John Carmack Likens Using Oculus Rift For The First Time To Finding Religion

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 12:00 PM

When it comes to the wondrousness of virtual reality tech, it appears it’s difficult to convey just how much of a game changer it could be. I’m unfortunately one of the many legions who has yet to get some proper hands-on time with the Oculus Rift, but I’ve heard countless tales of how it all just clicks into place once you strap it onto your face like some sort of AI facehugger.

It’s safe to say that id Software founder and Doom maestro John Carmack knows a thing or two about technology and gaming, and when he joined the Oculus VR team it said plenty about his belief in the product. Fast forward to today, and Carmack has been evangelising the benefits of the Oculus Rift, claiming that using the device for the first time is akin to “getting religion.

"When you experience Oculus technology, it’s like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer,” said Carmack in a recent interview. "Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking.

Of course VR isn’t the be-all and end-all of gaming, and its use is best going to be restricted to certain key genres. Carmack cites space sims and driving games as the key benefactors, while he believes that first-person shooters really aren’t going to benefit from the much at all. The key to this is that seated cockpit games restrict the players movement and in turn boost immersion with the headset, while actual player movement can quickly jolt you out of the experience.

Have any of you GD’ers been lucky enough to give the Oculus Rift a go yet? Do you think the end product will justify the years of hype, or is VR doomed to failure?

 

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19:32 Jan-01-2015

I do not have an Oculus Rift yet, but maybe in the future I may get one to try on my new computer I got this Christmas. It must be an amazing feel to be able to experience those 3D-like qualities.

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04:08 Jan-02-2015

The dev kits I've tried are rubbish. Screens don't have the resolution that feels comfortable, the screen persistence was too high (ghosting) and they had a blueish cast.
I sure hope Carmack was right and they will use Samsung AMOLEDs for the actual thing...

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01:14 Jan-01-2015

when I use the oculus Rift I sleep by mistake when wearing it sadly =/

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00:02 Jan-01-2015

I have not been lucky enough to give the Oculus Rift a go yet and I agree that for first person shooters it wont be too useful, but for games that don't need aiming it would be great and I think it might succeed.

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14:48 Dec-31-2014

I happened to get Development kit 1, Its okay but the resolution and the blur when you move side to side is kind of a pain. After using the Oculus Rift a while it was pretty fun to use on everything that's available to it.

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14:49 Dec-31-2014

"Character limit" I think in the future its going to get big. Since Development kit 2 has improved since that as I've heard "Still haven't used it yet." It just depends on the person mainly. If they don't enjoy it.. doesn't mean you cant.

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04:09 Jan-02-2015

The dev kits I've tried were rubbish. Same problems with resolution and persistence.
I sure hope Carmack was right and they will use Samsung AMOLEDs for the actual thing…

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14:20 Dec-31-2014

Title should be 'Up For Debate - Oculus Rift Vs not'. :D


I haven't tried VR yet, but when it's available at a reasonable price in my country, most definitely I will.

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14:07 Dec-31-2014

It really was like finding religion when I first used Oculus!
...I looked at it, thought about it and came to a conclusion it's bullsh*t...

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14:09 Dec-31-2014

Hehe, good one :D

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04:11 Jan-02-2015

The dev kits I've tried were rubbish. Screens didn't have the resolution that feels comfortable, the screen persistence was too high (ghosting) and they had a blueish cast.
I sure hope Carmack was right and they will use Samsung AMOLEDs for the actual thing…

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14:06 Dec-31-2014

Did they ever fix the issue where everything you see would always be in focus, instead of just what you're looking at? You know, like in real life you focus on the thing you're looking at and everything else is blurred. I heard that caused some major fatigue in users.

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14:19 Dec-31-2014

Not to sound cynical but, as interesting as this issue is, I don't think people who want to slap a screen a few millimeters from their eyes care much about fatigue.

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14:36 Dec-31-2014

Hmm, good point. But hey, if you're going to be slowly baking your eyes anyway, might as well not feel fatigued about it, right?

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15:21 Dec-31-2014

That would pretty much be top of my priorities if I was strapping a phone screen to me face for hours at a time. Never thought of your point Auntarie, but I guess your peripheral vision would blur what you're not looking directly at anyway?

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16:00 Dec-31-2014

You see, that's the problem. Normally what you aren't focused on would be blurred, but since the image you see is perfectly rendered and projected for your eyes to see, there is no loss of focus anywhere. You're literally trying to look at two different things simultaneously. That's gonna confuse the hell out of your brain...
Or so I hear. I haven't actually tried it out myself, I've just heard that this issue exists and that they're looking into creating some sort of sensors that detect where your eye is looking and blur everything else.

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13:14 Dec-31-2014

A lot of people would not feel comfortable with the novelty of wearing what is essentially a large pair of 3d-like glasses on their head. I'd be more interested when some form of adaptive virtual reality becomes available, doing away with the need to wear peripherals for extended periods of time.

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12:26 Dec-31-2014

I have a friend who lives in Belgium, whom I am off to visit soon. He has an Oculus, and I can't wait to try it out.

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12:26 Dec-31-2014

i am one of the lucky people to have an oculus, and i most say i like it a lot. it will always be something only for first person or horror games though, and it still has a long way to go, but i think in 5 years it will be a new genre of gaming.

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16:22 Dec-31-2014

I also have one, DK1.

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16:30 Dec-31-2014

ok,i have the DK2, i tried the dk1 before, but it is much lower resolution, and the dk2 has way better 3D. so i went for the second one. ;)

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12:21 Dec-31-2014

VR is the way to go

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