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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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Oculus Rift release in 2015 as real as The Matrix

Oculus Rift release in 2015 as real as The Matrix

This week Michael Abrash, Chief Programmer for Oculus VR, spoke about what virtual reality was, and what it'll be to you in the near future. He made a point to mention Ready Player One and Snow Crash as inspirations to him for the beginnings of Virtual Reality. He also made mention of The Matrix - his one, true inspiration for the way Virtual Reality can be interpreted as. "If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see," he said, quoting Morpheus, "then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

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Facebook teleported me and I felt nothing

Facebook teleported me and I felt nothing

Facebook raised a few eyebrows when a premature alert teased teleportation technology at today's F8 conference, but it's really virtual reality that the social network hopes to make its next killer feature. To herald the upcoming support of 360-degree virtual reality content right on your Facebook wall, the company was offering to "teleport" people from San Francisco to the company HQ in Menlo Park, courtesy of an Oculus-powered headset and a whole load of cameras. Still slightly disappointed at having put on my Star Trek uniform for no good reason, I found the reality of 360 VR might not live up to Mark Zuckerberg's enthusiasm, either.

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Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

The music, film, and interactive festival that is South by South West, more popularly known by its SxSW acronym, is happening and, given the growing hype around virtual reality for the past few month, you'd expect Oculus would have some great announcement to make at Austin. If you were one of those who expected such, you might have walked away pretty disappointed. But more than just the admission of having nothing to announce at SxSW, it might be the implication that there might not be anything to announce in 2015 that has some fans worried.

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