This might be one of the biggest months for VR ever. Along with the impending launch of the PlayStation VR headset, Oculus is holding its third annual Oculus Connect developers conference. It’s not clear exactly what Oculus will have to show off during the keynote, which begins at 1PM ET, but there’s a decent chance we’ll finally get a price and release date for the Oculus Touch controllers.
Want to try virtual reality for yourself but don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on an expensive headset? We have good news for you.
According to Bloomberg, Oculus Rift demos (which started in May) will be featured in 500 Best Buy stores around the country by the time the holiday season rolls around this year. Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, who called the technology “mind-boggling,” is confident that the demos are going to be well-received by customers and believes VR “has the potential to contribute to our growth.”
Exclusivity is a complex issue for the gaming industry, and has been for quite some time. Although platform exclusivity of first- and third-party titles creates competition between the console makers, it also fragments the user base and forces gamers to either put up with the fact that they’re going to miss out on major triple-A titles, or spend money on yet another video game console.
All of that said, you can see why Oculus’s aggressive stance toward acquiring VR games exclusively for its platform has been met with some derision.
Now Oculus wants to explain itself.
Back in April, a developer known as Libre VR released a program called Revive which allowed HTC Vive owners to play Oculus Rift exclusives on their headsets. Oculus’ update killed off Revive, but in the process of developing an updated version of the software, Libre VR stumbled upon a workaround that might have made the entire situation much worse for Oculus.
Anyone who has tried virtual reality will tell you that there’s really no way to explain it to someone who has never experienced it before. That’s why this news should excite those of you who haven’t had a chance to try it yourselves.
Starting on Saturday, May 7th, Best Buy will become the first major U.S. retailer to offer Oculus Rift in-store demos. The demos will be stationed at The Intel Experience inside 48 Best Buy stores around the country. More →
The virtual reality future is off to a rocky start.
Shortly after the Rift launched late last month, Oculus had to inform many of its customers that their Rift orders would be delayed due to an “unexpected component shortage.” Although the shipping cost for any delayed orders was waived, it appears that this was just the first in a string of issues.
After years of being categorized as a futuristic technology that might one day hit the mainstream, virtual reality is finally becoming, well, a reality.
Today, the Oculus Rift began shipping to consumers who placed early pre-orders and we’re finally starting to see a number of in-depth reviews roll in. Given all of the hype that has surrounded VR in general and the Oculus Rift in particular, it’s only natural to wonder if VR can actually live up to the hype or if it’s destined to become nothing more than a niche product at best or a passing fad at worst.
The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR are going to be some of the most exciting virtual reality headsets to buy this year. However, they require dedicated computers or consoles that have the advanced computational capacity for seamlessly rendering VR content. That means most people will need to either upgrade their desktops or purchase new ones to enjoy some of the best VR experiences coming to the living room.
But what about computer users who prefer laptops, including MacBooks? Should they purchase a computer just for consuming VR content and games? No, that might not the case, as there’s one cool accessory that might turn your notebook into a VR-compliant machine.
Although immersive gaming experiences and 360-degree films might be the first things that come to mind when you think about virtual reality, the technology has the potential to change your life in more conventional ways as well.
Whether you’re browsing the Internet, watching Netflix or even playing a non-VR game, BigScreen is a piece of software that can bring your desktop into the virtual world with you, creating up to a 20-foot screen to view.
On Wednesday, with less than two weeks remaining until the final version of the Oculus Rift begins shipping to consumers, Oculus has unveiled all 30 games that will be available for the platform on March 28th. Several of the games are already available on the Gear VR, another Oculus device, but a majority will be exclusive to the Rift.
2016 could very well be the year that virtual reality takes off. We’ve seen preorders sell out in a matter of minutes. We’ve seen big game developers and entertainment companies show interest in the technology. But perhaps most importantly, we haven’t seen a major critical backlash from the average consumer.
Whether it changes the industry or not, we’re ready to give virtual reality a fair shake.
Dragon Front, the first collectible card game built for virtual reality, is coming to the Oculus Rift this spring. Oculus made the announcement on its blog on Friday, revealing that the game is being developed by High Voltage Software and produced in-house by Oculus. It’s the first exclusive game that the company has announced since preorders for the Rift opened last month. More →