Reality Check - What Does the Oculus Rift Do To Your Brain?

This week Cam delivers a virtual reality check and investigates the effect of the Oculus Rift on the human brain.

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Neixus1755d ago

How immersive / real does this feel?
Does it feel as realistic as in a lucid dream? Really can't wait to try these out.

Btw, lucid dreaming is like dreaming, but when it happens you're aware of it. thus making it very realistic, as u can control it.

SignifiedSix911755d ago

I want to know that too. It would be awesome to have for a game like ARMA, racing games, or any other type of simulation.

I cant wait to get my hands on one to see what its like. Hopefully i don't get stuck in VR xD

richierich1755d ago

I have a dev kit personally I find that it feels more immersive after I take them off from playing a game like Half-Life 2. What I mean by this is after finishing a gaming playing a game with them I have memories as if I was actually in the game. However if you are buying a dev kit don't get too high expectations because the resolution is quite low. The field of view doesn't cover 100% of your visual field some people were slightly disappointed because they didn't expect to see the edges of the lenses it didn't bother me though

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richierich1755d ago

@elhebbo16 I admit that it sure is cool but Im not sure if everyone will get this kind of experience with the Rift I showed it to a few friends and they said it was immersive but they didn't have memories of being in the game like I did. So I cant guarantee that everyone will have this experience

Ripsta7th1755d ago

I dnt think so bro, in a lucid dream u can do anything u can in real life, Your 5 senses are active. You can also manipulate it to your liking, this will just be more like a screen in front of your face. Unless kinect somehow finds a way to work sone miracles

elhebbo161755d ago

well one things for sure, the rift is the closest you can get to a game immersion wise.

Thatguy-3101755d ago (Edited 1755d ago )

Wouldn't necessarily compare it to lucid dreaming since your 5 senses are aware base of the memories you have saved. Octulus rift will just focus on sight so it will cause your brain to process things that your looking at but what lacks is the body feedback or the feelings that certain things would make your body feel.

coolbeans1755d ago (Edited 1755d ago )

"Btw, lucid dreaming is like dreaming, but when it happens you're aware of it. thus making it very realistic, as u can control it."

That's the only kind of dreaming I experience.

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_FantasmA_1755d ago (Edited 1755d ago )

I won't every try this. I mean sure it might be cool but having a virtual world in front of your face and brain for long periods of time is not good for your health. I still don't trust 3Dtvs for more than a few mintues. I don't need this to be immersed in a game. I need some space between me and my games because games should remain entertainment and not some 2nd reality. We gamers need to stay sane or else those anti gaming senators will use the excuse that games are making people crazy. We will have a move like Reefer Madness but for games shown in theaters to brainwash parents into taking away their kids PlayStations.

cesuf1754d ago

Sounds like what grandparents used to say about TV's or computers.

starchild1754d ago

Oh jeez. It sounds like you are already crazy.

You are making huge assumptions. I have used the Rift and I personally know people who have used it for long periods of time. I assure you it doesn't make you crazy.

dcj05241754d ago (Edited 1754d ago )

The reason we have eye problems from starring at a 2D screen is because it's flat and our eyes have to constantly pretend it has depth even though it's obviously flat and has no depth. The Rift does exactly what your eye does, it adds 2 seperate views to give the illusion of depth of field just like real life does.The screen takes up all of you field of view so visually it feels that you're there. Because of that the eye doesn't strain or squint or anything like that. Thus the rift is actually more safe than a traditional monitor. So if you have no health problems playing on a TV then the rift has no health hazzards for you. If you mean mentally well then all I can say is remember it's a game, its not real. Of course if you're prone to seizure then you shouldn't be playing games.

_FantasmA_1754d ago (Edited 1754d ago )

I'm not prone to seizure but I value my eyes too much to glue a screen to my face. Besides I have an LED tv and this weird looking Saw contraption on my head won't make me replace it. I needed glasses before I had corrective surgery and you people that whose eyesight doesn't deteriorate every year take your vision for granted. I love having perfect vision now and I don't want to risk it with some gimmicky toy. And no my grandparents didn't warn me about this because they don't live in the same country as I do.

dcj05241754d ago (Edited 1754d ago )

@ Fantasma. I'm trying to explain to you that this damages your eyes LESS than a TV. Everybody who has used it never complains about their eyes. I have less than perfect vision but I still play games/ use monitors. If you don't like the idea of Virtual Reality that's fine. It's definitely not for everyone. But don't automatically assume that wearing them will blow up your eyes. This isn't meant to replace your TV. It's meant to visually put you in the game, enhancing the experience. I don't understand how that's a "gimmicky toy saw contraption thing". If you use any type of monitor or screen and it doesn't harm you then you'll be fine.

Spoons1754d ago

A better question is how real and immersive should things get? It's one thing to slaughter people in gta4 while sitting ten feet away from a t.v. but it's another thing to feel like your actually their and doing it. I would honestly rather not be that immersed in some games, it might just be a little to much.

AKR1754d ago

I agree with you there.

It's some sweet technology - don't get me wrong - but like anything, if it's used the wrong way - bad consequences can arise.

I know many people believe that it's stupid to think that video games can have an effect on anyone's behavior - but it's like drugs or alcohol - if you expose your body to it on a regular basis, it's going to form a habit - and eventually it's going to seem like a necessity.

That's how video games operate and when it's filled with violence - that can desensitize you into thinking it's good and a 'necessity'.

Gster1754d ago

I think we as human beings are intelligent enough to distinguish between what is fun and entertaining in a virtual sense as to what is real and requires us to behave in a responsible rational manner.

contradictory1754d ago

i'm worried about it too.
let alone think of playing Amnesia on this device...
my heart would eat a bag

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