Tag: Oculus

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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Google’s Owlchemy Labs reveals ARCore spectator experiment

Google’s Owlchemy Labs just revealed one of its experiments using ARCore on a phone to offer a spectator view into the upcoming game Vacation Simulator. At Oculus Connect 5, Facebook’s teams demonstrated a series of experiments that together included full body tracking, arena-scale movement freedom and mixed reality which incorporates real objects into the virtual world. In […]

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ProBeat: Oculus Connect 5 taught me Facebook Live still sucks

As part of our Oculus Connect 5 coverage this week, we sent Dean Takahashi to the event in San Jose, California while the broader VentureBeat team supported him remotely by watching the livestream. Unfortunately, just like last year, Oculus chose Facebook Live. And just like last year, it was a poor experience. The day one […]

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Superhot VR on Oculus Quest hands-on — More room to maneuver in slo-mo shooter

Facebook’s Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset will have 50 titles when it debuts in the spring of 2019. And one of those is Superhot VR, the slow-motion shooter game developed by Superhot Team for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR devices. The original game was designed to be played while standing in place. […]

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The DeanBeat: Will the Oculus Quest get Zuckerberg to his 1 billion VR users?

It was a big moment for virtual reality this week when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the Oculus Quest, a standalone, wireless VR headset that will debut for $400 in the spring of 2019. The Quest raises the question for game developers about whether it will be the form of VR that takes off in […]

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Face Your Fears 2 for Oculus Quest hands-on — Jump scares are frightening in VR

Face Your Fears 2 is one of the titles coming for the Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset in the spring. And it checks off the box for a horror game with a lot of jump scares. The sequel to the 2016 Oculus Rift VR title Face Your Fears is under development at Turtle Rock […]

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Oculus CTO John Carmack hopes VR will connect people across the globe

John Carmack had an apt opening line in his Oculus Connect 5 keynote speech today in San Jose, California. “A long-term vision can be a rug you sweep your current shortcomings under,” said the chief technology officer at Facebook’s Oculus division. He proceeded to talk for 90 minutes about a lot of small details about […]

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Watch the Oculus Connect 5 John Carmack keynote live

Yesterday was the first day of Facebook’s annual Oculus Connect developers event, and it delivered on quite a few hardware and software announcements: Oculus Quest and Oculus Go updates, plus new software announcements. Today is Oculus CTO John Carmack’s day to shine, and you can watch it live online! Today’s second keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific […]

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Oculus Quest hands-on — The untethered Dead & Buried is a completely different game

Dead & Buried was one of the finest multiplayer games on the Oculus Rift when it debuted in 2016. But the Wild West gunslinger shooter game was mobility limited, with only two players squaring off against another two in a fairly tight arena. But today, Facebook showed a demo of its new Oculus Quest virtual reality […]

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Oculus Quest hands-on — The freedom of playing tennis in VR without wires

Facebook showed a demo of its new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset on Wednesday, and it could be quite liberating because it gets rid of those pesky wires that have kept VR tethered. The Oculus Quest will arrive as a stand-alone product — you won’t need to connect it to a computer to play with […]

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