In a blog published this weekend, Palmer Lucky, who left Oculus in 2017, spoke about the new device. He reasoned that many of the new features included in the kit were good. Rift S includes a built-in tracking system in contrast to the original Rift, which used an external, sensor-based tracking system. But, ultimately, the message from Lucky is connected with one important change: the loss of the ability to mechanically adjust IPD.
IPD allows users to adjust the position of the headset optics to better fit their eyes. The IPD is configured specifically and refers to the distance between the consumer’s eyes. Different sizes have different requirements for convenient VR. In glasses virtual reality Rift S Oculus disables the slider at the bottom of the interface. When Oculus talked about changes during GDC last week, the company recognized that this solution would not be perfect for absolutely everyone. Looks like Lucky is one of those people.
The inventor of Rift says that his IPD is slightly less than 70 mm and “slightly tilted to the right.” In the original Rift, which was designed to be compatible with “from 5th to 95th percent” of people, this was not a problem. In this case, Lucky argues that setting this parameter on the Oculus Rift S will be much more difficult, and he himself will not be able to use this headset.
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“Everyone who approaches Cinderella will get the perfect experience, while others will deal with minor problems, such as eye strain, which affect their perception of VR at a subconscious level. Well, people like me, and at all in the passage, “- said Lucky.
So what would Lucky prefer? He presented several possible alternatives:
“Logically managing several different SKUs with slightly different plastic parts that hold the lenses at slightly different distances would allow the Rift S to keep costs low and expand the targeted market for VR without neglecting new and old customers.”
But, perhaps more importantly, Lucky expressed disappointment at the lack of alternatives presented by Rift S. Indeed, Rift S completely replaces the original Rift, so anyone with an incompatible IPD will, according to Lakki, be “blocked” by the Oculus ecosystem in the future. The original Rift is now mostly sold online. If you already have a Rift, Oculus says it will be supported in the foreseeable future.
“I spent most of my subsequent stay at Oculus, working on supporting headsets from other suppliers, partly to avoid this kind of situation. Now I avoid the ecosystem that I spent most of my adult life helping to create, ”said Lucky.
Recall that the virtual reality glasses Rift S will be released this spring and will cost $ 399. VRcue will continue to inform you about the latest news regarding the new items.