Monday, September 24, 2018
It has been a couple of days since I have written a journal. Mostly because I was in Virginia this past week visiting family, and Saturday and Sunday I spent finalizing my visit, saying goodbyes, and heading back to Greensboro. One of the last things I was able to do however was go to Best Buy with my dad. My dad, like me, loves technology. This makes Best Buy a kind of place where we can go and bond over the wonders of technology. Our main mission in Best Buy Saturday was to find him a new laptop. He has been using the same standard run of the mill HP laptop for about 5 years now. He mainly just plays World of Tanks and World of Warships, so the graphics demands aren't out of this world, but recently he was noticing the ol' laptop wasn't able to keep up as well anymore. So, it was off to Best Buy to look for a new one. While in Best Buy, we looked at a lot of other stuff other than just laptops. We looked at the new SUPER ULTRA SPECTACULARLY AWESOME HD TVs, and the new iPhones, but the thing that really caught our attention was the VR Headsets.
I've been super interested in VR, and I wanted to get one when they first came out. The super high price point was always kind of a turn off to me though, and so I set the dream of me getting one to the side, thinking that until a Vive or Oculus 2.0 came out there was no way I'd ever be able to afford one at the prices they started at ($600-800 US). I went to go pick up the Oculus on display and look at it and as if by magic, an Oculus employee came from around the corner and asked if I would like to try it out. Now, being interested in VR, I had seen a bunch of gameplay videos on VR (Especially loved VR the Champions (side note inside a side note: bring that series back please)) and so I knew the general experience, but I was not ready for actually trying one on.
So, I signed a release saying that Oculus was not responsible if I fainted in the middle of Best Buy, or smacked my head into a display stand, and I got to have my first go at VR. The sales associate asked which games I normally play, to which I responded shooters (been playing a lot of Rainbow 6 Siege lately) to which she responded I should try Robo Recall. I agreed and then was given a short lesson in how to put the headset on. Once I was inside, I felt like I was just watching a normal 3D movie, nothing too serious. I stood in a tiny elevator as it was going up. Then, the elevator doors opened, my depth perception kicked in, and I was gone. My brain fully believed that I was now in an open office, and that this virtual world was now home. I continued to play the demo for what must have been 10 or 15 minutes. I didn't want to take off the headset, but I'm sure I looked crazy sitting in the middle of Best Buy with a huge smile on my face. I took off the headset to hear a surprising bit of news from the employee: The Rift, plus the Touch controllers, and 4 games was only $400.
To the right of the display, one lone box containing all the goodies the employee had just described, and sure enough the price tag read $400. Needless to say I jumped on it. I had around $500 extra in my budget due to confusion with my rent in my apartment complex, so I figured this was the best way to spend it. I got back to my dad's place that Saturday night at around 8pm, and knowing that I had to leave at 7am the next morning to drive back to NC, I played VR until 2am. Of course, the first thing I did when I got back to my apartment was set it all up, so I could hop back in. It's an experience like no other, and everyone should try it out. I know I'm making sure all my friends get a chance to try it out. It's just impossible to put into words.
TL;DR: Sales associate did her job spectacularly by showing my a whole new dimension that is better than our own. I am now the owner of an Oculus Rift thanks to her. Try one out for yourself. There's no way to describe how awesome it feels.