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 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 Teases Unreleased ‘Quill’ Animation Tools

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Oculus has provided an unreleased build of the Quill VR paint app to an artist to experiment with animation features. Oculus Story Studio, the company’s VR film division, built Quill initially as an internal tool for creating the VR film Dear Angelica.

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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.

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

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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 ‘Santa Cruz’ Standalone Dev Kits Coming Next Year, Including 6 DoF Controllers

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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today at Oculus Connect 4, the company’s VR developer conference, to tell the crowd that the high-end wireless Project Santa Cruz PC VR headset will be heading to devs next year and it will be coming with 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) controllers.

‘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.

Hands-on: Oculus Santa Cruz II Prototype & Controllers

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Today at Oculus Connect 4, the company’s annual developer conference, Oculus revealed the Project Santa Cruz ‘Prototype 2’ standalone VR headset, including 6DOF motion controllers. Image courtesy Oculus. Image courtesy Oculus.

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.

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 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

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.

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 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

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).

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 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

$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 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.

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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6 VR Experiences Nominated for 2017 Emmy Awards, Oculus Receives Multiple Nominations

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The 69th Emmy Awards nominations are out, and while it’s true the Emmys were created to recognize excellence in the television industry, virtual reality as a medium has been lauded with six total nominations this year, three of which are thanks to content created by Oculus.

Oculus on Platform-exclusive VR Content: ‘it’s the only viable way to jumpstart the market’

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Earlier this month we saw a slew of new Oculus Touch game announcements. Many of these new VR titles, which benefit from funding or publishing (or both) by Oculus, will launch exclusively for the Rift and Touch. Jason Rubin, Head of Content at Oculus.

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This Oculus Ready PC Costs $500 When Bundled with Rift

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a custom PC manufacturer, recently announced a new Oculus Ready gaming system that could just convince you to take the plunge into virtual reality. Subtracting the price of the Rift headset ($599), that makes CyberPower’s new Oculus ready PC one of the most affordable options at $499.

Oculus Sensors Are Technically Hackable Webcams

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More recently, Kreylos has been digging into the Oculus Rift Sensor and its ability to function as a basic webcam. The above featured image of was pulled by Kreylos from one of his Oculus Sensors. So no, they’re not doing that” Oculus is adamant on this point as well.

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