Gang Beasts, DISCOVR WA, Lucky's Tale and +100 Titles on Oculus
Oculus, a virtual reality technology company, has continued to push forward despite their ongoing legal battles.
The company is currently in the process of working with the legal system to settle a dispute over intellectual property rights within the company. My view on intellectual property is that the producer should be compensated for their work. As a producer myself, I understand that you have to protect your information in a similar manner as other products to a business.
As the company releases more videos games and virtual reality projects, the holiday season is looking to be stocked with new titles for consumers to try out.
One of my favorite new titles is called Gang Beasts by Double Fine Productions. Currently, I am playing the game via the XBOX platform on a PC. One of our main editors and myself play this game to experience the glitches within the unfinished product. Watch a trailer for the game below. Without Oculus the game works more in a 2D manner with 3D graphics.
Another hot title that has been recently announced is DISCOVR WA. This 3D adventure game takes players into the wild outback of Western Australia. This game builds upon taking users to beautiful, but hard to reach locations of the world.
One of the downsides to the Oculus Rift as of September 2016, is the processing power it takes to run the games. Not all PCs contains the GPUs and additional specifications needed to properly run the advanced graphics.
The Verge, interviewed Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in March 2016, on the current state of Oculus content on Apple products.
“It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs. You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended spec.” – Palmer Luckey
His tone of voice and public presence is not the most positive overall. Take a look at the system requirements for the Oculus via their main website.
Currently, I see that with virtual reality, like most things in life, you pay for what you get. If you have more to invest in interactive headsets and accessories, then look into the Oculus products, if you want to just try out virtual reality, and already have a smartphone, looking into the Samsung VR Gear might be a better transitional platform.
Advanced graphics have always been a challenge for gaming platforms. People want cutting edge graphics, but the mass market, and majority of consumers demand a low price product to compete with other big purchases taking place in their life.
These new games look stunning overall. Preview them below with the Oculus YouTube Playlist.
Browse over data from Google Trends on the areas that search for Oculus the most within the United States.