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Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus has just recently launched the consumer version of its Rift VR headset and, aside from some delays in shipping, things look good for the company so far. Reviewers are still on the fence about virtual reality in general but most seem to be quite positive about the experience using the Oculus Rift. However, Oculus commercial journey has just begun and already it might be entangled in some controversy around the thorniest of topics these days: privacy. The Oculus services installed on PCs have been discovered to always be running. Coupled with some privacy policies, the situation is raising some alarms for some people.

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Oculus Rift experiencing delivery delays, shipping fees refunded in apology

Oculus Rift experiencing delivery delays, shipping fees refunded in apology

Unfortunately for many early Oculus Rift buyers, their brand new VR headset hasn't yet arrived almost a week after shipping began, and, even worse, they've been completely left in the dark about the status of their order since then. The company revealed today that they're experiencing shipping delays, with "an unexpected component shortage" said to be the cause.

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Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Today we're having a look at a handful of the cheapest - or closest to free - paths into virtual reality that you're going to find on the market. We want you in on this awesome playground of oddities now. We want you to see spherical visions of alternate universe and our backyards. We want you to see a dinosaur walking towards you in a hallway. We want you to be able to play Pokemon with a phone strapped to your face. We want you to do all of this for as close to free as possible.

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Oculus Rift CV1 teardown finds headset is decently repairable

Oculus Rift CV1 teardown finds headset is decently repairable

The folks at iFixit have taken apart the Oculus Rift CV1, the “real-deal” headset now shipping out to buyers and backers. As expected, there are some changes over the pre-release versions, two of which were likewise dismantled by the team. Ultimately, though, they found the headset to be moderately repairable with a score of 7 out of 10, citing the perma-head strap, “delicate” ribbon cables, and complex design as areas where DIYers will run into trouble.

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NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

The NCAA Final Four games will be streamed in VR, it has been announced. The video feeds will be available in the Oculus Store via the NCAA March Madness Live app, and marks the first time these games will be available in virtual reality. These streams will be presented in 180-degrees rather than more typical (but less practical) 360-degrees, and are being presented in partnership with CBS.

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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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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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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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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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