virtual reality

Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

There’s a big change going on at Oculus VR this week. After announcing that they’d been acquired by Facebook for $2 billion USD in stock and cash, the team felt some relatively significant backlash from the internet-based public. Now they may be in for a second wave as word - the anonymous type, mind you - suggests that Facebook’s plans are to rebrand Oculus with a new interface and logo.

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The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

News of Facebook splashing out $2bn to buy virtual reality headset startup Oculus has prompted not only surprise but horror among developers and fans, with the company facing a sizable backlash as the news spreads. Developers and would-be gamers waiting for the consumer Rift headset have reacted for the most part negatively, accusing Oculus of "selling out" and voicing concerns that the project will wither and die at Mark Zuckerberg's hand.

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Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.

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Virtual Reality gaming going multiplayer: Oculus and PS4 on deck

Virtual Reality gaming going multiplayer: Oculus and PS4 on deck

So you want to enter a virtual landscape where you can play any and all games in a holodeck-like situation, but you want to bring your buddies, too? The next generation of virtual reality gaming has your back. As we experienced at GDC 2014 and as is being re-confirmed again this week, the next wave isn’t all going to be about you escaping from the rest of the world - you aren’t going in alone!

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Project Morpheus hands-on: Wearing PS4′s VR future

Project Morpheus hands-on: Wearing PS4′s VR future

GDC may not be over for 2014, but Sony undoubtedly stole the show with Project Morpheus, its new virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Still in prototype form - and not expected to launch this year, Sony has confirmed - Project Morpheus saw round-the-booth queues of eager developers and media hoping to try out the roster of demo games prepared for the show. The good news is that, while incomplete today, there's plenty to warrant excitement as we found when we tried out Project Morpheus ourselves.

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Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

GDC isn't just about gaming: virtual reality has dominated the show, and wearables startup Meta has brought along its latest Meta Pro prototype for its first proper public outing. Promising the best of augmented reality in a form-factor slightly more sunglasses-like than, say, Glass, Meta Pro isn't due to start shipping to preorder buyers until later in 2014, but we wheedled some testing time with one of the five prototypes currently in existence.

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Project Morpheus first-impressions: PS4 VR-headset in motion

Project Morpheus first-impressions: PS4 VR-headset in motion

In Project Morpheus is Sony’s vision for Virtual Reality Gaming, set in the universe of SCE. Here Sony Computer Entertainment brings a virtual reality headset to the PlayStation 4, complete with full PlayStation Move and DualShock 4 integration for a top-notch virtual reality experience. This week at GDC 2014, we’ve gotten the opportunity to experience Project Morpheus up close - and tonight we'll be giving it another full whirl for a full "hands-on" experience as well - many, many months before it’s ready for the consumer market.

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Oculus Rift DK2 hands-on and first-impressions

Oculus Rift DK2 hands-on and first-impressions

It’s suggested by Oculus VR that their second Oculus Rift developer unit is made to be much closer to a final deliverable consumer product than the first. In creating a better sense of "presence" as well as an improved overall comfort for the user, they’ve aimed at a device that’ll be ready to use by anyone, not just a developer. Today we’re having an up-close look and feel with the machine at GDC 2014.

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Oculus Rift DK2 dev-kit v.2 revealed: 1080p and more

Oculus Rift DK2 dev-kit v.2 revealed: 1080p and more

Oculus has revealed its second generation Rift VR developer headset, DK2, set to launch in July complete with a new camera peripheral which adds greater body tracking. The updated version, which goes up for preorder today, builds on the Crystal Cove prototype that Oculus showed off back at CES 2014 in January, streamlining the design, increasing resolution, and adding player depth-tracking.

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