Owners of pricey Oculus hardware could soon have their data harvested by the company’s owner, Facebook, for use in “more relevant content, including ads,” UploadVR reported on Wednesday.
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The Oculus Quest has been out for a few months in the U.S., and while Mark Zuckerberg told the crowd at Oculus Connect 6 that Facebook is selling its standalone VR headset as fast as the company can make them, Facebook is planning to add some major features including hand tracking and PC tethering in two separate future updates.
Between the departure of former CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus’ recent focus on standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go and the forthcoming Oculus Quest, it sort of felt like the company’s PC roots were being left behind.
But Oculus promised it was working on a successor to the original Rift from 2016, so here it is: the Oculus Rift S. And it’s sort of underwhelming.
Virtual Reality is tech's biggest question mark. Could it become a mainstream medium, like movies or video games, or something completely different? A lot of people have tried and failed to answer that question, and while Intel's VR Happy Hour at the New Museum on Tuesday is no exception, roleplaying as a tree and directing a monster is a pretty entertaining way to spend two hours.
Back in March, I said then was the perfect time to buy an Oculus Rift.
I was wrong.
Today at its annual Build developer conference, Microsoft announced its own set of motion controllers made for its burgeoning Windows Mixed Reality platform. As we've mentioned in previous reports, the company is calling its new computing platform "mixed reality" because it combines different elements of augmented and virtual reality. The platform itself is baked directly into the Creators Update for Windows 10.
Virtual reality has been around for decades, but it's only of late that the technology has properly matured with reliable consumer-grade headsets, room-scale tracking, high quality touch controllers and a library of games worth exploring.
So now that people can get into virtual reality in a range of ways - from mobiles to consoles to the top-end headsets - what's changed? Here's everything you need to know about VR.
It's been a rocky start for virtual reality manufacturers in general. But Oculus -- the company that made people believe in VR again -- may be having the hardest time of all. It's been a year of sluggish sales, PR nightmares and a one big time defeat in court. Now, Best Buy is pulling hundreds of demo stations from its sales floors in the US.
Virtual reality is great and all, but it needs a little more space -- especially if you're using a room-scale HTC Vive. And that probably means you're going to want to set up your powerful VR gaming PC in an open area like your living room. And that means you're going to want a PC that can hide out of the way in your TV cabinet. Enter the MSI Trident, the world's smallest VR-ready PC.
Video: Admit it. Deep down inside there's a part of you that will always love watching people fall down, and it's overjoyed that virtual reality is making a comeback. Even if the Oculus Rift and other VR devices don't change the world as promised, at least we'll have videos of people falling on their faces while trying to virtually rock climb.
2016 is the year that VR is actually getting good. You can click a few buttons on the internet and a Vive or a Rift will appear on your doorstep a few days later -- although you'll have to pay through the nose -- for your gaming PC, which is more powerful than ever. Or you can buy a PlayStation VR instead.
Or, down at PAX Aus in Melbourne in November, you can try all three -- in a dedicated 'VR Freeplay' area, with three-directional treadmills that let you walk around in virtual reality.
If you've been putting off buying one of the two current top-of-the-line virtual reality headsets because of the delays with shipping one to your doorstep, the wait is over. A month after HTC announced the same thing, Oculus is telling customers that it finally has production up to speed and enough stock to ship out all new orders within a couple of business days.