This year there’s no fanfare for the headset that started it all.
March 28, 2016 was a special day in the history of virtual reality (VR). It was the day when technology suddenly emerged from the desert as a viable consumer entertainment environment. It was the day when the Oculus Rift CV1 finally became available to people, offering many exciting opportunities. The headset celebrated two historic anniversaries, but its third was held without balloons or a cake. Like many revolutionary gadgets before it, the Oculus Rift has now been replaced, and with that quickly sent to history books.
Oculus Rift – Belated Birthday and Farewell
If you want to buy Oculus Rift, then you will not succeed. Oculus is slowly reducing deliveries to such an extent that its own website now regularly displays a sad “out of stock” message in many countries, including the US and the UK.
It was a quick demise for the Oculus Rift CV1 in 2019, without mentioning the jubilee on March 28 due to the announcement of the Oculus Rift S a week earlier during the game development conference (GDC), and then a lot of release games for Oculus Quest, which go on Wednesday April 27th.
Despite the fact that Oculus Rift CV1 support is not going anywhere anytime soon, Facebook / Oculus made sure that the rejection occurred quickly in order to reorient customers to new headsets when they are available for purchase. This contrasts sharply with the HTC Vive. So, last week there were annual celebrations of Vive Day, which, as usual, was accompanied by new offers and services, such as Viveport Infinity and Viveport Video.
Oculus Rift continues to grow
So it’s time to say goodbye to Oculus Rift, before his successor even arrived at the store shelves. And currently there is still no release date for Oculus Rift s, except for the phrase “spring 2019”. Since the original becomes so hard to find, it should happen very soon – perhaps on the F8 2019. However, the reviews on the new design are not quite good.
With a more comfortable headband and integrated tracking sensors, the Oculus Rift S was designed to be easier to customize for new customers who want to get rid of all those external sensors and the need for half a dozen USB ports. The lenses may have improved, and the LCD screen was also improved, but many believe that the Oculus was not quite radical with the introduction of changes.
This is why most are interested in Oculus Quest. It may not be as powerful with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor on board, but it is a completely self-contained kit that uses the same Oculus Touch controllers as the Rift S, which means there are no restrictions on where you can play.
As Jason Rubin from Oculus mentions in his interview, if you have a decent computer, he recommends Rift S, no computer, then Oculus Quest.
Oculus Rift S – the demise of the touch controllers is close
But with all the hype that Facebook will try to create for Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest, it will not match this excitement three years ago, when the VR community emitted such a significant amount of waiting and voltage. And let’s not forget all the games that helped make it so original in its uniqueness. What will happen in three years? VRcue will tell you about it.