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I just don’t understand these cheesy virtual reality movie ‘experiences’

I’ve always believed that virtual reality has huge potential as an entertainment platform, and clearly some directors are still with me. Oculus supported five “experiences” that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of which landed a seven-figure deal. 

The experiences are innovative and interesting — but they’re suffering from an identity crisis. 

SEE ALSO: Someone had a seizure in VR and nobody knew what to do

A few months ago I sampled “Coco VR,” a “VR Experience” based on the movie Coco, which was forthcoming at the time. I ran around an animated Land of the Dead in the form of a skeleton, touring an art museum, seeing a mariachi performance, and trying on skeleton costumes.  Read more…

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The Oculus Go might be coming very, very soon

Hey, remember the Oculus Go?

Neither did we — until we saw two photos shared to Reddit by user “bekris” (spotted by Upload VR) of what Bekris claims is the Oculus Go’s developer kit. We’ll be honest, this doesn’t look like developer kit packaging; it totally looks like retail packaging. 

Bekris claims the photos were tweeted by Jesper Gaarsdal, software engineer at Unity Studios, and by the Twitter account of Unity Studios itself. Both tweets were removed shortly after being posted.

If the photo is legitimate, the retail release of the first ever phone-free standalone VR device could be just around the corner. And the first buyers could have over 1000 apps, games, and movies at their fingertips.  Read more…

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Facebook’s Oculus Go will be made by this Chinese company

In October, Facebook announced the Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a smartphone. Today, it announced the manufacturer.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk accidentally tweets phone number while trying to reach Oculus executive

Oculus stated Tuesday at CES that Chinese company Xiaomi will be its hardware partner for the Oculus Go. 

The two companies also jointly announced Mi VR Standalone, a standalone VR headset based on the Oculus Go that will be sold exclusively in China. (China has had a rocky relationship with Facebook, Oculus’ parent company, in recent years.)

The Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone

The Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone

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Pixar’s first-ever VR experience lets you explore the Land of the Dead

Pixar’s finally letting us play in VR.

The animation studio has announced its first-ever VR experience, dropping a trailer at Facebook’s Oculus Connect conference on Wednesday. 

Based on the studio’s upcoming Day of the Dead-themed film, the highly colorful Coco VR experience is coming to Oculus Rift on Nov. 15 and Gear VR Nov. 22, when Coco will be released in U.S. theaters. 

SEE ALSO: Pixar plays a bittersweet symphony in the latest ‘Coco’ trailer

Directed by Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich, Coco is new adventure about a young musician, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the Land of the Dead with some family history hunting to do.  Read more…

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Oculus is working on an app for experiencing concerts and sports in VR

Oculus has set its sights on live events. At the annual Oculus Connect developers conference, the Facebook-owned company announced Oculus Venues, an upcoming feature that will allow you to experience performances and other events in virtual reality. 

The ideas is users will be able to visit concerts, movie premieres, and sports events, with their friends, from the comfort of their homes. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Venues, showing a video of a band playing for an audience of cheering cartoon avatars. According to him, the feature will be available in early 2018.  Read more…

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The Oculus Rift and Touch controllers just got another big price drop

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Touch controllers now cost $399, Oculus announced during the Oculus Connect keynote today.

Just announced at OC4: Rift is $399 from here on out. Spread the word!

— Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) October 11, 2017

The Oculus Rift launched in 2016 for $599 with the Touch controllers launching months later for an extra $99. Before today’s price drop, the bundle was available for $499.

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

The announcement of the price drop came after Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (which own Oculus), revealed a new standalone VR headset called Oculus Go and shared updates on Project Santa Cruz, an updated version of the Rift that uses inside-out movement tracking, effectively making outside trackers and sensors obsolete. Both are expected to arrive in 2018. Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg sets a new goal: 1 billion people using virtual reality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants 1 billion people to use virtual reality. 

That’s about 13 percent of the world’s population.

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for that awkward VR tour of Puerto Rico

Zuckerberg threw out that goal as he opened the Oculus developers conference on Wednesday. 

He talked about using virtual reality to create jobs for people who live in areas where there is less economic opportunity than areas such as San Francisco, because being virtually present would, in theory, eliminate the need for a person to be physically present. A person could work at a job in New York City from, say, somewhere in New Mexico. Read more…

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Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people to live and play in VR.

But the company won’t get there with premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, which require expensive gaming PCs. Mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR are nice, but they don’t offer the same immersion.

Facebook’s solution? Oculus Go, an all-in-one standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a smartphone. The headset’s only $199 and shipping early next year.

SEE ALSO: Here’s one way to propose to the love of your life—in VR

Oculus Go resembles the Rift, except it’s white. Oculus Go sits in-between the Rift and the Gear VR. Read more…

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Facebook’s AR glasses take center stage in newly published patent

The world just got a sneak peek at a feature Facebook’s working on to make its highly anticipated AR glasses a reality.

According to a patent published Thursday, the device “may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements” and may “be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes.”

SEE ALSO: Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus’ first full-length VR movie

The so-called waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner, which is being developed by Facebook’s virtual reality arm Oculus VR, could be used in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, or a combination of the three. Read more…

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Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus’ first full-length VR movie

Virtual reality company Oculus on Thursday released a trippy trailer for its first full-length film, and you won’t want to miss it. 

SEE ALSO: This is how Mark Zuckerberg’s Oculus VR gloves actually work

The film, called Miyubi, takes the viewer through a series of strange events as you follow the life of a 1982 suburban family in America.

And you’re not just watching the movie passively. Oculus financed the movie and worked with production studios Felix and Paul Studios and Funny or Die, who set it up so that viewers are a part of the action.

Your character isn’t another human watching from the outside either — you’re a Japanese toy robot from the ’80s named Miyubi. Read more…

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