Try out the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift at one of our libraries by booking a librarian (arapahoelibraries.org/book-a-librarian, or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279). See for yourself the technology Facebook just paid $2 billion (yes, that’s billion) to buy: http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-to-buy-oculus-for-2-billion/.
We have the original developer’s version of these virtual reality goggles and YOU can demo them (some rules and restrictions apply).
Read our Denver Post story: Curious about Oculus Rift gaming headset? Check it out at Arapahoe libraries
The Oculus Rift is one of the many devices that Arapahoe Library District offers the community. Visit our Show and Tech page for other devices available for demonstration through a technology event or by booking a librarian.
For devices available to check out, view our Technology page.
Frequently Asked Questions about The Oculus Rift
Q: Why does the library invest in technologies such as these?
A: As a resource for the community, the library offers cutting-edge, new technology that may be slightly out of reach as a way to give our patrons a chance to try out technology before buying it, and remain informed. We are also better able to stay up on technology that way, and assist the public in a non-biased way. Unlike a retail store, we have nothing to sell, so we can offer advice and support on a variety of devices. We look at this as an extension of community literacy – technological literacy, which is extremely important in the world we live in.
Q: Can I wear my glasses while using Oculus Rift?
A: No, but there are different lenses available we can insert to correct your vision.
Q: What rules and restrictions apply?
A: The use of the Oculus Rift must be monitored by someone that has been informed of the safety guidelines. Anyone wearing the device should remain seated during use to avoid injury. At this time, the Oculus Rift is not available for children under the age of 10 years old.
Q: Will I be able to go to a library and spend time on Oculus Rift?
A: Yes, simply Book a Librarian to reserve time on the device.
Q: What games do you have available to play?
A: Right now we have demos including a helicopter simulator, roller coasters, a scary maze game, a race car demo and more.
Q: What software/hardware is needed if I were to purchase my own pair?
A: You’ll need a PC or Mac computer with a decent video card (Intel 4000 or higher or a dedicated video card) capable of playing the games you wish to play, that has a VGA/DVI/HDMI output that goes to the Rift.
Q: What exactly is Oculus Rift? What are they used for?
A. The Oculus Rift is an virtual reality head-mounted display for gamers.
Q: Is the resolution as good as it’s going to get?
A: Actually, no. When you look through these, you get a “screen door” effect – a pixilation that makes it seem like you’re looking through a screen door. The version they are working on releasing to the public is a much higher resolution.
Q: I feel a little motion sickness when I have these on, is that normal?
A: Because of the low-resolution, or screen door effect, many people experience a mild sense of motion sickness. The version that will be released to the general public – the high-resolution version – should alleviate this effect greatly.
Q: Did Facebook purchase the Oculus Rift?
A: Yes, they sure did. For $2 billion. Here’s an article: http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-to-buy-oculus-for-2-billion/
Q: Is a newer version coming out?
A: Yes, the final developer’s kit is supposed to be released in July. We have a couple on order for our libraries. They have not announced a release for the final version that will be offered to the public. http://www.cnet.com/news/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-now-on-sale-for-350/
Q: Does the Oculus Rift have any competitors?
A: Sony is working on a virtual reality headset called “Project Morpheus.” http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/19/5526730/sony-morpheus-vr-headset-compares-well-to-oculus-rift