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Oculus VR’s Nate Mitchell to Speak at Disrupt NY Next Week

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There are a lot of questions facing virtual reality (VR) specialist, Oculus VR, at the moment. Many of these are to do with the highly-anticipated and yet still unrevealed consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). With the HTC Vive HMD gearing up for a holiday 2015 launch and the consumer version of Oculus VR’s other kit, Gear VR, likely to hit soon, many want to know when the device will finally be revealed. VP of product Nate Mitchell will likely face these questions and more next week as he attends the Disrupt NY event in New York, USA. READ MORE

Oculus Reveals Total Number of Mobile VR Jam Submissions For Both Categories

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Those following VRFocus over the past week will have seen a number of new virtual reality (VR) videogames and apps announced for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). It isn’t a simple coincidence that developers are revealing new projects in the same week; it’s all part of Oculus VR’s ongoing Mobile VR Jam, a competition that’s seeking brand new content for the device with a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD to be split across a range of winners. Oculus VR has already announced that it has seen over 500 submissions to the Jam, but recently revealed more details about these entrants. READ MORE

Gear VR for S6 Release Date Confirmed

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Back in March 2015 Samsung confirmed that it was developing a new version of its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for use with its latest flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The company and its partner, Oculus VR, have been relatively quiet on the kit since its reveal at the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, but have today finally confirmed a release date for it along with when fans can lay down a pre-order. READ MORE

Facebook: ‘very early’ to Discuss Shipping Oculus Rift

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Valve and HTC are planning to ship a consumer version of the Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) by the end of the year, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has attached a Q1/Q2 2016 release for its Project Morpheus kit and Samsung and Oculus VR have suggested that a consumer version of the Gear VR is on the way soon. That’s three major HMDs with release windows but the Oculus Rift, considered to be the device responsible for VR’s recent revival, is still yet to see its own launch date. Fans may be hoping for news of that launch soon but, according to Oculus VR owner Facebook, that shouldn’t hold their breath. READ MORE

Oculus’ Gear VR Jam Has Seen 132 ‘awesome’ Entrants so far

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Over the course of the past month Oculus VR has been preparing for the launch of a new mobile virtual reality (VR) jam to promote its smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR. The competition, which tasks developers with creating new VR videogames and experiences for the device, finally got underway this week. While it’s still in its early stages, the Mobile VR Jam is off to a promising start, as Oculus VR has revealed that it has already had 132 drafts submitted from hopeful contestants. READ MORE

Oculus Coder Teases ‘very interesting’ SDK Update Incoming

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As Oculus VR continues to improve upon its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), so too does it update the software development kit (SDK) for the device, making sure that those that work with it can take full advantage of any improvements. Most of the time these updates prove to be incremental, adding a handful of new features to streamline development for the Oculus Rift and increase compatibility. However, according to a member of the Oculus VR team, the next SDK update should prove to be ‘very interesting’. READ MORE

Facebook CEO Shares His Vision for Oculus VR

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Arguably the defining moment of virtual reality’s (VR) short history since its revival was the purchase of Oculus VR by social networking giant Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the decision to acquire the VR specialists for some $2 billion USD. As a result, Oculus VR launched a massive hiring campaign, greatly expanding its team, and has even featured at recent events such as Facebook’s F8 developer event. But just what is Zuckerberg’s vision for Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift? READ MORE

Japanese Pre-Orders Suggest May Launch for Gear VR for S6

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Last month Samsung announced the next entry in its flagship series of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S6, complete with a curved version named S6 edge. At the same time the company also revealed a new edition of its virtual reality (VR) compatible head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, that works with the new handsets. But while the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were swiftly given a 10th April 2015 release date, the company is yet to confirm when it will put the new Gear VR up for sale. As it turns out, fans could be looking at a launch next month. READ MORE

Oculus VR’s Lanman to Host Talk at RTP Virtual Reality Enthusiasts [UPDATED]

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Virtual reality (VR) meetups are not a new thing. Springing up across the globes, what were one casually organised meetings have lead to a sharing of ideas and VR projects en masse. The Raleigh, North Carolina, group has revealed that their next meetup will have a very special headline appearance in the form of Oculus VR’s Douglas Lanman. READ MORE

Oculus Launches Mobile SDK 0.5.0

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Virtual reality (VR) developers around the world are currently readying themselves for a new VR development jam hosted by Oculus Rift creator, Oculus VR. The jam tasks entrants with creating new experiences for the company’s smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, made in partnership with Samsung. With the first submissions due on 13th April 2015, developers won’t be heading into the challenge unprepared, as Oculus VR has this week launched the latest version of its Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK), 0.5.0. READ MORE