Don't have room for a VR gaming PC in the house? Then you're going to need a powerful laptop.
Facebook and Oculus are investing heavily in the Quest 2 VR system, pushing it as the pinnacle of the Oculus’ efforts and replacing all previous headsets, both standalone and PC-tethered like the discontinued Oculus Rift S. Its launch may have been tainted by some controversy over Facebook’s new requirements but, on a technical point of view, the Quest 2 is … Continue reading
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Humble Bundle has launched its latest bundle of games that collects proceeds and sends them to a charity of your choosing. This one’s full of nothing but VR titles, and the minimum contribution required to get everything in the bundle is just $15. Of course, since it’s for charity, spend more if you feel compelled to. The bundle contains the following games, all of which are redeemable on Steam:
Borderlands 2 VR
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality
Swords of Gurrah
These games will work on wired headsets that support Steam VR, which includes the Valve Index, Oculus Rift S, HTC’s Vive, and more. There’s an easy way to get these games running if you have a wireless...
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Facebook says Oculus Rift S headsets “generally” won’t be replenished as they disappear from store shelves, marking the end of the virtual reality system’s life span. As UploadVR reported yesterday, Facebook has confirmed that “generally speaking, as channels sell out of stock, they won’t be replenished moving forward.” The PC-tethered headset is unavailable through Oculus’ store, and it’s out of stock on retail platforms like Amazon and Walmart in the US, except from third-party sellers.
Facebook announced last year that it would discontinue the Oculus Rift S in 2021. While the headset was a successor to the landmark Oculus Rift, it compromised on features like screen resolution and refresh rate, particularly compared to high-end...
Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey shared information that the Rift 2 was cancelled twice.
Here’s a rundown of everything we currently know about the Valve Index 2 and what we want to see from the VR device.
Consumer virtual reality systems started out in two kinds. One was completely powered by a smartphone, with the headset acting as a simple holder for the phone and lens. The other was a heavier headset that, despite the heft, still needed to offload its work to a powerful PC. The likes of the Google Cardboard have silently disappeared into the … Continue reading
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If you received a virtual reality gaming headset this holiday season, congratulations! Whether you’ve got the newly released Oculus Quest 2, one of the last few units of the now discontinued Oculus Rift S, or another headset like the PlayStation VR, there are a ton of video games for you to explore with your new head mount display. Here are ten games I personally enjoy and think are worth your time and money.
We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used games, apps, and entertainment. Check out our app picks for iPhones, Android phones, Windows PCs, and M1-equipped Macs; our favorite mobile games from Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass; and our top choices for gaming PCs, the PS5, Xbox One and Series X / S, Nintendo Switch, and VR. We’ve...
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If you've got a powerful enough PC, the Oculus Rift S is a solid choice to jump into virtual reality. The VR headset is available from Best Buy at $100 off.
Samsung has collaborated with Stanford researchers to design a pixel-dense OLED display for VR.
G2 Omnicept coming “Spring 2021.” No price yet, but it sure has a lot of sensors.
We've found all of the cheapest deals for the various Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets and accessories.
Oculus announced today that they’ll discontinue the Oculus Rift line of VR headsets entirely. The only current Rift device available from Oculus is the Oculus Rift S, but that’ll soon be over as Oculus focuses all its efforts on single headset: Oculus Quest 2. This does NOT mean that there’ll be no PC-based VR. The Oculus Quest 2 can connect … Continue reading
Impressive new Oculus Quest 2 headset marks a shift in the Facebook-owned company’s approach to PC-based VR.
Facebook said it will stop making the Oculus Rift line of wired VR headsets in favor of wireless ones, starting with the Oculus Quest 2 this October.
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Oculus announced the Quest 2, its next standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a PC. My colleague Adi Robertson wrote everything you need to know about the new Quest 2, and she even spent enough time with it to write a full review. The headset is available for preorder starting now at Oculus’ site, and it will be available for purchase starting on October 13th.
Oculus says that it’s partnering with Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart to stock the Quest 2 in US stores, and it’ll be available through Amazon worldwide. It also noted that it’s bringing the Quest 2 to Japanese retail for the first time, at Bic Camera, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi Camera, and Geo stores.
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Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus is ending sales of the Rift S headset next spring. It’s retiring the PC-based VR device to focus on the standalone Oculus Quest 2, which can also be tethered to a computer through Oculus’ Link feature.
Quest 2 product manager Prabhu Parthasarathy calls the Quest 2’s release “the right moment for us to move to a single headset.” Link, which uses a USB-C cable to support PC VR games on the Quest, was launched experimentally for the original Quest in 2019. The feature will emerge from beta later this year, officially making the $299 Quest 2 a dual-purpose headset.
The Quest 2 is officially convertible
The Quest 2 will connect to PCs through the same Oculus app as the Rift. And Parthasarathy...
According to Oculus some games and apps may no longer work if you don't.
LA-based Sensorium is set to launch a multiplayer virtual reality world in the first three months of 2021, going head to head with Facebook Oculus' equivalent Horizon.
Mikhail Prokhorov, former owner of the Brooklyn Nets, quietly invested in the VR startup when it was founded in 2018.
Sensorium's "Galaxy" will let people attend virtual gigs, nightclubs and go on dates.
Consumer adoption of virtual reality is thought to be low, partly because of a lack of content, but startups like Sensorium will be hoping the pandemic might encourage users to experiment with the technology.
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Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire and former owner of the Brooklyn Nets, has quietly backed a virtual reality startup working to challenge Facebook's dominance.
Los Angeles-based VR startup Sensorium has spent the last two years working on its first consumer offering, a virtual universe called "Sensorium Galaxy", accessible via either an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift S headset. The game is set to launch in the first quarter of 2021 and will let users attend virtual concerts, dance in imaginary nightclubs, and go on digital dates.
Sensorium said it is set to announce a fresh funding round of approximately $100 million, but declined to name its backers at the time of writing.
Brian Kean, a senior exec at Sensorium, revealed to Business Insider that billionaire Prokhorov effectively set the company up himself, having quietly invested at the time of its founding 2018. "He made the initial investment to get the company started back [then]," said Kean.
Sensorium is banking on its Galaxy platform being a potential challenger to Facebook, which acquired virtual reality gaming firm Oculus in 2014 and is testing its own virtual multiplayer world called Horizon.
Efforts to bring virtual reality into the mainstream to date have had mixed success and consumer adoption of virtual reality headsets remains low. Facebook, for example, doesn't break out the money it makes from Oculus in its quarterly revenue reports, suggesting the figure is still comparatively small. Part of the problem has been a dearth of compelling content and experiences.
"Most of Facebook's efforts in the space are focused on developing stronger social interactions, which is great but not enough," said Kean. "People do want to connect with others in VR, but also want to experience things together."
Kean and his team are banking on consumers potentially turning to virtual reality as the prospect of living with the pandemic for the long-term becomes more likely. Use of the technology in an enterprise setting is thought to have grown during the coronavirus.
Prokhorov – who ranks at #115 on Forbes' billionaires list – said there were "unique opportunities" ahead for companies focused on virtual reality interaction.
"We are confident that the development of a new way of communication in virtual setups, along with the limitless possibilities for individual and collective self-realization in those digital environments, will result in massive business opportunities," he said.
"Over the next 10 years, we're expecting explosive market growth around the integration of VR and AI technologies."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly