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Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus VR sends invites to the press for a consumer-related event that promises to reveal market-ready hardware. What you're going to see isn't all that revealing, but the differences between the newest developer model of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the first consumer hardware are few and far between. What you're going to see at this special event for the headset isn't as important as who will be there - who will be presenting the first apps and games for the Oculus Rift as it's set for release in early 2016.

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Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus VR recommends spec for their first consumer model PC-based Oculus Rift headset. These are the bits and pieces of PC power you'll need to run the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset - or what's recommended to run the machine, at least. If you've got a PC with less processing power than what you're about to see here, turn back now. Or forever hold your pixels. The image you see here is also the newest render (or very, VERY clean photo) of the consumer-model Rift.

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That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

ARK: Survival Evolved is announced to be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam for PCs with Oculus Rift support. This game was first revealed in incognito mode earlier this month, and just this week was shown to the public with support for virtual reality headsets. Thus far Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift by Oculus VR have been confirmed. Whether or not Valve's own Steam VR will work with the system is still up in the air. We're guessing that YES, it probably will work - and there'll be dragons, too!

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Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Before we dive in on the Consumer Release of Oculus Rift as it compares to the most recent version of Crescent Bay, be forewarned. Not a whole lot is known to the public at this point. What we're going on here is a mix of what we've been told by Oculus and what's been made obvious in comments from Oculus leaders like John Carmack over the past few weeks and months. That said, let's have a look. This is Oculus Rift as it's set to appear in early 2016, with pre-orders starting near the end of 2015.

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Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

The Oculus Rift has been a VR dream come true for some, but a bit of a nightmare for the anxious. While virtual reality is one of the cooler things we’ve seen in technology of late, we still don’t know when Oculus — who are leading the charge — will actually come forth with a headset we can buy. Now we do. The company has finally announced Q1 2016 is their launch timeframe — but that’s all we really get from today’s announcement.

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DORA telepresence robot works with Oculus Rift

DORA telepresence robot works with Oculus Rift

There are several telepresence robots on the market today that are typically nothing more than an iPad mounted on a remote control base that can be driven around. The DORA (Dexterous Observational Roving Automaton) is designed to make the operator feel like he or she is actually at the remote location. DORA was created by robotics researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.

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VR hack lets you play GTA V on Oculus

VR hack lets you play GTA V on Oculus

Hot on the heels of Grand Theft Auto V's release for PC, player communities are finding ways to play in virtual reality using Oculus. These players are hacking the game by assembling basic VR mods for Oculus Rift. The tool behind this VR hack is VorpX, a tool that has been used to force VR rendering for a few games out there like BioShock: Infinite. VorpX's tools can be used to create mods generating full VR modes for first-person games and virtual 3D cinema mods for non-first-person games.

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John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

Today you can watch the entirety of the super-packed massive session "The Dawn of Mobile VR" as presented by Oculus VR's John Carmack at GDC 2015. This VR headset talk was a whopping one hour and 30 minutes long, including a question and answer session - and it really jammed in deep with the virtual reality ecosphere, especially in mobile applications. Developers jammed themselves in person-to-person for this talk during GDC 2015 in a hall that was capped to capacity - now you can watch it all from the comfort of your own home.

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Google gave us Cardboard – Facebook gave us a science lesson

Google gave us Cardboard – Facebook gave us a science lesson

This week at F8, Facebook presented a basic plan for the next 10 years in development - both inside and outside the social network. Amongst announcements of flying internet drones and updating the Messenger ecosystem, Facebook officials handed off the mic to Oculus. While we expected that Oculus would give us some indicator of the future of the company - or their involvement with Facebook - instead we got a lesson in the science of virtual reality.

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Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

This week Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood onstage at F8, the social network's developer conference, and spoke about Oculus VR. Zuckerberg showed how 360-degree spherical video would be making its way to Facebook's main news feed with the help of Oculus VR. This same content would be coming to Oculus Rift some time after it'd hit the main news feed. With the Samsung Gear VR (made in collaboration with Oculus VR), the company would also be showing a "Teleportation Station" to give people a glimpse of their offices from a remote location.

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