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Oculus VR News | February 22, 2017

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Next Gear VR Headset Will Come with Dedicated Controller

February 20, 2017 |

Samsung’s next iteration of the Gear VR, powered by Oculus is expected to come with a dedicated controller, according to a tweet by industry insider Roland Quandt and the latest FCC filings.

As of now, the Gear VR utilizes a … Read More

Oculus Addresses Persistent Room-Scale Tracking Issues, Promises Fix

February 15, 2017 |

Earlier this month, Oculus released its 1.11 update in an effort to improve the platform’s ‘experimental’ room-scale tracking performance with multi-sensor setups. However, following the update, some users are now experiencing more problems with tracking, as reported by Road to VR.

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Zuckerberg Teases Glove-Based VR Controller Prototype for Oculus Rift

February 10, 2017 |

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently visited the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington, where a team led by chief scientist Michael Abrash works on next-generation hardware. Zuckerberg shared a glimpse into the facility, including some upcoming new tech being developed. … Read More

Hulu VR Now Adds Oculus Rooms, Avatars and Touch Support

February 9, 2017 |

Hulu has announced a major update to its official virtual reality app for both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR that will make your video streaming experience much more social in VR.

The new Hulu VR update now adds support … Read More

Oculus Closes 200 Best Buy Rift Demo Stations to Prioritize in ‘Larger Markets’

February 8, 2017 |

Oculus is scaling back on the number of Oculus Rift virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations nationwide, Business Insider reports. Apparently, 200 of its 500 Rift demo stations are shutting down due to poor “store performance” and underwhelming … Read More

‘Rock Band VR’ Coming to Oculus Rift in March, Pre-Orders Now Open

February 6, 2017 |

Today, Oculus and Rock Band developer Harmonix announced the much anticipated Rock Band VR is set to make its exclusive debut for the Oculus Rift on March 23rd, with pre-orders for the game available now through Amazon for $69.99.

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Oculus Rift 1.11 Update Improves Roomscale and Multi-Sensor Support

February 4, 2017 |

Oculus has released its latest 1.11 update for the Rift headset and Touch motion controllers, which promises to improve the ‘experimental’ roomscale and 360º support with multi-sensor setups and brings fixes for the guardian boundary system.

Oculus released their Touch motion … Read More

John Carmack Slams ZeniMax’s Expert Analysis After Oculus Verdict

February 2, 2017 |

In the wake of a Dallas jury’s verdict on Wednesday, which resulted in a $500 million judgment against Oculus in the ZeniMax lawsuit, Oculus CTO John Camack took to Facebook to publicly express his frustration with the situation and the court’s decision.

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Oculus Not Guilty of Stealing Trade Secrets, but Ordered to Pay $500 Million in ZeniMax Lawsuit

February 1, 2017 |

In the legal battle between ZeniMax Media vs. Oculus VR, a Dallas, Texas jury came to a verdict on Wednesday and found Oculus did not misapproate trade secrets related to ZeniMax’s VR technology.

However, the jury did find that Oculus … Read More

Facebook Appoints Hugo Barra to Lead VR Efforts as New Head of Oculus

January 26, 2017 |

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra will lead all virtual reality efforts at Facebook as VP of VR, including taking charge of the Oculus team.

Barra’s new appointed position comes as … Read More