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Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

The folks at The Farm 51 Group have decided to allow you to visit the site of one of the most devastating human errors in modern history. Chernobyl - a place you might LIKE to visit, but really shouldn't, ever, really go to. This is an educational experience - much like we saw with Everest VR, this time bringing you to a place that's a lot closer to sea level - and a little less dangerous, depending on which part you're exploring.

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Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Last week we reported that Senator Al Franken had sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. This happened not long after some rather interesting wording in the Oculus Rift Terms and Conditions led to concern from many consumers. While Oculus hasn't formally responded to the letter, we reached out to Senator Franken for comments on his letter.

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Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Just yesterday I wrote a piece regarding the Terms and Conditions that every Oculus Rift user has to agree to. In those Terms and Conditions were a few parts that had some users concerned, as the guys at UploadVR found when they went digging through it. These were primarily related to data that would be collected, and potentially shared with other companies, such as Facebook. Well today, Senator Al Franken has sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe to address some of those concerns.

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Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

When it was announced that Facebook would be purchasing Oculus, it gave a lot of people pause. I certainly didn't see that move coming, but over time it slowly made more and more sense. After all, VR can be used for a lot more than just playing video games. It can be a great way to interact with other people, which is what Facebook is all about. Of course, Facebook is also about making money through advertising, which has caused some concern over the last few days.

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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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