Tag: Oculus Quest

Panasonic VR glasses hands-on: An intriguing vision in need of a platform

I’ve written plenty of words complaining about the shameful state of a VR market heading into 2020 in which Oculus Go is a best-seller with its limited interactions and a nearly defunct 3DoF development platform. So I’ll accept being called a hypocrite to report Panasonic’s 3DoF headset at CES 2020 is one of the most interesting VR prototypes I […]

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Oculus Quest back-ordered until February

New orders of the Oculus Quest headset ordered on Facebook’s Oculus website aren’t expected to ship until mid-February in the United Sates. Facebook’s standalone VR headset sold out at several online stores ahead of Christmas. Now, the website warns new orders of the $400 64 gigabyte or $500 128 gigabyte system should ship by Feb. 20 […]

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Oculus Quest gets dynamic fixed foveated rendering

The Oculus Quest now has a Dynamic Fixed Foveated Rendering (FFR) feature, which developers can use instead of manually setting the FFR level. Fixed Foveated Rendering is a rendering feature that developers can use on Oculus Quest. It renders the peripheral of the lenses at a lower resolution than the center, making it easier for […]

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Oculus Quest’s controller-free hand-tracking SDK is now available

The SDK for controller-free hand-tracking on Oculus Quest is now available, so developers can start integrating the feature into their apps. Controller-free hand tracking for Quest was first announced in September at Oculus Connect 6, and shipped last week as an experimental feature. It uses the four cameras on the Oculus Quest and advanced computer vision algorithms, powered […]

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Hands-on: Oculus Quest hand tracking looks cool, and sometimes even works

When a company unexpectedly adds a major new feature to a device after you’ve purchased it, or downplays the feature as a “bonus” that isn’t core to the product’s functionality, it’s tempting to accept the feature — flaws and all — as better than not having it at all. That thought has been on my […]

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Oculus friends lists now has text chat … if you link account to Facebook

More than five years after launch, Oculus now has text chat, as long as you link your ID to your Facebook account. This means you can now arrange VR sessions with your Oculus friends from your phone or PC. Keep in mind that linking your Facebook account now means your VR data may be collected and […]

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Where Thoughts Go is an intimate social VR experience on Oculus Quest

The intimate and award-winning social VR experience Where Thoughts Go: Prologue is now on the Oculus Quest. In it, you discover anonymous audio clips recorded by other users, and record your own to be left in the virtual world for other users to discover. It’s a complicated concept that is, in all honestly, best explained […]

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Oculus Quest update adds AMD support for Link and your voice

Oculus Quest system software v12 is now rolling out, adding Voice Commands, AMD support for Link, and experimental controller-free hand tracking. Voice Commands will let you navigate the menu, launch apps, and search. Facebook says this feature is rolling out gradually, so even if you get v12 you may not get Voice Commands immediately. If […]

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Path of the Warrior is VR’s Streets of Rage, and it’s out now

The studio that created the black-and-white psychological thriller Wilson’s Heart for virtual reality is back. Developer Twisted Pixel Games launched Path of the Warrior tonight during The Game Awards live from Los Angeles. The game puts players inside of a classic beat-’em-up that you would find in the arcade or on an early console. But […]

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Vader Immortal proved VR ‘experiences’ are just underdeveloped games

Vader Immortal was supposed to be a big deal. Developed by Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, the three-episode Star Wars VR series was described by famed writer and executive producer David S. Goyer as his “dream come true” — an immersive narrative about legendary villain Darth Vader “conceived and executed specifically for the VR medium,” launching on Oculus […]

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Vive Cosmos VR headset has an inexcusable flaw — horrid tracking

Virtual reality isn’t the massive business that many of us thought it would turn into back in 2015 and 2016. But it’s still chugging along with new software and hardware like HTC’s Vive Cosmos. The $699 headset is available now and represents a series of upgrades over first-generation Vive systems. But in my testing, a […]

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Oculus Link beta hands-on: How Quest might kill Rift S for wired PC VR

It’s easy to see the almost limitless sales potential of a VR headset that can operate fully on its own or switch to become a viewer for a nearby computer. Assuming that it offers very good performance in both modes, such a device would be a much easier — and likely smarter — pick for users […]

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Oculus releases Link USB cable specs and PC VR beta software for Quest

Absent official sales numbers, there are still plenty of reasons to believe that the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset has been a qualified hit for Facebook — likely more so than the Rift S headset that was launched for PCs. Today, Facebook is giving Quest a major boost with the release of Oculus Link beta […]

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Echo Arena’s Oculus Quest post is now coming in 2020

You’ll have to wait just a little longer to jump into zero gravity on Oculus Quest. Ready at Dawn this week announced that its upcoming port of Echo Arena to the standalone VR headset has been delayed. It’s now coming some time in 2020, though there’s no specific timing beyond that. We weren’t entirely sure […]

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Machu Picchu is coming to Oculus Quest’s National Geographic Explore app

An all-new adventure is making its way to the National Geographic Explore VR app: Machu Picchu. This Oculus Studios-published app was released at the launch of Quest back in May. Developed by Force Field VR, the interactive experience takes you to extreme places on the planet. Its first experience, for example, takes you on an expedition to […]

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Oculus Link beta: What to expect from linking PC and standalone VR

Oculus Link addresses one of the most requested features for the Quest standalone VR headset from Facebook. Facebook announced the upgrade at its Oculus Connect 6 VR developer’s conference in September and, when Oculus Link arrives sometime in November, the Oculus Quest all-in-one wireless VR headset will be able to convert into a PC-powered mode […]

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Oculus Quest headset might be getting an assistant

A new application package on the Oculus Quest seems to indicate that the device may receive a feature called the “Oculus Assistant” in a future update. The application appears in the Quest’s v10 firmware, listed under the ‘Unknown Sources’ tab of the library for those who have enabled Developer Mode on their device. The package […]

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SuperData: Facebook sold 180,000 Oculus Quests in Q3 2019

Back in September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Oculus Connect 6 event that the company was making Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets as fast as it could make them. But apparently Facebook isn’t able to make all that many of them. Nielsen’s SuperData market research firm said that Oculus sold 180,000 units of […]

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Oculus Quest’s hand-tracking drains just 7 minutes from headset’s battery life

The upcoming hand-tracking feature for Oculus Quest reduces battery life by just 7 minutes, according to Facebook. Hand Tracking was announced during the week at Oculus Connect 6, Facebook’s annual VR/AR conference. Releasing early next year, it will allow users to interact with the Quest menu and supported apps without using the Touch controllers. During the developer […]

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Oculus Quest gets Go apps, Passthrough+, and easier firmware updates

If you’re an Oculus Quest user, there’s some great news to share: One of the standalone VR headset’s worst annoyances — a “wait for it” firmware update process — is getting fixed today in a version 9.0 firmware update, which also includes a handful of new features that have been in the works for months. […]

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Facebook: Oculus Link will work with SteamVR games, too

You should be able to play SteamVR games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and No Man’s Sky on your Oculus Quest when Oculus Link arrives in November. Facebook revealed this new feature at Oculus Connect 6. The free update will enable a Quest to play Rift games when you plug the headset into a VR-ready […]

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Oculus CTO John Carmack: Our social missteps are ‘kinda embarrassing’

Oculus VR and its parent company Facebook have not yet released the defining social experience for virtual reality. And you might think that is a bit weird for one of the world’s biggest social media companies, and one of its major executives agrees with you. During a keynote presentation at Oculus Connect 6 today, Oculus […]

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Facebook is doubling down on Oculus Quest — for better and worse

As an Oculus Quest owner, I should be thrilled that Facebook’s Oculus Connect 6 keynote yesterday was so heavily Quest-focused. After a series of major announcements, it’s clear that virtually all roads now lead to Quest in the long term. But I’m not thrilled with how Quest is looking in the short term, particularly as […]

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