Corrected December Steam Hardware Survey Shows Large Oculus Rift S Growth

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At the start of this month, we reported that the December Steam Hardware Survey seemed to be anomalous. On further inspection, the likely cause was clear: the number of Chinese users on the Hardware Survey has increased by more than any other month this year.

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Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

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An Oculus Go unlocked OS build was released today, courtesy of John Carmack. It’s a surprise, honestly, now that Oculus is owned by Facebook. Archive Developers Facebook oculus Oculus Go Software Virtual reality VR VR headsets

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5 Oculus Quest Hardware Mods for Better Comfort

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Oculus Quest is an awesome achievement in engineering; no other standalone VR headset offers the quality, rock solid positional tracking, ease of use, and competitive price point as Quest. The post 5 Oculus Quest Hardware Mods for Better Comfort appeared first on Road to VR.

Oculus Rift Pulls Ahead Again In December Steam Hardware Survey

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I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. Turns out the opposite is true; the Oculus Rift gained ground this month. HTC looked like it had Oculus on the ropes. HTC focused on Pro for its Black Friday promotion and Oculus cut $50 off of the Rift.

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Oculus Headsets Pass 50% Market Share In September Steam Hardware Survey

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Oculus headsets now make up more than 50% of VR headsets on Steam, according to the September Hardware Survey. The gains are driven by sales of the Oculus Rift S , which jumped from 10.85% in August to 13.03% last month. Rift S is the replacement for the original Oculus Rift. Despite being priced as low as $150, Microsoft’s platform simply hasn’t stuck with Steam users, potentially due to a combination of weak branding and low quality hardware.

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Steam Hardware Survey Revamped, Will Be Reliable Estimate Of PC VR Headset Ownership

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Valve revamped the VR section of the Steam Hardware Survey to support all PC VR headsets. The Steam Hardware Survey is offered randomly to a portion of Steam users each month.

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Mark Zuckerberg Explains Facebook’s Low Cost Hardware Strategy

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Apple’s primary business model seeks profit related to hardware sales and reports today indicate Apple may target $1,000 for its forthcoming mixed reality headset.

Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey

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Late last week we reported on initial findings from the July Steam Hardware Survey. But Valve has since updated its listings to finally include the Oculus Rift S and its own Index headset. Obviously, we know the Steam Hardware Survey isn’t entirely dependable (it’s only an optional survey for Steam users), but to see the new Oculus headset catch up so quickly to an entire line of VR devices that have been available for a few years is surprising indeed.

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Oculus Quest Use On Steam Continues To Grow In June Hardware Report

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The percentage of SteamVR users using an Oculus Quest grew 1.42% last month, an increase from 7.46% of users in May to 8.87% in June, according to Valve’s data. The survey scans components of your PC and uses SteamVR device logs to gather data on Steam users’ hardware.

Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey

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It’s the start of a new month so you know what that means; the latest Steam Hardware Survey is in. Once again the gap between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive family of headsets has decreased. It looks like Oculus may have handed HTC this month’s results on a silver platter. Back in March Oculus started winding down Rift sales in preparation of the launch of the Rift S later in May.

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Oculus Quest 2 Grows To 35% Of SteamVR Headset Usage

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The Oculus Quest 2 now accounts for over 35% of VR headset usage on Steam. That figure was revealed with this month’s update to the Steam Hardware Survey. But the Valve Index receded slightly back to 17.30%, while every other Oculus headset continued to decline.

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Rift/Vive Gap Nearly Doubles In March Steam Hardware Survey

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The March Steam Hardware Survey results continue a recent trend. The Oculus Rift once again widened the gap with its main competitor, the HTC Vive. The Hardware Survey is optional and requires users to have their headsets actually plugged in to count. Neither Oculus nor HTC has shared official sales figures for their respective headsets. Finally, we’re hoping for the announcement of the Oculus Rift S and Valve’s own SteamVR device at GDC later this month.

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Rift/Vive Gap Widens In February Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift continued to widen the gap with HTC Vive headsets in the latest Steam Hardware Survey results. It’s not too surprising; at the start of the year Oculus cut the price of the Rift to $349. Both are coming this year so we’ll be looking forward to seeing what impact they make on the Steam Hardware Survey. The same goes for the rumored Oculus Rift S headset. Wrapping up, 0.79% of VR Steam users are still running Oculus Rift Dk2 (really).

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Oculus To Host First-Ever VR Gaming Showcase Next Week

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In a post released yesterday via the official Oculus blog , the company announced its first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase, an upcoming live stream event that will center entirely around gaming on the Oculus platform. Image Credit: Oculus. Feature Image Credit: Oculus.

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Oculus Quest Pro Leak: Promo Videos Show Possible Headset Design

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We may well have an Oculus Quest Pro leak that gives us our first look at the headset from possibly leaked promotional videos ahead of Facebook Connect this week. Oculus Quest Pro Leak?

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Demeo Wins Best Game At VR Awards, Reverb Omnicept Takes Hardware

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The ceremony was hosted last night, celebrating not just VR gaming but also hardware, enterprise, healthcare and a range of other categories. Over on the hardware front, HP’s enterprise-focused Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition took home the prize.

Rift S Surpasses Windows MR, Index Doubles In August Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift S is now used by more Steam users than all Windows MR headsets combined, according to the August Steam Hardware Survey. It may be that consumers did not feel the low prices were worth compromises in hardware quality, particularly tracking and controllers. It could, however, also be related to Microsoft’s weak branding of ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ which may have not had the same strength as Oculus and SteamVR.

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Rift Loses More Ground To Vive In November Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift’s lead over the HTC Vive family of VR headsets in Steam’s monthly hardware survey is now the smallest it’s been in some time. Windows VR headsets and even the Oculus Rift DK2 (yes really) all grew ever so slightly as well. As always, we must remind you that Steam’s Hardware Survey isn’t a definitive means of tracking the actual sales of VR headsets in relation to others.

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Facebook Investing ‘Billions’ Each Year On Hardware, AR Glasses Planned For 2023 With New OS

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While it’s obvious that Facebook heavily invests in virtual reality with its Oculus brand, The Information reports that this investment is to the tune of billions per year. AR Facebook Android ar AR glasses facebook facebook AR facebook vr oculus Oculus Quest top stories VR

Facebook Confirms New Oculus Quest Headset Currently In Development

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Facebook held its Q4 2020 earnings call yesterday, during which Mark Zuckerberg laid out some impressive sales figures for the Oculus Quest 2 while simultaneously confirming the development of a new Oculus Quest VR headset.

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Facebook Hires Apple Hardware Expert To Head Oculus Advancements

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Now we’ve got some movement in the VR and AR industries again, this time with a senior ex-Apple employee becoming head of Oculus VR hardware. Michael Hillman, who spent 15 years at Apple and held design and engineering roles there, will now be instrumental in Oculus’ desire to make VR hardware mainstream, as reported by Bloomberg. A hire such as this shows that they are still standing behind the hardware and want the division to evolve.

Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive In March Steam Hardware Survey

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March’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in, and the Oculus Rift continues to increase the gap with the HTC Vive. As always, we have to point out that this is not definitive proof that Rift is outselling Vive; Steam’s hardware surveys are entirely optional and there are a number of factors that could drastically alter the results. Tagged with: htc vive , oculus rift , Steam Hardware Survey Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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Facebook is Unlocking Root Access to Oculus Go Soon

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John Carmack, legendary programmer and key player in the Oculus Rift genesis story, announced recently that he’s won a decisive battle within Facebook to finally release root access to Oculus Go, the 3DOF standalone VR headset launched in 2018.

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Commodore 64 Emulator Brings Retro Gaming To Oculus Quest

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At the time, however, this was one of the most advanced pieces of consumer electronic hardware you could buy for under $600. . Real Commodore 64 – Virtually works really well with the Oculus Quest. The first step is to create a folder in the root files of your Oculus Quest.

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Rift S Hardware Review: A Simplified PC VR Headset Focused On Easier Setup And Lowering Cost

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Second, it is apparent Facebook prioritized one consideration in its design of the follow-up to 2016’s Oculus Rift. Above all else, Rift S makes it easier for new VR buyers to sign up for an Oculus account, set up their headset, and get into a virtual world delivered by Facebook. This is the same “Insight” system deployed on Oculus Quest (via four cameras on that headset) and in my experience setting up Guardian boundaries works just as quickly and smoothly across both systems.

Facebook Appoints Andrew Bosworth To Unify Consumer Hardware Including Oculus

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Earlier this year Facebook appointed Hugo Barra as its new VP of VR, leading the Oculus team forward. Now the company is looking to unify its VR efforts with its other consumer hardware projects, and it’s doing some shifting around to make that happen. Facebook this week confirmed to UploadVR that it has appointed Andrew “Boz” Bosworth to oversee its consumer hardware divisions, including Oculus as well as devices being built by its Building 8 team.

Rift/Vive Gap Shrinks In June Steam Hardware Survey Results (Sort Of)

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but June’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in. The Oculus Rift still leads the charge with 44.12% of the overall VR headset usage on Steam. We still don’t know if this month’s results include the Oculus Rift S in its findings. Oculus stopped selling the original Rift months ago now in preparation for Rift S launch. We took a month off in May (forgive us! Put simply, they don’t show much change in the overall landscape.

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Facebook To Discontinue Oculus Rift S Beginning 2021

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You can still buy an Oculus Rift S.for now. The company also made the official reveal of the Oculus Quest 2 —a lighter, faster, all-in-one VR headset available this October beginning at $299. You can still order a Rift S via the Oculus website… for now.

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Silicone Covers For Oculus Quest And Rift S Now Available From VR Cover

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VR Cover just revealed this week that they’ve launched new products for Oculus headsets: silicone covers for both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. Personally I have the Foam Replacement Slim for my Oculus Quest and couldn’t be happier.

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5 Free VR Games On Oculus Quest 2 – November 2021

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Another month, another round of free games and apps for the Oculus (Meta) Quest 2. The following VR games and apps are available now on the Oculus (Meta) Quest 2 100% free of charge via the Oculus Quest Store, App Lab, and SideQuest: COUCH.

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Oculus’ Rubin: Price Point, Better Hardware And Patience ‘Sets Rift Up To Win’

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Oculus has had a few stumbles since it launched the Rift VR headset just over a year ago now. In a recent interview with MCV reflecting on the first year of VR, Rubin acknowledged that the Facebook-owned Oculus “could have done better” during the Rift’s first year of consumer availability, but pledged things were on the mend. No hardware manufacturer in my memory has given away as much software for free as Oculus has in its first year.”

Another Possible Oculus Quest Pro Leak Shows Headset & Controller Textures

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It looks like there’s another possible Oculus Quest Pro leak ahead of Facebook Connect this week, this time showing off textures that could make up both the headset and controller. New Oculus Quest Pro Leak? Facebook declined to comment on the first Oculus Quest Pro leak.

Oculus Quest 2’s SteamVR Lead Shrinks Slightly During Paused Sales

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A month of paused sales seems to have detracted from the Oculus Quest 2’s usage lead in the latest Steam Hardware Survey. Oculus Quest 2 Steam Lead Shrinks. 2021 will likely round out quietly on the VR hardware side.

Oculus Quest 2 Active Pack Includes Controller Grips For VR Fitness

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An Oculus Quest 2 Active Pack is launching in 2022, including new accessories aimed at those using VR for fitness. Oculus Quest 2 Active Pack Revealed. What other accessories do you want to see in the Oculus Quest 2 Active Pack?

Oculus is Making Link’s Hardware Specs Available to Third Parties

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Oculus Link, the upcoming feature that will let you play Rift games on Quest, is set to launch sometime in November. According to statement made by an Oculus Product Manager, the company is also making Link’s specs available to third parties, meaning you’ll not only have a choice in the matter, but also the confidence that you’re actually buying something designed for the task. News Oculus Oculus Quest link oculus link oculus quest quest quest link

Inside Oculus Quest Hardware: Here Are The Sensors Which Track Head And Hand Movement

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The post Inside Oculus Quest Hardware: Here Are The Sensors Which Track Head And Hand Movement appeared first on UploadVR. [link]. Video

Oculus Rift/HTC Vive Gap Widens In August Steam Hardware Survey Results

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August’s Steam hardware survey results are now in , and the Oculus Rift takes its biggest leap over the HTC Vive yet. Could the launch of Oculus’ Marvel: Powers United VR bundle have given the headset a boost in any way? The Hardware Survey is an optional survey that collects data about the hardware customers are using. Since launching in early 2016 neither Oculus nor HTC has provided official sales data for their respective headsets.

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