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Playing ‘Bullet Train’ on Oculus Rift (2016): the future of FPS gaming

Playing ‘Bullet Train’ on Oculus Rift (2016): the future of FPS gaming

In addition to taking the easy path up Mount Everest, this week at CES brought the opportunity to play Epic Games’ Bullet Train demo for Oculus Rift. If you were to simply watch the trailer for the game, Bullet Train offers little of interest -- it is, after all, just another game where the player grabs a gun and starts shooting. The hook, though, lies in its' platform: Oculus Rift, the hotly anticipated VR headset now up for pre-order. With the headset on, everything about FPS gaming changes.

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Why Oculus Rift costs six hundred dollars

Why Oculus Rift costs six hundred dollars

Yesterday the Oculus Rift VR headset was made available for pre-order for the first time in its final, consumer-ready form. The device cost is a cool $599 USD, a couple hundred more than the most recent developer unit. This is in contrast, it's now clear, with what many people assumed Oculus founder Luckey Palmer meant when he said the final consumer unit would cost somewhere in the "ballpark" of the cost of the dev kit.

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Speck Pocket VR viewer case is a durable, foldable Google Cardboard replacement

Speck Pocket VR viewer case is a durable, foldable Google Cardboard replacement

Mobile virtual reality on our smartphones is one of the newer technologies that's sure to take off in 2016, and while Google has already come up with what's probably the cheapest, easiest option with its Cardboard headset, Speck has something that's a bit more durable and portable, but still simple to use. At CES 2016, the smartphone case-maker debuted its Pocket VR viewer, a case for the iPhone 6 & 6s and Samsung Galaxy S6 that unfolds into a headset.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders open now, pricing and release date revealed [UPDATE]

Oculus Rift pre-orders open now, pricing and release date revealed [UPDATE]

This morning Oculus Rift pre-orders went on sale with the promise of full on first-run consumer-ready virtual reality headset goodness. This pre-order was joined by the promise of a pre-order ticket for the hand controllers that'd be on sale later this year - every person that pre-ordered an Oculus Rift was to be given their same spot in line for the controllers, if they did so choose. This is the first full release of the Oculus Rift VR headset, while all previous releases were aimed at developers of VR content.

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HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP has officially teamed up with HTC to deliver a PC that they suggest is "certified virtual reality (VR) ready" - for the HTC VIVE specifically. Of course there are many computers already out in the wild that are ready to roll with virtual reality devices like the HTC VIVE, but this is the first such PC that HTC has officially given their blessing to work well with the VR headset they'll be releasing later this year. The PC will be available for purchase separate from the headset, and it wont be alone by the time the headset is released, of that you can be reasonably sure.

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Early Oculus Rift backers getting new consumer version for free

Early Oculus Rift backers getting new consumer version for free

Just a day after announcing the pre-order date of the finalized, consumer version Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, its makers have revealed that users who backed the original Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 will be getting the updated hardware for free. Not all supporters are getting rewarded, mind you, only those who pledged enough money to receive the original Rift Developer Kit, which is said to be around 7,500 users.

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HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

No, Vive Pre isn't the retail name of HTC's and Valve's virtual reality headset. The "Pre" there actually means "pre-release". What HTC is, in fact, announcing is the second generation of the developer edition of the Vive gear, both the headset as well as the controllers, featuring not just new designs but new abilities as well. In particular, the headset gets a new integrated outward front (outward) facing camera that lets it blend virtual and actual reality, taking the Vive into the realm of augmented reality and slightly closer to Microsoft's HoloLens.

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ALLie camera takes a 360-degree view of everything

ALLie camera takes a 360-degree view of everything

Virtual reality might be the up and coming star, but its success will largely depend on the content available for it. "Manufactured" content like games might be great but real-life footage, both live and recorded, is even better. Manufacturers are scrambling to create the perfect VR camera setup but ALLie, apparently pronounced as "ALL-e", might have the jump on them What might look like a webcam the shape of eyeball is actually a 360-degree camera that can be used for surveillance, recording events, and, of course, VR.

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Oculus Rift Pre-Order date revealed

Oculus Rift Pre-Order date revealed

This morning Oculus revealed the timing and date for pre-orders of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This is one of the last keys to the kingdom before the device itself is released, as all other details have already been revealed at one time or another. In similar news, the virtual reality physical handset controllers revealed last year have been pushed to a later date in 2016 for release, while the headset itself will come out this first quarter of 2016.

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Oculus Rift to come bundled with Lucky’s Tale

Oculus Rift to come bundled with Lucky’s Tale

The first major PC-based virtual reality headset Oculus Rift will be coming bundled in early 2016 with the game Lucky's Tale. This is just one of a number of games that'll be coming with the Oculus Rift right out of the box, included with the price of the device. The founder of the game studio that makes this game, incidentally, was one of the original $5,000 Kickstarter backers of Oculus back in the day.

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