Oculus

  • Facebook open sources 360 Surround camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook open sources 360 Surround camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More

  • Oculus launching the Rift without the Touch controllers probably wasn’t a great move

    Oculus launching the Rift without the Touch controllers probably wasn’t a great move

    The Oculus Rift launch has been a rocky one that hasn’t exactly left fans of the highly influential consumer VR platform very happy. Today, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe announced a few things (we’re pretty sure it was him this time). He clued us into the fact that after three-and-a-half months, the Oculus team has at last caught up with pre-orders and that Oculus’s cool… Read More

  • Oculus says Rift orders now ship in 2 – 4 days, all pre-orders have gone out

    Oculus says Rift orders now ship in 2 – 4 days, all pre-orders have gone out

    Oculus says it has resolved its shipping delays to the point where new orders now ship in two to four business days, which is a considerable improvement to where things were at just a short while ago, if you’ve been paying attention. The reason things are improving is that the virtual reality company has finally caught up with the pre-order backlog incurred by its hardware, the Rift… Read More

  • Oculus Connect 3 developer conference is October 5 – 7 in San Jose

    Oculus Connect 3 developer conference is October 5 – 7 in San Jose

    Oculus is running its third developer conference for people interested in building VR experiences. Oculus Connect 3 is (you guessed it) the third annual developer conference hosted by the company, and it’s taking place in San Jose between October 5 and October 7. The event typically contains some news relevant to both developers and end users, presented at one big keynote and ensuing… Read More

  • Oculus removes hardware DRM that locked games onto its headset

    Oculus removes hardware DRM that locked games onto its headset

    An Oculus update posted today quietly removes a feature that blocked Oculus software from being played on other headsets — something that the community has been up in arms about for a month. The removal is essentially a mea culpa from Oculus, which over the last few weeks has faced hard questions from press and users about its strategy in locking down content to its own platform. Read More

  • Facebook brings emoji to VR with 360 Reactions

    Facebook brings emoji to VR with 360 Reactions

    Watching 360-degree videos alone on your Gear VR is about to get a little less lonely. Oculus just rolled out the ability for users to see and leave Facebook’s five emoji reactions on 360 Videos within Gear VR’s video app. While Reactions started as a risky attempt at tampering with Facebook’s iconic Like button, they’ve become a popular way to convey emotion and… Read More

  • Oculus co-founders Palmer Luckey and Nate Mitchell on the state of VR

    Oculus co-founders Palmer Luckey and Nate Mitchell on the state of VR

    Before Oculus, most casual observers regarded virtual reality as somewhere between science fiction and novelty, fodder for cheesy 1990s films and overpriced, underperforming tech demos. Now it’s immediate and inevitable, and for those walking through the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, entirely unavoidable. In the space of a few short years, the company has gone… Read More

  • Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

    Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

    No more frustrating zoom-in/zoom-out. Facebook finally made a modern way to view panoramas and VR photos with your phone. Its new feature “360 Photos” rolls out tomorrow on iOS, Android, web, and Gear VR, and it will democratize creation of 360 and VR content. You can see Mark Zuckerberg’s example here from the top of One World Trade Center. Upload an iPhone or Samsung… Read More

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