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'Blade Runner 2049' and Disney will come to VR via Oculus

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Oculus is working on a handful of new VR content projects, but the biggest names dropped at its Oculus Connect 3 conference this afternoon were Blade Runner and Disney. The coming film Blade Runner 2049 and a series of experiences about classic Disney characters are heading to Oculus platforms. Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to 1982's cult sci-fi hit and it was just announced today; it's due in theaters on October 6th, 2017. Oculus didn't delve into details about either project.

In other big Oculus Connect 3 news: The company is working on a standalone VR headset and it showed off how Facebook-enabled social spaces will work in VR. Plus, Oculus is building a VR web browser codenamed Carmel, it's enabling Facebook streaming in VR, and it's offering a third, $80 sensor that turns the Rift into a room-scale VR system.

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Jessica has a BA in journalism and she's written for online outlets since 2008, with four years as senior reporter at Joystiq. She specializes in covering video games, and she strives to tell human stories within the broader tech industry. Jessica is also a sci-fi novelist with a completed manuscript floating through the mysterious ether of potential publishers.

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