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Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

Oculus Mac OS X support update “if they ever release a good computer”

An interview with Oculus founder Luckey Palmer this week made clear the company's position on Mac support: it's "up to Apple." Whether or not "they ever release a good computer," said Palmer, "[Oculus] will do it." Palmer went on to suggest that Apple just needed to return to an earlier age of different prioritization: "If they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for awhile back in the day I think we'd love to support Mac."

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Dragon Front is the Oculus Rift’s take on a Yu-Gi-Oh VR game

Dragon Front is the Oculus Rift’s take on a Yu-Gi-Oh VR game

Collectible Card Games or CCG's aren't exactly new, both in the physical realm, like Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, as well as in the digital world, like Hearthstone. But, unless you do actually play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh in complete LARP gear, these don't exactly give the full feeling of really commanding your troops in a fantasy setting. Thanks to virtual reality, that will be a thing of the past. And thanks to Oculus, that's going to happen real soon. The makers of the Oculus Rift headset and its platform have finally revealed Dragon Front, probably the first, if not the biggest, virtual reality CCG to hit the market.

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Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Given the popularity of card games, both digital and physical, and the growing virtual reality fever, you'd expect someone would come up with this eventually. And how better than the very people who instigated the VR renaissance, Oculus. Company founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to tease what gamers would probably be talking for the next few days. A virtual reality experience that would rival, nay even trump, what was portrayed in the anime adoptation of Yu-Gi-Oh, one of the most popular, and best selling, card battle games in the world.

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Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

As the release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive draw ever closer, people will no doubt start to wonder about the features of each. More specifically, those that have already pre-ordered the Rift are wondering what they're going to miss out on, by not going with the Vive. As it turns out, one feature developed by Valve will be available on both devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is important to the VR-loving public for several reasons. First - it's a device that's made with VR in mind. The first wave is being released with a free Gear VR headset. Second - because it's ushering in a new age in the virtual reality market. An age in which virtual reality isn't just something that's on the horizon. An age when VR isn't only here, ready to experience - VR is here for you to capture and share, as well.

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Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Gear VR is everywhere at Mobile World Congress, but the picture you've probably seen - and maybe laughed at - is the sea of Samsung-visor'd journalists blissfully unaware Mark Zuckerberg is strolling past. After all, it's easy to scorn those deep in the virtual reality experience, or point out that wearing a head-mounted display can leave you looking silly.

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Oculus cancels a “small number” of Rift pre-orders

Oculus cancels a “small number” of Rift pre-orders

With the virtual reality scene expected to explode in the next few month or so, many are eager, perhaps too much, to jump onboard before the ship gets too crowded. But while most, if not all, of those have the best intentions, they might not actually be qualified to be an early VIP passenger. At least as far as the companies are concerned. That, it seems, is the reason why a number of Oculus Rift pre-orders have suddenly been canceled, less than a month before the VR headsets actually start shipping to their eagerly awaiting owners.

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Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

What Apple did for smartphones, Google will soon be doing for headsets. What you're about to see was born, in part, in the development of Google Glass. It's wearable, but it exists in the virtual realm. Google has begun development of a headset that will be able to map the world around you as you walk through the world. With this headset, you'll enter a second reality, cultivated in Google Cardboard, developed in Project Tango.

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The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

When Apple created the world's most popular smartphone, they made it basic. It took what the personal computer was and took out all the work. Android opened the doors to a much more complex system, allowing both simple and complicated phones to be made. Google expanded beyond smartphones to all manner of devices, large and small, content creator to content consumer. The next game-changer is both. Two devices. One experience. Just like the simultaneous rise of the video camera and the movie screens on which their content was shown.

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Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google's play in the virtual reality environment is about to get a lot more focused. Inside a virtual reality headset the likes of which the world has never seen before, Google will deliver an entirely unique experience. Sources close to the company have described multiple areas of innovation Google has been exploring, leading to a headset that's a combination of the best parts of Google Glass, Google Cardboard, and Android in general. This headset will take on Samsung, Oculus, and any and all other combatants.

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Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

You know what really grinds my gears? Ridiculous photos that are used to advertise products. You know the ones, where something has been very obviously been Photoshopped in with little care. Today, the PGA Tour has been kind enough to provide me with an "Exhibit A" for talking about why you need to think about photos used to promote your products.

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PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

Virtual Reality has reached the green. The PGA Tour has partnered with the crew at IM360 to create a series of VR experiences for Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Store. For those of you that do not (yet) have a Gear VR or an Oculus headset, a couple of the collection of videos are available on YouTube for viewing with your Google Cardboard headset. The full PGA VR app is also available starting this week through the Oculus store on Samsung Gear VR through users' Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, Note 5, and Note 4 - as well as the Edges, of course.

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