Tag Archives: Oculus VR

Wired Senior Editor to Talk on Consumer VR at B.I.G. Summit

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With Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) set to launch in the US next month and Oculus VR teasing the arrival of the Oculus Rift HMD as months away, consumer VR is nearly here. Few realise this more than Next Galaxy, which is currently busy developing its own social VR platform, Ceek. The company is also preparing to host the 2015 Business Innovation and Growth Summit (B.I.G.) which will take place on 20th January at the New World Center at Miami Beach, Florida. This year will feature Wired Senior Editor Peter Rubin talking about VR. READ MORE

Oculus VR ‘working on’ Positional Tracking for Gear VR

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All sorts of news about Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) was announced yesterday from release windows to pricing. In between all of the reveals at the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) the company’s Alex Chu dropped a subtle hint that the device, which runs with the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, could receive positional tracking support in the future. Now Oculus VR has confirmed that is indeed working on adding positional tracking into the device. READ MORE

SDC 2014: ‘Getting Started with the Oculus Mobile SDK’ Liveblog

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It’s time for what has easily been one of the more anticipated virtual reality (VR) sessions for this year’s Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco. That session is ‘Getting Started with the Oculus Mobile SDK’, a look at developing VR experiences for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The talk will be hosted by Oculus VR’s Jonathan Wright and J.M.P. Van Waveren. VRFocus is liveblogging the action below. READ MORE

Oculus Mobile SDK for Gear VR Launches

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The 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) is now underway and the company has just wrapped up its keynote speech. Virtual reality (VR) related news has come in thick and fast but Oculus VR has just quietly released its anticipated mobile software development kit (SDK) for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The Oculus Mobile SDK has been in development for much of the past year and has been worked on by Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack. READ MORE

Oculus-Developed VR Quest is Now Hero Battle

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Back at the reveal of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in September 2014 Oculus VR quietly announced its first internally-developed videogame in VR Quest. Little was revealed about the title at the time although the company’s John Carmack noted that it was ‘Zelda-esque’ during his talk at the Oculus Connect developer conference the following month. Now the title has a new name. READ MORE

Oculus Improves Unity Engine Support In New Update

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The Unity Engine had undoubtedly been one of the most popular videogame development engines for virtual reality (VR) titles. That popularity is only set to grow with the recent announcement that Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) support is now included in both the free and Pro versions of the Unity Engine. Now Oculus VR has released a new update to its software development kit (SDK) which brings with it a lot of improvements to Unity development. READ MORE

Face-to-Face Communication ‘the next step’ for Oculus Rift Says CEO

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As Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR has said time and again, the virtual reality (VR) device will first be focusing on creating immersive videogames. In time however the VR industry will be looking to make an impact in other areas. In fact, according to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, the ‘next step’ for the Oculus Rift itself is to create face-to-face communication experiences with multiple users. READ MORE

Oculus CEO on Magic Leap: “Nobody’s really seen the technology yet.”

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Last month a new company by the name of Magic Leap turned heads by raising some $542 million USD in a round of financing for its unrevealed technology that it claims will ‘transcend’ virtual reality (VR). Investors included the likes of Google, Qualcomm and Legendary Entertainment, raising some suggestions that the technology, whatever it may be, might compete with the upcoming Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). According to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe the company doesn’t see Magic Leap as a competitor, at least not based on what’s been shared about it so far. READ MORE

Oculus VR Creative Director Speaking at Western Washington University Tomorrow

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Earlier in 2014 Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR revealed its intentions to start interacting with schools, colleges and universities, offering talks and workshops on working with virtual reality (VR) technology. The company has already made good on these intentions by sending Chief Scientist Michael Abrash to host talks similar to his keynote speech at the 2014 Oculus Connect developer conference. Tomorrow Oculus VR Creative Director Peter Bristol will be holding a presentation at the Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. READ MORE

Oculus VR ‘still going’ with Input R&D but ‘getting a lot closer’

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Despite Oculus VR championing its Crescent Bay prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) as close to the eventual consumer version of the device the company is yet to share its work on VR input. As the VR community knows, this is a critical factor in ensuring a real sense of presence in VR experience, as standard videogame controllers and a keyboard and mouse simply don’t replicate the experience effectively. According to Oculus VR CEO the company is getting ‘a lot closer’ with its research and development (R&D). READ MORE