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Facebook's acquisition of Oculus is now official

Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR closed today, officially cementing the deal that was announced in March. Oculus and Facebook are as inseparable as a vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity. Or a tech company and another tech company targeting a slightly different market. ...

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Oculus announces Oculus Connect conference, acquires RakNet

As the latest Oculus Rift development kits begin shipping, Oculus VR has made a pair of important announcements for up-and-coming virtual reality developers. First, the company will be hosting a new VR development conference later this year. Called Oculus Connect, the conference will feature...

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Oculus VR suspends Rift sales in China due to scalpers

Despite hardware refinements and positive impressions, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is not yet intended for consumers. That hasn't stopped VR enthusiasts from wanting to snatch up the device ASAP though, and where there is demand, there will be people seeking (not always legitimate)...

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Next batch of Oculus Rift development kits shipping

The next prototype development kits for Oculus Rift are now shipping, the virtual reality headset manufacturer announced this week. Sales of the $350 second kit have reached 45,000, an increase of 20,000 headsets since April. Pre-orders for the second kit started in March, just before Oculus VR was...

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Oculus to acquire Xbox 360 controller designer Carbon

Virtual reality company Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Carbon Design team this week. Carbon Design is best known as the designer of Microsoft's Xbox 360 controller, and will continue working from its studio in the Seattle area. Oculus said it has been working with Carbon "for nearly a year...

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Oculus Rift-compatible Control VR gloves put the whole (virtual) world in your hands

How would you like to do your computer work on a futuristic, hologram-style interface while sitting on the Iron Throne, which also happens to be on Mars? Well, you could luck out and use a genie's three wishes, or you could use Control VR, which features just such an image in its promotional...

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Oculus-only platformer coming from Words with Friends co-creator

Words With Friends co-creator Paul Bettner's new development company Playful Corp will show off its introductory game at E3, Lucky's Tale. The game is a third-person platformer with an intriguing twist: It is exclusive to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Along with his brother David,...

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Oculus picks up Jason Holtman, a 'driving force' behind Steam

The Valve employees go marching one-by-one, hurrah, hurrah. Oculus has tapped another ex-Valve employee to help develop their virtual reality technology; this time, it's Jason Holtman, who previously served as Valve's chief of business development. Oculus credits Holtman as a "driving force" behind...

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Oculus first-party team being built by ex-343 art director

Kenneth Scott, former art director for 343 Industries and id Software, has joined Oculus VR to help build a first-party development team. Oculus tweeted the news Monday, listing Scott's new title as Oculus Art Director. Before taking up the mantle of responsibility at Oculus, Scott worked as a...

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Oculus CEO envisions billion-person MMO

Adding a handful of zeroes to your bank account overnight can inspire lofty goals, such as Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe's plot to create a virtual world populated by over a billion real people. "This is going to be an MMO where we want to put a billion people in VR," Iribe told an audience at the...

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