OH... muh... god.... I wanted to just gush about this as soon as I got home. I went out today with my mom to an appointment and out to eat, and I wanted her to go with me to Best Buy to try the Oculus for herself. I've kept up with the Rift back since it was just a concept in development, and only read/studied/imagined how it would be like... IT'S SOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER. I went to Best Buy where they luckily have a demo setup on the weekends to try it out (didn't expect them to let you try the touch controllers too). I met David, who was pretty eager to push the sale I'm sure(I was already sold looking at it) and was showing people how to do it, taking all the safety precautions, and strapping people in for the experience.
I tried it and... it's much bigger than you initially think it would be. I was staring at a menu and to my surprise he tells me to turn around, and I'm just thinking "really?... but I see grey background behind this menu of windows... isn't it just more- OOOOOOOOO!!!!!!". I turn around and see this huge pond area with all these interconnecting sections that made it look like you stepped into someone's backyard wonderland. I found myself turning around, keeping in mind where I was and he still helped me face frontward after my amazement, and I just knew I was in for a trip. I went through the demo I recognized from watching some videos on youtube already, but he took me through being on a city tower, face to face with a T-rex in a huge museum, an alien taking a sniff of me(how, there's no oxygen in space, wouldn't all my smell be gone?), and then the rock climb. The rock climb I actually did a lot better than I expected, I found a spot you could grip onto that even had him a bit surprised I could even grab it. Of course he told me to look down and after I did I guess I let go and that's when I was ready to let the next person go XD.
My mother tried just the headset on because she had wanted to see the Eiffel tower and I wanted her to experience how far we've come in technology to feel like it was real. She was amazed and to my surprise didn't have any motion sickness or react in any odd way like whenever I have to teach her something on the computer(she's not as tech savvy but that's okay).
In general, I guess what surprised me was just how much bigger it really is than you think. When I adjusted the headset just right, everything looked crisp and clear, and the controllers feel so natural to hold in my hands. It might've just been because I was in the middle of Best Buy standing in front of a demo of it, but I kept getting the feeling that I could go even further even when I thought I already did. Having it in public I imagine is much different to the comfort of your home where you can feel like a fool reaching out as far as you can without worrying about everyone around you or bumping into something. The rock climb especially made me feel immersed and like I could keep on reaching if I just look around and physically take my hand outward and reach for it.
The only thing I hope for in the future after trying this, is maybe having the controllers more form fitting to all your fingers than just stopping at your index, grip, and thumb. To be able to really feel like the entire hand is yours to move or change positioning of with the fingers and all. Which, I don't mean to go gushing again, but the touch sensitive tech on the controllers amazed me. I imagined it would be more like gamecube controllers where you just press in the triggers slightly or you can push them all the way in... I couldn't have been more wrong. Just leaving my thumb or fingers resting on the buttons naturally let the game know my hand gestures. I thought I was going to have some weird positioning or thinking I would have to hold my controllers in some odd way with a certain amount of pressure, but it genuinely felt like I could just relax my hands/fingers around the controllers and whatever I did, would respond accordingly without any awkward movements or feeling. I noticed this first with the tutorial with the light beams coming out of my fingers, I pretended to give a thumbs up to my mother and I didn't even have to think "which button is it" when I did it. I was concerned about the idea of using the joystick to move around and how that would affect you putting your thumb on top of it to mimic your thumb's movements too, but the contour of the controller makes it so if you move the joystick, you use the tip of your thumb to control it, while if you want movement with your thumb, you just place it over the smooth circle of the joystick. I didn't have any problems and unlike my Wii Remote, the straps felt good to wear and light. The headset and controllers all in general felt much lighter than I expected and fit better than I thought.
tl;dr: I NEED a Rift and controllers ASAP. I haven't felt this kinda giddyness since I was 13 getting a Wii for my birthday. I genuinely can't express how happy I was after only trying it for about 5-10 minutes. I've been pretty happy trying a new game or a new console but it's been a while since I felt like the lil kid I used to be on a Christmas morning. What was your first experience with the rift like? How about with any VR controllers?