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  • Blog Post: Anatomy Of A Nauseating VR Experience

    This weekend at Oculus's first Connect event in Los Angeles, I experienced amazing VR experiences on the developer kit 2 (DK2), Samsung Gear VR, and the brand new Crescent Bay feature prototype. I've participated in Oculus demos that have had varying success in creating a sense of presence, but... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Announces A New Feature Prototype: Crescent Bay

    Oculus has announced a new headmounted display that is "as big a leap forward as DK2 was from DK1." Crescent Bay adds key features and integrates some of the work that Michael Abrash and his team were working at Valve. The new headset harks back a bit to Crystal Cove with its exposed LEDs,... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The Oculus Connect Keynote

    Oculus is about to kick off its first colloquium for developers. We're here live to cover the announcements and demos. You can watch the keynote talks with CEO Brendan Iribe at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, followed by presentations by Michael Abrash at 10: 45 a.m. and John Carmack at 11:30 a.m. You can watch... More
  • Blog Post: Gearbox Is Tinkering With Oculus Rift And Project Morpheus Virtual Reality Hardware

    Last week, we got to see Battleborn’s competitive and cooperative gameplay in action. During the question-and-answer session, someone inquired about whether the studio had explored the potential of virtual reality, specifically Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus. “We have development... 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: Brace Yourself For This VR Journey Through Westeros In Minecraft

    Winter has arrived on the Minecraft Game of Thrones -themed server, WesterosCraft, and one Virtuix employee braved virtual Westeros on-foot on the Omni treadmill. Virtuix Omni has released a demonstration of a developer using the Omni and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to traverse iconic locales... 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: Eve: Valkyrie Shows Off The Potential Virtual Reality

    With virtual reality coming into the fold this year, Eve: Valkyrie leads the charge with an incredibly immersive, intense experience. I had a chance to pilot a round during this year's E3, and a play session of Eve: Valkyrie is something everyone should experience at least once. It's almost surreal... More
  • Blog Post: Naughty Dog Founder Jason Rubin Joins Oculus Rift

    Today, Oculus Rift announced that Naughty Dog founder and former THQ executive Jason Rubin has joined the company. Rubin will be leading Oculus Rift’s first-party content development for the VR headset. In a post on Oculus’ website, Rubin said, “There have only been a handful of times... More
  • Blog Post: Jimmy Fallon And Channing Tatum Take Project Morpheus For A Spin

    Last night on The Tonight Show , Jimmy Fallon and guest Channing Tatum spent some time with Sony's Project Morpheus. We haven't seen much of Project Morpheus publicly yet, though that will likely change next week during E3. In the video Fallon, Tatum, and technology journalist Joshua Topolsky... 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: Sonic The Hedgehog Fan-Mod Modified For Oculus Rift

    Chadtronic on YouTube , a channel which usually specializes in playing Nintendo games on the Oculus Rift, recently decided to give Nintendo's former biggest rival a test run with a Sonic the Hedgehog game. The mod seen in the video below isn't an official Sega Sonic game. Instead it's called... More
  • Blog Post: Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill Shipping This Summer

    If you were following our virtual reality coverage from GDC, you might recall a piece about the Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill . We got to try it out and, despite our best efforts, did not kill ourselves in the process. You, too, will be able to avoid face planting (thanks to an extremely sturdy support harness... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What's More Exciting? Virtual Reality Or Augmented Reality?

    With Oculus Rift's latest developments and Sony's Morpheus , the future of virtual reality is on everybody's mind (or face if we're being technical). Recent reports , as well as previously reported on IllumiRoom projection technology point towards Microsoft possibly pursuing something... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Microsoft Invested In Wearable Augmented Reality Computing

    A recent report shows that though Microsoft hasn't shown or demoed any kind of head-mounted technology, like Oculus Rift or Sony's Project Morpheus, it certainly has its eye on it. According to a report form TechCrunch citing unnamed sources, Microsoft has purchased the intellectual property... 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: [Update] Razer CEO Offers To Help Mojang With Virtual Reality Minecraft

    Update: We spoke with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan about his offer to assist Mojang founder Markus "notch" Persson with a Minecraft VR. While Razer isn't willing to discuss upcoming projects, we did speak briefly about VR and how Razer's work intersects the growing trend. Tan says that Razer... 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: Watch Sony's Project Morpheus Unveiling From GDC

    Sony announced that it was getting in the VR business during a presentation at last week's GDC. If you missed out on the unveiling , don't worry – the company has posted it in its entirety. You can watch the whole thing in the video below. For our hands-on impressions of the device, be... 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
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