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 →
Nintendo faces an interesting dilemma. If it waits too long to release a new console, everyone will just wait to see what Sony and Microsoft do to follow up the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On the other hand, if Nintendo jumps the gun, it could find itself in the middle of a war with some unexpectedly expensive VR hardware.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been available for preorder for weeks, but you should know the virtual reality headset does have some hardware requirements when it comes to the PC that’s supposed to bring all that VR content to your eyes. And your computer might simply not be good enough for what the Oculus Rift needs.
Thankfully, you’ll soon be able to preorder Oculus Rift PC bundles. And if you have preordered your Oculus Rift headset, you’re going to receive a discount on the next PC purchase. More →
The hotly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is finally available for preorder after what seems like an eternity of waiting. The system has undergone a number of changes since Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion back in 2014, and preorders for the final version went live this past Wednesday. The price is a steep $599, but consumer-ready VR equipment is a very young space so a steep early adopter tax is obviously expected.
As it turns out though, you can already get a big discount on a brand new Oculus Rift kit despite the fact that it doesn’t even start shipping until March. More →
After months of delays and endless anticipation, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is finally available for preorder. Many potential customers were concerned that preorders might launch without a price, but at the store page on Oculus.com, it has been revealed that the peripheral will retail for $599 at launch. More →