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Gamers picking up the first consumer Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will notice a very familiar controller scheme -- the company just announced it will ship with an Xbox One wireless controller and adapter packed in. Although it doesn't support plugging into game consoles directly, Oculus and...

June 11th 2015 at 1:24pm 0 Comments
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Three long years after Oculus unveiled its VR headset to the world, it now finally has one ready for consumers. Say hello to the Rift headset that you can actually buy. It features two OLED screens that promises clarity, low-persistence flickering and a wide field of view. It also has a tracking s...

June 11th 2015 at 1:15pm 0 Comments
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Oculus is holding a very special event today in San Francisco simply called "Step into the Rift," and it's presumed to be, at long last, the unveiling of the consumer version of its VR headset. There isn't much we know yet about what will happen, but we're assuming we'll at least get to see what t...

June 11th 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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I flew over snowcapped mountains with the wind in my face. Actually the mountains were virtual and the wind was just two fans blowing at my head. But, if you've ever wanted to be Superman, the folks at Mindride have you covered. That is if you're fine being strapped into a harness and shoving a sw...

June 10th 2015 at 8:33pm 0 Comments
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The Oculus VR crew has been doling out hints about what the mainstream version of its headset will do, but the controller? It's been pretty tight-lipped so far. However, the company just gave an inadvertent clue as to what it's been working on. Fans have discovered a concept image that Oculus' Pal...

June 9th 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments
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The Oculus Rift is prepared to melt your perceived reality in early 2016 -- if you have the proper PC. If not, a new, Rift-ready PC plus the headset itself should cost around $1,500, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said today at the Re/code conference. "We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to g...

May 27th 2015 at 8:07pm 0 Comments
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I'm willing to bet that one of the best things about having Facebook in your back pocket is that your pocketbook is likely bottomless. How's that? Well, Oculus has acquired yet another company on its path to a retail model. This time it's Surreal Vision, a firm focused on "3D scene reconstruction"...

May 27th 2015 at 5:02am 0 Comments
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The US Air Force has an interesting dilemma: how do you convey the thrill of flying a fighter jet to potential recruits without taking them on a very expensive trip? Virtual reality, apparently. The military branch is teaming up with Reel FX on Air Force Performance Lab, a recruiting "experience"...

May 26th 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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VR turned me into a movie character -- a tiny, bright yellow firefly. But here's the best part: I got to experience it with someone next to me, both literally and virtually, in a dark room with headsets strapped to our heads. For Oculus Story Studio, arguably the Pixar of virtual reality, this is...

May 25th 2015 at 4:02pm 0 Comments
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Palmer Luckey and his company, Oculus VR Inc, are being sued yet again. Total Recall Technologies, a company in Hawaii, is accusing Luckey of violating a confidentiality agreement that he signed as a former employee of the company. According to the lawsuit, he was hired about four years ago for th...

May 22nd 2015 at 5:21pm 0 Comments
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Imagine a VR game where your avatar can laugh, smile or frown as you do while interacting with other players -- sounds fun, right? Well apparently, that kind of face-tracking tech already exists. Facebook's Oculus division has teamed up with University of Southern California researchers to develop...

May 21st 2015 at 3:39am 0 Comments
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The retail version of the Oculus Rift finally has a confirmed release window of early 2016, meaning virtual reality fans have just less than a year to create their ideal gaming environments. A crucial part of any VR setup is the rig powering the headset, and Oculus today released its recommended,...

May 15th 2015 at 12:28pm 0 Comments