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Oculus TV on Oculus Go lets you binge anywhere

Oculus TV on Oculus Go lets you binge anywhere

Oculus Go is almost like a the middle child of Oculus’ other existing VR devices, the full-featured Oculus Rift and the smartphone-powered Samsung Gear VR. The device, which almost resembles a smartphone in terms of specs, tries to offer the mobility of a Gear VR but without the hassles of having to slot in a phone. To make sure that the Oculus Go doesn’t get treated like a middle child, the VR pioneer has launched Oculus TV so you can enjoy your video streaming anytime, anywhere, perhaps even when you’re not supposed to.

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Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Be cautious when you see the headlines for this device - most people want to say one of two things. One, this is the device that will bring VR mainstream! Two, this device isn't any different than any smartphone VR system, and isn't worth your time. Today we're going to be real about this situation: If you've got $200, you want to own a VR headset, but you don't want to pay $400 for a full-powered PC headset plus full-powered PC (probably a thousand more dollars, or more), then this is your key: Oculus Go.

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Oculus Venues reveals World Cup VR plans

Oculus Venues reveals World Cup VR plans

Oculus Venues is only a few weeks old (officially at least) but it's definitely sprinting out of the gate. Oculus Venues is a way to watch and "attend" live events using your VR headset, and Oculus is getting the ball rolling with perhaps the event to end all events: the World Cup. If you're trying to discover if there's an audience for sports streaming via VR, hosting the biggest sports event in the world is a good way to find out.

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Oculus Venues brings VR to live locations

Oculus Venues brings VR to live locations

This isn't the first time anyone's tried to use VR for a live event - but it might be the most important. This week the folks at Oculus revealed their intent to bring LIVE events to the Oculus Go and Gear VR. No word yet on if this bit of functionality will come to the most powerful of the bunch: Oculus Rift.

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Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

What's in a name? If you ask the folks over at Facebook and Oculus, probably nothing much. It is, after all, just a formal name change and it's business as usual for the R&D group. But you don't make a big fuss about name changes like that unless it's really something big. In this case, it isn't just a simple realignment of branding but also a reminder that Facebook owns one of the two biggest VR platforms in the market and it isn't afraid to use it.

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Oculus Research becomes Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research becomes Facebook Reality Labs

Change is in the air over at Oculus today. Facebook and Oculus have announced that Oculus Research will be operate under the banner of Facebook Reality Labs moving forward. This name change doesn't really mean anything for the company's research and development operations, but it does show us that Facebook is beginning to take AR and VR more and more seriously.

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Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

This afternoon Oculus revealed a new VR headset - a prototype called Half Dome. This new headset isn't necessarily a replacement for any previous headset - it's a testing ground for what's to come. This new headset project was revealed at F8, Facebook's developer conference, where other VR and social networking projects of all sorts were also revealed as they are each year.

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Facebook RED Camera: Will we be able to afford it?

Facebook RED Camera: Will we be able to afford it?

Facebook announced they'd be collaborating with RED Digital Cinema to create a 6DoF camera. That's 6 degrees of freedom, a term which encapsulates the essence of the current must-have features for believable, usable virtual reality experiences. "Over the past year, we’ve worked to realize the next phase of our x6 and x24 6DoF capture prototypes and set out to find a camera hardware partner with uncompromising image quality and cinematographic acumen," said a Facebook/Oculus representative. "Today, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with RED Digital Cinema."

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Oculus Go is shipping today [Updated]

Oculus Go is shipping today [Updated]

Oculus Go, Facebook's standalone virtual reality headset, is shipping today. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today as part of his opening keynote at the F8 2018 developer conference. The news comes a year after Facebook first revealed the VR wearable.

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Oculus Go preorders open – and sell out – ahead of F8 kick-off

Oculus Go preorders open – and sell out – ahead of F8 kick-off

Oculus Go, the standalone virtual reality headset expected to be a key element of Facebook's F8 2018 conference today, quietly arrived for preorder online this morning. The headset cuts the cord versus the original Oculus Rift, with a fully self-contained VR system and wireless controller.

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Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Facebook as really stirred the hornet's nest when it comes to privacy matters. Now everyone is scrutinizing privacy policies and putting companies under a microscope. You might not immediately think of Oculus as one such company, but now that it is owned by Facebook, it naturally has come under the spotlight as well. It has just announced some changes to its Privacy Policies in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in Europe. Its FAQ, however, makes it too obvious what really caused the change.

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Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you'll be able to download all your data - so that's neat.

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