Oculus VR

  • Oculus Starts Shipping Its Next-Gen Rift VR Headset A Bit Later Than Expected

    Oculus Starts Shipping Its Next-Gen Rift VR Headset A Bit Later Than Expected

    It’s a bit later than they originally hoped, but the second pre-release version of Oculus’ $350 virtual reality headset is finally finding its way onto the delivery trucks. Read More

  • The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding. Over the years we’ve seen a variety of successful crowdfunding campaigns translate early crowd love into great venture capital rounds. We’ve even seen a few, like Oculus, manage to use successful campaigns to… Read More

  • Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

    Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

    Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000. Read More

  • Oculus Debuts Oculus Connect Developer Conference, Acquires RakNet And Open Sources Its Tech

    Oculus Debuts Oculus Connect Developer Conference, Acquires RakNet And Open Sources Its Tech

    Oculus made a couple of announcements today, including the acquisition of middleware game-network technology provider RakNet, which powers cross-platform voice chat, SQL logging, secure connectivity and more for a number of indie companies and bigger devs, including Mojang and Sony Online Entertainment. Oculus also announced its first developer conference, the Oculus Connect event, which will… Read More

  • Virtual Reality Gets A Real Content Studio With Launch Of Alchemy VR

    Virtual Reality Gets A Real Content Studio With Launch Of Alchemy VR

    In the wake of the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR, and the launch of Sony’s Project Morpheus a week earlier, virtual reality has quickly moved beyond its gaming roots and has seized the imagination of a generation of designers, entrepreneurs and technologists. Now you can add award-winning storytellers to the list, with the launch of a new entertainment studio from London called… Read More

  • Control VR Opens The Door To Virtual Offices

    Control VR Opens The Door To Virtual Offices

    Control VR is a startup which has created a wearable system that captures precise motion data for virtual reality applications. On its Kickstarter page the most intriguing use shown for its gloves and armbands is using its exact finger-digit tracking to simulate a keyboard in virtual reality, which could open the door to a number of productive VR applications beyond gaming and teleconferencing. Read More

  • Oculus VR Has Hired Jason Rubin, A Naughty Dog Co-Founder, To Lead First-Party Game Development

    Oculus VR Has Hired Jason Rubin, A Naughty Dog Co-Founder, To Lead First-Party Game Development

    Oculus VR today confirmed that it has hired Jason Rubin to lead first-party game development. This comes less than a week after the company announced that it has poached Jason Holtman from Valve to lead the creation of a platform for selling virtual-reality experiences. Best known for his work as co-founder at Naughty Dog, Rubin served as director on every title in both the Crash Bandicoot and… Read More

  • ZeniMax Sues Oculus And Palmer Luckey

    ZeniMax Sues Oculus And Palmer Luckey

    Who would’ve thought being acquired for $2 billion dollars would earn you a few enemies? Following up on legal threats over the past few weeks, ZeniMax — the parent company behind id, Bethesda Games, and a few other studios — has officially filed suit against Oculus and Palmer Luckey. Their claims? Oculus stole trade secrets. Read More

  • How Google Can Avoid Ruining Twitch

    How Google Can Avoid Ruining Twitch

    With Google’s courtship of Twitch and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus back in March, it seems that tech giants are getting serious about being part of the next big trends in gaming. That has gamers both excited and worried. It’s easy to see how either company can help its new acquiree grow: both Twitch and Oculus are still rather small companies that have the potential to… Read More

  • Google Glass’ Lead Electrical Engineer Adrian Wong Defects To Oculus

    Google Glass’ Lead Electrical Engineer Adrian Wong Defects To Oculus

    Adrian Wong still lists himself as a “professional daydreamer” on LinkedIn, but he’s just left Google[x] where he was a lead electrical engineer on Glass to start “Building the Metaverse” at Oculus VR. Wong had been at Google since December 2010 following a stint at Sandia National Laboratories, but now he’s working at Facebook’s latest… Read More