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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...
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...
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...
With the Oculus Rift, HTC's Vive and Sony's PlayStation VR soon to hit the market, we're about to enter the modern era of Virtual Reality. We've been talking a lot about various solutions over the past couple of months, as well as other things related to the VR ecosystem. A consistent message we've heard is that to enjoy VR to its fullest on the PC, a powerful system is going to be needed, especially with respect to graphics. As unfortunate as it might be, VR workload is taxing on a system and generally requires more expensive hardware under the hood, in addition to the cost of VR kit with its... 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...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss our hands and eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift, highlights from our Intel Developer's Forum coverage, Intel's Bay Trail Atom SoC, Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c announcements, give a sneak peek at a Haswell-based Intel NUC small form factor PC and more! Show Notes: 00:59 - Hands and Eyes On The Oculus Rift VR System 06:05 - IDF 13 Highlights: Broadwell, Kaveri, and More 12:34 - Betting On Bay Trail: Intel's Atom Overhaul Tested  20:22 - Apple Officially Unwraps Plastic iPhone 5C,... Read more...
Although IDF13 is a decidedly Intel-centric event each year (obviously), it doesn’t stop numerous companies from camping out at nearby venues to steal away travelling tech journalists for a few moments of face time. Traditionally, AMD is one of those companies, and as you have probably guessed by now, we stopped in to see what AMD had on display.     As expected, AMD’s numerous demos all featured various APUs, which powered a number of notebooks, 2-in-1 devices, tablets, and AIO systems. Most of the rigs had been previously released, but we did catch a glimpse at an upcoming,... Read more...