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Oculus Rift unconvinced by Xbox One and PS4 VR potential

Oculus Rift unconvinced by Xbox One and PS4 VR potential

The Oculus Rift team still intends to ignore the Xbox One and PS4 and focus on PC and Android, concerned that lengthening development cycles for consoles could see them left behind in virtual reality, even with the cloud's help. "There's no reason it can't technically work," Oculus Rift CEO Brendan Iribe conceded to OXM, but pointed out that "one of the concerns that we do generally have around consoles is that their life cycles are getting longer all the time." While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are considered powerful today, they could be seriously out-performed when it comes to VR in the next few years, Iribe argues.

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Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a virtual therapist that appears lifelike and is aimed to help those who need some type of counseling but aren't yet ready or able to see a live worker. In addition, the digital shrink, because of the way it is designed, can be used to monitor the minute details of a person's body language over time, helping a live counselor monitor progress.

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Skyrim gets demoed on Oculus Rift VR headset

Skyrim gets demoed on Oculus Rift VR headset

The latest in the Elder Scrolls series of video games from Bethesda, dubbed Skyrim, has been ported over to the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. YouTube user Chris Gallizzi uploaded a two-minute-long video demoing how the game works with the new Kickstarter-funded VR goggles, and also provided a bit of details along the way.

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Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Combine the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Virtuix Omni omnidirectional treadmill and you have access to a fully immersive gaming experience. In a video released by Virtuix, a former marine uses both the Omni and the Rift to play Team Fortress 2. The demonstration shows how using the Omni and Rift can make playing games much more entertaining and much more intense.

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