“You can’t imagine what it’s going to look like when it’s 4K.” Said head of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe. Who was speaking at the Gaming Insiders Summit this week discussing the future of virtual reality hardware and his company’s Rift device.
Though the Oculus Rift headset is indeed a technological marvel (and one step closer to realizing gamers’ virtual reality fantasies), it isn’t without its share of problems in its current state. The Oculus Rift headset only displays 1080p and combined with many games’ use of motion sickness, causes nausea.
“I’ve gotten sick every time I’ve tried [Rift],” Iribe said. He stated that, after just a couple minutes, he feels ill and tends to stop using his company’s own device. “In the last couple weeks, I’ve tried a prototype internally where I did not get sick for the first time, and I stayed in there for 45 minutes.”
Soon, not in 2013, but soon, Iribe says, we’ll all be able to use Oculus devices without needing a good lie-down. He attributes this success to the team’s recent improvements to latency. Oculus aims to bring Rift’s VR delay down to just five milliseconds. “We are right at the edge where we can bring you no-motion-sickness content.”
Also one the issue of resolution he said “There are a lot of challenges, like resolution, it’s a big one on the current dev kit,” Iribe admitted. He showed a couple simple slides of how Oculus improved its Rift prototype’s resolution over the course of six months, bringing its current 640×800 per eye look to 720p, and eventually to a full HD 1080p.
Iribe continued, “You also have challenges on the content side…user interface elements, you can’t have stuck in the corner anymore. That’s gone. User interface can’t be this 2D thing, it has to really be in the virtual world.” Developers such as CCP, which is working on EVE Valkyrie, which is engineered around Rift, have a long road ahead of them.
There still isn’t any official release date for the Oculus Rift.