When it released the Rift DK1 in 2012, the Oculus team was seen as the little startup darling that could finally make virtual reality an actual reality—and it was going to do it with a community-based effort. When it was snatched up by Facebook, founder Palmer Luckey made it clear “a million times” that Oculus wasn’t…
On the morning of Monday, February 29th, the day HTC’s Vive VR headset became available for pre-order, Daniel Flesher parked himself in front of his computer and waited.
Facebook spent most of its F8 developer keynote talking about the future of the company. Messenger, Oculus Rift, Zuck’s gray t-shirt, a Donald Trump reference—it was all there. But rather than forcing you to sit through an hour of “the power of global connection” overstatements, we did all the hard work for you, and…
With Oculus Rift out in the wild, Facebook is giving us our first look at its design for a 360-degree video camera.
I’ve played a lot of VR games this week, but the best thing I’ve done in virtual reality wasn’t a game at all. It was just my computer desktop, blown up into immersive 3D.
Virtual reality has never really convinced me it’s worth the hassle. The roughly developed attempts so far never seem to justify the awkward hardware or the stomach queasiness. Even after strapping on one of Oculus’ early development headsets and seeing something really cool, I was out of there within twenty minutes…
It’s been four years since Oculus Rift fired up its first Kickstarter, but the long wait is nearly over: Rift headsets will start landing in the hands of real-life customers on Monday.
Have you ever wanted to try porn in virtual reality? Secretly, we all have, and Pornhub just made it insanely easy. The world’s biggest adult site partnered with established VR porn store BaDoink to offer free 360-degree content. It is obviously NFSW.
If you donated to the Oculus Rift Kickstarter back in 2012, you’ll get a headset for free. Hey, tech companies being nice to consumers. Cool!
The wait is over: Starting 11am EST Wednesday morning, you can preorder an Oculus Rift of your own. The company just made the announcement on its blog. No word yet on pricing or expected delivery date.
Oculus Touch, the innovative controllers designed for use with the Oculus Rift VR headset, has been delayed until the second half of 2016. The final consumer version of the Rift is still expected to ship in the first quarter of 2016.
You can now pre-order Samsung’s Gear VR headset—the device that looks like it may finally push VR into the mainstream—from Best Buy for $100.
You won’t be shocked to learn that watching Bernie Sanders shout about email is not virtual reality’s killer app. I watched Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate on my Gear VR, using Next VR in the Oculus store, and the aesthetic experience was markedly worse than watching the debate on TV, like a normal…
The towers of Midtown Manhattan sparkled in the distance as I sat across a gleaming desk from Bill Clinton. Bill (I can call him Bill, right?) smiled—I thought, man, that vegan diet is working for him!—as he began telling me, in that signature hoarse voice, about his foundation’s work in East Africa.
Oculus announced a lot of cool stuff at its developer conference today, like a set of new streaming apps, including one for Netflix that’s available now. But there was a verifiable Oprah moment at the Dolby Theater in LA when it was announced that Samsung’s new Gear VR headset will be sold for $100 this fall.
“IT’S FOR GAMES” has been the oft-quoted cry of VR headset makers and gamers when talking about virtual reality, but the opportunity for movies is unquestionably huge. Today, Oculus VR released a Netflix app for the Gear VR (and eventually Oculus’ own headset.) And it makes watching Netflix in real life seem super…
For those who have been itching to stream the new season of TV from the comfort of your Gear VR, a Netflix VR app will be available today, with apps for Hulu and Vimeo as well as Twitch coming on soon.
VR is coming, and Oculus has partnered up with PC makers like ASUS, Dell, and Alienware to make an Oculus-ready lineup of gaming desktops for under 1K that meet the needed specifications to run an Oculus smoothly and worry-free. These PCs will also come with Oculus bundle options. Get ready, people. It’s happening.
Samsung has been an early adopter of virtual reality, creating headsets that use its massive smartphone screens as VR displays. Now, the company has announced its third iteration of Gear VR, compatible with the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and the Note 5, for only $100.