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  • Blog Post: Lucky's Tale Shows How Platformers Can Work With Oculus Rift

    When Lucky's Tale was announced last week , I was skeptical about how a 3D platformer might work in virtual reality. While I think Lucky's Tale has room to improve, it definitely makes the case that third-person experiences can succeed quite well in this medium. Lucky's Tale, which is under... More
  • Blog Post: Superhot Lives Up To Its Name In Virtual Reality

    During our meeting with Oculus, we had a chance to be Neo (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) in indie Kickstarter darling Superhot Team's eponymous title. Superhot's conceit is that bullets only move when you do, making for strategic first-person shooting like nothing else I've ever played... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus-Powered Alien: Isolation Stabbed Me Through The Chest

    If you've been following our coverage of virtual reality innovations emerging throughout the industry, you probably suspected that Oculus VR would be here at E3 in Los Angeles. Despite that crystal ball-like foresight, you might not have anticipated that Creative Assembly's upcoming Alien: Isolation... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Hires Valve’s Former Steam Boss As Head Of Platform

    Jason Holtman was once the man at the top of PC gaming’s most powerful platform. He left Valve in February 2013 and ended up at Microsoft for a short stint . Now, he’s been hired to join a number of his former Valve colleagues at Oculus VR. Holtman will serve as Oculus’ head of platform... More
  • Blog Post: Valve’s Michael Abrash Joins Oculus VR Team

    Michael Abrash, who has been working for Valve since 2011 on its virtual reality project, has joined Oculus VR. The move comes just days after Facebook’s $2 billion buyout of the virtual reality company. Abrash joins former colleague Atman Binstock , Id co-founder John Carmack, and a growing roster... More
  • Blog Post: Facebook Stock Closes Down 7 Percent Following Oculus Acquisition

    Yesterday, we learned that $2 billion buys you talent and the most promising virtual reality startup in the market. Today, we discovered that Facebook investors aren’t sure what to make of that. Following yesterday’s surprise purchase of Oculus VR for $400 million in cash and approximately... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus’ Acquisition 'Almost Happened Overnight'

    It was just one week ago that we met with Oculus VR on the eve of the company announcing its second developer kit . Since then, Oculus inked a deal with Facebook worth $2 billion in cash and stock. Most acquisitions, especially when dealing with valuation this high, take months. Oculus’ transition... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Does The Facebook Acquisition Change Your View Of The Oculus Rift?

    Facebook bought Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift headset, for about $2 billion. This leaves a lot of unanswered questions about the future of the company and the device. Are you still excited about virtual reality? Or does this move poison your enthusiasm? On one hand, being a part of a... More
  • Blog Post: Facebook To Acquire Oculus VR In $2 Billion Deal

    Facebook has just announced that it will acquire virtual reality startup Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion. The deal includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock valued at approximately $1.6 billion. When we spoke with founder Palmer Luckey at Gamescom 2013, we discussed... More
  • Blog Post: Pre-Orders For 1080p, Head Tracking Oculus Dev Kit Open

    Yesterday, we had a chance to go hands-on with Oculus' second developer kit, which is available today for pre-order. The $350 unit incorporates the Crystal Cove motion tracking technology we reported on from CES in January, placing the sensor array behind an LED-permeable piece of plastic. It will... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus VR CEO: 'We're Not Far Away' From Consumer Model

    Following our demo with Oculus' second development kit (read our impressions ), we sat down with CEO Brendon Iribe and Rift inventor Palmer Luckey to talk about the road to a consumer model. We found out that you might not need to wait much longer for virtual reality in your living room. The new... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Rift Developer Kits Hit Production Hitch

    Even though you've probably heard of the Oculus Rift, there isn't actually a consumer version yet. Oculus VR has only produced developer versions, and thanks to a component shortage, even those may not be available much longer. According to a Reddit post from Oculus VR community manager Andres... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus VR To Co-Publish EVE: Valkyrie

    At Gamescom 2013 and, more recently, CES 2014 we had the opportunity to get our hands on CCP Games’ virtual reality dogfighting game, EVE: Valkyrie. We came away impressed, especially since our demo was complete with the HD version of the Oculus Rift headset. Today, Oculus VR has announced that... More
  • Blog Post: Former EA Partners Chief David DeMartini Joins Oculus VR

    Back in August 2009, we published a story on the origins and philosophy behind EA Partners . The division focused on leveraging EA’s relationships and know-how to help developers outside of the publisher’s immediate family. Titles like Syndicate, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Brutal Legend... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus VR Secures $75 Million To Staff Up For Consumer Rift

    Oculus VR has secured another round of funding, this time in the amount of $75 million. The investment comes by way of Netscape founder (and mind behind the modern web browser) Marc Andreessen’s VC firm, Andreessen Horowitz. The purpose of the funds is to allow Oculus to increase staffing in anticipation... More
  • Blog Post: John Carmack Departs Id Software

    In early August, Oculus VR announced that id Software co-founder John Carmack had signed on as chief technology officer. At the time, id was quick to reassure fans that one of the minds behind Doom was staying on board in some capacity. Today, IGN reports that Carmack has left id to focus on Oculus VR... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus VR Is Working On A New Devkit, Retail Likely To Run On Android

    During Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this August, we had the chance to sit down with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and vice president of product Nate Mitchell. During that interview , we spoke about Luckey's interest in pairing the Rift virtual reality headset with mobile devices. That sentiment... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Co-Hosting November Oculus Educational Event In Boston

    Microsoft and Academic Research Consulting are teaming up to bring Oculus VR's Laird Malamed and other company staff to Boston for an event titled The Future of Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift. Oculus team members will be joined by independent developers and researchers from a number of local... More
  • Blog Post: You Are Not Alone In This Trippy Oculus Rift Horror Game

    Welcome to the evolution of horror games. The Oculus Rift has the potential to create new levels of immersion, and this new experience called "Alone" plays with that concept while playing on every horror game fan's fear: What if the on-screen experience starts bleeding into reality? Alone... More
  • Blog Post: Lift Up Your Visual Scanning For This Oculus Rift Star Wars Trench Run Demo

    We've seen a number of fun things come out of the Oculus Rift creator community. We've seen heads chopped off and a man suspend himself from a tree to simulate skydiving (note: please do not sue Oculus VR if you fall out of a tree). Today we'll finally get to bullseye a ray-shielded shaft... More
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