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Facebook Oculus VR acquisition approved by FTC

Facebook Oculus VR acquisition approved by FTC

It’s time for Facebook to make their move with Oculus VR, the makers of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. This acquisition was announced earlier this year not long after GDC 2014, and the introduction of Sony’s Project Morpheus - though there’s no direct evidence linking the two events. Here we’re seeing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcing that Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR is A-OK.

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Oculus Rift creates outdoor VR experience for a dying woman

Oculus Rift creates outdoor VR experience for a dying woman

"It is reality!" this very jubilant expression is what cancer patient Roberta Firstenberg had to say about her first Oculus Rift experience. Grandmother of game artist Priscilla Firstenberg, Roberta was confined indoors due to her health condition. She was able to enjoy the surreal experience of climbing stairs – something she found painful – and reach out to butterflies and simply 'fly' thanks to the VR Company.

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Virtual Reality taking hold: 85k Oculus Rift sold

Virtual Reality taking hold: 85k Oculus Rift sold

It would appear that the wearable trend in smart devices is being skipped over by an especially immersive re-birth of a technology of sorts. Virtual Reality through devices like Oculus Rift and Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus are wildly popular, commanding not only airwaves, but (in Oculus’ case) device sales as well. What’s more: Oculus’ most recent numbers are much more impressive than any common device due to the fact that they’re not intended for anyone outside the software development environment.

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WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Gaming head Michael Abrash leaves Valve for Oculus VR

Gaming head Michael Abrash leaves Valve for Oculus VR

If you thought you’d seen the strangest bits and pieces of the Oculus VR saga this week, you’d be wrong. Just this morning it was announced by none other than game programmer, optimization specialist, and technical writer - and gaming hero - Michael Abrash that he’d left Valve. Abrash heads to Oculus VR after working for with Valve since 2011.

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Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

While it would seem that virtual reality is going a bit social on one side of the equation, the Project Morpheus at Sony continues to gain gaming steam. Here we’re seeing the developers at Slightly Mad Studios extend their love for virtual reality to Project Morpheus. What this means in practice is that once the game is out for PlayStation 4, it’ll also (eventually) be ready for use with Sony’s virtual reality headset.

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Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

There’s a big change going on at Oculus VR this week. After announcing that they’d been acquired by Facebook for $2 billion USD in stock and cash, the team felt some relatively significant backlash from the internet-based public. Now they may be in for a second wave as word - the anonymous type, mind you - suggests that Facebook’s plans are to rebrand Oculus with a new interface and logo.

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