Tag: Oculus

YouTube VR To Launch On Oculus Quest The Same Day The Headset Is Released

YouTube VR will launch alongside the Oculus Quest when it comes this May 21. That’s never happened before, it’s worth noting that usually, the app is released months or even years later.

Wearable Tech May 18, 2019

Confirmed: Facebook Is Making A Voice Assistant, But It Might Not Compete With Alexa, Google Assistant

Facebook is developing an artificial intelligence assistant to put in its Portal, Oculus, and potentially future hardware. It’s not clear how it’s going to perform, but don’t count on it being an Alexa or Google Assistant replacement.

Apps/Software April 18, 2019

Oculus Controllers Contain Hidden Messages Like ‘Big Brother Is Watching’ But They Aren’t Supposed To

They haven’t been shipped yet, but watch out for hidden messages like 'The Masons Were Here' on the Oculus Touch controllers bundled with the Rift S or Quest headsets. Oculus says this was a mistake.

Wearable Tech April 13, 2019

Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey Very Disappointed With Magic Leap Headset, Says It's 'A Tragic Heap'

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey did not hold punches when giving his view on Magic Leap One headset. Luckey said the product did not live up to the hype despite its expensive price.

Gadgets August 28, 2018

Future VR Headsets Will Only Need 1 USB-C Cable, To End The Problem Of Tangled Wires

A consortium made up of virtual reality rivals such as Oculus, Valve, Microsoft, AMD, and Nvidia worked together to create the VirtualLink specification. The technology will look to solve the tangled wires problem of VR headsets.

Gadgets July 19, 2018

Oculus Go Now Available: Will The $199 Standalone VR Headset Push Virtual Reality Into Mainstream?

The Oculus Go, a $199 standalone virtual reality headset that does not need to be connected to a high-end PC or smartphone to function, is now available. Will the device accelerate the entry of VR into the mainstream?

Gadgets May 2, 2018

Oculus Working On Immersive Theater: Viewers Will Interact With Actors In Virtual Reality

Oculus is working on a so-called immersive theater, which will be a new form of virtual reality entertainment. Virtual reality headset wearers will enter a virtual world where they can interact with actors who will provide an interactive performance.

Apps/Software May 1, 2018

Oculus Rift VR Headsets Back Online: Oculus Apologizes For Embarassing Error With $15 Store Credit

Oculus rolled out the fix for the expired security certificate that made all Oculus Rift devices around the world stop working. The company issued an apology for the embarrassing incident and will give users $15 in store credit.

Video Games March 9, 2018

Every Oculus Rift Headset Around The World Stopped Working: Here's What Happened, And A Temporary Solution

Every single Oculus Rift VR headset in the world is currently not working. While Oculus scrambles to release a fix, users who need to get their fill of virtual reality may use a temporary solution, but at their own risk.

Video Games March 7, 2018

Here’s What You Should Know About ‘Flicks,’ A New Unit Of Time Facebook Just Invented

Facebook just invented a new unit of time to help programmers deal with syncing frame rates. It’s called flicks, and it actually makes a lot of sense.

Apps/Software January 23, 2018

Facebook Partners With Xiaomi To Enter China’s VR Market, Announces Oculus-Powered Mi VR Standalone Headset

Hugo Barra confirmed that Oculus has partnered with Xiaomi to bring the Go VR headset to China. The Chinese version will be called the Mi VR and will reportedly run a different SDK than the global version.

Gadgets January 10, 2018

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Release Date Draws Near: FCC Filing Reveals 2 Models

A recently discovered Federal Communications Commission filing revealed that the Oculus Go is on track to launch in early 2018. The standalone virtual reality headset will have two models, namely a 32 GB version and a 64 GB version.

Gadgets January 8, 2018

New Oculus VR Headset On The Way: Jump Into Virtual Reality With The $200 Oculus Go

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the Oculus Go, a $200 standalone virtual reality headset that looks to attract more people to the technology. Oculus also provided more details on Santa Cruz, its next-generation headset that is in the prototype stage.

Wearable Tech October 12, 2017

Oculus Highlights The Importance Of VR Exclusives, Explains Why They're Necessary

Oculus content VP Jason Rubin has now spoken about the company’s approach to exclusives. He has highlighted the importance of such titles, noting that creating such an ecosystem can drive VR adoption.

Wearable Tech July 10, 2017

Zenimax Now Chasing Samsung's Gear VR After Winning Lawsuit Against Facebook-Owned Oculus

Zenimax, after winning $500 million in a lawsuit against Facebook-owned Oculus, has launched a new lawsuit against Samsung and its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset. Will the legal battle ever end?

Gadgets May 16, 2017

Oculus Cofounder Palmer Luckey Is Officially Leaving Facebook, Just A Year After The Rift Launched

It’s official: Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook, three years after Facebook acquired the company he cofounded. The exit follows Luckey’s thinning public appearances, high-profile lawsuits, and a recent corporate shakeup.

Business Tech March 31, 2017

John Carmack Sues Former Employer ZeniMax For $22.5 Million

John Carmack, the new CTO of Oculus, has sued ZeniMax Media for not paying the remaining amount for id Software purchase. However, ZeniMax stated that the claims made by Carmack are baseless.

Business Tech March 10, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out Samsung Gear VR App For Viewing 360-Degree Photos, Videos

Facebook has officially rolled out Facebook 360 for Gear VR owners, the definitive way to watch 360-degree content populating its site. Basic and straightforward at present, Facebook promised to equip the new app with more social features down the line.

Apps/Software March 9, 2017

Oculus Drops Price Of Entry Into VR: Oculus Rift And Touch Controllers Bundle Now Only $598

Oculus has permanently dropped the price of the Oculus Rift headset and the Oculus Touch controllers, with the bundle now only $598. The company has been working to drive down the high cost of entry into virtual reality.

Wearable Tech March 1, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Visits Oculus Research Lab, Shows Off VR Gloves For Drawing, Typing, And Web-Slinging

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid a visit to the Oculus Research Lab in Redmond, Washington. In one of the photos that he uploaded, Zuckerberg can be seen trying out what looks like a prototype for virtual reality gloves.

Gadgets February 10, 2017

Oculus Ordered To Pay ZeniMax $500 Million In VR Lawsuit: Will Oculus Rift Sales Be Stopped?

The jury has awarded ZeniMax $500 million as a result of the lawsuit that it filed against Facebook-owned Oculus VR. While Oculus will lodge an appeal, ZeniMax could seek an injunction to halt sales of the Oculus Rift.

Business Tech February 2, 2017

Voice Search Problems with Your Gear VR? Here’s How to Fix It

If your Samsung Gear VR is having voice search problems, there's a quick fix for that.

Gadgets January 29, 2017

Ex-Android Senior And Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra Joins Facebook To Lead Team Oculus, VR Efforts

Facebook has tapped former Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra to lead its virtual reality efforts. Barra will join Facebook as the new vice president of virtual reality, in charge of Team Oculus.

Business Tech January 26, 2017

Facebook Bought Oculus For $3 Billion, Not $2 Billion: Zuckerberg Discloses Acquisition Details In Trial

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the virtual reality startup Palmer Luckey had founded, Oculus Rift, was actually purchased for $3 billion. The company is currently facing allegations by ZeniMax’s over its intellectual property.

Business Tech January 18, 2017

Oculus Theft Case: Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify In $2 Billion Lawsuit

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying in a $2 billion lawsuit filed by ZeniMax. The lawsuit alleges that the technology for the Oculus Rift VR had been stolen from ZeniMax by some Oculus employees.

Business Tech January 16, 2017

Oculus Ready PCs Starting To Become More Affordable: Gamer Ultra VR Tower Only $500 In Bundle With Oculus Rift

CyberPowerPC's Gamer Ultra VR desktop PC, which is capable of supporting the Oculus Rift, has a price tag of $650. However, it only costs $500 when bundled with the $600 virtual reality headset.

Computers January 10, 2017

Facebook Acquires The Eye Tribe: How Will The Eye-Tracking Startup Improve The Oculus Rift?

Facebook has acquired The Eye Tribe, which is an eye-tracking technology startup. The social media company made the acquisition to further improve the capabilities of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Business Tech December 29, 2016

Oculus Makes Samsung Gear VR More Social With Parties And Rooms For Virtual Hangouts

Oculus has just made the Samsung Gear VR experience more social, adding Parties and Rooms for virtual hangouts. Parties brings voice calls into the mix, while Rooms allows users to meet up in VR and do stuff together.

Wearable Tech December 19, 2016

Oculus CEO Bows Out To Lead New PC VR Division, Leaves Top Spot Open

Oculus has created two new divisions, one focused on PC and one on mobile. Brendan Iribe, Oculus’ chief executive, will lead the PC division, vacating his CEO duties for Oculus.

Wearable Tech December 13, 2016

Can VR Help People Conquer Their Fear Of Heights And Public Speaking? Samsung Thinks So

Samsung is introducing its Gear VR device in Canada as a tool to cure certain afflictions. The company offers VR modules that can be experienced for several weeks and claims that the VR therapy program has enjoyed success in Europe, Russia and the UAE.

Wearable Tech December 5, 2016

Oculus Touch Ready For Dec. 6 Release: Here Are The 53 Launch Games For The Motion Controllers Coming To The Oculus Rift

The Oculus Touch for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is set to be released on Dec. 6. Here are the launch titles supporting the motion controllers that will be added to the Oculus Store on the same date.

Video Games December 2, 2016

Oculus Rolls Out Asynchronous Spacewarp: Rift VR Headset Now Supported On Cheaper PCs

Oculus has rolled out the Asynchronous Spacewarp, a new technology that lowers the minimum requirements for a PC to support the Oculus Rift.

Computers November 11, 2016

New HTC Vive Headset Under Development: Is This The HTC Vive 2, Code-Named 'Oasis?'

HTC confirmed that it is indeed working on an HTC Vive successor. It will come with still-unspecified hardware improvements but a number of these were designed to support the company's new initiative, the Viveport Arcade.

Wearable Tech November 4, 2016

Oculus Acquires InfiniLED: Why The VR Company Wants The Low-Power LED Display Specialist

InfiniLED, Oculus' latest acquisition, is an Ireland-based tech startup that manufactures LED technology that can produce more light and better display quality than current technologies such as OLED, Plasma and LCD. It also requires less power that can drastically reduce cost.

Business Tech October 18, 2016

Oculus: Gear VR Function Now Disabled On Galaxy Note 7 Over Fire Hazard

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will go down in history as one hazardous device, and it starts to make others cautious, too. To keep its customers safe from face burns, Oculus disabled the Gear VR app support for Note 7.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 12, 2016

Oculus Connect 3: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Teases Standalone VR Headset That Won't Need A Phone Or PC

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave the world a taste of the company's VR future at Oculus Connect 3, showing off a standalone VR headset that doens't require a phone or a PC.

Gadgets October 6, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, S7, S7 edge Rapid Battery Drain And Overheating Issues: Oculus Releases Update To Fix The Problem

Oculus released a fix to its app that caused many issues with the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge. Customers complained of battery draining, overheating and more with the Oculus app.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 3, 2016

Amid Heavy Criticism Over His Pro-Trump Investments, Oculus Founder Gets Two Top Executives On His Side

Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey stirred great controversy by financially supporting an anti-Clinton group, and his actions affected Oculus as well. Two top company executives, CEO Brendan Iribe and head of content Jason Rubin, have weighed in on the matter, expressing their support for Luckey.

Business Tech September 25, 2016

Oculus Boycott: Developers Drop Support For Oculus After Founder Palmer Luckey Backs Pro-Trump Political Group

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has been funding a pro-Trump, anti-Clinton meme generator, sparking controversy on the VR scene. A number of developers have announced an Oculus boycott, dropping Oculus support as long as Luckey is involved.

Business Tech September 24, 2016

Oculus Warns Against Using Samsung's Gear VR With The Galaxy Note 7: You Do Not Want The Device To Explode In Your Face

Oculus, the co-maker of the Samsung Gear VR, warned Galaxy Note 7 owners not to use the smartphone with the virtual reality headset. Samsung launched a worldwide recall for the Galaxy Note 7 due to cases of exploding batteries.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 6, 2016

No More Shipping Delays: Oculus Rift Preorders Are Finally Shipped

Oculus announced all Rift headsets that were preordered have all been shipped, with new orders arriving to consumers within two to four business days starting this week.

Gadgets July 13, 2016

Oculus CEO Gets His Twitter Account Hacked: Another Reminder To Take Passwords Seriously

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe's Twitter account just got hacked, reminding online users everywhere to always pick out good passwords and that no one is safe on the internet.

Internet July 1, 2016

Facebook Users Can Now Use Reactions In Virtual Reality For 360-Degree Videos

Oculus began rolling out the ability for Gear VR users to use Facebook Reactions when watching 360-degree videos in virtual reality on Wednesday.

Internet June 23, 2016

30 Oculus Touch Games Promised To Launch: 'Rock Band VR,' 'The Climb' And More

Oculus has released its official list of VR games launching with the Oculus Touch. The list features a massive number of 30 fully realized games, some of which include titles such as 'Rock Band VR,' 'The Climb' and much more!

Wearable Tech June 14, 2016

How To Bypass New Oculus Rift Update That Blocks Porting Games On Competing Headsets

Oculus released a software update that blocks other VR headsets from accessing exclusive Oculus Rift games. However, developers also found workarounds to bypass the block.

Wearable Tech May 22, 2016

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