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Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

It used to be that if you wanted to pretend to be a rock star, you'd have to plop down in front of your TV with a copy of Rock Band or Guitar Hero and your plastic guitar. Today, that process is becoming a little more involved. You still need the plastic guitar, but your time as a rock star can be a little more realistic with the arrival of Rock Band VR on Oculus Rift.

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Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Thanks to some historic events in space science, being an astronaut has once again become a “cool” career path. Of course, that chances of actually being chosen for a space mission are very slim. The next best thing? Getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work as an astronaut, made possible with virtual reality. That is exactly the “close enough” experience that Oculus is offering with Mission:ISS, which will let you at least see if you have what it takes to live among the stars.

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Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Faithful Mac users might have to wait a bit longer to get their fair share of the virtual reality pie. That is, unless Apple suddenly comes up with its own VR platform and headset within the next six months. That’s because Oculus, one of the three biggest VR companies, doesn’t yet have macOS in its sights. Not even within the next six months. This was the situation revealed by co-founder and now head of Rift Nate Mitchell as he talks about the company’s future in the face of recent setbacks and challenges.

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Oculus Rift and Touch get a $200 price drop

Oculus Rift and Touch get a $200 price drop

Eager to get your hands on a virtual reality headset but not quite ready to part with several hundred dollars? If so, Oculus has some good news: it has slashed the price of the Rift + Touch VR headset and controllers by $200, bringing the new total to $598 USD. If you aren’t interested in the whole package, though, the items are also offered separately, with the Rift by itself costing $499 USD and the Touch being a separate $99 USD, while the Oculus Sensor is $59 USD by itself.

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Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Google released their virtual reality art app for Oculus Rift this week after months of exclusivity on HTC Vive. This app allows the user to paint in 3D space, using a variety of brushes and different sorts of "paint." The user is allowed to paint with paint, and the user is allowed to paint with light. Inks and drippings can move, and objects created sit in space while the artist transforms their universe.

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VR Desktop offers macOS users a virtual workspace

VR Desktop offers macOS users a virtual workspace

Mac users might be proud of their platform being the go-to for much creative work, but there is one party it hasn’t been officially invited to yet. The rush of virtual and augmented reality technologies have so far catered only to the Windows crowd, leaving macOS patiently waiting for better days. Some, however, have taken it up themselves to do the heavy lifting that VR makers don’t seem to be interested in. Like this VR Desktop from Cindori which uses an Oculus Rift DK2 to give Mac users a foretaste of what a VR office would look and feel like.

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Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a series of photos from Oculus this afternoon, showing off a next-generation innovations well before release. This place goes by the name of Oculus Research and can be found in Redmond, Washington. This department is led by former Valve gaming head Michael Abrash and is responsible for handling such oddities as the VR-friendly gloves in the photo here with Zuckerberg slinging VR webs like Spider-Man.

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Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

It looks like Facebook is paring back its retail push for the Oculus VR. With demo stations currently set up in 500 Best Buy stores, Facebook was in a pretty good position to get customers sampling the VR headset for themselves. Now we're hearing that Facebook will be shutting down around 200 of those booths because they're underperforming.

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Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

This week the Virtual Reality version of Rock Band has been released on pre-order for the masses. This game is coming with its own Fender Stratocaster wireless controller for Xbox One or PS4 in a single package. The game as we played it earlier this year was an interesting translation of the classic Rock Band experience into a fully encapsulating environment the likes of which have not been possible up until now.

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Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

The two-year long court battle between Oculus VR and ZeniMax Media has come to an end today. It's been a heated battle throughout, with many high-profile executives taking the stand during testimony. This includes Facebook founder (and now Oculus owner) Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and id Software founder John Carmack.

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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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