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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

This week the folks at Oculus VR - creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset - have announced that they've acquired three "key" names in "computer vision." The first two are groups of creators, and the thirds a man by the name of Chris Bregler - so it's more like they hired him than acquired him, but still. It's Nimble VR you'll want to focus on first. They specialize on skeletal hand tracking. This will allow use to take another big step into the virtual reality landscape.

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Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Samsung already told us that its Gear VR Innovator Edition headset was headed to stores in early December, but now software partner Oculus has confirmed just how much the virtual reality wearable will cost. Two options will be available to developers hoping to get in on the VR coding, with the entry-level Gear VR package priced at $199. That nets you the headset itself, while the Oculus Mobile SDK is a free download that Oculus has already thrown up for grabs today.

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Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Halloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level, however, with the device's first feature length movie launching today -- and it's not for the faint of heart. The movie is a horror flick called Banshee Chapter, and the Oculus Rift edition is adapted specifically to the VR device. The movie first came out in 2013, and enjoys a healthy 5.5 stars on IMDB.

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Samsung Gear VR price, date seen in leaked training doc

Samsung Gear VR price, date seen in leaked training doc

Samsung might be talking our ears off with Galaxy Note 4 ads and exaltations, but the rest of its IFA 2014 team isn't getting the same treatment. This is especially true for the Gear VR, Samsung's surprising foray into a niche sector of the gaming market. But thanks to this alleged internal document, we might now have an idea when and for how much Samsung will be selling the headset-slash-accessory.

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Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Welcome to your daily dose of virtual reality. Today you’re going to see Lexus make use of the Oculus Rift DK2 - still a developer kit, mind you - to show potential drivers what it’ll be like to drive a Lexus RC F. Virtual reality helmet and physical controls instead of on-track driving. How’s that for a compelling use of next-generation technology?

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Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Back when Jason Holtman left Valve, got hired by Microsoft, left Microsoft and went to Oculus (in early June), one major project was in the works. That project has turned up now, and its headed up by Holtman: creating a Virtual Reality Marketplace. Oculus will start this project in the public with the Oculus Platform, ready for action soon on web browsers, apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, and on Virtual Reality devices.

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Oculus Audio: VR earns integrated sound

Oculus Audio: VR earns integrated sound

While the Virtual Reality Vision world had been under development for the past couple of years in full force, audio seems to have fallen to the wayside. Until now, that is, when the Oculus team have announced "Oculus Audio." This system works with Crescent Bay, integrating a high-fidelity audio experience into the next generation of Virtual Reality.

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