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Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Back in May, Oculus adopted the controversial position of implementing DRM for games developed for its Rift virtual reality headset, preventing them from being played on the rival HTC Vive hardware. This was very frustrating for VR enthusiasts and developers alike, as the industry is only beginning to take off, and the fear was that locking down games and platforms this early would hinder consumer adoption. Fortunately Oculus has backtracked, removing the DRM that prevented Vive compatibility.

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Oculus Rift goes cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR

Oculus Rift goes cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR

It would appear that though the two platforms have their major differences, Oculus Rift will be going cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR. This means that mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 will be able to see games like "Anshar Wars 2", a game that Oculus Rift players can also play, with all devices in multiplayer playing at the same time. This is the first game that will also be a cross-buy - purchase on one platform and you don't have to pay for it again on the other.

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Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu launched its VR app back in late March and when it launched it was mostly for the VR headsets out there meant to hold smartphones. Hulu has now announced that its VR app supports the more powerful Oculus Rift VR headset. Hulu says that the strict hardware performance requirements for the PC that runs the Oculus Rift headset means that the VR app can deliver users a more polished, sharp, and more responsive viewing experience.

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Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

This week both HP and MSI have revealed Backback PCs - computers that act like desktops but fit on your back, preparing you for a full-range, untethered VR experience. It would seem at first as though they would be leading the way - most average citizens have never seen a Backpack PC before, right? But that's just not true - at least three different groups have made the Backpack PC a real, working model before now - but only now are we truly starting to reach a first stride.

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Oculus DRM backfires, Revive now lets you pirate games, too

Oculus DRM backfires, Revive now lets you pirate games, too

Friday, I talked at length about how Oculus seemed to be shooting themselves in the foot. This was largely in response to a new update for the Rift that included some particularly annoying DRM. This DRM checks to see if you have an Oculus Rift physically attached to your computer, and if it doesn't it prevents you from opening the game. Only a few days have passed, and their hard work has already been undone.

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Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

When you release the "next big thing" in your particular corner of the market, a company relies on a few things to ensure its success. One key component is making sure that the product delivers on all of its promises. Another is to rely on brand recognition to get people to purchase it. And finally, you have to make sure that you don't manage to upset your user base before they even get your product into their hands. Oculus seems to be struggling pretty hard with that last part, currently.

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Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Last month we found out that there was a way for HTC Vive owners to play games that were only meant for use with the Oculus Rift, called Revive. This was pretty big news, as it was the first time that anyone had been able to do it. And while it was a hack, users were happy to be able to use their hardware with games that they want to play. Unfortunately, that fun has come to an end, thanks to an update from Oculus.

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Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be snooping around the Avengers HQ, or swinging (or at least walking) around a jungle, or even beating the desert heat of Jakku? Short of actually traveling to preserved studio sets of those fictional places, the only way you'd be able to experience that would be through your imagination. Or, thanks to new technology, virtual reality. Thank your lucky stars, then, that Disney has made available a new Disney Movies VR app that take you to these places at no extra charge. Other than buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, of course.

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Hitman GO’s newest targets: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR

Hitman GO’s newest targets: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR

Hitman GO is an unusual game. Although it traces its roots back to Square Enix's popular stealth and assassination game, it has taken a slightly different turn on mobile and later on consoles as well. Now it is scouting new ground and will be taking down targets right in front of your eyes. Yes, Hitman GO has finally landed on VR, making it the publisher's first commercial VR game. Now available for the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR, practically both using Oculus' VR platform, Hitman GO: VR Edition puts a new spin on an already unique gameplay.

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With Nomads for Gear VR, Oculus embraces new age of film

With Nomads for Gear VR, Oculus embraces new age of film

When going to the movies involves strapping a virtual reality headset to your face, you have to be delivering more than the local IMAX, but Oculus is confident a new golden age is almost upon us. Released today, Felix & Paul Studios' Nomads app for the Gear VR takes what has, until now, been a fairly gaming-focused device and turns it into an anthropological safari.

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Oculus isn’t giving up on Gear VR: Facebook 360 Photos, more

Oculus isn’t giving up on Gear VR: Facebook 360 Photos, more

Oculus Rift may finally be shipping, but that doesn't mean the company is sidelining its smartphone-based Gear VR, which is due for some big updates in UI and social integration. Over 1m people used Samsung's Gear VR in April, the company says, a milestone which according to Max Cohen, head of mobile at Oculus, arrived much sooner than had been predicted.

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Hang out with Totoro in this new VR demo for the Vive and Rift

Hang out with Totoro in this new VR demo for the Vive and Rift

The world isn't always a wonderful, relaxing place to be. This is why we often use a variety of mediums to escape into a different, more peaceful world. Some of my favorite relaxing worlds were created by Studio Ghibli, and are from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. And now I can finally immerse myself in them, thanks to the magic of virtual reality.

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