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Facebook’s Oculus Home gives you your own VR mancave

Facebook’s VR subsidiary started offering a pre-release version of Oculus Home, a virtual room that you can outfit pretty much however you want. Think of it as a computer-generated IKEA catalog which now turns to a fully customizable environment that you can decorate with furniture and various interactive objects. You’ll have a catalogue of several hundred items to pick from, but some will need to be unlocked by completing in-game achievements or other challenges. You will also be able to visit friends’ space, and Oculus says it’s working on a real-time hangouts feature for multiple users to build together. Oculus announced that Rift Core 2.0

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Augmented Reality (AR), Dell, HP, HTC, News, Oculus, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Global quarterly VR headset shipments achieve new record

Uptake of virtual reality hardware continues its upward trend, according to the latest numbers from independent market analysis firm, Canalys. In a report issued Monday, the company indicated that total global shipments of VR headsets set a new milestone, exceeding one million units during the just completed 3rd quarter. Meanwhile, Sony, Oculus, and HTC continue to dominate the VR hardware marketplace, with an 86% combined market share. One driver of headset acquisitions was a temporary-turned-permanent price cut by Oculus in Q3, who matched Playstation’s VR headset price point at $399. This precedes the upcoming release of Oculus’ $199 Go standalone headset, expected next year. “VR

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Gaming, Holiday Shopping Guides, HTC, News, Oculus, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PSVR All Getting Black Friday Discounts

Holiday bells are jingling and everyone’s getting excited about celebrating the Winter holidays with their loved ones. A part of those festivities, at least in the United States, is to spend the day immediately after Thanksgiving engaging in free-for-all brawls in markets all over the country for Black Friday sales. Virtual reality and virtual reality gaming is not an exception from this craze. While Black Friday is still a few weeks out, many businesses are already announcing VR-centric bundles and Black Friday discounts for those who want to jump into VR gaming while saving a little bit of cash. This, in addition to the recent

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Entertainment, Gaming, HTC, News, Oculus, VR World

Indie Darling Five Nights At Freddy’s Now Playable On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Love it or hate it, the Five Nights At Freddy’s franchise is a pop culture sensation. Thanks to frequent releases from its single developer, Scott Cawthon, a highly dedicated fanbase, an intricate lore, and gameplay perfect for Let’s Players, FNAF exploded onto the scene a few years ago. Its influence is still felt today by a renewed interest in indie horror titles, and under Cawthon’s own encouragement, fangames for the FNAF series have been popping up for quite a while. The most recent of these, and perhaps the most impressive of them, is a partial remake of the first game in Virtual Reality, called Vive

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Exclusive, Gaming, HTC, Interviews, Oculus, VR World

Interview With Joseph Johnson, Owner of a Colorado Springs VR Arcade

After looking into local VR arcades in my area, I found one- Epic VR– based in the nearby Citadel Mall of Colorado Springs. After a brief email exchange with the owner of the place, I scheduled an interview with him in the middle of October. VR arcades offer quite a lot for people who can’t afford to buy full-fledged gaming setups and VR headsets, but still want to dip their toes into the next level of immersion in gaming. For this reason, I decided that an interview with the local owner of a VR arcade could prove educational, both for myself and for you, our

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Entertainment, News, Oculus, Samsung, VR World

Blade Runner 2049 Receives “Memory Lab”, A New VR Tie-In App

Ah, Blade Runner. Not only is Blade Runner one of the most influential films of the 80s, it’s also one of the greatest fathers of modern sci-fi. The importance of science fiction to the advancement of technology is difficult to understate: not only are almost all of our greatest technical advancements inspired in some way by retro science fiction stories of old, but even modern sci-fi serves to inspire new generations of geeks and nerds the world over. Blade Runner was praised back then for its excellent character exploration and world-building, and because of that an exploration of the world of Blade Runner in VR

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Pixar Announces its Coco VR Launching in November

Pixar, the iconic studio that brings happiness on the children faces (ok, and that of a not-so-children-anymore) finally announced its first-ever VR experience at Facebook’s fourth Oculus Connect virtual reality (VR) developer conference. “Coco VR” will launch on Oculus Rift and Gear VR headsets in November 22nd. Directed by Toy Story 3’s Lee Unkrich, Coco is new adventure about a young musician, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the Land of the Dead with some family history hunting to do. The VR experience will let you wander around the Land of the Dead, playing a skeleton, picking up items, interacting with characters and casually dancing on stage with your fellow skeletons. Plus,

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Facebook to Open AI Lab in Montreal

Facebook announced that in the future, they want to replace clicking buttons and tapping on screens with natural conversations. The idea, according to Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, is that users could ask Facebook for an update on a family member, the news or even to suggest a friend they haven’t seen in while they might want to catch up with. “I think of it as a full-time, 24/7 personal assistant that helps me stay connected with all the things I care about in the world. That is beyond the reach of current technology” Schroepfer said. Now, a Montreal-based team will be working to

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Zuckerberg Introduced new $199 Oculus Go

Facebooks very own CEO, Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new $199 headset, Oculus Go, and permanently cut the price for the flagship Rift to $399 as he talked up VR’s potential. “At every step along the way, the future is built by people who believe it can be better” he said. In a blog post, the company said the new price for its immersive headset will be available for a “limited time” as part of a summer sale. In January, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey said that even at the initial $599 price tag, the Rift headset didn’t offer Oculus a profit. This isn’t the first price drop

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Mark Zuckerberg: It feels like We are Really in Puerto Rico

A cartoon version of Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, visited hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico on Monday, in a tone-deaf livestream that was part disaster tourism, part product promotion. The Facebook CEO conducted a brief, live 360-video broadcast in which he and Facebook’s head of social VR Rachel Franklin promoted the company’s upcoming Oculus Rift developer conference while also talking about the company’s humanitarian efforts. Cartoon avatars make plenty of sense for the typical use of Facebook Spaces, which is mostly just meant as a digital hangout spot for early adopters of the Oculus Rift. But not everyone seem to approve that kind of way to discuss hurricane relief efforts. “It feels like we’re

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New VR Startups are Helping People with Phobias

In Oxford, according to the Guardian, there is a new startup that is trialling VR for all kinds of conditions, from phobias to pain management to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Can you imagine being professional war pilot and still be afraid of heights? Or, worse, to be afraid of something that cannot possibly harm you? I am scared of grasshoppers and moths. Not just scared. I don’t scream like a girl. If I see one on my building stairs, I’ll rather be jumping from the tenth floor. So yes, I’m really glad that people like Daniel Freeman exist. Freeman is a professor of clinical psychology

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Microsoft Prepares VR Partnerships for Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Last winter Microsoft announced that the company started working together with its PC hardware partners to develop headsets that support a mixed mode, between virtual and augmented reality. These headsets run a new version of Microsoft’s software called Windows Mixed Reality, a version of Windows that natively supports both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA, the biggest annual consumer electronics trade fair in Europe which started last week, this software giant took the center stage. They said that they will include their “Windows Mixed Reality” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (available from Oct 17).

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Can Sea Hero Quest VR Succeed in Fighting Mental Diseases?

Nowadays it’s perfectly normal to have a laptop on your desk, a tablet in your bag and a smart phone in your pocket. When you’re in the mood to play a game, you can – all you have to do is open the select app and start playing. Why wouldn’t we let this opportunities into our lives, not just for fun – but for solving health issues? Video games have been known to have a wide variety of effects on the mind of people. It hasn’t been long since Virtual Reality became a vital part of gaming industry as such. During the years of researching, studies had

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HTC Responds to Oculus, Slashes Vive Price by 25% to $599

Just as Oculus and their “time limited” summer discount for Oculus Rift + Touch at mere $399 turned into a full time pricing, HTC could not sleep in peace after seeing the tide shifting in favor of its rival, owned by Faceb00k. HTC could not afford to continue selling Vive VR headset for $799 at the time when $458.99 gets you a roomscale Oculus Rift + Touch + Sensor. Ever since its debut, HTC received many accolades and support in the gaming industry. Keeping the open approach to content and not going for exclusives proved to be a winning bet for the company which got

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CCP Invents Cross-Reality, Launches EVE: Valkyrie Warzone

Since its launch, EVE: Valkyrie is one of most immersive VR experiences, a fast paced space combat sim which might serve as a professional training tool for your neck muscles. Still, the fact that this game was VR only was limiting its reach, and given the multiplayer nature of it, CCP expanded the game from Oculus to Vive, added PlayStation VR and now ultimately, is adding a two-dimensional mode, i.e. computer display (PC) or a TV (PS4). “If you can play first-person shooters, you can pilot one of EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone’s amazing ships. Not having access to VR hardware will no longer hold gamers

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What does VR mean for VoIP Communications?

Technologies are increasingly advancing and as such, all manners of technological innovations are sharing mutual beneficial relationships and Virtual Reality and Voice Over Internet Protocol, or rather VR and VoIP are no different. In simple terms, VoIP is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls over a broadband internet connection. It relates to the terms IP telephony and internet telephony, both set to be huge business in the foreseeable future. Much like VR, VoIP has had a lot of hype in previous years, which seems to cool before heating up again. The main advantage of VoIP is that it uses the internet as

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Powers United VR: Marvel’s Universe to Arrive on Oculus Rift

In 2008, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debuted with Robert Downy Jr. playing the role of Tony Star / Iron Man. This action movie started a juggernaut series of movies which took home $11.76 billion after 16 movies. As 2018 will mark full decade of the movie, Oculus joined forces with Walt Disney Pictures and announced their first collaborative title, Powers United VR. This cooperative game puts players in the role of one of dozen heroes or anti-heroes, who must work together to defeat all the opponents in Arena-style levels. In their announcement, Oculus Studios stated the following: “Step inside the Marvel Universe and rage through epic

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Oculus Rift VR and Touch Drops in Price by 33% to $399

Oculus announced probably the biggesr announcement of its “The Summer of Rift” event today, bringing the price of the Rift VR headset and Touch controllers to mere $399. To bring this into perspective, for the price of single HTC Vive VR package you can buy no less than two Oculus Rifts. There’s no doubt in our mind that Oculus is reacting to sales results, which sees both platforms lagging behind PlayStation VR, but also seeing that HTC Vive significantly outsells Rift – the difference was 2-to-1 in January 2017, and there’s no doubt the chasm increased. “Summer of Rift is all about celebrating the VR community and encouraging

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Could Varjo’s Human Eye Technology be a Breakthrough for VR?

While I am an enthusiast for VR and all associated technologies, one major issue that’s really breaking my immersion into different VR environments is – resolution. More sharp eyed readers of this post can see the pixel grid on both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, and this is where Varjo hopes to make the difference. Most companies we talk to continuously focus on cables as being the biggest major immersion-breaking problem, but we believe the real problem lies elsewhere – as humans, we’re continuously experiencing restricted motion for different experiences; driving a car requires a seatbelt; flying a plane or being a passenger – seatbelt; roller coaster

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Bethesda’s VR World: DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim PSVR

Bethesda is one of rare AAA-publishers that announced its full support for the VR technology, and invested heavily in creating VR-versions of its popular franchises. At the 2017 edition of E3 conference, Bethesda announced several titles which are coming for Steam VR / HTC Vive (visible from the moment the VR trailer starts). Given the legal situation between Bethesda and Oculus, we were not surprised to see icy relations and no mention of supporting the Oculus Rift VR headset. While the game development teams are working behind the scenes on new IP which wasn’t ready to be shown, the B-teams are working on re-working the

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