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Hand Tracking on the Oculus Quest Feels Pretty Magical

The Oculus Rift, Facebook’s cord-free VR headset that starts at just £400, is getting a couple of new features over the next year. I had the opportunity to check out what might be the coolest one: hand tracking. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Horizon Is a New VR Social Network Inspired by Spielberg’s Worst Movie

Yesterday at Oculus Connect 6, Facebook’s annual event that does its best to convince the world why VR is still a thing, the company announced Horizon, a giant virtual reality playground where users can build their own worlds, create and play games, or just socialise with friends who are represented by legless animated avatars. Read More >>

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Darth Vader Faces a Four-Armed Rancor in the New Vader Immortal Episode II Trailer

I mean, you also get to wield the Force in VR and that’s pretty cool, but let’s rewind a touch: Four. Armed. Rancor. Read More >>

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Oculus’s Cord-Free VR System Is About to Be Hands-Free, Too

The Oculus Quest has been out for a few months, 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. Read More >>

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The VR Revolution Is Alive and Well, It’s Just Not Ready For Your Living Room (Yet)

When HTC and Oculus launched their first-gen virtual reality headsets back in the spring of 2016, it felt like the beginning of a revolution. These headsets were immersive and sophisticated, unlike anything the public had seen before and a leap forward from disasters like Nintendo’s cursed Virtual Boy. But when you fast forward three years to now, VR headsets still aren’t commonly found in arcades or schools. Unless you are one of the rare VR evangelists, you probably don’t have a VR headset in your home. Read More >>

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Facebook and Instagram Can’t Seem to Keep It Together

Well, folks, Facebook and its “family of apps” has experienced yet another crash. Read More >>

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Star Wars Fans Will Love Helping the Dark Lord Achieve His Destiny in Vader Immortal

For years, we’ve enjoyed watching Star Wars stories from the outside. And typically Star Wars in VR and AR feels more like a very cool tech demo than a full immersion into a galaxy far, far away. But with Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode I, it seems like ILMxLab has crafted an untold chapter in the Star Wars saga that fans will love. This thing is no tech demo. Read More >>

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Review: Oculus Quest Has Me Excited About VR Again

I first tried VR with an Oculus Development Kit (the DK2) several years ago. It was a mind-blowing experience, unlike anything I've tried before. But somewhere along the way, the shine of being immersed into a video game world got lost. One Oculus Rift and PSVR later, they're both sat gathering dust somewhere, barely used. One of the reasons for that is the mass of wires that you need for both, and adequate space by your PC or PS4. It's a pain to set up every time; plugging it in, rearranging a room or moving a PC tower somewhere else to make sure you've got a big enough area. If it's a game you can't play while sitting down, it's a no-go. Not to mention with Rift, the numerous sensor bars that need strategically placing around the place. It's a lot of hassle for a play session that'll undoubtedly last about 20 minutes until I start feeling nauseous. Read More >>

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‘Big Brother is Watching’: Facebook Accidentally Left Hidden Jokes in Thousands of Oculus Controllers

Facebook – a company that is equally known for surveilling an enormous swathe of people, and for accidentally exposing their data in one way or another – shipped “tens of thousands” of its Oculus Touch controllers with some fun hidden messages written inside them, like 'Big Brother is Watching'. Haha. It’s a joke. About surveillance. From that book? And you know, Facebook is a giant surveillance machine. Hey, where are you going? Read More >>

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Oculus Rift S Supports Room Scale VR Without External Base Stations, Coming This Spring

Over the past month or so, we've been hearing a lot of rumblings about an alleged new VR headset being developed by Oculus. Now, thanks to a GDC reveal and trailer, that rumoured headset has an official name, release window, and list of improvements. Read More >>

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Facebook And ZeniMax Media Finally Bury The Hatchet Over Oculus ‘Theft’

The epic battle between Facebook and ZeniMax Media is finally at an end, it looks like. Read More >>

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Oculus Just Rolled Out Updated Anti-Harassment Tools

Facebook is rolling out new anti-harassment tools for its virtual reality platform as it continues to push for more users to plug in. Read More >>

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Oculus Co-Founder’s Departure Could Mean Bad Things for Facebook VR

Facebook made a splashy entrance into VR when it purchased fledgling startup Oculus back in 2014 for $2.3 billion. However, even after putting out the first consumer-ready Oculus Rift in 2016, which was followed up by this year’s Oculus Go and the upcoming Oculus Quest, today’s departure of Oculus co-f0under and former CEO Brendan Iribe casts doubts on the future of Facebook’s VR efforts. Read More >>

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The Big Thing Facebook Didn’t Say About Oculus Quest

“This is it,” Mark Zuckerberg said to a crowd of developers and press at Facebook’s annual VR developers conference, Oculus Connect. “This is the all-in-one VR experience that we have been waiting for. It’s wireless, its got hand presence, 6 degrees of freedom, and it runs Rift-quality experiences.” Read More >>

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The Oculus Quest Is Real: Facebook Promises £303 Standalone VR This Spring

VR is in a tricky spot. Devices like the Rift and the Vive have proven that immersive virtual worlds are within our reach, and yet, no one cares. The problem is that current VR headsets still have a lot of rough edges. They aren’t quite precise enough and the good ones are too expensive for most folks. But with the new Oculus Quest, Facebook thinks it has something to solve some of VR’s big issues. Read More >>