Tag: Oculus

The VR headset market is about to get way too crowded and confusing

Once, there was a single VR headset. Today there are quite a few, and within months, there will certainly be too many in the marketplace for most people to count. Consumers are about to enter the most confusing time in VR’s history. There are already four tiers of decidedly different devices to choose from, and throughout […]

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Oculus Rift S versus Oculus Rift: the spec comparison chart

After months of rumors and a somewhat damning leak, Facebook’s Oculus division today made the Oculus Rift S official as its follow up to 2016’s Oculus Rift. The Rift S is solely for use with Windows 10 PCs, and we have tons of additional details and insight in our announcement story and Oculus interview. As […]

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4 lessons we learnt raising money for our VR adtech startup

The past few year have been tough for adtech companies. With growth and profits squeezed by the duopoly of Google-Facebook, and disappointing IPOs such as RocketFuel, Rubicon or Tremor Video, adtech fell out of VCs’ good books. On a similar trajectory, the VR industry has been in a trough of disillusionment since 2016, two years […]

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Oculus Quest’s new app screening process could kill the $399 VR platform

It’s easy to root for higher quality software: In the “anything goes” app store era, great apps are routinely surrounded by masses of junky ones. Having to wade through trash sucks for consumers, and is now frustrating even the app stores’ operators. Facebook’s Oculus division thinks it has a solution to this problem. With only […]

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GDC 2019 survey: 33% Of VR devs are working on Vive, 21% On Quest

GDC’s annual State of the Game Industry survey of developers is out ahead of the 2019 Game Developers Conference in March and it offers some some new data about developer sentiment relative to the VR/AR market. You can check out last year’s report here showing Vive continues to drive the most interest among developers. On this year’s […]

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Facebook and Microsoft patent filings offer dueling visions of small AR headsets

Augmented reality headsets are too large for mainstream users, commonly sporting design elements that look to have been inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars props. That’s about to change: After more natural-looking AR headsets were shown at the 2019 CES, patent documents submitted by Facebook and Microsoft show that both companies are trying to make AR glasses […]

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SuperData: VR grew 30% in 2018 thanks to PSVR, Oculus Quest will be 2019’s hit

After floundering in 2017, virtual reality hardware actually outperformed optimistic sales expectations in 2018, SuperData Research said today, with annual VR revenues reaching $3.6 billion — higher than the Nielsen-owned firm’s late 2018 forecast of $3.3 billion. That’s a 30 percent year over year increase in revenues, a particularly noteworthy improvement given holiday price drops on […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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5 big questions VR faces in 2019

Between the launch of Oculus Go, Vive Pro, and an onslaught of new titles, 2018 was a busy year for VR. But it’s no secret that more exciting developments lay ahead for 2019. Current PC VR headsets are starting to get a little long in the tooth and in need of a refresh, whereas the […]

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Oculus reveals DeepFocus, an open source AI renderer for varifocal VR

When Facebook’s Oculus unit revealed a next-generation prototype VR headset called Half Dome in May, one of its signature features was a “varifocal” display system that actually moved the screens inside to mimic focus changes in the user’s eyes. Now the company has revealed DeepFocus, the software rendering system used to power the varifocus feature, […]

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Facebook: VR will be a daily shopping and socializing tool

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus back in 2014, there was no shortage of speculation that the social network’s goal was to generate advertising revenue inside VR headsets. Backed by a survey of 11,300 people across 11 countries, a newly posted Facebook report for marketers suggests how those dollars will be made: by enabling […]

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Worldscale VR is exciting … and maybe dangerous

Oculus formally unveiled the Oculus Quest last month. It’s a 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom) standalone headset, meaning no tethers and no external computer. Yet it has essentially all the same features and capability as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. At $400, the Quest and similarly priced standalones like the upcoming Vive Focus make VR […]

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HTC Vive joins VirtualLink, a cable standard now backed by all major PC VR players

A universal cable standard for virtual reality devices can’t be considered “universal” without the participation of all the major makers of VR hardware. That vision is coming closer to reality now that HTC Vive has announced it’s joining a group focused on bringing USB-C connectors to all future VR headsets. Back in July, an organization called the […]

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Oculus Co-Founder Leaves Facebook As Rift 2 Headset Is Canceled

Not too long after Instagram co-founders announced their departure from Facebook, Brendan Iribe has now confirmed that he’s leaving Facebook. He’s the former CEO and co-founder of Oculus, the virtual reality company that Facebook acquired a few years back. Iribe’s departure comes after some changes in the VR company which resulted in the cancelation of […]

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Oculus Video On Demand Offerings Have Been Shut Down

Watching movies in virtual reality (VR) is one of the uses of the technology, so it was no surprise that devices like the Oculus Rift had options to allow users to rent titles to watch using the headset. However according to a report from Variety, it appears that the feature has since been shut down. […]

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Oculus says future Rift hardware is coming despite Iribe’s exit

As reported earlier today, Oculus cofounder Brendan Iribe announced that he’s leaving the company, the latest in a string of executive-level departures from Facebook. But despite a report claiming that Iribe quit over Facebook’s decision to cancel “Rift 2,” a company spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that a next-generation Oculus Rift headset is still in the works. The […]

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Survey: AR/VR startups are leaving international money on the table

The bulk of AR/VR startups aren’t selling outside their own backyards, at a time when growing revenue and extending financial runways have become critical to survival. So while there is money to be had internationally, many are simply leaving it on the table. While Chinese computer vision/AR investment grew 3x to $3.9 billion over the last […]

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Varjo raises $31 million for industrial VR headset with human-eye resolution

Varjo, a Finnish startup that’s building a high resolution virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (XR) headset that promises clarity comparable to the human eye, has announced it has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Atomico, with participation from Next 47, EQT Ventures, and Lifeline Ventures. “Traditional” VR headsets […]

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