Tag Archives: Oculus VR

Oculus Share Reaches 2 Million Unique Downloads


Those that have followed VRFocus for the past year will likely be well aware of the Oculus VR Share platform. This online portal serves as an accessible hotspot for free virtual reality (VR) experiences that support the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). From indie-developed experiments to videogame demos and 360 degree videos, the platform has become the ideal place to get started with VR software. This week, Oculus VR has announced that Oculus VR Share has reached 2 million unique downloads. READ MORE

Facebook Leak Reveals ‘Teleportation Station’ for F8 Conference, Oculus Involved?


Today marks the start of Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California, USA. Running until 26th March 2015, the event is set to be packed with talks, sessions, workshops and more surrounding the social network giant. VRFocus has already reported on the news that Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) specialist Oculus VR will be speaking at the show tomorrow, but a leak on an official app has suggested that the company might have something new to display at the event. READ MORE

Luckey: VR to be Gaming-Focused for the ‘next few years’


When the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) was first introduced a few years ago, it was very much a videogame-focused device. Since that time the VR industry has rapidly expanded, with the technology now looking to be used in a number of different ways, expanding far beyond videogames. Those that are hoping to primarily use HMDs such as the Oculus Rift for these experiences shouldn’t worry, though, as even the kit’s creator thinks that VR will be gaming-focused for at least ‘the next few years’. READ MORE

Facebook Buyout Ended Oculus and Valve’s Cooperation, Report Suggests


The news that Oculus VR was to be purchased by Facebook for $2 billion USD was met with much controversy when it was revealed last year. While many were excited by the announcement, others had a more negative reaction. Minecraft creator Markus Persson, for example, quickly announced that he had cancelled plans for a free version of his title for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). According to a report spinning out of the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the deal also caused conflict between Oculus VR and SteamVR creator Valve. READ MORE

Oculus VR Hosting VR Keynote at Facebook Developer Conference


Arguably the biggest virtual reality (VR) story of 2014 was social networking giant Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion USD. The deal has had a huge impact on the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator, allowing it to bring on a large amount of staff to expand operations. That said, the relationship between Oculus VR and Facebook is rarely on public display, with the latter allowing the former to continue working just as it was pre-buyout. However Oculus VR will be playing a part at Facebook’s upcoming developer conference, F8. READ MORE

Oculus: Positional Tracking on Gear VR is a ‘hard problem’


In some ways Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) bests the Oculus Rift HMD’s second developer kit (DK2). Namely, the Super AMOLED display found on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 phones with which the kit runs beat out the DK2′s 1080p OLED screen. But Gear VR does lack one crucial feature found in DK2; positional tracking. It’s something that Oculus VR is working to fix in a future iteration of the device, though it has recently described the issue as a ‘hard problem’. READ MORE

Oculus: ‘ultimate goal’ With First Consumer Rift is to ‘make devs successful’


It can be easy to forget that there are a lot of videogame developers counting on the release of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) in order to start making money. Some studios have released titles for the Oculus Rift development kits but many more are waiting on the consumer release of the device. Oculus VR itself is well aware of that and has even stated that ensuring the success of these developers is its ‘ultimate goal’ with the first consumer version of its widely anticipated HMD. READ MORE

Oculus to Announce ‘Recommended Specification’ for VR ‘Soon’


The Oculus Rift is considered a pioneering device for virtual reality (VR) despite there still not being a consumer version of the head-mounted display (HMD) available. Along with price and launch date for that consumer release, one of the most anticipated announcements relates to the PC hardware that will be needed to eventually run the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift (aka CV1). This information will be coming ‘soon’, according to Oculus VR. READ MORE

Oculus: ‘quite some time’ Before Input is ‘Nailed’


As virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) get closer and closer to their final, consumer-ready iterations, attention is slowly but surely turning to input. Providing a convincing form of control for VR videogames that still provides complete immersion is an immensely challenging issue. Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR has confirmed on plenty of occasions that it is looking at input, though it continues to shy away from showcasing its work. According to the company it’s still going to be ‘quite some time’ before input is completely solved. READ MORE

Luckey ‘Still Believes’ Oculus Rift Will Be Best Consumer HMD


The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has been met with some serious competition in the past month. HTC and Valve’s announcement of the Vive HMD has been met with high praise, especially stemming from its showing at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week. And, with the Vive set to release by the end of the year, Oculus VR will certainly have competition right out of the gate for the consumer version of its own device. But will the Oculus Rift be the best HMD when it finally releases? Its creator believes so. READ MORE