Virtual reality headsets debuted back in the early ’90s, when the film The Lawnmower Man gave the world a glimpse of the future. And then… everything went a bit quiet. Well, now virtual reality is about to become every gamer’s reality, thanks to the Oculus Rift.
Set to go on sale late next year, it’s the most advanced headset to date and crucially it won’t break the bank. In fact, experts are tipping it to be the first VR headset that could have mass appeal.
Previous attempts at a VR headset have only offered a 40 degree field of view, but the Rift gives you 110 degrees – it’s the difference between sitting at the back of the cinema and being sat in the front row. It’s also fully 3D, sending a separate image to each eye. And finally, the Rift houses motion sensors, so you can look around your virtual world when you’re playing a game.
So, do you think virtual reality will be the future of entertainment?