E3 2013 – Oculus Rift – The 1080P Update And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Posted by on June 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm
The display is a LOT cleaner with the new LCD screen in it but it's not perfect

The display is a LOT cleaner with the new LCD screen in it but it’s not perfect

I wrote yesterday about my experiences with the Oculus Rift and how it can be a bit disconcerting to use, especially if you’re standing up. I also wrote about the problem with the pixels and how I think it will effect the device at market.

This afternoon I met the CEO of Oculus and asked him about the 1080P version of the device. He told me to go to the secret room and have a look so, in true ME fashion, I did.

So what did I learn?

What I learned is that the 1080P version is quite a bit better but the problem is not gone. Does this mean that I saw big, massive, gnarly, distracting blobs? Not at all. The problem just isn’t gone yet and I think this could still be a problem for some people, especially those who aren’t “early adopters”.

You see, “early adopters” are the kind of people who rush out to get their hands on new technology as soon as it is available, knowing full well that the device(s) will have problems and being more than prepared to deal with those problems. Early adopters are the type of people who understand an industry and know that nothing is perfect.

The problem, though, will happen with the general public. These are the people who grab technology after they’ve heard what the early adopters have to say about it and generally go into their purchases with expectations which have been set based on the information they’ve gotten from the early adopters.

Unfortunately, they’re also the ones who are the most likely to be disappointed when they see that there is still a bit of an issue with the pixel situation. Again, it’s not bad it just isn’t perfect and some people are going to be upset about that.

At this point the folks from Oculus are saying that they will be upgrading the display in the unit yet again and that this is the minimum bar for what the unit will have in it. They expect that the release version will be even better and I hope this is the case. I am going to say, again, that this is a very impressive piece of hardware and if they are able to make it look great without the pixels, I’ll be more than happy to spend my own money on one.

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