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Let the housekeeping begin. Now that Samsung has officially thrown in the towel and given up trying to fix its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 device, all that's left is to get remaining models (including replacement handsets) off the street and call for an industry quarantine. With regards to the latter, Oculus got the ball rolling by stating in no uncertain terms that it no longer supports the Galaxy Note 7 on its platform and the Gear VR."Oculus is removing support for all Note 7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note 7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR," reads a new... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook made some rather positive comments on the current state and potential future for augmented reality (AR) technology. In an interview, Cook stated that he sees AR as being the "bigger bet" over virtual reality (VR), and it's not hard to agree. VR at this point is more expensive than AR, regardless of the solution you use. And as you might expect, the cheaper systems available often offer a less than compelling experience. On the other hand, AR can be used by anyone with a smartphone, and there are myriad scenarios for it, whether it be for gaming or commercial... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting patiently for your Rift VR headset preorder to arrive or have been hesitant to place an order due to the production delays, Oculus has some good news for you. The company announced today that all preorders for the Rift have finally been fulfilled and that all new orders will ship within 2 to 4 business days. That last point puts the Oculus Rift on equal footing with the competing HTC Vive, which began boasting a shipping window of 2 to 3 days back in early June. “We want to apologize for the delays in getting Rifts to doorsteps,” wrote the Oculus team in a blog posting. “We... Read more...
For a brief moment, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe experienced a far less threatening version of what Captain Phillips went through when a Somalian pirate commandeered his ship and declared, "I'm the captain now." But instead of guns and a boat, Iribe seemingly lost control of his company when a hacker took control of his Twitter account and used it to announce a new boss."We here at Oculus are very excited to announce our new CEO, @Lid!," the Twitter post declared, followed by a smiling emoticon. To keep the ruse going, @Lid stated on his own Twitter account, "Lol just became CEO of this sh*t company,... Read more...
Oculus just made a change to its software which removes a controversial “feature” that it added last month. The company has disabled its DRM that checked to make sure that Rift hardware was actually connected to a PC before games purchased and downloaded from the Oculus Store could be played. This DRM in effect killed workarounds like Revive, which allowed owners of the HTC Vive to play software originally designed to run on an Oculus Rift. Oculus today confirmed the removal of the DRM check. "We continually revise our entitlement and anti-piracy systems, and in the June update we've... 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...
Much of the hype and attention in the virtual space is currently focused on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and understandably so—those two headsets are the big dogs in VR right now. However, they're not the only solutions. Remember Samsung's Gear VR headset? It's powered by Oculus and it's doing pretty well.According to Oculus, more than 1 million people donned a Gear VR last month. Yes, Gear VR has been on the market for longer than the Rift or Vive, but passing the 1 million user milestone is largely the result of its comparatively low price and growing library of content. Consumers who might... Read more...
Let's face it folks, the practice of taking selfies is here to stay. So are selfie sticks, for that matter. Rather than fight it, Facebook and its Oculus division are embracing it, taking a real-world trend and injecting into the virtual world. It sounds a little silly on the surface, but it's a logical extension that could lead to some interesting use case scenarios. Out in San Francisco at Facebook's F8 developer conference, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer covered his face with a Rift headset. So did an engineer named Michael Booth, who was back at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park. The two... Read more...
The Oculus Rift hype train is just getting rolling but is already checking its brakes. We reported yesterday about privacy concerns that have been raised by early recipients. Now, it looks like some preorder customers have a little longer than anticipated wait time before delivery. The Rift has already seen a few delays since its original Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. However, as the first preorders are shipping, production hangups are evidently still persisting.  Oculus has been reportedly sending out emails notifying customers of an unexpected component shortage which has impacted shipping... Read more...
The Oculus Rift has finally begun shipping to fans that have been eagerly anticipating their pre-orders.  For many, the Rift is the virtual reality device beat despite the best efforts of HTC, Sony, and others.  According to some, however, the Oculus Rift may come with a greater cost than its $599 pricetag and we aren't talking about the beast of a gaming machine you'll need to adequately power it.  Instead, these concerns stem from Facebook's ownership of Oculus.  These concerns have been heard before, of course, back when Facebook acquired the company two years ago, but now... Read more...
Those who've preordered an Oculus Rift or are planning to get one in the near future are in for quite a treat. To help get people kick-started on the awesome VR journey ahead, Oculus includes two free games, Lucky's Tale and EVE Valkyrie. Two games are a great bonus, but for Ross Martin, his Rift came with a perk beyond that: a personal visit from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Ross happened to be the very first person to preorder the Rift, so to give his thanks, Luckey decided to pay him a visit. While Ross at first seems a little unenthusiastic, we'd wager that he was merely... Read more...
The industry has been buzzing about virtual reality pretty intensly these past few months, and we'd understand it if you're tired of hearing about it. However, admittedly this new ecosystem is anything but boring, as we keep being treated to cool new ideas and experiences that even manage to go beyond gaming. Application-wise, the sky is truly the limit. How about using your PC inerface in VR, for example? If that sounds kind of ho-hum, let us assure you that it is anything but. On March 28, developer Guy Godin will release Virtual Desktop, a piece of software that is claimed to do a lot more than... 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...
We got a great hands-on look at the HTC Vive last week at CES and were wowed by the immersive demos (some of which didn’t play so nicely with our own Marco Chiappetta). After informing us last month that shipments of the consumer version of the Vive would be delayed until April, HTC CEO Cher Wang revealed that pre-orders for the VR headset will actually commence on February 29th. While we now have a pre-order date set in stone along with an April timeframe for shipments, the only big thing left to reveal is the price. Oculus shocked and disappointed many potential customers when it announced a... Read more...
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