Next generation virtual reality is just around the corner and the Oculus Rift looks set to lead the way in this pioneering field.

Scheduled for pre-order later this year and followed by product shipping in the first quarter of 2016, the Oculus Rift is about to deliver an experience you won’t believe.

Unlike smartphone manufacturers, who keep the details of their upcoming devices as closely guarded secrets, Oculus VR™ has been quick to share what the future of virtual reality will look like. And boy is it exciting.

The Oculus Rift VR experience

The Oculus Rift VR headset allows players to step inside their favourite games and virtual worlds with 360-degree head tracking. Low latency is crucially important and the Rift has achieved a standard that now eliminates blurring during panning, which is triggered by movement of the head. Even the most subtle movement is sensed with real time tracking and this tricks the human senses into believing that the virtual world is real life.

The stereoscopic 3D view generated by the Ocular Rift has depth, scale and parallax. Unique and parallel images, at a resolution of 960 x 1080 pixels per eye, are presented separately to each eye and this sets it apart from other 3D experiences, such as those generated by 3D televisions.

Other VR headsets have only provided a 40 degree field of view but the Oculus Rift takes this to new levels with an ultra wide 110 degree field of view. This creates a virtual world that is well beyond the peripheral vision, so early VR adopters will no longer just be looking at at moving screen, instead they will seem immersed into their game or movie in real time.

The whole concept of the Oculus Rift is to allow serious gamers to plug in with a Matrix like experience, so ergonomics are a key element. The VR headset is comfortable and lightweight to wear, at 440 grams, and the overhead strap compensates for the weight of the display, allowing gamers to settle in for long sessions of play.

Why the Oculus Rift will be so successful

There are many indicators that suggest that the Oculus Rift headset will be a runaway success, not least of which was the purchase of Oculus VR™ by Facebook in 2014 for two billion US Dollars. Affordability will play its part and with the Developer Kit (DK2) retailing at a little over three hundred US Dollars, the outlook looks positive.

“By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.” Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook paid to acquire Oculus VR.

The attention to detail also shouldn’t be overlooked and it is impressive to note that focal length eye cups will be shipped ‘in the box’ for those who wear glasses.The headset design also includes a secondary slide assembly that permits glasses to be worn during the experience.

One thing that is for certain is that when the Oculus Rift VR headset touches down in 2016 it will change gaming for ever!

Can’t wait for the Oculus Rift?

If you cannot wait for the Oculus Rift then you can purchase the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, which is powered by Oculus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

This VR headset surrounds the wearer with virtual video, games and images within a 360 degree immersive environment. Access to Oculus 360 videos, Oculus Cinema and Milk VR, Samsung’s home of music, sports, storytelling and action channels, provide an opening into the virtual reality world today.