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. In fact, the total of Oculus headsets now used on Steam (including Rift and DK2) is 49.86%.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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SIF: LG not interested in VR hardware anymore, Veer entering LBE and much more!

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At Sandbox Immersive Festival , I have been able to try some interesting hardware solutions. I have already detailed in another post my impressions on the Pico Neo and the HP Reverb … in this one, I will talk about other hardware manufacturers.

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.

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Dev Shares Crash Course on VR Game Optimization for Oculus Quest & Mobile Hardware

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Optimization is no easy task, especially with the limited resources of mobile hardware like the Snapdragon 835 processor in the Oculus Quest. Rizzotto’s video covers 14 points about specific tools and techniques which help games run smoothly on low-end hardware.

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Oculus CTO: Quest Has No Dedicated Hardware to Play PC Games over USB-C

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Oculus Quest, the company’s newly announced high-end standalone headset, has a USB Type-C connector. Oculus CTO John Carmack tweeted recently that although “it was debated a lot,” the team ultimately decided against adding in VirtualLink functionality.

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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Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Go Mod Offers a Wishlist of Hardware Features

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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey may have left Facebook in 2017, but as the designer behind the Oculus Rift and its two developer kits, he has unique insight into what makes VR headsets tick.

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

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While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Tagged with: nvidia , oculus rift Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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 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.

Hands-on: 3DHaptics Achieves Compelling Directional Haptics with Simple Hardware

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I got a chance to try their latest demo this week at VRS 2018, which is able to achieve unique directional haptic feedback from a handheld device using relatively simple hardware. MIRAISENS is Japan-based haptics company which is developing what they call 3DHaptics technology.

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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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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.

Prototype VR Hardware Photos From Valve’s Index Briefing In Bellevue

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For those unfamiliar, the teams at Valve developed critical tracking and display technologies which, in 2014, helped convince Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (see blurry photo below) that Oculus would be a smart investment in a future computing platform. Zuckerberg bought Oculus for roughly $3 billion. I’ve reached out to Valve to see if I can get more specific information about when each of these hardware designs were created — and what was learned from each approach.

Has Sony Captured 30% of VR Hardware Revenues?

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Sony is the market share leader for VR hardware revenues according to the latest report from Strategy Insights. That’s followed by Oculus (presumably all variants) at 25 percent and HTC (same) at 22 percent. The post Has Sony Captured 30% of VR Hardware Revenues?

Juniper Research: VR Hardware Market Will Be Worth $50 Billion in 5 Years

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A new report from market analysis group Juniper Research states that VR hardware will be worth $50 billion by 2021. By hardware, Juniper means VR headsets, peripherals, and 360 cameras. Juniper says that console VR will account for 50 percent of VR hardware revenues in 2021.

Oculus Further Details Ideal Hardware and Sensor Configurations for Roomscale VR with Touch

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The Oculus Team have published a detailed guide on Roomscale VR setup. While Oculus continues to recommend the two-forward-facing sensor configuration for Touch users and developers, many people are trying roomscale solutions, using two or three sensors to achieve 360 degree tracking.

Marginal Shifts For Rift/Vive In September Steam Hardware Survey

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September’s Steam Hardware Survey doesn’t see much change in VR headset usage on the platform. It’s the poor Oculus Rift DK2 that suffers the most from these increases, falling from 1.18% last month to 1.11% this month. Oculus did tell us that Rift was selling ‘really well’ at Connect last week but we don’t really have any way of telling what that means. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News htc vive oculus rift

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Facebook Gets A New VP Of AR/VR Hardware And Portal Lead

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There’s a new face heading up Facebook’s AR/VR hardware division. Rafa Camargo has jumped from his previous role as VP of Facebook’s Portal team to VP, AR/VR Hardware. He added that he’ll be helping to launch the new Oculus Quest standalone headset. Excited to announce that I’ll be leading Hardware for AR/VR at @facebook …and would like to welcome Ryan Cairns, who will now lead Portal.

Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey

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Newer VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets are the winners in the October Steam Hardware Survey results. Could Vive’s two headset approach put HTC back on course to overtake Oculus in the survey once again? As always, we note that these figures don’t necessarily reflect the actual install base of PC VR headsets, as the hardware survey is optional and requires users to have their VR kit plugged in for it to be registered.

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GDC 2018: Oculus Introduces Hardware Reports For Data-Driven Decision-Making

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Developers will no longer have to rely on third-party software to gather data on how customers respond to their Oculus apps. Today, Oculus is introducing Hardware Reports for both Rift and Gear VR. Simply put, these systems provide developers (or anyone with a passing interest) with aggregated statistics on the Oculus platform. It’s a little like Steam’s monthly hardware survey, though specifically tailored towards VR.

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Vive Pro Hardware Review: For VR Buyers With Deep Pockets

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Two years ago HTC Vive beat Oculus Rift to market with a more complete package, helping inspire developers who were able to create groundbreaking virtual worlds in which people could use their hands to interact and feet to move around larger spaces. Now, just days after we saw Oculus Rift widen its lead over Vive in Steam usage, we see the release of the Vive Pro HMD with its marquee feature being a major bump in resolution.The headset is an $800 upgrade for people who already own a Vive.

Oculus Is Building an AR Incubation Team to Prototype New Hardware

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When you think of Oculus you typically think of one thing: virtual reality. Today, flush with Facebook’s seemingly endless resources, Oculus is at the forefront of the VR industry’s research and development. Michael Abrash on stage at Oculus Connect 3.

GDC 2018: Rubin: ‘Oculus Is Winning In Every Hardware Category It Has Entered’

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Oculus’ VP of Content Jason Rubin has come out swinging at the company’s GDC talk today. Opening up the session, titled ‘Inside Oculus 2018’, Rubin stated that “Oculus is winning in every hardware category it has entered, on PC and mobile,” later adding that “it’s a pretty inarguable statement that Oculus builds the best hardware.” Either way, these are bold claims for Oculus to be making.

Rift, Vive Barely Move In July’s Steam Hardware Survey

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Last month’s charts showed Oculus Rift pull slightly ahead of the HTC Vive with 46.26% of the overall usage compared to the latter’s 44.56%. Still, seeing as Oculus and HTC haven’t revealed any kind of official sales figures, it’s the best we’ve got at trying to gauge the market right now. Tagged with: htc vive , oculus rift Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Rift, Vive Barely Move In July’s Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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Rift/Vive Gap Narrows In Latest Steam Hardware Survey Results

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Last month saw the Oculus Rift pull even further ahead of the HTC Vive in Valve’s Steam Hardware Survey results, but the gap has narrowed again in May. The rest of the results are business as usual: Windows VR headsets remain in the 5% territory and 1.48% of VR users still have an Oculus rift DK2. With the gap this close, there’s no way of knowing for sure if it’s Oculus or HTC on top right now. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News

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Palmer Luckey: ‘No Imminent VR Hardware Is Good Enough To Go Truly Mainstream’

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The creator of the Oculus Rift says that neither existing nor imminent VR headsets have what it takes to go ‘truly mainstream’ Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey said as much in a new entry of his personal blog posted today. “I want to take this a step further and make a bold claim: No existing or imminent VR hardware is good enough to go truly mainstream, even at a price of $0.00.” Oculus Go Oculus Quest Oculus Rift VR Industry News palmer luckey

E3 2016 - New VR Hardware Announcements

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E3 was not expected to showcase any new VR hardware. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive consumer versions have been around for a few months now, albeit in limited supply. Oculus will release their Touch controllers in the second half of 2016 and did not announce any new date guidance.

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.”

The Best VR Hardware Has Never Been Cheaper Than Right Now

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VR headsets have already seen some pretty drastic permanent price reductions in the past few months, including the new $400 Oculus Rift + Touch price, the new $600 HTC Vive price, and the new $450 ‘all-in’ PlayStation VR bundle. The Best VR-Ready Hardware Deals.