What is Oculus Rift? 

The Oculus Rift is a high powered headset and platform originally developed in 2012, and currently owned by Facebook Inc. The Rift, similar to HTC Vive, requires a tethered connection to a computer, and allows for Room Scale VR incorporating cameras and hand controllers. It is estimated that over 500,000 Oculus Rifts are currently in use, with a mobile Rift headset planned for the near future.

Why Publish to Oculus Rift?

Like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift is a powerful VR platform that gives users a more immersive experience than the Gear VR or Google Daydream can provide. With Room Scale VR and more sophisticated hand controllers, Oculus Rift allows for a greater level of interactivity. And since the headset is tethered to a computer, you can create VR experiences of unlimited length on InstaVR and run them on the Oculus Rift.

How Does InstaVR Improve Oculus Rift Publishing?

Beyond having a simple but robust authoring platform, InstaVR also has a number of features that make publishing to the Oculus Rift easy:

  1. One of the very few VR platforms currently publishing to Oculus Rift. With our “author once, publish to many” approach, you can easily publish the same apps you’re creating for other platforms to Oculus Rift.
  2. InstaVR can handle robust 3D imaging, including cubemaps. Oculus Rift is a popular platform for engineers, architects, designers, etc that use very high resolution, data intensive media. InstaVR can ingest images/video created on platforms like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Lumion, V-Ray, and more.
  3. InstaVR allows for publishing long-form 360 VR experiences. At our Pro level, there’s no length limit to the VR you publish to Oculus Rift, meaning it’s great for training, education, entertainment, and more.

Pros

  • Immersive, high performance, using dual hand controllers
  • Connected to power supply (so no battery drain, like with Gear VR)
  • No length requirements, allowing for long-form, high quality VR experiences

Cons

  • Not mobile, so not as good for travel or showing to a large group
  • Requires connection to a fairly high end computer
  • Currently only works with Windows-based computers

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About InstaVR

InstaVR is a virtual reality focused technology company, providing tools and services to enable professionals to author and publish interactive VR experiences. InstaVR is completely web-based and requires no specialized engineering knowledge. Over 10,000 clients have signed up for InstaVR, creating thousands of immersive 360 degree apps for iOS, Android, WebVR, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Google Daydream, etc.

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