The team at Oculus had plenty to talk about today during their pre-E3 press conference, from the design of the consumer model to the crazy wireless controller that will change the way we interact in VR, but the most exciting portion of the presentation for me was when the game developers were given some time in the spotlight. More →
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset should be released sometime in the first quarter of 2016, and it looks like interested buyers should already start saving money. After a recent report said that Oculus Rift VR requires a powerful computer that could cost more than $1,000 to function, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe revealed on Wednesday that the full Oculus Rift package will indeed be quite expensive. More →
The Oculus Rift is finally nearing mass-production, but that’s not necessarily good news for anyone looking to purchase one of Facebook’s virtual reality headsets, because the VR gadget will require a very powerful computer, one that’s going to be rather expensive. And it apparently can’t be a MacBook Pro or any other Mac OS computer, as the Oculus Rift will only run on Windows devices for the time being. More →
Nearly three years after the original Kickstarter campaign came to a close, we finally have an official release window for the Oculus Rift. The team at Oculus VR took to their blog on Tuesday night to announce that the final version of the Oculus Rift will begin shipping to consumers in Q1 2016. More →
The Fine Brothers’ REACT channel has provided us with hours of entertainment over the past few years, but one of their most recent videos might be the funniest yet. Over the weekend, the latest gaming-centric video was published on the REACT channel, featuring a group of teenagers, an Oculus Rift and a terrifying game called Affected: The Manor. More →
Many things have been said about the Large Hadron Collider that are untrue. The chances of it opening a black hole and swallowing the solar system are close to zero, no matter how many times it occurs in a movie or television show. That said, the Collider still isn’t something you can just go walk around in while on vacation, and since you will likely never actually get to see the Large Hadron Collider up close, wouldn’t you like to experience what it’s like to be a particle flying inside it? Combining the new Collider app with Leap Motion and the Oculus Rift, you now can.
The Oculus Rift has become a name that’s synonymous with virtual reality gaming, but Google hopes to also get in on the action with a new investment in a company called Magic Leap. Originally reported by Re/Code, Magic Leap is calling its technology “cinematic reality,” and Google is planning to invest millions of dollars to make this virtual reality an actual reality. More →
“My God, I’m not going to electrocute myself, am I?” That was the initial reaction of an elderly gentleman when one of The Fine Brothers handed him an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and asked for his reaction. One elderly woman wondered aloud if the Rift was a “space mask” or “something you wear for the Ebola crisis.”
The Fines are known far and wide for their reaction videos on YouTube, which show kids, teens or the elderly reacting to different things. Recent offerings that were particularly hilarious include teens reacting to the Internet of the 1990s and elderly people reacting to Google Glass.
Facebook has repeatedly shown us that it is not afraid to bet big on the future. The company sees mobile messaging as a staple for years to come, and it spent an astronomical $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the biggest name in the business. Virtual Reality is a still-emerging area that could also become a huge market in the future, so Facebook spent a reported $2 billion to acquire Oculus, one of the hottest names in VR. And now, an early version of the company’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will finally begin shipping to early buyers. More →
French 3D company Dassault Systemes has created an awesome virtual universe to mark the anniversary of the June 6, 1944 “D-Day” landings and the technology that made them possible, VentureBeat reports. The huge project allows users to explore historical places and equipment from that era by using a virtual reality headset such as the Oculus Rift. More →
All proper sci-fi nerds have long dreamed of being able to take a trip in the Holodeck, a virtual reality chamber located on Star Trek’s USS Enterprise where you can simulate any time, place and situation you want to be in. Oliver Kreylos, a computer science professor and researcher at the University of California, Davis, has come the closest we’ve seen yet to creating a working Holodeck and he’s done it using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and three Kinect sensors from a previous-generation Xbox. More →