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Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 revealed with low-persistence OLED panel

Blurring reduced, resolution increased in updated Oculus Rift VR headset

Oculus VR has revealed the latest iteration of its Oculus Rift developer kit at the Game Developers Conference, and is now accepting pre-orders for the upgraded virtual reality headset. Development Kit 2 (DK2) is based on the updated Crystal Cove prototype the company demonstrated at CES in January,...


Facebook agrees to acquire Oculus VR for $2B in cash, shares

Purchase by Facebook follows 75,000 Oculus Rift orders

Facebook has announced it will be acquiring Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The agreement, worth approximately $2 billion, is split down between $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock currently worth $1.6 billion, with an extra $300 million...


Oculus VR raises $75M funding to bring headset to consumers

Extra capital to finalize design, start production of Oculus Rift

Oculus VR has raised another $75 million in funding, in order to bring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to consumers. The extra funding, following an earlier $16 million round in June and the original $2.4 million raised through its Kickstarter campaign, will be used to finalize the design of...


Briefly: Attenborough making doc for Oculus Rift, Sketchfab revisions

Atlantis Productions announces upcoming wildlife documentary to be created for Oculus Rift headset

Atlantic Productions has announced its plan to create wildlife programming for virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift. Sir David Attenborough is said to be fronting the production, entitled Conquest of the Skies. Currently filming in Borneo, Conquest of the Skies could potentially be the first major wildlife...


Sony rumored to unveil virtual reality efforts at GDC next week

First Sony VR headset claimed to beat first iteration of Oculus Rift

Sony could be preparing to reveal its own virtual reality headset at the Game Developer's Conference next week, according to a rumor. According to "developers familiar" with the device, the initial version of the headset will be shown to developers alongside a demo from a first-party studio, with the...


Doom creator Carmack leaves id to focus on Oculus Rift

Video game legend turns focus to headset gaming

John Carmack, creator of the Doom video game, has left id Gaming, a company he helped found, in order to focus on developing the Oculus Rift gaming headset. Carmack works as the Chief Technology Officer for Oculus, and departing id will allow the gaming legend to put more effort to into the immersive...


Oculus Rift could be free in future through subsidies, suggests CEO

Cost of virtual reality headset could be offset by games, content

The CEO of Oculus hopes to offer its virtual reality headset to customers in the future as close to free as possible. Brendan Iribe suggests that the Kickstarter-backed Oculus Rift could end up being given to users at no charge in the distant future, with the possibility of games on the device eventually...


Oculus Rift VR headset found highly repairable in teardown

Kickstarter headset simple to disassemble, replace parts

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is reportedly easy to fix, after a recent teardown. The score of 9 out of 10 from iFixit, though preliminary due to being a beta product designed for developers and not an item designed for end-users, with the speedy 10-minute teardown and relatively simple construction...


Oculus Rift headset delayed, despite $2 million Kickstarter

Four month shift caused by LCD sourcing, case prototyping

The launch of a high-profile Kickstarter project for the virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift has been delayed. The headset, endorsed by gaming legends John Carmack and Cliff Bleszinski appears to be a victim of its own success, with the company citing "overwhelming response" as the reason for...


Oculus Rift VR headset reaches Kickstarter goal within hours

Virtual reality display endorsed by gaming luminaries

A Kickstarter drive for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset reached its $250,000 goal within hours of starting. The headset, endorsed by gaming legends John Carmack and Cliff Bleszinski, boasts a 110 degree diagonal and 90 degree horizontal field of view, a resolution of 1280x800 split into 640x800...


Oculus Rift headset receives $16 million first-round funding

Oculus VR parent company to use funds for commercialization of device

Oculus VR, Inc., a virtual-reality headset manufacturer, today announced that it has closed a deal for $16 million in funding. The round was co-led by Spark Capital and Matrix Partners. Santo Politi, Spark founder and general partner; and Antonio Rodriguez, entrepreneur and general partner at Matrix,...


Oculus Rift developer's kit production halts due to supply shortage

Oculus gives no timeline as it searches for sources

Virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus announced on February 19 that they were forced to halt production on further developer kits, as components needed to make the Rift are no longer being manufactured. An undisclosed number of units are still available, but further unit production will have to...


Gaming luminary John Carmack to take CTO position at Oculus

Carmack will still hold his position at id Software while CTO

Gaming legend John Carmack, best known for his work with Id Software, is officially joining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset team as its new Chief Technology Officer. In a release announcing the hire, Carmack is praised by the company as one of the "very few people in the world" that can contribute...


Oculus poaches head VR researcher Michael Abrash from Valve

Coding legend feels VR is ultimately 'The Final Platform'

The driving force behind game developer and distributor Valve's virtual reality effort has left the company. Michael Abrash has taken a job at post-Facebook acquisition Oculus, as chief scientist. In a post announcing the shift (and defending the acquisition), Abrash claims that "Facebook's acquisition...


Oculus VR, EA, others form Immersive Technology Alliance before GDC

ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies

A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content...


Hands on: Sony HMZ-T3 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony continues refining its HMZ-series Personal 3D View with the T3

Following IFA Berlin, Electronista has had a further opportunity to get hands on with the third-generation Sony Personal 3D Viewer, the HMZ-T3. We gave the original HMZ-T1 a full review as recently as April of 2012 and felt that wasn't quite ready for prime time -- it was potentially uncomfortable to...


Canonical launches crowdfunding campaign for Ubuntu Edge smartphone

Asking for $32M in funding to manufacture limited run of Ubuntu smartphone

Canonical has launched a crowdfunding campaign a smartphone running on Ubuntu. The company is looking to raise $32 million within 31 days to put the Ubuntu Edge into a limited production run, which could see backers receiving the high-powered smartphone by May 2014 if the IndieGoGo campaign reaches its...


Sony HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer dated and priced in Japan

Revised headset loses weight, gains remote control

Sony has named a date and price for its Personal 3D Viewer in Japan. The HMZ-T2, announced at the end of last month and replacing the HMZ-T1, will reach Japanese retailers by October 13th for 70,000 yen ($900) and will be shown off to members of the public visiting the Tokyo Game Show later this year.


Facebook hits 1B monthly users, Instagram reaches 200M active accounts

Zuckerberg reveals high user counts of social network in Oculus VR conference call

Facebook has 1 billion monthly active users, an increase from 945 million in December, the company has revealed. Part of a conference call discussing yesterday's announcement of Facebook's Oculus VR acquisition, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the figures for both the social network and Instagram, which...


CrossOver Games update adds Rift support, improves WoW

Star Trek, LOTR bugs repaired in 10.1.10 update

Codeweavers has announced an update to its Windows game emulator for the Mac, CrossOver Games 10.1.10. The software, built on the Wine compatibility layer, allows a Mac -- also Linux -- to install and run Windows game titles in a compatibility mode, without having to run windows...


Oculus 3.1: shareware Webcam utility

Oculus 3.1: shareware Webcam utility

Oculus 3.1, an update to $20 Webcam utility, adds, options for JavaScript image updates, adjustable spacing/leading for captions, new plug-in caption modules, a motion trigger mask, and a new Carbon application. [Classic, Carbon]


Oculus 3.0: shareware Webcam utility

Oculus 3.0: shareware Webcam utility

International Web has posted a final version of Oculus 3.0, its $20 Webcam utility that brings JavaScript Image Updating, new spacing and leading options for text captions, a skew and rotate option, and support for plug-in Captions, including Live Weather Conditions (with temperature), QuickTime Effects,...


Oculus 3.0b adds caption, thumbnail support

Oculus 3.0b adds caption, thumbnail support

Poubelle Software's Oculus 3.0b is a new version of the Webcam software for creating time lapse movies and detecting for movement or noise in a remote location. Version 3.0 brings better text caption manipulation and new plug-in captions as well as thumbnail creation, a motion trigger mask, better...


Apple confirms iOS leader Christie leaving, but denies rift

Multiple sources confirm retirement was announced internally weeks ago

Earlier reports that senior iOS engineer and leader of Apple's Human Interface Group Greg Christie was leaving the company over tension with software and hardware design chief Sir Jonathan Ive appear to have been half-correct. Multiple sources have come forward to note that Christie is retiring, but...


Apple credits Breaking Bad users for cost of 'Final Season'

Decision by producers to split season costs Apple, spawns lawsuit

A move by AMC, the producers of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, to split the last season of the show into two eight-episode seasons for digital distribution has caused a rift with fans that bought a "Season Pass" from iTunes for the fifth season, expecting 16 episodes but only receiving eight -- and...


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