Oculus Rift

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There's a way to play Oculus Rift exclusives on HTC Vive

There's a way to play Oculus Rift exclusives on HTC Vive

UPDATE: And Oculus doesn't like it.

UPDATE 15th April 2016: Oculus has issued a statement in response to the news that you can play a couple of its Rift-exclusive games on rival virtual reality headset the HTC Vive - and it's not best pleased.

Oculus warned Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck won't work on Vive for much longer.

This is a hack, and we don't condone it. Users should expect that hacked games won't work indefinitely, as regular software updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software.

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Hello! Let's talk about puking, shall we? Did you know the oldest word in the English language for throwing up is actually not the medical term vomit, but actually spew? It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word spēowan. Gosh I'm glad I did all those medieval units at university, they've come in so handy.

Legendary and maybe part-machine programmer John Carmack will receive this year's BAFTA Fellowship award, joining the likes of Gabe Newell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright and many others. He'll receive the award at the BAFTA Games Awards 7th April in London - an event happening alongside EGX Rezzed.

All 30 Oculus Rift launch titles revealed - each with a "comfort" level

All 30 Oculus Rift launch titles revealed - each with a "comfort" level

Project Cars! Vanishing of Ethan Carter! Elite Dangerous! More!

Hot on the heels of Sony's announcement of the price and release month of PlayStation VR, Oculus has confirmed the 30 games that will be available to buy for the Rift headset when it launches on 28th March.

The list, below, includes a couple of surprises: there are Oculus Rift versions of The Astronauts' thriller The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Slightly Mad Studios' racing game Project Cars.

Also of note: Oculus includes a "comfort" level for each game, which should act as a useful guide for those concerned about motion sickness.

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When Boris Johnson played Oculus Rift

"So, what's the point of this?"

Fresh from taking out a 10-year-old boy in a rugby game, bumbling London boss Boris Johnson has tried a virtual reality headset for what looks like the first time. His verdict?

FeatureOculus Rift's Palmer Luckey answers some burning questions

On Vive, pricing, Xbox One game streaming, hardware revisions and more.

Brace yourselves for the virtual reality assault on your wallets early next year. Q1 2016, which probably means March, is the target for both the consumer version of Oculus Rift and the wider availability of HTC Vive (limited availability begins later this year). PlayStation VR - who knows? But we're tantalisingly close.

The Eurogamer Gamescom day two podcast extravaganza

What the blue blazes did Chris, Ian and Bertie see now?

Well, well, well, a second podcast, what on earth is going on. I tell you what's going on: Gamescom! Day two is over, Bertie, Chris and Ian are knackered, and Martin's gone home. However, we're not too tired to have good chit-chat about what we saw today (Thursday 6th) and we saw quite a lot: the brilliant Oculus Touch, the brilliant XCOM 2 and the brilliant but maybe a little simple Star Wars: Battlefront spaceship fights. We also saw Ninja Theory's curious new game Hellblade, which Bertie was a bit underwhelmed by. And how about that man who sent his game in a briefcase to Gabe Newell? Join us as we debrief - hope you enjoy it.

Oculus snaps up hand sensing tech company

Detects and recreates finger movements for precise gesture control.

Virtual reality outfit Oculus has bought Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli company behind some impressive new 3D hand-sensing technology.

Oculus is holding a pre-E3 press event in San Francisco. The Facebook-owned VR company has sent invites to the tech press with a date of 11th June and a moody image of what is presumably the final consumer model of the Oculus Rift headset.

Oculus Rift recommended specs confirmed

Oculus has announced its recommended specifications for the consumer version of its virtual reality headset.

Here's what you need for "the full Rift experience", Oculus said:

Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater

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Oculus Rift's consumer launch design revealed

Oculus Rift's consumer launch design revealed

Ships early 2016, pre-orders late this year.

Oculus has revealed the launch design of its virtual reality Rift headset, which will finally go on full sale to consumers during the first quarter of 2016.

Pre-orders will open "later this year".

In a statement posted last night to the Oculus VR site, the company revealed the headset's consumer launch form factor.

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Facebook eyes 100m Oculus Rift sales

Facebook eyes 100m Oculus Rift sales

"That will take a few cycles of the device to get there."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes that after "a few cycles" of hardware, virtual reality headset Oculus Rift will be owned by as many as 100 million people.

It will need to reach that "before it will really be a very meaningful thing as a computing platform", he said during a financial call last night.

"It's hard to predict exactly," he said, "but I don't think it's going to get to 50 million or 100 million units in the next few years. That will take a few cycles of the device to get there and that's kind of what I'm talking about.

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New Oculus Rift prototype Crescent Bay unveiled

Adds 360-degree headtracking, headphones.

The newly unveiled Oculus Rift prototype, Crescent Bay, tracks you when you stand up and turn around. This is 360-degree head tracking, and it's the headline feature. The other noticeable addition is (apparently optional) built-in headphones that provide 3D audio.

FeatureOculus answers the big Rift questions

Does it still care about games?

A year ago I told Palmer Luckey's story, about how he'd invented what would become Oculus Rift in his parent's garage. He was the boy wonder swept up in a rollercoaster of success after John Carmack demoed his VR headset at E3 2012. Zoom went the Kickstarter campaign; zoom went the flood of excited, experimental game support; zoom went the increasingly massive piles of money raised by investors. A year later he was a millionaire, and now, two years later, he's a multi-multi-millionaire, his company acquired by one of the biggest around, Facebook, and for a staggering $2bn.

Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after "extreme" reselling

Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after "extreme" reselling

"If you are an enthusiast, we kindly ask that you wait for the consumer Rift."

Oculus has suspended sales of its Rift virtual reality headset in China because people are reselling it.

Oculus recently began shipping the latest version of the development kit (DK2) to developers, including those in China.

DK2 is an in-development version of the headset, and not intended for consumers. It's designed for developers to mess about with and create content for.

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When Palmer Luckey and his colleagues set up their famous Kickstarter campaign back in 2012, they introduced Oculus Rift as "a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever". Their convincing pitch raised $2.4m to build the first development kits, despite only asking for $250,000.