I was walking around Gamescom in the entertainment area when to my surprise, I stumbled upon two huge lines for the Oculus Rift booth. They were showing two games on the Oculus, a NASCAR related racing game and the Free-to-Play mech shooter, Hawken.




I had already been lucky enough to experience the Oculus earlier this year at E3 2013 when we visited with CCP behind closed doors. There we took part in a play session where the developers showed us their EVR demo which was quite the eye opening experience. So you can imagine how eager I was to don the Oculus Rift’s black headset once more. I immediately made a mad dash towards the line where I waited anxiously for a few minutes, although it felt like hours.

Upon placing the Oculus over my eyes, my vision was filled with the interior of a mech cockpit, I smiled. Hawken feels like a game that was built for the Oculus Rift. It’s just another feather in the Oculus’ cap and a testament to the level of immersion the small screen inside can bring you. The overall gaming experience is more enjoyable, both in how it feels and looks.

The only complaint I had revolved around the limited resolution. While the Oculus will launch with native 720P resolution, the current version most people have been able to try out is limited to just 480P. This isn’t actually a fault of the product itself, but it did make me sad I didn’t get to see the game in glorious HD.

The technology isn’t exactly cheap and for many gamers who mainly play Free-to-Play games, it isn’t an option. But the experience it provides opens up new avenues into game immersion and its interpretation. So if you ever find yourself in the presence of an Oculus with some free time, do yourself a favor and give it a try.

By Luis Dobreira

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  1. MartyMart on September 4, 2013

    $300 aint that much for that kind of experience you get from it. its just a new awesome computerscreen.

  2. David Luke on September 1, 2013

    $300 isn’t affordable? I would’ve paid $1400 to get the Virtual I/O back in the nineties. The Oculus Rift is dirt cheap. Also they plan to keep the consumer version as cheap as possible to achieve the broadest possible market penetration. Also the tech’s only going to get better. Quit yer whining, whipper snappers! You live in exciting times!

  3. Andrew on August 27, 2013

    I want it. How much is it? Will they be using it for MMO’s? (i don’t care if its subscription based, i’ll still play it).

    Can you imagine .Hack//SIGN with the Oculus Rift? I can 😀

  4. Phantasmagoria on August 25, 2013

    Definitely will be getting an Oculus. There’s no question about it.

  5. Reavermyst on August 22, 2013

    I would get one, IF and ONLY IF they lower the price to something more affordable.

  6. Okofire on August 22, 2013

    Nope

  7. Vin on August 22, 2013

    wew. this made me want an oculus T_____T

  8. epic on August 21, 2013

    ff a realm reborn

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