Tag: Oculus

Google’s VersaillesVR is a hyper-real tour of the famous French palace

Famously opulent and sprawling, the Palace of Versailles is one of France’s top tourist destinations, and fully worthy of its brief train ride from Paris. But if you have a Steam-compatible VR headset, you can now view the Palace from home — with a better tour and with more detail than in reality, thanks to […]

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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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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond hands-on — Advancing VR combat on the Oculus Rift

Oculus and Respawn Entertainment have finally revealed their secret project as Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a big-budget virtual reality game coming in 2020 for the Oculus Rift and Rift S VR headsets. The first-person shooter game revealed today at Oculus Connect 6 in San Jose, California, is perhaps the biggest effort underway to […]

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Johnson & Johnson wants to bring VR to doctors-in-training worldwide

The Johnson & Johnson Institute said that training surgeons using Oculus virtual reality headsets is paying off in big ways, and it hopes that such training will be available worldwide to all surgeons in the future. Sandra Humbles, the vice president of global education solutions at the Johnson & Johnson Institute, talked about the effective […]

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Oculus confirms multiple prototype AR glasses, development of live maps

During today’s Oculus Connect 6 event, Facebook hardware lead Andrew Bosworth confirmed today that the company is working on AR glasses — but in the meanwhile, it’s working on the software side of the equation: live maps, specifically accurate and frequently updated spatial maps of the world and buildings within it. According to Bosworth, Facebook […]

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Zuckerberg: $100 million spent so far in Oculus Store

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that consumers have spent more than $100 million to date on apps in the Oculus Store. Zuckerberg made the announcement at the beginning of his keynote talk at the Oculus Connect 6 event in San Jose, California. That’s one piece of data that shows that developers are seeing some success […]

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Watch the Oculus Connect 6 keynote live here

Having pre-announced Oculus Connect 6 in mid-June, Facebook is finally ready to reveal what the next six months have in store for its virtual and augmented reality divisions. Its developer-focused gathering is once again being held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, where attendees will have access to dozens of sessions over two days, each toplined by […]

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Survios launches VR game Battlewake on the high seas this Tuesday

Survios is launching its Battlewake virtual reality game on Tuesday across multiple VR platforms. The company is best known for other combat games like Raw Data and Creed: Rise to Glory. But this is the first title set on the high seas. In Battlewake, you play a pirate captain with supernatural powers that can help […]

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Facebook denies that Oculus Quest and Rift S share your room data

Facebook’s data harvesting and sharing practices have deservedly come under fire over the past two years, but the company wants to put a recent rumor to rest: It’s not gathering or sharing data about the rooms where its Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets are being used, and if that changes in the future, it […]

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Oculus CTO Carmack downplays consumer AR, calls Magic Leap overhyped

In the world of mixed reality hardware and software, few people have the expert-level credibility of Oculus CTO John Carmack, whose pioneering 3D work at id Software broke new ground on personal computers years before he turned his attention to bringing VR hardware to life. While Oculus’s owner, Facebook, recently suggested that the future of […]

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Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Oculus mobile VR leader leaves Facebook

There’s a changing of the guard in the leadership at Oculus VR, the division that Facebook acquired for $3 billion in 2014. Max Cohen, former head of mobile VR, is leaving the company at the end of the month. Cohen started as the vice president of mobile in 2014, and he led the Gear VR […]

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Facebook: Expect Oculus Insight tracking in future wearable AR glasses

Ask any Oculus Quest or Rift S user to name the headset’s most impressive new feature, and there’s a good chance they’ll point to Insight, the tracking system that accurately senses your head and body movements without external cameras. In blog posts today, Facebook is revealing some of Insight’s little-known technical details while making an […]

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Oculus Quest keeps improving in important but screenshot-defying ways

Like almost everyone who writes about virtual reality, I struggle on a daily basis with the knowledge that the new medium defies easy descriptions — it’s sometimes like trying to explain the appeal of television through a radio. Even “good” VR is more immersive than TV and cannot be replicated on a 2D screen, so […]

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Oculus VR cofounder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook

Nate Mitchell, one of the last remaining Oculus cofounders left at the Facebook-owned company, has announced that he is leaving after seven years. Having most recently headed up Oculus’s Rift team, Mitchell shared the “bittersweet news” in a Reddit post today. This is breaking news and will be updated shortly. Please refresh for additional details.

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Sony wins 30% of VR hardware revenues as demand fades for cheap headsets

The market for virtual reality hardware is officially shifting away from budget-priced, low-performance headsets, Strategy Analytics said today, as demand has evaporated for Google’s Cardboard and Daydream products, as well as Samsung’s Gear VR. Consequently, midrange to high-end headsets from Sony, Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC earned 77% of all revenue generated globally by VR headsets last year, […]

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Khronos releases OpenXR 1.0 for AR/VR, backed by Epic, Microsoft, and Oculus

Four months after the Khronos Group debuted an provisional OpenXR specification for AR and VR platforms, seeking industry input, it’s kicking off Siggraph today with the official release of OpenXR 1.0 — an open, royalty-free, cross-platform standard supported by major hardware and software companies. The specification will enable extended reality applications to run with less […]

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Amazon launches Prime Video VR for Oculus Go, Quest, and Gear VR

Amazon’s Prime Video service hasn’t become as big of a player in the streaming video market as Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube, but as a spiff for Prime delivery subscribers, it can be fun to explore. Today, Amazon is releasing a new Prime Video VR app to expand the service’s footprint in two ways: It’s launching […]

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Oculus Quest gets Venues and control tweaks, will run Go apps later in 2019

Oculus’s premium standalone headset Quest is in the midst of receiving its first round of significant software updates, the company has announced, and will soon dramatically widen its app support. While a couple of small but significant improvements are arriving this week, Oculus plans to let Quest run apps for the lower-end Go headset by […]

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