb or pen drive -- is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash ...

  • open source storage

    Open source storage is data storage software developed in a public, collaborative manner that permits the free use, distribution ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

SearchCloudStorage

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

Close