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Oculus Rift to come bundled with Lucky’s Tale

Oculus Rift to come bundled with Lucky’s Tale

The first major PC-based virtual reality headset Oculus Rift will be coming bundled in early 2016 with the game Lucky's Tale. This is just one of a number of games that'll be coming with the Oculus Rift right out of the box, included with the price of the device. The founder of the game studio that makes this game, incidentally, was one of the original $5,000 Kickstarter backers of Oculus back in the day.

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Early build of final Oculus Rift hardware starts shipping to devs

Early build of final Oculus Rift hardware starts shipping to devs

Things might finally be really getting along for the company that rebooted the whole virtual reality hype. Perhaps taking advantage of the delay that HTC's and Valve's Vive VR headset will suffer in the next few months, Oculus has announced that the early build of the final version of its Rift headset has started shipping out to developers. While not exactly the final build itself, it does hint at Oculus' confidence that it is near the promised consumer release of the hardware, and the software, of course, next quarter.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

One of the games longest in development for virtual reality is also going to be one of the first to be played by early buyers of the Oculus Rift consumer-release headset. The game is EVE: Valkyrie, and the developers are CCP Games. They've been the go-to demo partners for the headset for years, and now that the headset is about to be released to consumers, they've continued their partnership with Oculus to bring the game to all pre-orders of Oculus Rift with no additional cost.

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Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

If you've ever dreamed of really becoming a rockstar, then be prepared to finally make your dream a virtual reality (yay for puns!). Harmonix is finally jumping on the VR train and will be taking Rock Band to the Oculus Rift next year. So if belting out tunes on your guitar or hammering at that drum isn't enough to get your artistic juices flowing, then it might be time for you to invest on an Oculus Rift headgear. Or wait for one to become commercially available.

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PPSSPP VR lets you play PSP titles on the Oculus Rift

PPSSPP VR lets you play PSP titles on the Oculus Rift

With the Oculus Rift inching ever closer to release, and other companies working on their own similar devices, the excitement surrounding virtual reality is growing. Personally, I can't wait to strap on a headset and get transported into my favorite games. While it may take a while before most games are VR-ready, it seems that an unlikely source of past favorites has already been converted.

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Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games has demonstrated a new video game it has in the works titled “Bullet Train” — it is a VR game designed for the Oculus Rift, and as the name tongue-in-cheek references, it is a shooting game that takes place within a train station. Gamers get off the train in a train station and begin shooting a variety of firearms at various armor-clad baddies. Gameplay video after the jump!

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Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

It HAD to happen - the official virtual reality launch of Minecraft, coming to Oculus Rift first. This version of Minecraft will come this spring (2016) to Windows 10 devices for Oculus Rift. You'll need one to use the other. This release was inevitable, as it were, as John Carmack took to Twitter to digitally high-five the originator of the Minecraft universe, Markus "Notch" Persson. There the the chief technology officer suggested that "it all worked out in the end", allowing us some insight into the creation process.

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Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

If you have Google Cardboard or any sort of more sophisticated virtual reality headset, you've likely used it to watch videos and look at photos. Doing so isn't common at this point, but companies are working quickly to embrace the technology, and Flickr is no different. Over the weekend, Yahoo's photo-hosting service detailed its own virtual reality effort, saying that next year users may be able to view 360-degree panos using Oculus' Rift headset.

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Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus has warned developers to get their virtual reality apps up to date, launching a new PC SDK that breaks some backward compatibility. Oculus PC SDK 0.7, set to hit on August 20, promises a cut in latency, more stability, and an alternative to the little-loved "Extended Mode"; however, in doing so, the Facebook-owned VR firm has broken compatibility with apps built with SDK 0.5 or earlier, along with anything built with Unity 4.x.

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Time Magazine’s Palmer Luckey VR cover is no joke

Time Magazine’s Palmer Luckey VR cover is no joke

Today Time Magazine revealed the cover to their next issue with the founder of Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift. On this cover, Luckey is executing a graceful leap into the air with his hands flapping up and away from the sides of his body as he stares into a virtual world with Oculus Rift. At this point I believe it's safe to say we've reached peak "that guy with a VR headset on", depicting in the process the least attractive way to show off what virtual reality is all about.

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Oculus Cinema to bring ‘online multiplayer’ experience to movie watching

Oculus Cinema to bring ‘online multiplayer’ experience to movie watching

Oculus has revealed a future update to its Oculus Cinema app will recreate the experience of going to the movies with your friends. As it is now, Oculus Cinema acts as virtual movie theater, letting users watch films on a virtual headset, which simulates the large screen experience. Unfortunately, only one person can see the movie at a time, making for a lonely couple of hours. With this new feature, Oculus Cinema gets a "multiplayer" mode, with multiple people watching the same movie together.

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Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus has acquired Pebbles, a company all about tracking your hands with visual computing. For Oculus, this means bringing next-level hand-sensing, tracking, and visualizations into the mix with virtual reality. Instead of having to use a controller, soon you'll be able to see and use your hands - without the aid of controllers. While we've seen glimpses of hand-tracking with the most recent version of Oculus Rift before the consumer edition, this technology should jolt Oculus forward. The demonstration you're about to see will make the visual situation super simple to comprehend.

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