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Oculus VR Confirms GDC 2015 Presence, Co-Hosting Women in Games Event

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Virtual reality (VR) fans have high expectations for this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA on 2nd – 6th March. That’s understandable given that last year’s show saw Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announce its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 while Oculus VR lifted the lid on the Oculus Rift HMD’s second development kit (DK2). Specific plans from either of these two companies are yet to be revealed, although Oculus VR has at least confirmed that it will be there with prototypes to showcase. READ MORE

Oculus ‘Depreciating’ Support for DX9 in Next SDK

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Oculus VR’s free software development kits (SDK) for creating virtual reality (VR) experiences with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) have been fairly all-inclusive with their supported software and systems. However, starting with the release of the next update, the company will begin to start phasing out support for one version of Microsoft’s DirectX collection of application programming interfaces, DirectX 9. READ MORE

Samsung Showcases Gear VR Prototypes from 2013, 2014

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In September 2014 Samsung surprised the virtual reality (VR) community by revealing its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The kit was developed in partnership with Oculus VR, offering an untethered mobile VR experience with the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The two companies have shared the story of just how Gear VR came to be many times since that reveal. This week however Samsung has offered a more in-depth look at the kits creation, including a number of images of prototypes from as long as two years ago. READ MORE

Oculus Talks Gear VR’s Past, Present and Future

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Many had hoped 2014 would end with Oculus VR releasing a consumer virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). In a roundabout way those people got their wish. While the company continues to work on the eagerly anticipated Oculus Rift, it did launch the smartphone-based Gear VR in partnership with Samsung, at least in the US. Although still very much a developer kit, the device has reportedly gone to sell better than Samsung itself expected. VRFocus recently spoke to Oculus VR Head of Mobile Max Cohen about the kit. READ MORE

UPDATED: Gear VR Appears on Swedish, Belgian and German Samsung Sites With Shipping Date

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Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) Gear VR has been available in the US since December 2014 but the company and partner Oculus VR are yet to share solid dates for an international release. It would appear that a European launch is nearing, however, as the device has recently shown up on three of Samsung’s official regional websites, suggesting that the kit will be shipping in the very near future. READ MORE

Zuckerberg: VR Still ‘very rough’ But ‘really excited’ About the Future

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Undoubtedly one of the biggest technology stories of 2014 was social network giant Facebook’s $2 billion USD acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Despite this it’s fair to say that Facebook has had a fairly hands-off approach with Oculus VR, allowing the company to continue with its own plans whilst ramping up hiring and expansion. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, VR tech is still ‘rough’ but will be an ‘important trend’ in the future. READ MORE

Oculus: Nimble VR Tech Might Not Be Used ‘even for CV2 or CV3′

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When Oculus VR purchased hand-tracking company Nimble VR in late 2014 it provided a big hint about where the company was placing its bets with the future of input for virtual reality (VR) experiences. The acquisition suggests that this is the route it is taking for interacting with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Despite this, it appears that neither Nimble VR nor Oculus VR-owned 3D model company 13th Labs’ work will be visible in the first consumer version (CV1) of the Oculus Rift. In fact, it may even miss out on the second and third iterations. READ MORE

Nozon’s PresenZ Allows Positional Tracking in CG Films

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Nozon is a company dedicated to creating 3D effects but is also an advocate of virtual reality (VR) films. The studio has developed a method of adding presence to films by creating a sense of parallax. PresenZ is software which allows positional tracking for CG films. It is similar to how the Oculus Rift’s development kit 2 (DK2) provides tracking in videogames.

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Oculus Creator: Sony ‘doing a good job’ with Project Morpheus

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Since its reveal in March 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 has shared a friendly relationship with the Oculus Rift VR HMD for PC. The companies behind the two kits have been largely eager to demonstrate a sense of cooperation over competition. That hasn’t always been the case; Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has expressed concerns over Project Morpheus before, but now it seems as if the Oculus Rift creator is feeling a lot more positive about SCE’s device. READ MORE

Oculus: VR’s Killer App Could Be Film

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As Oculus VR has said on many occasions, the company is committed to the videogame industry with its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The device was originally pitched as a peripheral for videogames in its now historic Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and that stance hasn’t changed even with last year’s news of Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion USD. That said, the VR HMD has many potential applications. Oculus VR itself is willing to admit that the fabled VR ‘killer app’ might not be a videogame but perhaps a film instead. READ MORE