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Virtual Reality

SEGA Alien: Isolation

The Oculus Rift takes gaming into an entirely new level with it’s total immersion and persistency. It started as a Kickstarter project by Palmer Lucky about two years ago and it is now in its second stage of development. With 110 degree stereo imagery, very low latencies and very high frame rates, the Rift could easily trick your brain into believing computer generated illusions as reality.

Now, Sega is doing a test with one of its latest demos, Alien: Isolation, and Chris Kohler from WIRED wrote a review about his experience playing the game with the latest version of the Oculus Rift:

I don’t get scared by horror movies or horror videogames. Sure, you can startle the hiccups out of me with a well-timed jump scare, but that only proves my lizard brain is firing on all cylinders. For the most part, I feel a pronounced disconnect between the frightening scenario onscreen and the safety of my living room. I don’t understand how some of my friends cannot bear to even pick up the controller and walk down a hallway in Resident Evil.

So it came as quite a surprise when I found myself so truly on edge that I almost lost it while playing Sega’s Alien: Isolation demo on Oculus Rift. The game, shown at E3 this year, is a custom VR prototype based on the survival horror game coming to PC and consoles October 7. More than that, though, it’s another compelling demonstration of how Oculus Rift has the potential to make gaming so immersive that the fantasy becomes reality.

Suddenly, I’m walking down a quiet, seemingly deserted hallway on an abandoned spaceship. The demo runs on DK2, the latest version of the Oculus development hardware, so it is clean, vivid, smooth. Lifelike, in other words, and utterly believable.

Read the entire piece here.

If you watched movies like Gamer and Surrogates then you know what virtual reality immersion could do to your brain. Of course we are just at the touch of dawn with this technology, but the Rift really shows promising (or daunting) future for both gaming and other applications.

Here’s the official video of the Oculus Rift:

and here’s a video that shows you how scary Alien: Isolation is, without the Rift:

so you can imagine how it is with the Rift: