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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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Avengers 360-degree trailer hits all Androids, Gear VR, iPhone

Avengers 360-degree trailer hits all Androids, Gear VR, iPhone

To bring prospective filmgoers to movies over the past several decades, film companies have relied on flat film trailers. That time is over. Enter now the realm of virtual reality, complete with Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers crew. Today the folks at Marvel have released a virtual reality trailer for the Avengers: Age of Ultron film that also debuts this weekend. This trailer works on all Android devices, iPhones, and the Samsung Gear VR - as well as Oculus Rift, of course.

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Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Today Epic Games and Valve have announced Unreal Engine 4 support for SteamVR with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. While we've worked with an experienced Unreal Engine 4 with Oculus (to great effect) before, today Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, suggests that Epic is extremely pumped up to move forward with development tools for SteamVR as well. "This technology is incredibly freeing," said Sweeney, "There is a magical sense of immersion in walking around a VR space and directly interacting with it."

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Impression Pi VR headset update shows off fully 3D augmented reality

Impression Pi VR headset update shows off fully 3D augmented reality

Earlier this month, a new VR headset called the Impression Pi surfaced on Kickstarter, and with it comes some unique features like 3D gesture control and position tracking, as well as mixing together both augmented and virtual reality into the same headset. Though the Kickstarter campaign is still underway, it has exceeded its goal amount more than twice over, and as a result has shown the device more thoroughly, including improvements to features like AR position tracking and the aforementioned 3D gesture recognition.

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This is Windows Holographic on HoloLens (and it looks insane)

This is Windows Holographic on HoloLens (and it looks insane)

Microsoft dropped jaws when it revealed HoloLens back in January, but today it showed how Windows Holographic will embed the augmented reality headset into homes, offices, and schools. HoloLens will run universal Windows 10 and project them into the real world around people, whether that be a virtual picture frame on the wall next to a virtual TV screen for video, or even a digital dog. Meanwhile, businesses are already looking at how to bring HoloLens holograms into their workflow.

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GoPro goes virtual with acquisition of VR startup Kolor

GoPro goes virtual with acquisition of VR startup Kolor

There's no stopping the virtual reality revolution, or renaissance to some, and GoPro isn't going to be left out of the trend either. The name that has popularized action cameras of late to deliver immersive footage is now taking immersion to the next level. It has just announced its acquisition of Kolor, a startup that specializes in virtual reality and spherical media, in order to bring that same Virtual Realy experience to GoPro fans, with the help of some new hardware and software products, of course.

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