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Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Facebook has ambitious plans to use Oculus Rift to create a billion-player game, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has teased, immersing social network users in a quite literally massive multiplayer environment, though in the meantime it will focus on a speedier release of the next headset. Oculus VR may be a $2bn addition to Facebook's roster of acquired companies, but the team is still looking at how it can motivate young coders and students to develop new virtual reality applications.

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Oculus slams Zenimax over VR code theft allegations

Oculus slams Zenimax over VR code theft allegations

Oculus has fired back over allegations that John Carmack stole code from his former employer Zenimax and used it in developing the Rift, among other things. "There is not a line of Zenimax code or any of its technology in any Oculus products," the company said today in an extended statement, pointing out that despite its full source code for the Oculus SDK being available online, Zenimax is yet to actually pinpoint what was stolen.

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ZeniMax, Oculus, and John Carmack: VR gets serious

ZeniMax, Oculus, and John Carmack: VR gets serious

When John Carmack left Id software for Oculus, part of the issue surrounded parent company ZeniMax blocking him from what he wanted to do, which was continue some of his popular franchises on Oculus. those games, like Wolfenstein, were practically beging for virtual reality, but ZeniMax wasn’t interested. This morning, ZeniMax is claiming Oculus and Carmack violated a previous agreement, essentially entitling them to a piece of the virtual pie.

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Facebook Oculus VR acquisition approved by FTC

Facebook Oculus VR acquisition approved by FTC

It’s time for Facebook to make their move with Oculus VR, the makers of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. This acquisition was announced earlier this year not long after GDC 2014, and the introduction of Sony’s Project Morpheus - though there’s no direct evidence linking the two events. Here we’re seeing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcing that Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR is A-OK.

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WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

While it would seem that virtual reality is going a bit social on one side of the equation, the Project Morpheus at Sony continues to gain gaming steam. Here we’re seeing the developers at Slightly Mad Studios extend their love for virtual reality to Project Morpheus. What this means in practice is that once the game is out for PlayStation 4, it’ll also (eventually) be ready for use with Sony’s virtual reality headset.

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