My Oculus Rift has shipped…now I just need a computer to power it

For those who know me well, you know I’ve been a VR fanatic for a long time now. It all started when I read the book Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson, it opened my mind to the idea of a world where you can put on a pair of VR goggles and experience something completely different.

As a kid I was convinced that Virtual Boy was going to kick-off the VR revolution, but as we all know, it didn’t quite go that way. Instead, a guy named Palmer Luckey created a company called Oculus that put VR back on the map. Facebook bought Oculus for $2B in 2014 and began the journey into a consumer VR solution – the Oculus Rift.

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I pre-ordered the Rift and a few days ago got a notification that it’s headed my way. There’s only one problem with the current iteration of VR devices, the best (i.e. Oculus Rift and HTV Vive) require a pretty badass PC to power them. I have a Macbook and a Mac Mini.

So I made the decision to build my own VR machine, I have built computers in the past and I thought it would be fun to design one specifically for VR. I actually thought it would take a bit longer to get my Rift so all I have now is the processor, an Intel i7-6700k which is a bit overkill but will mean that I won’t have to build a new system for at least a few years.

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It looks like the Rift will arrive before my computer is done which highlights the uphill battle that companies like Oculus and HTC will have to face. Requiring the consumer to have a $1,000+ gaming PC is a pretty steep requirement for most people outside of early adopters like me. Still, this is how disruption starts and from what I’ve heard the experience Oculus delivers with the Rift is absolutely incredible.

For me, the 13 year-old reading Snowcrash long into the night has come back to life. I can’t wait for my Rift…although I guess I could since I still need a computer to power it!

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  • Michael June 30, 2016, 2:52 am

    That is cool Morgan! I would want to try that out if I lived closer!

    Remember the movie johnny mnemonic? This was the coolest part of the movie when he got on the internet in VR 1995 way before even possible but maybe soon now!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzRjtvMQds4

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  • Joe June 30, 2016, 8:35 am

    Morgan friend,

    When you are young it is the best adventures of reading live.

    I bought the book Technology of Virtual Reality second hand written and edited in the US I can not remember a writer or publisher, what I do remember is that for me was a dream come true.
    Take notes of the most important book with my typewriter that were used with carbon paper to have a copy.

    What impressed me most about this book was what in 1996 I myself write with no memory of what young annotate the book.

    I remember the time was 4 am on a Saturday was raining a lot and not being able to be out partying rain to fall all day.

    Annotations month also look at a file folder to the old and find what I have kept that book and start looking for the words or phrases that have written that visionary US of virtual reality and find look and I have written something.

    Then tired and went to sleep happy. when I got up to dress and go to a library where I live and work in Diving in a town named Palafrugell, Sundays have market in the main streets and all open but my main goal was to go to the library Mediterranean name and see what books have Internet this was 1996 and look where I find another book in a small town library another book Virtual Reality, buy immediately at my age go happy as if eating an ice cream sundae.

    Sit in armchair apartment and start reading was written in English part and the other is Spanish, I directly into English and returned to find the same thing as having written me in the morning and what that visionary US writing of Technology Reality virtual that glasses are a nuisance at first is like everything but there is much more behind the virtual reality without glasses and this is big virtual reality that I write in my research project and development of Intelifencia Artificial, Robotics and Virtual Reality .

    Now you could start making there are tools that in 1996 to 2002 have not Spain nor for the years then in US, now everything is different I think and write in key tomorrow or a future that is next to the corner and path of every city in the world.

    Morgan: What is your email now wonder why I always write to send emails morgan@xxxx gmail and Google return of server problems.

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