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Facebook F8 strategy tipped with an Oculus GO VR launch

Facebook F8 strategy tipped with an Oculus GO VR launch

A launch of Oculus GO VR may take place at Facebook's F8 conference this year. The wireless headset runs a mobile software experience very similar to that of the Gear VR (AKA Oculus VR app on Android on a Galaxy smartphone.) The Facebook developer conference would be an ideal place for Oculus' parent company Facebook to bring this phone-less mobile VR headset to the public - and right now, it seems quite likely to happen.

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Google Light Fields in VR ramp up reality in human vision

Google Light Fields in VR ramp up reality in human vision

Google announced this week that they've been working with Light Fields for the most realistic virtual reality in the history of VR. Google is aiming to allow people to capture still images in VR that give the end user a realistic sense of presence by processing motion parallax and "extremely realistic textures and lighting." In an effort to demonstrate their work, Google released a demonstration app in Steam VR for HTC VIVE, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and Oculus Rift.

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Oculus releases a patch for broken Rift headsets

Oculus releases a patch for broken Rift headsets

Yesterday, we told you about an interesting problem that was affecting Oculus Rift headsets around the world. Many users were finding that their headsets wouldn't run software, instead returning an error that centered around an expired security certificate. It took Oculus a little while, but it now has a fix prepared for those who are affected by this issue.

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Oculus Rift issues suddenly stop headsets worldwide

Oculus Rift issues suddenly stop headsets worldwide

It's been a rough day for Oculus Rift owners. Many users around the world discovered today that their headsets are having trouble running software, which kind of defeats the entire purpose of owning a VR headset in the first place. As you can guess, that's a pretty major problem, and for the moment, it all seems to stem from something as minor as an expired certificate.

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Oculus Go devkit leak looks promising, 1,000+ content available

Oculus Go devkit leak looks promising, 1,000+ content available

Has the VR market plateaued already so quickly? The hype may have been dialed down a bit, if CES 2018 was any indication, but that’s probably because the industry is going through a bit of a transition. With headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and even Windows Mixed Reality firmly in place, proponents are starting to push for more affordable and more accessible standalone headsets. One of those is the Oculus Go and, if this leaked packaging is to be believed, it is more than ready to go out to developers really soon.

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Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

As the third most-visited website in the world, Facebook's influence is pretty far reaching these days. Its ambitions may be too big even for a company its size, though, as along with Oculus, it has defined a new unit of time called a "flick." Yes, you heard right: Facebook has become so gigantic and monolithic that it is now attempting to influence time itself.

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Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Even before Google had a chance to make good its promise of a standalone Daydream VR headset, Oculus last year announced the Oculus Go, a $199, at least back then, VR headset that needed no phone or PC to function. Now at CES 2018, the Facebook-owned virtual reality pioneer has revealed even more juicy details about the device as well as its market plans. Surprisingly, it won’t be making the headset itself but has, instead, employed the assistance of Xiaomi, China’s biggest smartphone maker, and Qualcomm to turn it into reality.

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Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

While power, full-fledged virtual reality headsets have made it big over the last few years, the next big advancement is expected to be wireless standalone headsets that don't need to be tethered to a PC. The Oculus Go should be one of the first such models to hit the market, with Oculus stating last year that it would launch sometime in early 2018. While we're still waiting for an official date, a recent FCC listing has hinted at some of the details we can expect.

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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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Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Bad news if you're a Facebook user who hasn't been swayed by the magic that is virtual reality yet. The social network may not have had its name on above of the door of the fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, but ways to squirt increasing amounts of VR into your Facebook experience were a frequent topic during the opening keynote. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg himself made the intention clear.

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