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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

This is Oculus Rift

This is Oculus Rift

Today Oculus revealed the Oculus Rift - the consumer model - for release in the first quarter of 2016. This headset is the culmination of several years of testing - both in private and in public, with developers using these headsets out in the open, like no product before. This final headset is simple, easy to use, and meant to be the highest-end experience for virtual reality gaming and beyond. What's more - this isn't just about Oculus anymore. They've also partnered with Microsoft for Xbox One functionality.

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Oculus partners with Xbox

Oculus partners with Xbox

This afternoon Oculus announced that they'd be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver the Xbox One controller with the headset at launch. With Windows 10, Oculus Rift will work to "unlock the potential for millions of developers to create amazing experiences," so said Phil Spencer. Streaming PC content to the Oculus Rift is just one part of this equation, too. This partnership includes a pairing of the Oculus Rift to the Xbox One, as well. This is a prime strike against Sony's Project Morpheus, without a doubt.

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Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Oculus reveals the final hardware and software specifications for their long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This machine works with a three-part system, starting with the headset itself, fully capable of the highest-end virtual reality experience on the market at the time it's being revealed. This machine requires that the user have a computer with Windows 7 SP1 or newer with 8GB RAM or more, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater. They'll also need HDMI 1.3 video output to connect to the headset, and 2x USB 3.0 ports for peripherals.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens toys revealed

Star Wars The Force Awakens toys revealed

The first three toys from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection are revealed. They're all stormtroopers. You're going to see one LEGO set, one Hotwheels car, and one Black Series action figure from Hasbro. These are amongst some of the most widespread, popular brands that'll be carrying Star Wars toys now and when the time comes for The Force Awakens to be released. Expect to see these toys in every department store across the planet by the end of the year.

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Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Developer group Ninja Theory has revealed their next big title, Hellblade, a hack-and-slash beast of a game for PC and PlayStation 4. This is the same developer group that brought you Devil May Cry, a long-lasting game franchise beloved around the planet. In the game, users will play as a Celtic Warrior by the name of Senua. She suffers from a mental illness which places her in a hellish world which she must escape. Is it too much to hope for an appearance by Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites?

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Watch a chimp drink alcohol for science

Watch a chimp drink alcohol for science

Due to a local human village tapping in to raffia palm trees for their alcohol-rich sap, chimpanzees have found their own way to drink the drink in Bossou. This Guinea, West Africa environment sets the stage for a research paper which suggests that not only are African apes and humans both able to effectively metabolize ethanol, we're both voluntarily doing so now, too. This drinking of the contents of the raffia palm (Raphia hookeri, Arecaceae) by wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Bossou in Guinea, West Africa, was observed from 1995 to 2012.

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Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft introduces the Surface Hub, a wall-based display made for businesses - not consumers. If the price didn't do you in, the functionality certainly will. While using such a massive piece of equipment is certainly an interesting possibility for the average consumer, this 4K 84-inch display will facilitate meetings at your business. That's what it's made for. Not playing Angry Birds. Not acting as an 84-inch touch arcade... though using one as a pinball machine or a digital air hockey arena WOULD be neat.

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Snapshot Serengeti snaps millions of wild photos without photographers

Snapshot Serengeti snaps millions of wild photos without photographers

Project Snapshot Serengeti captures 1.2 million sets of photos, all automated, all capturing wild animals in their natural habitats. That's SETS of photos, not just individual photos - there are millions in the full collection. Over a period of about 3 years, from 2010 to 2013, this camera project lived inside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Whether or not you've been privileged to see the website, SnapshotSerengeti.org has had citizen-scientists classifying images in this project for several years. Now here in June of 2015, the full collection has been published for the public.

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Your first look at Mulder and Scully in the X-Files reboot

Your first look at Mulder and Scully in the X-Files reboot

This morning the X-Files reboot - via Fox - showed one single photo of Scully and Mulder, the heroes of this picture. While we've seen recent photos, videos, and live appearances of both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the recent past, we've seen neither of them together in costume. In costume for THIS role, that is to say. For X-Files fans like myself, this is a sort of return home. Back to a place where anything can happen, and you're made to want to believe.

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Sony RX100 MK4 detailed with 960fps video

Sony RX100 MK4 detailed with 960fps video

The Sony RX100 MK4 has been announced by sony with 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 frames per second. That's above and beyond anything we've seen in a consumer camera - even more so when you consider the tiny size of this shooter. You'll also be able to work with Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second as well as high resolution 4K movie shooting. This camera is one of two Sony cameras being released with the 960fps ability, the other called RX10 II.

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