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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...
News on the Oculus front has been coming in at a rapid pace in recent weeks. We’ve learned that the Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in early 2016, we’ve seen a look at the device in its final form, and we’ve learned about minimum system requirements (OS X and Linux users are SOL at this point). Today, we’re learning that Oculus’ deep-pocketed parent company Facebook has purchased British firm Surreal Vision, whose software can map our real world and turn it into a “living” virtual environment. “We are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date... Read more...
Last week learned that the Oculus Rift will be delivered to paying customers starting in Q1 2016. Oculus also took the time to show us what the final version of the Rift will look like once it begins shipping. During the reveal, the company stated, “In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift.” That time has come, and Oculus has handed down the recommended minimum specs “for the full Rift experience” on PC systems. You’ll need: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greaterIntel... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but we are now getting a firm release date for the Oculus Rift. Oculus confirmed today that it will open up preorders for the consumer version of its VR headset later this year, and that it will actually ship in Q1 of 2016. Since the original Kickstarter campaign took off in mid-2012, we’ve seen a number prototype configurations for the Oculus Rift. Today’s announcement, however, gives us the first look at the final production design for the Rift, and we must say that it looks quite spiffy. Oculus has built upon the sound fundamentals of the Crescent Bay prototypes... Read more...
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, "VR" was a definite buzzword. You simply couldn't avoid it. Valve announced a solution, as did AMD. Even NVIDIA unveiled a monstrous graphics card that promises to be powerful enough to provide a proper, immersive VR experience. With this spring's GDC now done and over with, reports have begun to trickle out of Google's supposed interest in VR. Much like how the company has created a tuned Android for wearables, it looks like it could be doing the same for VR. It's being said that there are "tens of engineers" dedicated to the project,... Read more...
The Game Developer Conference in San Francisco is underway and virtual reality (VR) is getting plenty of love from big names in gaming. One of them is AMD, which announced today its LiquidVR SDK that will help developers customize VR content for AMD hardware. “The upcoming LiquidVR SDK makes a number of technologies available which help address obstacles in content, comfort and compatibility that together take the industry a major step closer to true, life-like presence across all VR games, applications, and experiences,” AMD said in a statement.The winners in the virtual reality war are going... Read more...
Have you been waiting to try out a virtual reality headset yourself? Good news -- Samsung today announced that its Gear VR Innovator Edition powered by Oculus is now available in the U.S. The Gear VR, as you might recall, requires a Galaxy Note 4 to drive the immersive experience. If you own one, you can slip it into the Gear VR and enjoy a full 360-degree environment. "With Gear VR Innovator Edition, Samsung is putting the device in the hands of creators to craft amazing experiences, as we define this new mobile category together," said Justin Denison, vice president, Product Strategy and Marketing,... Read more...
The point of a product like the Oculus Rift is to immerse its user like never before - they're put "into' the action. For gaming, the experience a good VR product offers can be nothing short of spectacular, but truthfully, it's not only games that can benefit from an increased level of immersion. Up to this point, we've seen different VR solutions for film, but for the most part, they've been a way to dominate your entire field-of-vision with video, rather than pit you in a 3D environment. That's something Dreamworks wants to change. At a recent Samsung conference, Dreamworks unveiled "Super Cinema",... Read more...
Oculus VR held its first developer conference where nearly 1,000 developers attended. At Oculus Connect, the developer unveiled a new, upgraded prototype of its VR headset designated Crescent Bay. The new prototype features integrated audio, 360-degree head tracking, new display technology, expanded positional tracking volume, and improved weight and ergonomics. While certainly better than the current DK2, Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe said that Crescent Bay is not the consumer version but that “it is much, much closer.” In addition to the new VR headset, new demo content... Read more...
With the Oculus Connect event underway in Hollywood, Calif., rumors are swirling that an official controller will be announced before the legions of virtual reality enthusiasts head back to the real world. Oculus, which was recently acquired by Facebook, is the maker of a virtual reality headset that puts you inside a life-like world. The Oculus Rift headset for developers. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is at the Oculus Connect event this week. Image Credit (all images): Oculus VR At the moment, you need a third-party controller if you want to have an impact on the world created by the Oculus headset.... Read more...
Whether you’re disgusted by the prospect of Facebook owning an exciting grassroots-type product like the Oculus Rift or believe, like John Carmack and Michael Abrash, that combining Facebook’ big moneybags with Oculus’ know-how will make possible all the promise of VR technology, Facebook’s blockbuster deal to acquire Oculus VR is now complete. Several months in the making, the $2 billion deal which included $400 million in cash has cleared all regulatory and practical hurdles. In a joint statement, Facebook and Oculus said, “We’re looking forward to an exciting... Read more...
Months after first announcing the availability of the $350 Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2, the new device is now shipping. More to the point, some 10,000 DK2s are shipping from the factory this July, and a Team Oculus post on Oculus’ developer forums stated that more than half of the units will be through distribution centers by the end of the month. Oculus Rift DK2 The earliest devs can expect their DK2s is July 14th. Oculus says it received about 45,000 preorders, but it’s already behind on manufacturing; even though some people were told their shipments were landing in July, most won’t... Read more...
Yeesh. One has to wonder: "Can't we all just get along?" Evidently not, as John Carmack (yes, that John Carmack) is now staring down a lawsuit from his previous employer, which suggests that he stole precious information on his way out. Carmack has of course landed at Oculus, which has since been acquired by Facebook prior to the Rift virtual reality headset ever truly launching to the public. Clearly, Oculus has blown up big, while Zenimax (Carmack's previous employer) has seen much less of the limelight. Reports suggest that Carmack is facing a suit which alleges that he stole intellectual property... Read more...
For as much hype as the Oculus Rift has garnered, it's almost impossible to believe that the actual product still isn't out. Yes, prototypes have been around, but a finalized edition for the masses has yet to see the light of day. Of course, perfecting the art of virtual reality is no small chore, and it looks as if the team is getting tantalizingly close to placing the finishing touches on the future of gaming. This week, the company announced the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2). It's been a year since the original dev kit shipped out, and a lot has been improved. All of the content developed... Read more...
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