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Samsung, Oculus get LeBron to help advertise the Gear VR

Samsung, Oculus get LeBron to help advertise the Gear VR

Of the very few actual working and commercially available virtual reality headsets in the market today, the Gear VR, Samsung's and Oculus' baby, is probably the most notable. Instead of being a device in its own right, it is merely an accessory dock for a smartphone, which is admittedly more practical as far as basic VR experience goes. It is, however, perhaps the lesser profile device, compared to the Oculus Rift itself, or Microsoft's AR HoloLens, or Sony's PS VR, or even HTC and Valve's delayed Vive. To help spread the word, Samsung and Oculus enlisted NBA superstar LeBron James in a featurette entitled "Striving for Greatness".

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Oculus-backed Finexus uses magnets to track fingers in VR

Oculus-backed Finexus uses magnets to track fingers in VR

Virtual reality headsets might be hot and all that, but they only represent part, though the biggest part, of the entire virtual reality experience. For non-interactive content, headsets might be all that you need. But for a fully immersive and interactive VR world, you'll have to take into account user input. Oculus, one of the most recent pioneers of the modern day VR push, is working with the University of Washington to develop a magnet and sensor combo that will let VR users more naturally use their hands and fingers instead of using sticks or gloves that require line of sight.

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Early build of final Oculus Rift hardware starts shipping to devs

Early build of final Oculus Rift hardware starts shipping to devs

Things might finally be really getting along for the company that rebooted the whole virtual reality hype. Perhaps taking advantage of the delay that HTC's and Valve's Vive VR headset will suffer in the next few months, Oculus has announced that the early build of the final version of its Rift headset has started shipping out to developers. While not exactly the final build itself, it does hint at Oculus' confidence that it is near the promised consumer release of the hardware, and the software, of course, next quarter.

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Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

All of the pieces are falling in place for Samsung to take a running leap over Apple in the smartphone feature market. What I'm talking about here isn't necessarily Samsung taking away market share from Apple - the Samsung Galaxy S7 almost certainly will not outsell the iPhone 7. What I'm talking about is daring, innovative moves that push the personal device industry forward. Apple remains a company that are wonderful and work well. They aren't about creating something that has a significant chance of not selling as much or more than their previous-generation product.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

One of the games longest in development for virtual reality is also going to be one of the first to be played by early buyers of the Oculus Rift consumer-release headset. The game is EVE: Valkyrie, and the developers are CCP Games. They've been the go-to demo partners for the headset for years, and now that the headset is about to be released to consumers, they've continued their partnership with Oculus to bring the game to all pre-orders of Oculus Rift with no additional cost.

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Everest VR will bring you to the summit with Unreal Engine 4

Everest VR will bring you to the summit with Unreal Engine 4

Now that Samsung and Oculus are really, truly bringing their VR headsets to stores, content creators are letting the big guns fire. One example of this is Everest VR, a trip to the summit of one of the most epic and dangerous mountains humans have ever climbed. This virtual reality experience will be released as a collaboration between the developers at Sólfar Studios and RVX (Nordic’s leading visual effects and animation house).

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PPSSPP VR lets you play PSP titles on the Oculus Rift

PPSSPP VR lets you play PSP titles on the Oculus Rift

With the Oculus Rift inching ever closer to release, and other companies working on their own similar devices, the excitement surrounding virtual reality is growing. Personally, I can't wait to strap on a headset and get transported into my favorite games. While it may take a while before most games are VR-ready, it seems that an unlikely source of past favorites has already been converted.

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Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games has demonstrated a new video game it has in the works titled “Bullet Train” — it is a VR game designed for the Oculus Rift, and as the name tongue-in-cheek references, it is a shooting game that takes place within a train station. Gamers get off the train in a train station and begin shooting a variety of firearms at various armor-clad baddies. Gameplay video after the jump!

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Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

It HAD to happen - the official virtual reality launch of Minecraft, coming to Oculus Rift first. This version of Minecraft will come this spring (2016) to Windows 10 devices for Oculus Rift. You'll need one to use the other. This release was inevitable, as it were, as John Carmack took to Twitter to digitally high-five the originator of the Minecraft universe, Markus "Notch" Persson. There the the chief technology officer suggested that "it all worked out in the end", allowing us some insight into the creation process.

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Consumer Gear VR to cost $99, release this November

Consumer Gear VR to cost $99, release this November

Today Oculus announced that the Gear VR, a device made by Samsung and Oculus, would be coming to consumers this November. This device previously launched in editions prepared for early adopters and developers - now it's headed out for consumers. This finalized first release will come close to Black Friday in the United States, and for the rest of the world it'll be out just a little later.

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Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

If you have Google Cardboard or any sort of more sophisticated virtual reality headset, you've likely used it to watch videos and look at photos. Doing so isn't common at this point, but companies are working quickly to embrace the technology, and Flickr is no different. Over the weekend, Yahoo's photo-hosting service detailed its own virtual reality effort, saying that next year users may be able to view 360-degree panos using Oculus' Rift headset.

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Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus has warned developers to get their virtual reality apps up to date, launching a new PC SDK that breaks some backward compatibility. Oculus PC SDK 0.7, set to hit on August 20, promises a cut in latency, more stability, and an alternative to the little-loved "Extended Mode"; however, in doing so, the Facebook-owned VR firm has broken compatibility with apps built with SDK 0.5 or earlier, along with anything built with Unity 4.x.

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