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Oculus orb detail

The oculus orb is an item which allows players to have total control over the camera, an ability which is useful for content creators.

It has a Scry option that lets the player more freely control the viewpoint of game client, making it possible to not have it centred on the player character as it does normally. However, players cannot use it while in combat, and can only see as far as the game has loaded, meaning the orb cannot see players and non-player characters beyond their normal field of vision. In addition, all environmental overlays are removed when players use the orb, such as the water overlay that appears when players travel underwater.

Not only can the oculus orb be used for making videos and taking screenshots, it can also be used for taking a closer look at areas which players either cannot access, could formerly access but can no longer do so (the former King Black Dragon Lair, which is in the Temple of Ikov), or ones which are unrelated to the area the player is currently standing in and are only visited via completely different methods (the Drill Demon random event area, which can be seen with the orb if scrying from the north-east corner of the Abyssal Nexus).

The orb cannot be used on Old School RuneScape Mobile. Attempting to do so results in the chat message The Orb is not avalible on this platform.

Availability

Old KBD Lair

The former King Black Dragon Lair, visible by using the oculus orb.

The orb is currently only available to Jagex Moderators and select content creators for streaming and video creation[1], and are given to players manually in-game.[2]

As the engine features it uses are not meant for wide scale use, and the fact it can lead to crashes due to its instability[3], it was decided that it would currently be given only to a small amount of players, and that it would be officially released to all players once it is deemed ready for wider scale use.[4]

Controls

Oculus orb interface

The controls help interface which appears after using the Scry option on the orb.

The orb can be used by selecting the "Scry" option. This will temporarily remove the user interfaces and make the player invisible to themselves; others will see the player as if they are viewing the fullscreen world map. An interface will appear on the centre of the screen showing the keys to control the orb, which can be toggled by pressing the F1 key.

If the player is attacked, they will exit the orb camera mode and return to normal gameplay. The usage of the orb around aggressive non-player characters may require some form of a safe spot.

Key Effect
F1 Toggles the help interface.
W A S D Move the camera forward, backwards, strafe left, or strafe right, respectively.
R F Move the camera up or down, respectively.
Middle mouse (hold)
or ↑ ↓ ← →
Rotate the camera by holding the middle middle mouse button/mouse wheel down and dragging with the mouse. Alternatively, use the arrow keys.
Esc Exit the orb and return to normal gameplay.
Space Returns the camera to the starting point.
Page Up/Page Down Causes the camera movement to go faster or slower, respectively.
Shift ↑(hold) Moving the camera while holding the shift key causes the camera to move very slowly.

References

  1. Jagex. Mod Stone's Twitter account. 12 April 2018. Mod Stone: "Today we've also introduced an Orb of Oculus. This is currently available to a handful of content creators for streaming and video creation. We will look to increase its availability if it's deemed safe for wider scale use."
  2. Jagex. Mod Stone's Twitter account. 12 April 2018. Mod Stone: "We have to manually give it to people."
  3. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 2 July 2018. Mod Ash: "As the engine features it uses were not designed for public use, they are a bit unstable and can lead to crashes, so we've been asked not to give it out to the general public."
  4. Mod Wolf. Orb of Oculus item given to streamers only. Thoughts on this? (Reddit). “...when deemed stable and any issues that may arise are fixed, we'll likely let everyone get one.”*