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  • Blog Post: Ultrasound May Be The Answer To VR’s Tactile Troubles

    The conundrum of providing users physical feedback from virtual reality has seemed like a sci-fi dream for years, but British company Ultrahaptics ’ new technology may change all that. Co-developed by Professor Sriram Subramanian at the University of Bristol, the technology focuses points of ultrasound... More
  • Blog Post: Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Arrives At Retail This Week For Demo And Purchase

    Samsung has announced that you’ll soon be able to purchase its self-contained head-mounted display at retail. If you’ve been curious about trying out one of the recent virtual reality products for the first time, you’ll likely have your chance. Starting on Friday, March 27, Gear VR... More
  • Blog Post: HTC Partners With Valve For SteamVR-powered VR Headset, Vive

    HTC announced today at Mobile World Congress its virtual reality headset, the Vive, which it is building in collaboration with Valve. The Vive will have two 1200 x 1080 displays with 90 FPS refresh rates. It will allow full 360 degree viewing and a “full room-scale” experience, which will... More
  • Blog Post: Samsung Gear VR Arrives For 'Innovators' In December Starting At $199

    Oculus has announced that its first mobile virtual reality headset will be available next month for those looking to get in on the ground floor. The "Innovator Edition" will cost $199, but that doesn't include the Samsung Note 4 you'll need to make use of it. The Note 4 is available... More
  • Blog Post: The Wait For A Consumer Oculus Rift Is Now Being Counted In Months

    Before we get your hopes up too high, Oculus still has not announced a release date for the Oculus Rift. The company isn’t even confirming that it will be released in 2015, though there are certainly customers ready for that. Speaking at Web Summit 2014, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe says that the consumer... More
  • Blog Post: Here's How To Unlock Oculus Rift Support For Alien: Isolation

    Hackers have figured out way for Alien: Isolation to support Oculus Rift, and it's fairly straightforward and doesn't require extensive coding or modding. Reports on Reddit and NeoGAF have offered the following easy tutorial on how to get Oculus going in Alien: Isolation on PC: Go to the game’s... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Is Virtual Reality The Future Of Computer Interactivity?

    During today’s Oculus Connect event , the company spoke in grandiose terms about the future of virtual reality and how it will influence the way we interact with technology. What do you think? Oculus certainly made some good points during its keynote about how virtual reality will allow us to interact... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Is Creating A WinAmp-Like Visualizer For Gear VR

    The concept of seeing your music isn’t anything new. Music players like WinAmp were a mainstay in the 1990s, creating visual depictions of the music they played. Harmonix wants to do that, but in virtual reality. The company announced earlier in the week that it’s working on a project for... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Are You Interested In Portable Virtual Reality?

    This morning, Samsung and Oculus announced a new collaborative venture that will use the new Samsung Note 4 as a virtual reality display. The Gear VR isn’t a substitute for the Oculus Rift, it’s another branch of development (and one that was foreshadowed over a year ago when we spoke to... More
  • Blog Post: Samsung And Oculus Announce Mobile VR Headset

    During Gamescom 2013, we spoke with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey about his aspirations for merging virtual reality with mobile technology . Today, that vision is one step closer to reality with the announcement of the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR is an add-on for the newly announced Samsung Note 4... More
  • Blog Post: Facebook Completes Oculus Acquisition

    The $2 billion deal that rocketed virtual reality into the mainstream conversation closed today. Facebook now officially owns Oculus VR. Facebook and Oculus issued a joint statement today following the completion of the deal. “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Calls Zenimax Lawsuit ‘Misleading' And 'Unjust’ In Court Filing

    Last month, Bethesda Softworks and Id Software parent Zenimax filed suit against Oculus VR for misappropriation of intellectual property . Today, Oculus has filed its formal response with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In the filing, Oculus asserts that Zenimax is... More
  • Blog Post: Firm That Teamed Up With Microsoft On Xbox 360 Controller Acquired By Oculus

    Oculus has taken a step toward becoming a technology corporation matryoshka doll. After its own acquisition by Facebook in March of this year, the company has made a purchase of its own. Carbon Design Group, which partnered with Microsoft on the Xbox 360 controller, will become part of the product engineering... More
  • Blog Post: The Creator Of Words With Friends Is Making An Oculus Game

    Paul Bettner, the creator of Words with Friends, is trying his hand at something new. His company, Playful Corp., has signed a deal with Oculus VR to create a new, Rift-exclusive title. Lucky’s Tale is a third-person virtual reality platformer. We’ve seen Oculus show off third-person experiences... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Claims Carmack Left Id After Being Barred From VR Work

    Oculus VR has provided Game Informer with a more detailed statement related to Zenimax’s claims of intellectual property theft . Last week, the Bethesda Softworks parent alleged that Oculus is using unlicensed technology in its virtual reality work. The claim stems from allegations that Id co-founder... More
  • Blog Post: Zenimax Claims Oculus/Palmer Luckey Misappropriated Its Intellectual Property

    Update: In light of Zenimax's legal action , we've updated the wording of this news post to better reflect Zenimax's claims against Oculus. Update: John Carmack has commented on the claims made by Zenimax."No work I have ever done has been patented," Carmack said via Twitter . "Zenimax... More
  • Blog Post: Facebook Bid To Buy Oculus Passes Anti-Trust Examination

    Facebook is clear to go through with its purchase of Oculus following Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice approval. The $2 billion deal was announced on March 25 . On March 25, before the deal was announced, Facebook stock closed at $64.89. It opened today at $63.43 (-$1.46) and is down... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Has Sold 25,000 Dev Kit 2 Units, 60,000 Original Kits

    Whether you believe that virtual reality is the next entertainment frontier or a passing fad, the recent flood of hardware prototypes has probably caught your attention. We spent a lot of our time at GDC testing head mounted displays (some good, some not so good). Oculus continues to be at the forefront... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Brings On Another Valve VR Employee

    Oculus VR has announced the hiring of Aaron Nicholls, who worked with Atman Binstock at Valve. Nicholls departs the house of Newell after two years working on a “wide range of perceptual and physical considerations necessary for delivering presence in VR” according to his LinkedIn profile... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Notch Cancels Oculus Rift Version Of Minecraft

    Update: Following his note on Twitter about canceling Minecraft for Oculus, Mojang founder Markus "notch" Persson elaborated his position on his personal blog. He recounts his recent trip to Oculus headquarters, which was a backer reward for funding the Oculus Rift Kickstarter at the $10,000... More
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