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Microsoft on causing Oculus Rift delays: ‘This is false’

If you preordered the Oculus Rift headset, you might still be waiting for it — but that’s not because of the Xbox One controller. Microsoft has debunked allegations that it is responsible for the delays customers are experiencing with their Oculus Rift headset orders. Yesterday, a post on Reddit from someone claiming to have “insider” status at Oculus […]

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Virtual reality justifies those ludicrous 17-inch ‘portable desktops’

Gaming laptops are a consumer-electronics category that don’t make a whole lot of sense anymore. They’re expensive, bulky, and hot as hell. That’s why companies like Razer are rethinking these products. But the age of virtual reality is starting to reveal some new reasons to own a massive laptop with insane graphics capabilities. Soon after getting the […]

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Oculus Rift’s privacy policy draws concern from U.S. Senator Al Franken

It’s not just savvy PC gamers who have worries about virtual reality privacy. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Oculus chief executive officer Brendan Iribe on Thursday expressing his concern over the privacy policy for the company’s Rift virtual reality headset, via Fortune. His worries come from the kind of information the Rift gathers, […]

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Oculus VR donates virtual reality headsets to Major League Hacking group

Oculus VR, the virtual reality division of Facebook, is donating a number of Oculus Rift headsets to tech education group Major League Hacking. The idea is to power the next generation of learning about VR starting at the high school and college levels via hackathons. Major League Hacking runs the official student hackathon league sponsored […]

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Here’s how PlayStation’s gaming boss deals with light leaking into his Oculus Rift headset

The Oculus Rift is one hell of a piece of hardware, but it does have one weird shortcoming: some light leaks in around the nose area. Thankfully, one of the brightest minds in the industry has stepped in with a … well, he’s calling it “a solution.” Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida jumped on […]

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Here’s how hard it is to make a mixed-reality trailer for HTC Vive VR games

Virtual reality is a difficult technology to demonstrate to people, but mixed reality is changing that. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing to pull off, though. To promote the launch of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption for the HTC Vive VR headset, videographer Kert Gartner has helped those developers create videos that show real […]

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VR headsets to generate $895M in revenue in 2016

Market researcher Strategy Analytics said it expects global virtual reality headset revenues will reach $895 million in 2016. About 77 percent of that value will be accounted for by newly launched premium devices from Oculus, HTC and Sony. These three brands however will only account for 13 percent of volumes in 2016 as lower priced smartphone-based […]

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HTC Vive is experiencing shipping problems, and the company is finally talking about it

Virtual reality tech finally works and consumers are buying into it, but the biggest hurdle now is figuring out shipping logistics. The HTC Vive VR headset is the latest device to suffer delays, and the Taiwanese manufacturing company has taken to its blog to answer some questions that its frustrated customers are asking. In the update, […]

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How to get Oculus Rift working with SteamVR right now

Oculus Rift now works with Steam. Valve, the company that owns and operates the world’s most popular digital-distribution portal for PC games, has updated its SteamVR software to work with Oculus VR’s Rift virtual reality headset. Next week, Valve will release its Vive head-mounted display along with hardware partner HTC, but the company has always […]

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The DeanBeat: How long will we have to wait before VR delivers our technology Renaissance?

My former boss, Jerry Ceppos, once said he worried that the San Jose Mercury News was covering the tech industry without enough scope or context, as if we would have covered the Italian Renaissance by measuring how many cans of paint were sold. At the time he said this, Silicon Valley was going through its […]

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iFixit dissects Oculus Rift to reveal custom display and new lenses

If you just spent $599 on an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, you probably don’t want start ripping into it with a screwdriver. Thankfully, we can all let other people handle that. The Oculus Rift is moderately easy to repair, according to the crowdsourced repair-guide site iFixit. The company posted its teardown of the head-mounted […]

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Scalpers benefit from Oculus Rift hype — eBay auctions over $1,000

You can’t time travel to a future when Oculus has already delivered your headset, but you have some other options available — if your bank account is healthy. The consumer version of the Rift that started arriving yesterday to people who backed the original crowdfunding campaign is going for more than $1,100 in multiple eBay […]

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Oculus Rift vs. Nintendo’s Virtual Boy: A super-serious comparison

It’s time for the virtual reality showdown you’ve all been waiting for: the Oculus Rift vs. the Virtual Boy. Sure, 20 years of technological advancements separate the two — and many consider the Virtual Boy to be one of worst products that Nintendo has ever made  — but GamesBeat still thinks it’s important to see […]

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