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You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

If you've always wanted to tour the White House but never managed to make it out to Washington DC, then we've got some good news for you. Assuming you've got an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset, you can now take a tour of the White House with none other than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as your guides.

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Oculus buys The Eye Tribe for eye-tracking control

Oculus buys The Eye Tribe for eye-tracking control

Eye-tracking inside virtual reality headsets may soon become all too real. Oculus' acquisition of The Eye Tribe could jump-start the technology reaching the public. This acquisition may be for more than virtual reality devices as The Eye Tribe's creation of a $99 eye-tracking device for developers works for all manner of hardware - that includes smartphones as well as VR headsets and PCs.

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Paris movie theater opens VR experience arcade

Paris movie theater opens VR experience arcade

As 2016 has shown, the virtual reality market is rapidly expanding, and we've already seen the US movie theater industry heavily betting on it. But Paris' MK2 movie theaters have taken this idea to a new level, opening a new VR experience that allows anyone to come in and play the latest games on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR, all at a rate of about $25 for 40 minutes. Think of it as the elaborate, futuristic VR arcade you dreamed of as a kid.

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Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Modern VR systems still grapple, pardon the pun, with controllers these days and each system has a different take on how it should be done. HTC Vive has its wand while Google Daydream has its mini remote. The Oculus Rift went with a single-button remote and a regular Xbox One controller. Until today. Yes, the Oculus Touch is now available for purchase, promising a more natural feeling when using your hands in VR. And while the controllers can be bought separately, reviews have made it clear, this is an essential part of the Oculus Rift experience.

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Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally has its own set of hand-held controllers in Oculus Touch. That is to say, other than the Xbox One controller, which ships with the headset - and the one-button remote control, which also comes with the headset. What we're doing today is giving you an idea of what the general consensus is amongst reviewers from around the blogosphere - good, bad, and ugly.

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Oculus Touch launch game lineup: Fruit Ninja VR, Surgeon Simulator, and more

Oculus Touch launch game lineup: Fruit Ninja VR, Surgeon Simulator, and more

Oculus has detailed the full roster of games that will be available when the Oculus Touch motion controllers launch. The list is comprised of 53 titles in total, all of them made specifically for virtual reality. The games will all be available on December 6 when the controllers arrive, and they cover a range of topics and themes, some of them -- like Surgeon Simulator -- being better suited for VR than regular consoles.

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Xbox One Oculus Rift streaming coming next month

Xbox One Oculus Rift streaming coming next month

By their nature, or perhaps through decades of established conventions, gaming console display their output on big, distant screens. There is nothing, however, that says that screen needs to be physical. In case you have an Xbox One but no large screen but you do have Oculus Rift lying around, soon you’ll be able to hook up the two together. OK, so it’s probably an unlikely “last resort” scenario, but the end result is the same. You’ll be able to see and play your Xbox One game right inside the realm of virtual reality.

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Oculus Touch pre-orders go live with December 6 ship date

Oculus Touch pre-orders go live with December 6 ship date

As announced last week, pre-orders for Oculus Rift's Touch controllers have gone live. If you're looking to pick up a pair for yourself, the whole package - which comes with two Touch controllers, a sensor, and a connector for Rock Band VR guitar controllers - will set you back $199, with Oculus targeting a December 6 ship date.

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Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

I've worked with and played with both Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, and both of them are fantastic and amazing. But I wouldn't buy them myself. I've had both devices for extended periods of time, trying out some of the most fantastic games and making an effort to try new experiences to immerse myself in the future. But that's just it. Using either headset is a very solitary experience. It's not the sort of experience I'd recommend to friends. It can be fantastic, but only really for me.

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Oculus Touch release date and pricing details revealed

Oculus Touch release date and pricing details revealed

You can hardly be blamed if you'd forgotten about Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers meant to accompany the Oculus Rift VR headset. The Touch was delayed at the end of last year and at the time was given a new launch window targeting the second half of 2016. We now have a better idea of when the Touch will launch, along with how much you're going to have to shell out.

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5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

Today we're running down a number of alternatives to the Oculus Rift, a device made by the folks who re-invigorated the modern world of virtual reality computing. While no device is exactly like the Oculus Rift, there are a few devices that fit the bill for a wide variety of computing situations - especially gaming. If you've been convinced today that you need to send your Oculus Rift right back where it came from, we've got a bit of info about that, as well.

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Best Buy’s Oculus Rift demos will span 500 stores this holiday season

Best Buy’s Oculus Rift demos will span 500 stores this holiday season

Best Buy will be increasing the number of stores with Oculus Rift demos to 500 for this upcoming holiday shopping season, the retailer has announced. This is a steep increase over the 48 store demos that were announced in May, will give more consumers the opportunity to find out what VR is like for themselves. In addition to the 500 Oculus Rift units, Best Buy is also demonstrating PlayStation VR at 200 rotating destinations.

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