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Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Earlier this year, Facebook revealed a new VR app called Spaces. Speaking simply, Spaces is essentially Facebook for a virtual reality world, as it allows you to hang out with friends in VR and view Facebook photos, among other things. When you consider the fact that Facebook owns Oculus, you'd think that it would want to keep Spaces exclusive to the Rift. As it turns out, that isn't actually the case.

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Oculus Rift gets a holiday price drop, but it won’t last long

Oculus Rift gets a holiday price drop, but it won’t last long

We now have less than a week to wrap up Christmas shopping, and Oculus has come out with a new deal it's offering to those last minute shoppers (or impulse buyers, at any rate). Oculus has given the Rift a small price drop for the holidays, making it a tempting buy if you've been looking to get into VR. This deal isn't going to last very long, though, so you'll need to act quick.

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Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

While virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have all, or separately, been hailed as the next wave of computing, the truth is they haven’t taken off outside of a still small minority in the tech industry. One reason is the prohibitive cost of PC-powered VR equipment. The other is that few people find any use of the technologies, especially VR, outside entertainment and a few niche serious applications. Oculus, perhaps the pioneer of this VR renaissance, wants to at least change the latter with the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 release that adds both serious work and a pinch of whimsy to the VR platform.

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Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus revealed a pair of new headsets earlier today which make their next generation wireless. Or nearly wireless, that is to say - they still need to be charged up with wires. Both the Oculus GO and the "Oculus Santa Cruz" are made to expand the VR universe to a new place - one that does not connect to the PC with a big fat cord, and one that does not require a separate smartphone to function.

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Rift Core 2.0 update brings new Oculus Dash and redesigned Home

Rift Core 2.0 update brings new Oculus Dash and redesigned Home

Oculus has announced the upcoming arrival of Rift Core 2.0, its biggest Rift software update ever, according to the company. The update will bring a new Oculus Dash to the company's VR headset software, as well as a new Home user interface that enables customization with things like artwork, toys, and furniture.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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Oculus Santa Cruz: Untethered VR in 2018 with these great controllers

Oculus Santa Cruz: Untethered VR in 2018 with these great controllers

Oculus may have a more affordable Oculus Go in the pipeline, but true virtual reality fans know what they really want: a full VR headset with desktop PC power. That's the idea behind Oculus Santa Cruz, an untethered VR experience that promises the potency and graphical intensity of an Oculus Rift, but without the wires. The company showed off the latest iteration at Oculus Connect 4 today, its annual developer conference.

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Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the open-source VR world

Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the open-source VR world

Oculus today announced that a new version of its Rift Development Kit - aptly named Rift Development Kit 2 - is now available for DIYers to peruse. This open source kit comes will all the information you need to begin making your own VR headset, and offers quite a few improvements over the original RDK. If you're interested in what it might take to build a VR headset on your own, this is definitely worth checking out.

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Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus is spending the day rolling out a big quality of life improvement to both the Rift and the Gear VR. The company took the time today to reflect on some of the big changes its made to both headsets over the course of the summer, but it seems it's saved the best for last: refunds. After testing a refund option in the UK, Oculus is ready to roll it out on a larger scale.

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Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app. Assuming your Earth VR app is up-to-date, you'll now be able to drop down to street level in a variety of different locations around the world. When you do, you'll see a 360-degree image of the location, giving you a good idea of what it looks like in real life.

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Settlers of Catan makes jump from board game to VR

Settlers of Catan makes jump from board game to VR

Fans of the hit strategy-based board game Settlers of Catan will soon be able to enjoy the classic title in a whole new way using some of the latest technology: that's right, virtual reality. The VR game developer Experiment 7 has announced that it's adapted the game for headsets with the help of the original team behind Catan, and will be released for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR this holiday season.

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KFC has a VR training game because nothing is sacred anymore

KFC has a VR training game because nothing is sacred anymore

It's not hard to imagine all of the potential applications for virtual reality, but one you may not have considered is its use in employee training. KFC, seeing an opportunity to make the training process more interactive, has decided to blaze the trail for VR training. Yes, you heard right: KFC's new employee training will soon utilize VR as a means of teaching those trainees how to prepare fried chicken.

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