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Oculus Rift: The Story So Far

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Every E3 seems to have an overarching theme, be it the rise of new consoles, the arrival of new ways to play, or the way in which the announcements and reveals made reflect the current state of the videogame industry. With this year’s edition of the biggest show in videogames now just weeks away, it certainly feels as if it’s virtual reality’s (VR’s) turn to be the hot topic. This is, after all, the last E3 before true consumer head-mounted displays (HMDs) are released, with the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, HTC Vive and Gear VR all launching before next year’s show rolls around. READ MORE

Oculus Sued by Company Claiming to Work with Luckey pre-Rift

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Virtual reality (VR) specialist Oculus VR is no stranger to legal battles. Since being purchased by social networking giant Facebook for $2 billion USD back in 2014 the company has faced accusations from ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, surrounding former employee John Carmack’s transition to his current role as Chief Technology Officer. This week sees new claims levelled at the company, this time from a firm known as Total Recall Technologies, which was created as a partnership between Ron Igra and Thomas Seidl. READ MORE

Oculus Connect 2 Developer Conference Announced

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September 2014 saw Oculus VR host its first ever developer conference, Oculus Connect. The event went down as a huge success, hosting the announcement of the latest prototype for the Oculus Rift, Crescent Bay, along with a number of other reveals such as Oculus Research and Epic Games’ Showdown demo. There were also a range of talks and sessions from an iconic keynote speech from John Carmack to a number of workshops. Many have been speculating about the return of Oculus Connect in 2015 and now the company has made it official; Oculus Connect 2 is happening. READ MORE

Oculus VR Hosting E3 Press Conference

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Oculus VR has promised to share plenty of information about the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the run up to E3 2015 from 16th – 18th June, but it is of course saving some news for the event itself, or rather just before it. The company has today confirmed that it will be hosting its first ever E3 press conference at this year’s event. READ MORE

Gear VR to be in 350 Best Buy Stores This Week, Swivel Chair Demo Coming

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With the latest version of its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) now available in the USA, Samsung is looking to increase its marketing for the device. The kit is available through the company’s official online store but has also been closely tied to US retailer, Best Buy. Both Gear VR for Note 4 and S6 are now being sold through Best Buy’s website and physical stores. In fact, Samsung has plans to expand the kit’s presence in the latter throughout this summer. READ MORE

SVVR 2015: ‘The Rise of Consumer VR’ with Oculus, Google & More Liveblog

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It sounds almost too good to be true, but consumer virtual reality (VR) really is nearing. Four major head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be launching from the end of 2015 into the first half of 2016, including the consumer Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus. It’s an exciting time to be a VR fan, and a panel of experts will be talking about this period today at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference & Expo. VRFocus will be liveblogging the panel, titled ‘The Rise of Consumer VR’, below. READ MORE

Oculus VR Reveals Recommended PC Specs for Consumer Oculus Rift

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Last week saw Oculus VR confirm the news that virtual reality (VR) developers and fans alike had been waiting years to hear; the consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will be launching in the first quarter of 2016. The VR specialist announced the news along with the promise of plenty more reveals for the device in the build up to E3 2015 from 16th – 18th June. Specifically, the company confirmed that it would be lifting the lid on the recommended specifications for hardware to run the Oculus Rift this week. Those specifications have now arrived. READ MORE

Oculus’ Forsyth Teases: Tomorrow is ‘going to be fun’

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Last week brought the news that virtual reality (VR) fans had been waiting almost three years to hear; the consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will be arriving in Q1 2016. The announcement marked what the company says will be the start of an information blowout on the anticipated device leading up to E3 in June 2015. New technical specifications on the Kit are expected to be revealed this week and, from the sounds of it, that information could be hitting tomorrow. READ MORE

Oculus: Mobile VR Jam Entrants Can Come to Other Headsets & Gear VR Store

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Oculus VR’s Mobile VR Jam reaches its submission stage today. Developers working on their entries for the Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will have to now submit playable builds that a team of judges will be testing out. There’s no denying that the Jam has been hugely beneficial for Gear VR itself, with developers revealing a wide range of intriguing new projects for the device. As it turns out, Gear VR might not be the only kit to benefit from the competition. READ MORE