Huge Oculus Rift & Touch Sale Brings Price to $400

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Oculus is giving the Rift & Touch their biggest discount yet for a six week-long sale. At the start of 2017, the Oculus Rift + Touch controllers cost $800, the same as the HTC Vive. SEE ALSO Two Ways to Play Non-VR Games With the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Oculus Rift Review.

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Oculus: ‘Multiple VR titles have made more than $1M in the Oculus store alone’

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Oculus for its part has attempted to kickstart that ecosystem by investing hefty sums in content developers, and now the company says it’s starting to pay off. With the backing of Facebook, Oculus has publicly committed to investing $500 million into VR content development.

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Oculus Go Dev Kits Begin Shipping

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A first look at Oculus’ standalone VR headset. One of the biggest announcements that came out of Oculus Connect in October was the unveiling of a $199 standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Go , the upcoming headset is basically an all-in-one mobile computer.

Oculus Research Reveals “Groundbreaking” Focal Surface Display

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Oculus Research, the VR and AR R&D division of the company, today announced a new display technology that they’re calling the “Focal Surface Display.” ” Oculus Research’s Focal Surface Display prototype | Photo courtesy Oculus.

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Oculus Announces $199 Standalone VR Headset

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Oculus Go’ doesn’t require a phone or PC. Oculus’ biggest event of the year, Oculus Connect 4 , kicked off Wednesday morning with an opening keynote reveal from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook owned Oculus unveiled on stage their first standalone VR headset.

Oculus Wants to “Go big” On Opening Their Platform to Third-party Headsets, When the Time is Right

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Oculus has been on the receiving end of vocal criticism about its practices of funding the development of VR content with the requirement that it be exclusive to the Oculus platform. Powered by Oculus (or not). But that’s not exactly ideal for users or for Oculus.

Oculus Go Headsets Are Now Arriving to Developers

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Oculus Go, the upcoming standalone VR headset from the makers of Rift, is now arriving to developers looking to get a jump start on creating apps for what promises to be an affordable VR solution at just $200. Applications for Oculus Go dev kits first opened up back in October.

Oculus’ New ‘Stereo Shading Reprojection’ Brings Big Performance Gains to Certain VR Scenes

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Oculus is calling its latest rendering tech ‘Stereo Shading Reprojection’, and says that for scenes which are heavy in pixel shading, the approach can save upwards of 20% on GPU performance. Image courtesy Oculus. Image courtesy Oculus. Image courtesy Oculus.

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Oculus Confirms ‘Toybox’ Will Come Free with Touch

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Oculus has officially confirmed that Toybox , the highly anticipated multiplayer sandbox application built from the ground up to show off the Oculus Touch motion controllers, will be made available to every touch owner for free after launch. SEE ALSO 'Oculus Medium' Review.

How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

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Within the industry though, the announcements represent somewhat of a repositioning of industry players, one that puts Oculus’ mobile strategy in a rough spot. That means Oculus’ formerly exclusive partner for mobile VR is no longer exclusive.

Why the Closure of Oculus Story Studio is Good News for VR Filmmakers

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Oculus just officially announced that they’d be winding down Story Studio, the company’s internal VR film studio which produced first-party VR shorts like Lost , Henry , and Dear Angelica.

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The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift

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So, you just bought an Oculus Rift and you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store.

With Facebook’s ????, Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

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At Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, we got fresh insight into where Oculus is heading, and a new look at how Facebook’s money is funding battles on all fronts of the industry’s increasingly competitive landscape. Image courtesy Oculus.

Oculus: Rift Won’t Be Superseded by New Version for ‘at least two years’

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During an interview at the Game Developers Conference at the end of March, head of Oculus’ PC VR division Brendan Iribe stated that the Rift will remain the company’s flagship VR headset for “at least the next two years”.

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CES 2017 - Where is Oculus?

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Every year Oculus has a large presence at CES. This year, however, Oculus is nowhere to be seen. Disappointing Oculus, where are you? Since Oculus have released all their products in 2016, they have nothing new to showcase. Oculus

Oculus Touch Review: Reach into Rift

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‘Step Into Rift’ had been Oculus’ mantra since the launch of the headset back at the end of March this year, but with the launch of Oculus’ dedicated motion controllers, Touch, players can finally ‘Reach Into Rift’ too. SEE ALSO Oculus Rift Review: Prologue to a New Reality.

Oculus Slashes Rift and Touch Bundle Price to $399

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Oculus is bringing us a season of special events, deals, and game launches with what they their Summer of Rift event. Not only are they celebrating the VR community with discounted content, but Oculus also wants to entice newcomers to VR. News Hardware Oculus Oculus Rift Oculus Touch

Oculus to Talk “Breakthroughs in Spatial Audio Technologies” at Connect Conference

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Oculus Connect 4, the company’s fourth annual developer conference, is set for October 11th and 12th in San Jose, California. There, Oculus will share with developers some of its latest research and developments, including what’s coming to the company’s VR Audio SDK.

‘iRacing’ Oculus Rift Support Arrives Next Week

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Early-adopters of VR headsets turned to Live For Speed and Project CARS for their VR-enabled sim racing fix, which both have solid support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but we’re finally seeing movement elsewhere. ” See Also: Top 5 Racing Sims for the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Update Adds Room-scale ‘Guardian’ Feature, Async Spacewarp and User Reviews

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In readiness for the imminent launch of Oculus’ ‘Touch’ motion controllers, the company have rolled out the new ‘Guardian’ feature, their version of SteamVR’s Chaperone VR boundary system for room-scale VR. release of Oculus’ runtime, 1.10

Hands-on: Oculus’ Wireless ‘Santa Cruz’ Prototype Makes Standalone Room-scale Tracking a Reality

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On stage at Oculus Connect 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased that Oculus is developing a new, standalone, wireless VR headset with inside-out positional tracking. The Santa Cruz prototype is a modified Oculus Rift which has on-board compute, display, and tracking.

Oculus Brings Mixed Reality Capture Support to Rift

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Oculus recently revealed in a blog post that in the past months they’ve been working on bringing native mixed reality capture support to Oculus Rift, and it’s available today for developers to start creating mixed reality videos. image courtesy Oculus.

The Best Oculus Rift Deal for Black Friday 2017

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We’ll be keeping an eye on Oculus Rift deals throughout Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday. Oculus Rift Baseline. Without an special discount, the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle costs $400/€450/£400. The Best Oculus Rift Black Friday 2017 Deal. Oculus.

OC4: Oculus Reveals Standalone Headset Oculus Go

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One year on from the reveal of Oculus’ standalone headset in prototype form, the company is revealing a new take on the device category. It’s a consumer model called Oculus Go. It’s compatible with a 3 degrees of freedom (3DOF) controller that looks similar to the device used with Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR. Facebook Oculus Rift VR Industry News

Oculus Rift Components Cost Around $200, New Teardown Suggests

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In a detailed component teardown, analysis of the components that comprise Oculus’ first consumer VR headset suggest a predictably complex design with the costs of individual parts totalling $200. See Also: Oculus Rift Review: Prologue to a New Realit y.

Oculus Getting Serious About Room-scale VR, Dropping ‘Experimental’ Tag

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As of the upcoming version 1.15, Oculus software will “fully support” the three-sensor room-scale configuration, giving VR players a large 360 degree playspace to roam, similar to the experience the Vive offered out of the gate.

Top 5 VR Racing Sims for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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As one of the first game genres to embrace VR, sim racing has been successfully transitioning from the ‘very early adopter’ stage (using Oculus development kits) to the ‘early adopter’ stage (the first-generation consumer headsets).

Mod Makes ‘Alien: Isolation’ VR Mode Compatible With Oculus Rift

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A new mod has been released which adds VR support to the game for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. ” He explained that the game’s use of a (now) old Oculus SDK is the reason why it doesn’t support the consumer version of the Rift without the MotherVR mod.

Oculus Video Shows Advanced Hand Tracking Gloves

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Earlier this year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased a new form of input being developed over at Oculus: hand tracking gloves. An unlisted Oculus video posted last week, unearthed by Reddit , shows the gloves in action. Oculus Rift VR Industry News

Verdict Analysis: Why the Jury Awarded ZeniMax $500 Million in Oculus Lawsuit

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Oculus lawsuit , a detailed breakdown of the verdict reveals the jury’s specific findings, and who is responsible to pay for the damages. Oculus. The Oculus jury was comprised of six women and three men, with a wide-array of diverse backgrounds. ╫.

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Oculus Chief Scientist: How and When Augmented Reality Will Transform Our Lives

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Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist at Oculus, as-ever delivered an inspiring presentation at today’s F8 conference, this time on the topic of Augmented Reality. The post Oculus Chief Scientist: How and When Augmented Reality Will Transform Our Lives appeared first on Road to VR.

Oculus Chief Scientist Predicts the Next 5 Years of VR Technology

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The annual presentation at Oculus Connect by Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist at Oculus, is always a highlight of the company’s annual developer event, projecting a forward-thinking and ever inspirational look at the future of virtual reality.

New Oculus Update Embraces 360 Room-scale, Adds Mixed Reality Capture

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of Oculus Rift software is beginning to roll out to all Rift users, adding support for Mixed Reality capture, a redesigned interface for future updates and issue reporting, a new Home environment and multilanguage support. Version 1.16

Oculus Announces Significant Price Drop for Rift and Touch

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In an aggressive move to that’ll help lower the bar of entry still further for VR, Oculus have announced sizeable permanent price drops for both the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controllers, both now cut by $100 each. SEE ALSO Oculus Touch Review: Reach into Rift.

Mark Zuckerberg Teases Prototype Oculus VR Gloves

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Oculus wants your AR/VR experience to not only be a 360 immersive visual experience that includes real time head tracking and full immersive audio during your VR experience, but would also include real time hand tracking as part of the virtual and augmented experience.

Oculus Wants You to Talk With ‘Parties’ and Play in ‘Rooms’

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Remember that friends list you made back when you got your Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift? Today Oculus announced that they’ll soon be turning on social with the help of two new social app functions. playing mini-games in Oculus Rooms.

Oculus Go is Facebook’s Affordable Standalone Headset Priced at $200, Shipping Early 2018

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On stage at Oculus Connect 4 today, Oculus revealed the Oculus Go headset, the company’s affordability-focused standalone VR headset. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the new Oculus Go headset today during the Oculus Connect keynote.

$4 Billion ZeniMax v. Oculus Verdict Could Come as Early as Today, Here’s What You Need to Know

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This week the eyes of the virtual reality industry are on a federal court in Dallas, Texas where ZeniMax (and child company id Software) and Facebook (and child company Oculus) have been engaged in legal battle over a dispute which could cost Facebook $4 billion.

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Oculus Introduces Facebook Live Streaming

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The update also includes Oculus Voice speech recognition for Rift and Gear VR. Oculus got an update on Gear VR that will let you livestream VR gaming sessions straight to your Facebook profile. The idea of Oculus Events is similar to Events on Facebook, but instead are all virtual.

Epic Games CEO: “HTC Vive is outselling Oculus Rift 2-to-1 worldwide”

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He says that out of the approximately half-a-million PC VR headsets sold to date, HTC Vive “is outselling Oculus 2-to-1 worldwide.” According to Sweeney, the biggest factor is Oculus’ walled garden approach to software. Oculus Home. It’s funded by Oculus.

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