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Oculus VR halts Chinese Oculus Rift sales over orders from scalpers

Oculus Rift intended for developers, not for resale at a profit

The Oculus Rift has managed to achieve over 100,000 developer kit sales, but not without some issues. The Facebook-owned company, Oculus VR, has been forced to suspend sales of the virtual reality headset to Chinese customers, with many orders to the country canceled under the suspicion that Oculus Rift...


Oculus Rift DK2 pre-orders to start shipping from July 14

Second developer kit for Oculus Rift on the way to developers

Developers who pre-ordered the second version of the Oculus Rift developer kit will soon start to receive their orders. The Facebook-owned company is advising that it will be shipping approximately 10,000 units of Developer Kit 2 (DK2) from the factory, with the first batches expected to start reaching...


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,...


Oculus VR CEO suggests consumer VR headset is months away from sale

Input device issue is largest barrier for Oculus Rift commercial release

A consumer edition of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset could arrive sooner than expected, the Oculus VR CEO claims. Speaking at Web Summit 2014 in Dublin, Brendan Iribe advised that the VR headset is "close," and the third Crescent Bay model of the popular head-mounted display is said to be "largely...


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...


Oculus outlines Rift PC requirements, stops OS X, Linux development

Consumer Oculus Rift hardware to require Geforce GTX 970 or equivalent GPU

The consumer version of the Oculus Rift will require a high-powered PC when it is finally released. Oculus VR has advised of PC specifications recommended for the "full Rift experience," and though it includes some fairly standard components for a gaming PC, including 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5-4590...


Oculus Rift SDK gets first-ever support for OS X

Enables development of Oculus-compatible Mac apps

Facebook-owned Oculus VR has released v0.41 of its beta SDK. Mostly a maintenance release, it is however the first to support OS X, which should allow developers to add Oculus Rift support to games and other Mac software. Since Macs are lacking an appropriate display driver, support currently relies...


New Apple jobs hint at interest in virtual reality gaming

Company searching for experience with Oculus Rift, game engines

Apple is seriously invested in developing VR-based gaming and/or interfaces, new job listings suggest. One calls for a game engineer with experience not just in VR but the latest game engines, with the purpose of creating software "combining state-of-the-art physics-based world simulation, visuals and...


Samsung's VR headset leaks, launch rumored to take place in September

Gear VR photo shows Oculus Rift-inspired design of Samsung headset

A photograph of Samsung's upcoming virtual reality headset has leaked. The image of the headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight" but appearing in a previous leak under the "Gear VR" name, appears to depict a device which combines aspects of the Oculus Rift design with that of Google Cardboard, into a VR...


The MacNN Podcast, episode 19: Succumb to the Beats surrender

Not just the betas, but what's going on behind them, plus Oculus Rift VR

WWDC has come and gone for another year, and with it a plethora of new announcements and betas. Despite our fairly abysmal "wild guess" record, we did come up 90 percent right on our list of things we "knew" would happen (Tim Cook skipped his usual run-through of how great Apple is doing just to spite...


Oculus Rift DK1 source code, schematics released as open source

First generation of technology now available for tinkerers, coders

At this weekend's Oculus Connect conference, the virtual reality company Oculus Rift has made the original Oculus Rift DK1 peripheral's code as well as engineering schematics open source and available for download. The release allows programmers of all stripes to tinker with the code, and potentially...


Computex Taipei: Hands-on with Oculus Rift VR, AMD TrueAudio

Our imagined future is getting closer everyday with VR and 3D audio

Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Oculus Rift VR headset, courtesy of AMD in order to the capabilities of AMD's new TrueAudio digital signal processing that comes built-in on some of its newest GPU and APU cores. What is particularly special about the demo we experienced with...


ZeniMax files suit against Oculus Rift, claims illegal IP use

Suit seeks recompense in the wake of Facebook buyout deal

Parent company of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, and its founder Palmer Luckey, are being sued by ZeniMax. The suit codifies previous complaints by ZeniMax that Luckey and Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack used ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology to build...


Oculus Rift draws ire of ZeniMax for intellectual property theft

ZeniMax claims John Carmack misappropriated company VR IP upon departure

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset may be about to fall victim to a patent lawsuit. Game developer ZeniMax Media, previous employer of John Carmack, Oculus' chief technology officer, is claiming that Carmack appropriated ZeniMax's intellectual property related to virtual reality and took it with...


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 VR, founder sued for alleged use of confidential information

Total Recall Technologies claims Oculus VR founder broke confidentiality agreements

The Facebook-owned Oculus VR and its founder are being sued, for allegedly using trade secrets from another company in its devices. Total Recall Technologies claims it hired Palmer Luckey in 2011 to create a prototype of a head-mounted display, confidential information that apparently formed part of...


Consumer version of Oculus Rift VR headset will arrive Q1 2016

First Oculus VR release for consumers will be tweaked version of Crescent Bay prototype

The team behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has confirmed a consumer-grade version is on the way, though it will not arrive this year. The Facebook-owned company will be shipping the first consumer edition of the head-mounted display in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders for the long-awaited...


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,...


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