Tag Archives: Oculus VR

Zuckerberg: Oculus Needs to Sell ’50 to 100 million units’ to be ‘Meaningful’

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With Facebook purchasing Oculus VR for some $2 billion USD earlier this year, it’s obvious that the company has big expectations for the virtual reality (VR) specialists and its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed just how high its hopes for Oculus VR are. Speaking during a quarterly earnings call Zuckerberg stated that, to be ‘meaningful’, the company will have to sell ’50 to 100 million’ HMDs in the future. READ MORE

Oculus ‘Aware’ of FOV Issues in SDK 0.4.3, Working to Find Fix

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Late last week Oculus VR launched a new version of its software development kit (SDK) for virtual reality (VR) experiences using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Highlighting the update was support for the free editions of the Unity development engine in version 4.5.5 and up as well as experimental Linux support and other fixes. However some Oculus Rift users have been reporting issues with the HMD’s field of view (FOV) since the new SDK’s launch. Fortunately, Oculus VR is already working to resolve these problems. READ MORE

Oculus Headed to TAVES 2014 in Toronto

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has enjoyed a busy year in which it has featured at almost every major electronics show going. The device isn’t done yet; it will also be on display at the 2014 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) on 31st October to 2nd November in Toronto, Canada. The consumer electronics show is open to the public, meaning many will get their first chance to sample the anticipated device themselves. READ MORE

Oculus Releases SDK v0.4.3 Beta

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Since the release of the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) developers and virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been pinning for updates to the device’s software development kit (SDK). Creator Oculus VR has released a number of new versions of the SDK since the first units were shipped and this week sees the latest iteration launch. The Oculus SDK v0.4.3 Beta update can now be downloaded for free and boasts a range of updates. READ MORE

Luckey: Oculus ‘lost money’ on Kickstarter by ‘grossly underestimating’ Resources

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The origins of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) have been well documented. Though its far from the start of the story, in 2012 creator Palmer Luckey and the rest of the team at Oculus VR ran an immensely successful Kickstarter campaign for the device, raising nearly $2.5 million USD to create its first development kit. You might think that, with this kind of money, the company would have more than enough resources to deliver on their obligations. As it turns out, it wasn’t enough. READ MORE

Mass Effect Director Hints at Oculus Rift Involvement in New Project

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Back in August 2014 celebrated videogame developer BioWare said goodbye to one its most high-profile staff members in Casey Hudson, the director of the Mass Effect trilogy. Hudson left his position as he neared 16 years of working with the company in order to ‘take on a new set of challenges’. At the time the developer didn’t reveal exactly where he would be moving to next. This week he has suggested that, wherever he’s going, virtual reality (VR) will play a big part. READ MORE

Oculus VR ‘worried’ about PC Prices with Oculus Rift

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Oculus VR has made of point of making the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) affordable. Although the company is yet to put an official price on the upcoming consumer version of the kit it has in the past said that it is aiming to place it in the range of $200 USD – $400. But an Oculus Rift all on its own won’t run VR experiences; it also needs a solid PC to run truly immersive videogames. The price of such hardware is something the company has admitted that it’s ‘worried’ about. READ MORE

Samsung Packs Upcoming Developer Conference With VR Content

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South Korean technology giant Samsung has become one of the biggest names in virtual reality (VR) technology with the reveal of its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). Made in partnership with Oculus Rift HMD maker Oculus VR, the device runs with Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and is expected to release at some point in 2014, even with that gap quickly narrowing. The device and VR in general are set to be a big focus at the company’s upcoming developer conference next month. READ MORE

Palmer Luckey Honoured at Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards

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There can be no question of the contribution Palmer Luckey has made to the virtual reality (VR) industry. As the designer of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and one of the founding members of Oculus VR, Luckey has both metaphorically and literally kickstarted the consumer VR industry in the past few years. Now the 22-year old will has had his achievements honoured at the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards. READ MORE

Oculus Shows IndieCade 2014 Stand, Rift Compatible Titles Revealed

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This weekend sees the 2014 International Festival of Independent Games, also known as IndieCade, take place in Culver City, California. Virtual reality (VR) has proven popular within the indie scene throghout the year and Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) maker Oculus VR will be at the show which runs from 9th – 12th October. Recently the company provided a glimpse of its IndieCade booth, which looks quite different to the living room-esque areas its set up at most of this year’s industry events. READ MORE