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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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First Oculus Rift delivered in-person by founder Palmer Luckey

First Oculus Rift delivered in-person by founder Palmer Luckey

A few days ago it was revealed that the very first consumer edition Oculus Rift VR headsets had begun shipping to early buyers. Well, the first has arrived, and lucky buyer Ross Martin was treated to the surprise of a lifetime: his Rift was hand-delivered by none other than Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. As the very first person to place a pre-order in January, Martin lives in Anchorage, Alaska, meaning Luckey made quite a trip for the Saturday delivery — two full days before other customers are scheduled to get their Rifts.

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Star Trek’s Holodeck has been recreated in SteamVR

Star Trek’s Holodeck has been recreated in SteamVR

Whenever I start talking about VR experiences to anyone, especially when it comes to the Vive, there are a couple of references that inevitably get made. The first is The Matrix, as no one can be told what VR is. You have to see it for yourself. The other is the Holodeck from Star Trek. Well now you'll be able to experience the Holodeck for yourself.

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Oculus Rift adds ATW to improve latency, judder, and efficiency ahead of launch

Oculus Rift adds ATW to improve latency, judder, and efficiency ahead of launch

With the Oculus Rift shipping out to customers next week, you'd think that the Oculus team would be done adding new features to the device. However, just today they have announced a new feature coming to the Rift. The feature has actually been available on the GearVR for some time now, and it's called Asynchronous Timewarp, or ATW.

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Oculus Rift now shipping, preorders for summer delivery are open

Oculus Rift now shipping, preorders for summer delivery are open

The Oculus Rift is now shipping, it has been announced. According to company founder Palmer Luckey, the Oculus VR headset is being shipped out to both Kickstarter backers and to those who have pre-ordered, making a lot of people happy this evening. Given that it's a Thursday, backers and buyers should expect to see their units arrive in the mail some time next week.

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Hands-on with the 3DRudder – A simple foot-based VR controller

Hands-on with the 3DRudder – A simple foot-based VR controller

While walking around the expo hall at GDC, I found an interesting gadget. After spending some time on the Virtuix Omni, I needed a breather. And the 3DRudder provided the perfect opportunity to sit down and take a load off.

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Oculus Rift can do room scale VR, but won’t

Oculus Rift can do room scale VR, but won’t

When you ask people what the difference is between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, there are really two main answers that you'll get. One, the Vive ships with motion controllers, while the Rift will make them available at a later time. The other main difference is that the Vive lets you walk around your room while using it. Well as it turns out, you could do that with the Rift, but you just don't want it enough.

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Steam releases Desktop Game Theater beta for playing any game in VR

Steam releases Desktop Game Theater beta for playing any game in VR

It was only about a week ago that Valve announced a new feature for its SteamVR software, Desktop Game Theater, which will allow soon-to-be HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners to play any game on their headset, beyond those specifically designed for virtual reality. With both VR hardware options about to start shipping in the coming weeks, Valve has just rolled out a public beta for Desktop Game Theater, so those with developer editions of the headsets can give it a try.

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All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

Today we're going to run down the full lot of Oculus Rift launch titles - everything the company has announced will be coming to the VR headset as soon as possible. In these titles are some of the most fantastic games ever conceived for virtual reality - as well they should be. This company built itself on the idea that virtual reality is the future of gaming. As such, they've attracted some of the most amazing developers in the realm to create titles that'll absolutely blow you away.

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Oculus VR Preview – The Climb

Oculus VR Preview – The Climb

I've mentioned before that you need an open mind when going into any VR title. And when you hear that there's a game about climbing rocks in virtual reality, you really do need an open mind. The Climb lives up to its name, as you'll spend the whole game climbing. But your arms won't get too tired.

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Oculus VR Preview – Project CARS

Oculus VR Preview – Project CARS

Not every game shown off at the Oculus preview event was a new title. A number of them were games that are currently available, with VR support. One such game was Project Cars. Project CARS has been available since May of last year, but in VR it provides a very new experience.

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Oculus VR Preview – Eagle Flight

Oculus VR Preview – Eagle Flight

If there's anything I've learned about virtual reality, it's that you have to go into it with an open mind. Sometimes you'll see a game, and think that there's no way that it will be anything more than slightly amusing. That's how I felt about Eagle Flight, until I strapped in and started playing it.

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