Oculus Rift Vs Microsoft HoloLens – Gaming Viagra

If there’s one thing the vast majority of us gamers love, it’s the possibility of applying new tech to what we like to do most. By far the biggest piece of gear that has dominated the virtual reality space recently is the Oculus Rift, a device that originated for the gaming community and with its recent purchase from Facebook, now has the potential to make an even greater impact in all areas of entertainment, with gaming at the forefront.

But this week we were exposed to a new toy to play with, and a whole new reason for that little gamer inside all of us to jump up and down with delight – and that came in the form of the Microsoft HoloLens. Now unlike the Rift, the Microsoft HoloLens is still in the very early stages; sorry to disappoint those who didn’t realise that the video they shared was a video editing masterpiece. But nevertheless, the idea is still extremely exciting and if nothing else, it brings big questions to what this can mean for me, the gamer.

Having tried a couple of different iterations of the Rift, I have managed to see how it has developed, and having experience playing different games and just sitting there in a virtual roller coaster, I have felt the buzz of excitement for a while. But, the Rift is not without its downsides either. Older versions left me feeling pretty dodgy after playing with a low quality screen, and even when trying the newer ones there was still that sense of dizziness and the fight to not throw up in the middle of EGX. Apart from that, which I am sure will be massively improved, there is so much more that it can add by allowing you to immerse yourself in a whole new 360 world, right in the comfort of a rather stylish beanbag, or maybe more realisably – a wooden stool.

So if the rift can take me into a whole new world, what is the benefit that the Hololens can give? Well exactly the fact that the Microsoft HoloLens layers augmented reality over the real world is even more exciting to me than diving into a virtual world. Being able to play Minecraft using my own desk as the world means that on top of everything I own can be a game world, just waiting for me to put my glasses on. Exciting stuff, right!?.

We are yet to see the real advantages of the Microsoft HoloLens, but imagine the possibilities. You would have a HUD all around your TV while no screenspace is lost to menus or, even better, I could make an entire building a screen to kill zombies or race cars. And for those living with parents or unsympathetic roommates, imagine being able to sit and watch the same space but with each person seeing different content.

The great thing about all this is that it can get us thinking and get us excited about all the possibilities that future tech, like the Microsoft HoloLens can give us, and all I have mentioned is two of them! There is so much more to come and here at IM PLAYIN, we are eagerly awaiting more news.

But don’t let us have all the fun guess work, if you have an idea of what could be done with this tech or any new hardware that you think is going to become the next big thing, then just comment below!