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Short tutorial on the Oculus Rift

The Virtual World of Oculus Rift


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Albert Tablante
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What’s in the Oculus Rift Box?

1. Headset:  Comfortable headset with custom optics that provide visual fidelity and a wide field of view.

2. Touch controllers:  Tracked controllers provide intuitive hand presence in VR—the feeling that your virtual hands are actually your own.

3. Two Sensors:  Rift sensors track your movements into VR whether you’re sitting down or standing up.

What is Oculus Rift?

Oculus Rift is a PC-Powered virtual reality headset.  The rift is primarily used for gaming.  Many games are designed for the Rift. Existing games with a first-person or fixed-camera perspective can be ported to VR.

Oculus Rift also has many non-gaming uses.  The Oculus rift is increasingly used in universities and schools as an educational tool.  The VR capabilities provide an immersive, engaging environment to assist a diverse range of students for learning.  Academic studies are demonstrating the Oculus’ benefits to medical, health science and exercise.  There are also applications within curricula in fields such as architecture, computer science and paramedics.

 Other non-gaming uses include “Oculus Cinema” as a free application, which allows the Rift to be used to view movies and videos from inside a virtual cinematic environment.  Many social VR platforms are supporting Oculus rift for social applications.

System Requirements


Recommended Specs

Minimum Specs


Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater

Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater

NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater

Alternative Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater

NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater




Operating System

Windows 10

Windows 10

USB Ports Rift

3x USB 3.0 ports, plus 1x USB 2.0 port

1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports

Video Output (Rift)

Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

How much space do I need to operate Oculus Rift?

Content that uses the Oculus Touch controllers require a play area that exceeds 3 feet by 3 feet (1 meter by 1 meter). However, some content will work best with a minimum play area of 7 feet by 5 feet (2 meters by 1.5 meters).

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