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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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Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Living on the cutting edge sometimes comes at a price. For owners of a Gear VR headset and compatible smartphone, that cost cuts deep. Such owners who have enrolled into Samsung’s Galaxy Beta Program in order to be one of the first to experience Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices have discovered, perhaps to their dismay, that their smartphones could no longer work with their virtual reality headsets. That leaves these users with no choice but to leave the program and go back a step if they want to still use the Gear VR. That is, if they still can.

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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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Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft has been released for the virtual universe - it's now out for play on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as "Minecraft for Rift" through the Oculus Store. For users that already have the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, the update and upgrade to Minecraft for Rift is free - otherwise the game will cost users a cool $10 USD. This game is now available to explore "simultaneously, cross platform" on a wide variety of platforms: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and Windows 10.

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Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Facebook's hardware lab Area 404 has been revealed and profiled by Facebook this week, giving the public a glimpse at what happens when teams converge. This area is located in Facebook's Menlo Park office, and allows 22,000 square feet to be dedicated to modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis for hardware. Facebook's hardware teams from Connectivity Lab, Oculus, Building 8, and their Infrastructure team all work together collaboratively in this lab.

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Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition beta, with it having first been released in late July 2015. Thousands of bugs have been squashed in the months since, among other things, and the future looks brighter than ever. As part of that future, and building upon what we heard last year, Microsoft has announced that Oculus Rift support will be added to the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft in the next few weeks. The support will arrive as part of a free update.

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All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

This week the folks at Oculus have announced that their pre-orders have been shipped in their entirety. This means that if any user pre-ordered an Oculus Rift and their unit still isn't on its way, they may want to contact Oculus to see what's up. Shipping for new orders straight through the Oculus homepage will be shipping between 2 and 4 business days starting this week. According to one Oculus representative, "We've started to ramp up inventory for retail partners both online and in stores, and added more Rift demos at new retail locations across the US."

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