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Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus VR sends invites to the press for a consumer-related event that promises to reveal market-ready hardware. What you're going to see isn't all that revealing, but the differences between the newest developer model of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the first consumer hardware are few and far between. What you're going to see at this special event for the headset isn't as important as who will be there - who will be presenting the first apps and games for the Oculus Rift as it's set for release in early 2016.

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OSVR stacks up 118 supporters for Open Source Virtual Reality

OSVR stacks up 118 supporters for Open Source Virtual Reality

OSVR announces additional supporters for their Open Source Virtual Reality platform. This platform has its own hardware development kit, software development kit, and integration with several of the biggest names in gaming software. Four new platforms have joined along with this newest batch, including OpenVR, MonoGame, VorpX, and Unigine. VorpX supports titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 while OpenVR supports such titles as Strike Suit Zero and Hawken. Also announced this week, VR game or content developers will have the opportunity to gaining priority access to OSVR Developer Kits shipping as early as June, ahead of public release in July.

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FOVE headset hits Kickstarter for eye-tracking VR

FOVE headset hits Kickstarter for eye-tracking VR

You might not realize virtual reality has an owl problem, but it does. Turn your head while wearing most VR headsets, and the scene you see will move accordingly; flick just your eyes around, however, and nothing happens. Startup FOVE believes it has the answer, a VR rig that can track eye-movement and in the process not only make games and entertainment more immersive, but potentially allow them to be run from something as humble as a smartphone.

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VR Experience: Beer with a Grizzly Bear

VR Experience: Beer with a Grizzly Bear

Several upcoming virtual reality experiences are revealed by Samsung this week for the Gear VR. One of these experiences places you, the viewer, at a table in the wilderness with a bear and a beer. You will have a beer with the bear. That's what virtual reality can bring to you. We are living in an age where you can sit down and have a beer with a grizzly bear in virtual reality. What a fantastic time to be alive, virtually.

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Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus VR recommends spec for their first consumer model PC-based Oculus Rift headset. These are the bits and pieces of PC power you'll need to run the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset - or what's recommended to run the machine, at least. If you've got a PC with less processing power than what you're about to see here, turn back now. Or forever hold your pixels. The image you see here is also the newest render (or very, VERY clean photo) of the consumer-model Rift.

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‘The Void’ virtual reality theme park will have ‘holodeck’ rooms

‘The Void’ virtual reality theme park will have ‘holodeck’ rooms

Virtual reality headsets are about to go mainstream as Oculus is becoming available to buy next year. In the wake of new VR developments, a brand new type of theme park is emerging. It's time to enter The Void. VR gamers will be able to immerse themselves in experiences not unlike Star Trek's holodeck or The Matrix, as physical surroundings will mirror whatever VR environment they are in. The Void plans to be the first Virtual Entertainment Center or VEC of its kind. It's set to open its first location in Pleasant Grove, Utah and plans to open other locations around the world.

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“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

The dinosaur-filled "ARK: Survival Evolved" MMO has been announced today with plans for virtual reality involvement on PlayStation 4. This game will be played from a first-person perspective and will have users walking around an ancient landscape with futuristic tools. You'll have "about 60 distinct species" of ancient Earth creature in "a real place that you can walk through, explore, and truly experience in your own way." This is the dinosaur age of video games starting in earnest. This is really happening, and it's happening on the PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus, Xbox One, and Steam for both PC and Mac systems.

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Samsung Gear VR now available for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

Samsung Gear VR now available for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

While the first version of Samsung's Gear VR headset was released last year, it was only compatible with the company's Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which was released at the same time. Now virtual reality enthusiasts can get their hands on a newer, slightly smaller version to use with their new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. Following the news that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will be launching in early 2016, Samsung has officially made the new Gear VR, which features some of the same technology powering the Oculus, available on its online store for $199.

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Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Before we dive in on the Consumer Release of Oculus Rift as it compares to the most recent version of Crescent Bay, be forewarned. Not a whole lot is known to the public at this point. What we're going on here is a mix of what we've been told by Oculus and what's been made obvious in comments from Oculus leaders like John Carmack over the past few weeks and months. That said, let's have a look. This is Oculus Rift as it's set to appear in early 2016, with pre-orders starting near the end of 2015.

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Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

The Oculus Rift has been a VR dream come true for some, but a bit of a nightmare for the anxious. While virtual reality is one of the cooler things we’ve seen in technology of late, we still don’t know when Oculus — who are leading the charge — will actually come forth with a headset we can buy. Now we do. The company has finally announced Q1 2016 is their launch timeframe — but that’s all we really get from today’s announcement.

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