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Mega VR roundup: Lots happening in the virtual and real worlds

Every year for the past ten years has been the one when virtual reality will finally break out. Based on the pace and number of recent announcements, it looks as though that time has finally come – well, will soon come. Probably in 2018, maybe. Earlier this month, HTC matched a $200 price cut in its high-end Vive system to …

ZeniMax: Thanks for the $500m, Oculus. How about you, Samsung?

The company that successfully sued Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus for $500m has now set its sights on another giant: Samsung. ZeniMax Media has filed suit [PDF] in Texas against the company, claiming that its former execs secretly developed mobile VR technology while working at id Software, owned by ZeniMax. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2017
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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

Proving yet again that goggled nausea is a hard sell, Facebook's virtual reality arm Oculus on Thursday said it would shut down Story Studio, its VR production unit. "We're now entering the next chapter of VR development, where new creators enter the market in anticipation of adoption and growth, and we've been looking at the …
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Oculus Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is stepping down from his position at parent company Facebook. The House of Zuck confirmed this week that Luckey, who had been serving as head of Oculus under Facebook, would be leaving today. Facebook acquired Oculus for $2bn in 2014. "Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2017
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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

A jet-lagged Douglas Coupland, recently departed from "The Lab" in Paris where he was "artist-in-residence" at that mysterious wing of the Google Cultural Institute, whatever that is, declared in a pre-written speech that "the future is already here". Speaking to an audience of Konica Minolta customers in Berlin, the author of …
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DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Wizard programmer John Carmack is suing his former employer ZeniMax alleging $22.5m in unpaid stock options. Carmack, now chief technology officer of Facebook's Oculus VR, claims games developer Zenimax owes the money as part of the 2009 deal ZeniMax made to acquire Carmack's id Software, the studio behind Wolfenstein 3D, Doom …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2017

Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

Sometimes it's wise not to boast that you're so rich, a $500m damages award against you is chump change. Earlier this month, Facebook CTO Sheryl Sandberg scoffed at the paltry $500m damages it was ordered to award Zenimax Media for IP theft regarding its Oculus Rift nerd goggles. Sandberg said that the bill was "not material …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2017

Roses are red, you're feeling blue, 'cos no one wants to watch VR telly with you

It's a question that has long concerned us all: when you're at home watching TV on your VR headset, how do you avoid that sense that if someone looked in the window, you might appear to be the saddest individual on the planet? Well, worry no longer because Hulu has taken up Mark Zuckerberg's widely mocked offer of "social VR" …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Feb 2017
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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg shed new light on the social network's 2014 acquisition of Oculus VR Tuesday in a Dallas federal court. Zuck took the stand as part of a trial between Oculus and ZeniMax, the rival games developer that has accused Oculus of stealing the virtual reality technology that it uses at the heart of its …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017

Rift rift assists swift shift at crest of adrift Occulus

Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus is splitting in two, with one arm working on its Rift standalone high-end headset and the other focused on its Gear VR cellphone headset. As part of the shake-up, CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down to head up what sounds like product development of the Rift part of the business, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Dec 2016

Race for wireless VR headset heats up

The race is heating up for a wireless virtual reality headset with HTC announcing a $220 add-on to its Vive system that will allow you to unplug from your PC. The "Tether-less VR upgrade kit" attaches to the existing Vive headset and comprises a wireless transmitter and receiver that sits on top of the head strap and a battery …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Nov 2016

Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

A number of game developers have decided to end their support of the Oculus virtual reality headset over reports that its founder Palmer Luckey is actively funding "Trump trolls." Kokoromi, Polytron, Scruta Games, Tomorrow Today Labs and developer Augustin Cordes are among those who have publicly denounced Luckey's actions and …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Sep 2016
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Revive revived: Oculus DRM push shattered as DIY devs strike back

The Oculus DRM system has been shattered, opening the door to modders and pirates. The Revive library was developed to allow Oculus games to be played on other virtual reality units and as a side-effect opened the doors for users to play pirate games. Specifically, Revive functions as a "compatibility layer" between Oculus' …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2016
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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

On Friday Oculus broke its word and instituted DRM (digital rights management) controls on its virtual reality headset, blocking non-approved games from its kit. The weekend wasn't over when coders struck back and their crack only makes Oculus' problems worse. The Oculus DRM controls were supposed to kill off a popular piece …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016
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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

VR headset company Oculus has backtracked on a promise not to lock down its software to its hardware. In an update put out this week, the company's digital rights management (DRM) system now checks whether the Oculus Rift headset is attached to the computer when playing a game. If it isn't, the game won't play, effectively …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016

Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

A US Senator wants to know what the Facebook-owned Oculus is planning to do with all the user data it collects with its Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. In a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe, Al Franken (D-MN) asks what use Oculus has for the information it collects, specifically collecting and recording user's …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Apr 2016
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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

Early purchasers of the new Oculus are going to have wait to get their hands on it thanks to an unexplained delivery delay. The product's launch last week was timed to coincide with its shipment to customers who have paid $599 for the virtual reality headset. But when a few days later nothing arrived in the mail, users started …
Iain Thomson, 4 Apr 2016
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Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

In 1994 this hack had his first taste of virtual reality, shooting pterodactyls in a blocky polygon world, and was assured by the vendor that 1995 would be the year VR really took off. The same thing was promised for 2000, 2004, 2010, and again for 2014 when Oculus burst onto the scene. Now some are proclaiming it'll be 2016, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016

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