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Oculus DK1 source now open to all

The source code used to build the Oculus Rift DK1 is now open and available to everyone interested in tinkering with what is arguably the most famous virtual reality device since Nintendo's Virtual Boy. This means that, regardless of whether or not you have an Oculus Rift (DK1 or not), you can deve...

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Report: Oculus Rift consumer version due by summer 2015

The virtual reality future is now! ... is what you'll be able to say next summer, according to TechRadar. The site reports that VR start-up Oculus will launch the first consumer version of the Rift VR headset sometime in mid-2015. We say "first" because according to TechRadar, Oculus will be lau...

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Harmonix Music VR coming to Samsung's Gear VR headset

Virtual reality is cool, but how much fun is the hardware if you don't have anything to run on it? Not much is the answer. Hence, it's goods news that Harmonix (of Rock Band, Dance Central and Amplitude fame) are developing software for the Gear VR headset, a recently-announced virtual reality devi...

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Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR headset coming this year

Samsung and Oculus have partnered for a mobile virtual reality headset to be used with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the companies announced this week. They're calling it the Samsung Gear VR, and it will be available later this year as an "Innovator Edition." The Gear VR slots in the Note ...

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Tekken team's Project Morpheus demo is voyeuristic

Bandai Namco Director Katsuhiro Harada and the team behind the Tekken series put together a demo for Sony's VR hardware, Project Morpheus, though it's just about the furthest from a fighting game you can get. The demo is called Summer Lesson and it's an interactive tour through a Japanese schoolgir...

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VR puzzler Darknet teaches players technomancy

E McNeill's Darknet was the winner in the open call category of the 2013 Oculus Indiecade VR Jam. It's a strategy-puzzle game designed for Oculus Rift where players explore a virtual reality computer network and use viruses, worms, exploits and other hacker tools to capture sensitive data from wh...

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Oculus' Carmack to Minecraft creator: 'Say the word'

Earlier this year, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced that his game would not be coming to Oculus' Rift due to the company's acquisition by Facebook. "Facebook creeps me out," Persson said. It seems those heebie-jeebies are starting to subside though, as a different life crisis h...

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Project Morpheus dev gives tips for overcoming the 'uncanny VR-alley'

You may be familiar with the Uncanny Valley, the idea that photorealistic human images can cause discomfort because they're the little bit off from the real thing. At GDC Europe, Sony Immersive Technology designer Jed Ashforth put forward what he called the "uncanny VR-alley," the thinking that the...

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Peek into Oculus Rift dev kit 2, see a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Want to get a preview of the Oculus Rift as it exists in Dev Kit 2 state, but don't have $350 to spare (never mind waiting for the retail version)? Try heading to your nearest electronics retailer and hold a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 right up to your face. Oh sure, it won't give you the 360 deg...

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Pacific Rim and Oculus Rift go together like robots and kaiju

Legendary Pictures has a special treat for Pacific Rim fans visiting San Diego Comic-Con this weekend: the chance to pilot a Jaeger, one of the giant monster-punching robots from Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 action flick. Using the Oculus Rift, attendees can step into the virtual cockpit of the Ja...

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