But in all seriousness, I've played some actual battle simulations (i.e. not casual stuff like CoD or BF) that were honestly more realistic than what I did in basic training. Add in the VR and the rig the guy in the video was using, and you've got yourself a really easy way to train people for war.
If you've never tried the oculus rift forget everything you think you know about VR. It's nothing like those old clunky machines of the 90's or virtual boy. This is the next revolution in gaming. There's a reason why most people gamers and non-gamers immediately want to throw their money at oculus when they try this thing. It is that amazing.
Why the hype?
Who doesn't want a strange odd dirty game with glasses on so you can only see the game. With glasses on that track movement, so you can actually look arround by moving your head, so you can stare at whatever you like most!
I mean ofcourse this is a hardware seller!!!
On a serious note,
It generates an extremely immersive effect, when you turn your head, ingame you turn your head aswell. There is no light from outside, so all you see is your game. Also people that tried it say the screen is crystal clear, like superb. Everything for great immersion right?
And it is the a great step closer to proper VR. And I am sure we all dream of the day that we really fly on a dragon through azeroth, we really stand as a tiny being infront of ragnaross in the firelands and see his massive hammer coming to our face, we really get to wear the epic gear and feel empowered by shooting massivly hard hiting fireballs from our hands.
The oculus rift seems brings that idea a step closer (reviews make it look like a leap more than a step), I can understand the hype.
Never understood the hype either. It seems like a pretty cool gimmick for a horror game(see: upcoming PC exclusive game "Routine"), but for regular games I'm pretty sure you're just gimping yourself. I haven't tried it but I get the feeling your eyes would start to hurt and you would just get sick of it after 2 hours of playing any game, so I'm definitely not paying for that thing just so I could get "immersed" in a game.
The "hype", if there is any, is because of the price point and resolution they are providing. It is FAR better and cheaper then any other offerings so far.
However, it does have some issues, not the least of which is that the game has to be built to support it since it requires spacial distortion in the 3D rendering to accommodate the lenses of the device (see the distortion in the videos that have been posted here). That means you can not just use any of the existing 3D standards. You can not for example, plug it into a blu-ray players and watch a 3D movie. So how well it does depends on how much support they get from 3D party developers.
The main issues with the rift right now actually is the resolution. (the other being positional tracking) The display they use is a 1280x800 monitor split into 2 so each eye is seeing half that rez. For most the immersion is enough that it's easily forgotten but it's still present and noticeable when trying to view objects that are very far. This will be corrected in the consumer release as they said that the consumer version will ship with a minimum of 1080p (possibly higher if costs come down)
When I first heard about the rift I was also ho-hum about it. Big deal...another VR attempt? another 3d gimmick? Why do I need this?...Then I actually tried it for the first time at a small gaming get together and my first reaction was HOLY SHIT! A lot of people there never saw or even heard of the rift and their jaws literally dropped when they tried it.
Omg, why haven't I heard of this before? This actually sounds really useful and fun unlike most of the novelty inventions and gadgets they come up with. Only one small problem.. I could understand if the user is watching a movie or playing some kind of simulator or fps game with a controller. But how would it work while playing RPGs or something that usually has more than a few buttons that need pushing.
As for watching a movie on this. There are a few applications that create a virtual cinema for you. I tried one of these and it literally feels like your in your own giant cinema! You can move around, pick the worst seat in the room or the best seat and it looks like your there staring at a giant screen with the correct perspective. You turn your head around and you can see the flicker from the projector. It's really incredible. Once they beef up the resolution on this thing I can't see a better way to watch a movie than this.