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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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Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

At E3 earlier this month it became apparent that Microsoft and Oculus have developed quite the buddy-buddy relationship, with the latter's Rift VR headset being compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10. Since the companies are good friends now, Oculus shouldn't take offense that Microsoft has developed a better lens for the Rift, offering a sharper image and less chromatic aberration. The design comes from the Microsoft Research group, and offers a decent improvement over the Oculus Rift DK2.

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Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images has announced that its 360 degree content will be available on the Oculus Rift. This will give users a large library of 360-degree imagery to use with the VR platform, and especially a more immersive way to check out content from notable moments in recent times and the past. The collection for Oculus is called “360 View by Getty Images”, and presently it can be used with the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones and the Galaxy Note 4. It will also be available for use with the Oculus Rift.

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Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

The folks at Industrial Light and Magic, the creators of the special effects and the entire look of Star Wars, have created a new experience lab. This effort is called ILMxLAB, and it's really made up of the efforts of ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm's story group. Together, the crew will create immersive experiences - augmented reality and virtual reality - for the first generation of market-ready VR devices. This means Oculus Rift, it means Valve's HTC VIVE, and it means everything in-between.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

While we're not allowed to actually play with the Oculus Rift 2016, the first Oculus consumer product, we have gotten up close and personal with it. Not only that, we're having a peek at the newly revealed Oculus Touch, the new must-have virtual reality controller - or controllers, if you prefer. This headset is largely similar to that of the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype we got our hands-on earlier this year, but here it's a whole lot smoother. A whole lot more finalized than before.

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These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

You can’t just launch a virtual reality headset and then sit back, and so Oculus is already talking up its games roster ahead of Rift’s release in Q1 2016. Though there’s a long list of studios already developing titles for the 3D wearable, Oculus brought three on-stage at its Rift reveal event in San Francisco today: the developers behind titles like EVE Valkyrie, Chronos, and Edge of Nowhere. Each is designed especially to take advantage of the benefits virtual reality brings to immersive gaming.

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Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Today Oculus founder Palmer Luckey introduced Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers for the virtual reality environment. Made with the virtual reality universe in mind, Oculus Touch will be working in demos at E3 2015, but won't necessarily be available with the first release of the Oculus Rift consumer headset in Q1 2016. In this handset set - two controllers - are capacitive touch, gesture recognition, and a set of traditional inputs as well. Whether or not these controls will work with anything other than Oculus Rift is yet to be seen.

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This is Oculus Rift

This is Oculus Rift

Today Oculus revealed the Oculus Rift - the consumer model - for release in the first quarter of 2016. This headset is the culmination of several years of testing - both in private and in public, with developers using these headsets out in the open, like no product before. This final headset is simple, easy to use, and meant to be the highest-end experience for virtual reality gaming and beyond. What's more - this isn't just about Oculus anymore. They've also partnered with Microsoft for Xbox One functionality.

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Oculus partners with Xbox

Oculus partners with Xbox

This afternoon Oculus announced that they'd be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver the Xbox One controller with the headset at launch. With Windows 10, Oculus Rift will work to "unlock the potential for millions of developers to create amazing experiences," so said Phil Spencer. Streaming PC content to the Oculus Rift is just one part of this equation, too. This partnership includes a pairing of the Oculus Rift to the Xbox One, as well. This is a prime strike against Sony's Project Morpheus, without a doubt.

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