Items tagged with Oculus Rift

Samsung recently demoed a 4K smartphone display designed for virtual reality (VR). The South Korean electronics behemoth showcased the screen at the Display Week conference in San Francisco, California. A Samsung representative confirmed that the demo was a prototype despite rumors that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have a 4K display. The display measures 5.5” with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), has a pixel density of 806 ppi, 350nit brightness, and 97% color gamut. It is important to note that the display seemed to be running at a slower frame rate, however, this could be adjusted... Read more...
Oculus suddenly finds itself embroiled in a game of cat and mouse as it attempts to keep titles exclusive to the Rift from running on competing VR headsets. Unfortunately for Oculus, its latest attempt at padlocking content with a DRM update backfired, and instead of stopping hacks like Revive from working, Oculus ultimately made it easier to pirate games. Let's back up a moment and see how we got to this point. At the end of last year, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey made what amounts to an open software statement by proclaiming, "If customers  buy a game from us, I don't care if they mod it... Read more...
It looks as though the folks at Oculus aren’t too happy about the Revive hack that we told you about in mid-April that allows Rift-exclusive games like Lucky’s Tale and the Oculus Dreamdeck demo to run on competing hardware like the HTC Vive. Just five months ago, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey proclaimed, “If customers buy a game from us, I don't care if they mod it to run on whatever they want. Our goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware.” That was then, this is now. Oculus recently updated its DRM to check whether Rift hardware is actually connected to a PC whenever a game... Read more...
We're seeing some exciting developments in the realm of virtual reality, though one of the persisting challenges is nausea. It doesn't affect everyone, but it affects enough people that it's a point of focus when developing VR hardware and software. Microsoft believes it's come up with a relatively cheap and easy solution, one that uses an array of LEDs to extend a headset's horizontal field of view. Humans have a natural horizontal field of view of more than 180 degrees, much higher than what's offered by augmented reality and VR headsets like Microsoft's own HoloLens (100 degrees) and the Oculus... Read more...
Exclusive content is supposed to be one of the benefits of buying an Oculus Rift over an HTC Vive headset, but redditer "CrossVR" may have just erased that advantage. How so? CrossVR posted a proof-of-concept program on GitHub that makes it possible to run a pair of demos exclusive to the Rift—Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck—on the Vive. "It works by re-implementing functions from the Oculus Runtime and translating them to OpenVR calls. Unfortunately Oculus has implemented a Code Signing check on the Runtime DLLs, therefore the Revive DLLs cannot be used unless the application is patched. The... Read more...
Former Saturday Night Live comedian and current U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has some concerns with the Oculus Rift's privacy policy and whether or not all the data collection taking place is truly necessary for the VR headset to function. He jotted those concerns down in an open letter to Oculus CEO Brenden Iribe and requested that he respond by May 13, 2016. "When done appropriately, the collection, storage, and sharing of personal information may enhance consumers' virtual reality experience, but we must ensure that Americans very sensitive information is protected," Franken wrote in his letter.... Read more...
Even though some may cringe at the thought of the highly anticipated, $600 Oculus Rift being dissected instead of enjoyed, you have to hand it to the folks over at iFixit for giving this season’s hottest tech gadget the teardown treatment. Today, we’re give some insight into how relatively easy it is to repair the device should you manage to drop it during dizzying gaming matches and would rather take your chances with a a screwdriver and a spudger than send it off for repair. Getting inside the Rift is surprisingly easy, starting with the thick foam frame that sits against your face. It’s held... Read more...
After first opening up preorders in early January during the Consumer Electronics Show, the Oculus Rift is now shipping to customers. Oculus VR co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe made the announcement via Twitter yesterday. According to Iribe, early birds will start seeing their shipments arrive Monday, March 28th and we’re sure to receive plenty of unboxing videos and first impressions when that time arrives. Customers that dragged their feet on preorders will unfortunately have to wait all the way until July to receive their Oculus Rift. The first Oculus Rift has shipped, deliveries begin Monday... Read more...
Back in May 2015, Oculus delivered some bad news for those that were possibly hoping to experience the Rift VR headset on Mac or Linux platforms. At the time, Oculus Chief Architect Atman Binstock stated that development on both platforms had been “paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience.” Binstock expressed a desire to renew its OS X/Linux efforts at some point in the future, but indicated that the company “[didn’t] have a timeline.” Now, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is shooting down any possible chance of the Rift coming to Macs in the future. In a recent... Read more...
Clay Bavor - left (Image Source: eVRydayVR)      It looks as though everyone wants a hand in the burgeoning virtual reality (VR) scene these days. Facebook has the Oculus Rift under its wing, Sony has the PlayStation VR, HTC and Valve are cooking up Vive, and Microsoft is testing the augmented reality waters with HoloLens. Google’s only consumer-focused entry into VR thus far has been the uber-cheap Cardboard Viewer, which works in conjunction with your smartphone. However, Google is looking to step up its efforts in VR, CEO Sundar Pichai has tapped a veteran Googler,... Read more...
Oculus starting accepting pre-orders for its Rift VR headset yesterday, though at a price many weren't expecting. At a dollar shy of $600, sticker shock reverberated through the Internet community, and not without reason -- Oculus founder Palmer Luckey commented just a few months ago that Oculus Rift would be in the "ballpark" of $350, setting up what would turn out to be an unreasonable expectation. So what happened? In a Reddit AMA, Luckey apologized for the disparity and explained that his "ballpark" comment was made in haste. At the time he, he was trying to dispel the notion that Oculus Rift... Read more...
The wait is almost over for those eager to get their hands on the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. Pre-orders for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift opened this morning at 11am EST, and the price of entry is $599. Included with every Oculus Rift is an Xbox One wireless controller, a microphone and sensor (with stand), a remote and a copy of Lucky’s Tale. As an added bonus, those that pre-order the Oculus Rift will be treated to a free copy of EVE: Valkyrie. Those two titles will be joined by a few dozen AAA titles, and the list of supported games is expected to swell to over... Read more...
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on track for a Q1 2016 release, and from the looks of things, that timetable appears to be holding firm. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the Oculus Touch, which was announced in June of this year. In a blog posting this morning, Oculus explained that Touch will be delayed until the latter half of 2016, with pre-orders commencing a few months ahead of the launch. The delay can be attributed to improvements made to Touch hardware that make ergonomics “more comfortable, reliable, and natural.” “The feedback on Touch has been... Read more...
The Oculus Rift isn’t expected to ship to consumers until Q1 2016, but the Facebook-backed company made a number of key announcements today that is sure to exit gamers. For starters, we’re finally getting a firmer understanding on why Linux and OS X development for the Rift was suspended last month. Oculus has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a killer experience on Windows 10 and also will also work alongside the Xbox One gaming console. Speaking of the Xbox One, the Rift will ship with an Xbox One wireless controller and the Microsoft wireless controller adapter that allows you to forgot dispense... Read more...
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