Shock and awe: Faces of people trying Oculus Rift

Step into another world.

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Editor’s note: We had originally planned to run this feature on Saturday, June 1, but found out the day before that Andrew Scott Reisse, a co-founder of Oculus VR, had just been killed in an accident. We are running the story now as a tribute to the product Reisse helped create, and we offer our condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers mourning his loss.

The Oculus Rift headset differs from most other wearable displays by adding the extra benefit of highly accurate head-tracking. This means that when a Rift wearer looks left in real life, the virtual view turns to that direction as well. This sense of realness is often a major surprise for those unfamiliar with the tech.

My colleague, CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman, once told me about his first time trying out the Oculus Rift: “I had to just put my hands up after about 15 mins. and say, ‘OK, get this thing off me…’ I had total vertigo, and I seriously wasn’t right for the rest of the day.”

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