Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

While to some Oculus’ announcement of the Rift S represents the newest and best version of a good VR headset, to others it’s a far cry from what they hoped Oculus would be able to deliver three years after the first Rift.

New Oculus Rift S Pushes VR Experience Up a Notch

New Oculus Rift S Pushes VR Experience Up a Notch

Rift S and Quest share the same controller design, which is geared for Oculus Insight tracking, according to the Facebook spokesperson. "It's great that Facebook continues to improve Oculus," Goodman said, "but without must-have games, which none of the headsets have, interest will remain limited.".

Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook's VR Kit Takes Small, Important Steps

Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook's VR Kit Takes Small, Important Steps

Two-forward facing sensors on these headsets find position and also track controllers. Three years of work and Rift S is the headset Facebook’s VR leaders landed on to replace its market-leading device. Rift S includes five sensors — all on the headset.

Oculus Rift S Is Official: Higher Resolution, 5 Camera Inside-Out, $399

Oculus Rift S Is Official: Higher Resolution, 5 Camera Inside-Out, $399

Like the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone, Rift S instead uses onboard cameras for “inside-out” tracking. Rift S removes these headphones and instead features the same audio system as Go and Quest (GIF of Quest): Sound is piped through the side straps directly to your ears.

Pimax Releases ASW-Like "Smart Smoothing", Static Foveated Rendering

Pimax Releases ASW-Like "Smart Smoothing", Static Foveated Rendering

As well as the default refresh rate of 90 Hz and 80 Hz for the 5K+ and 8K respectively, users can now change it to 72 Hz or 64 Hz. These new features and options are all aimed at making the Pimax headsets easier to run on existing GPUs. Tom’s Hardware recently benchmarked the headset using the $700 RTX 2080.

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

Elizabeth Warren is running for the U.S. presidency, and one of her key campaign issues is to break up large technology companies to reduce their power. The problem is an imbalance of power between large tech companies and the U.S. government, caused in large part by several things.

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. Beat Saber doesn’t require high-end graphics hardware while making incredible use of 6dof controllers.

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal documents has revealed.

Oculus @ GDC 2019: Oculus Quest, Rift Demos, and More

Oculus @ GDC 2019: Oculus Quest, Rift Demos, and More

Photo © Official GDC Head down to the North Hall Mezzanine Lobby of San Francisco’s Moscone Center March 18 – 22 to experience all-in-one VR gaming with Oculus Quest, plus never-before-seen demos of Asgard’s Wrath and Stormland on Rift!

How Facebook’s Outage Affected Oculus And VR Developers

How Facebook’s Outage Affected Oculus And VR Developers

Yesterday Beat Games had to make a statement on Twitter: The app Virtual Desktop for Oculus Go allows users to virtually use their PC in their Oculus Go. It even works over the internet, so as long as your PC is on you can access it from anywhere.

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

(They've since moved to a larger space on the Carnegie Mellon campus, with plans to expand again in the next year or two.) Codec Avatars, as Facebook Reality Labs calls them, are the result of a process that uses machine learning to collect, learn, and re-create human social expression.

Inside the Facebook virtual reality lab building 3D video chat

Inside the Facebook virtual reality lab building 3D video chat

To create an avatar that looks, moves and sounds like you, 180 cameras and 500 lights capture your face from different angles, making all sorts of silly faces, reports CBS News' DeMarco Morgan, who got an exclusive look at the social media giant's new project.

Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

His second book, The History of The Future —which was published on February 19—chronicles the dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus, and its quest for virtual reality, and the company’s $3 billion acquisition by Facebook.

Will the Oculus Quest be much more powerful than the Oculus Go?

Will the Oculus Quest be much more powerful than the Oculus Go?

The games available on Oculus Go will be able to be ported to the Quest without any problem of loss of performance, despite the additional complexity brought by the tracking of six-degree movements.

Oculus Unity Plugin Adds Windows MR Support Via SteamVR

Oculus Unity Plugin Adds Windows MR Support Via SteamVR

Developers of Oculus Rift games made with the Oculus Unity plugin can now add Windows MR headset support with their existing code. A developer of a game in Unity for the Oculus Rift can now add Windows MR support without having to integrate the separate SteamVR Plugin.

Facebook is Developing Enterprise Versions of Oculus Quest & Go

Facebook is Developing Enterprise Versions of Oculus Quest & Go

Facebook has been pretty hands-off when it comes to providing VR solutions for enterprise, although that may be changing with the entrance of bonafide enterprise versions for both Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. As first reported by Variety , Facebook recently published a job listing for an Oculus software engineer that details the company’s plans to launch enterprise versions of Go & Quest sometime this year.

Oculus Quest Enterprise Edition Coming Later This Year – Variety

Oculus Quest Enterprise Edition Coming Later This Year – Variety

Facebook is looking to launch enterprise edition versions of its Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headsets this year, according to a job listing published late last week.

Oculus Quest To Have Strict Store Curation Like A Game Console

Oculus Quest To Have Strict Store Curation Like A Game Console

A new blog post authored by Facebook’s Chris Pruett announces a stricter process for software approval on the upcoming Oculus Quest Store.

Oculus Rift Out Of Stock At Some Retailers, Now Available 'Mainly Online'

Oculus Rift Out Of Stock At Some Retailers, Now Available 'Mainly Online'

If you want to purchase an Oculus Rift right now on Amazon.com the VR headset may not ship until after the Game Developers Conference in March. “Rift continues to be available across our channels, at this time mainly online (Oculus.com, Best Buy online, Amazon, etc.),” explains an email this week from a Facebook representative.

How to use Snapchat’s new augmented reality 3D world lenses

How to use Snapchat’s new augmented reality 3D world lenses

Snapchat’s 3D world lenses rely on similar augmented reality-powered animations that made its selfie filters so popular. ] Snapchat Once you find what you want to capture with the rear-facing camera, tap once on the viewfinder and a grid will surface mapping the floor in front of you.

Facebook Files Patent For VR Finger Tracking AI Armband

Facebook Files Patent For VR Finger Tracking AI Armband

Facebook filed a patent application for an armband which performs finger tracking by reading electrical signals inside the user’s wrist. Tagged with: facebook, Faceboook Reality Labs, finger tracking, oculus, patent, research

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

According to internal emails published on Github, Facebook planned to use its Android app to match users’ location data with mobile phone base station IDs to deliver “location-aware” products.

Apple's Plans for Subscription News Service Irk Publishers

Apple's Plans for Subscription News Service Irk Publishers

"This is another step towards making that vision a reality." No Fear of Competition Facebook has been the leader in social media news sites, with 43 percent of Americans getting their news from its platform.

Zuckerberg's Take on Facebook's History Raises Eyebrows

Zuckerberg's Take on Facebook's History Raises Eyebrows

"Facebook has been ingenious in the way it leads users into providing personal information," observed Steve Wilson, principal analyst at Constellation Research .

New Book Reveals Canceled Oculus Rift Successor Projects

New Book Reveals Canceled Oculus Rift Successor Projects

Blake Harris’ new book The History Of The Future reveals two canceled Oculus Rift successor projects codenamed ‘Tuzi’ and ‘Venice’. In October of last year, TechCrunch reported the cancellation of a Rift 2 project codenamed ‘Caspar’.

HTC Vive Focus Plus gets enhanced controllers - but it's still not made for you

HTC Vive Focus Plus gets enhanced controllers - but it's still not made for you

Last November, when HTC announced its standalone Vive Focus headset was coming to the West, we said that a better one was coming. That said, while Facebook's headset is aimed at consumers, the Vive Focus - and Plus - are being pitched to businesses.

Facebook's F8 2019 Conference Promises 'New Features' For Oculus

Facebook's F8 2019 Conference Promises 'New Features' For Oculus

It also used the conference to announce the launch software. When Quest was announced in September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed that it would launch with other 50 titles . Tagged with: F8 , facebook , oculus , Oculus Quest

Voices of VR Podcast

Voices of VR Podcast

While the narrative is super engaging and helps make this story a super fun read through the key moments and technological landscape of the history of the modern resurgence of VR, the problem is that from a historical perspective it’s very difficult to source where exactly the information is coming from.

Oculus and their advantage as a VR brand

Oculus and their advantage as a VR brand

But from a content strategy which inherently defines entertainment brands like Steam or Oculus consistency means something entirely different: The biggest mistake Oculus could do in the coming years is defining itself as another gaming platform.

Some Oculus employees weren't sure if Facebook was creepy or evil

Some Oculus employees weren't sure if Facebook was creepy or evil

The team, including legendary game maker John Carmack and early employees Chris Dycus, Joe Chen, Julian Hammerstein, almost immediately began to show what their new parent's resources would do for Oculus.

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