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Oculus Quest will launch with YouTube

A native version of YouTube will be available on the Oculus Quest VR headset when it launches on May 21. As announced by the company in a blog post, the app will offer both traditional 2D and 360-degree videos. Google has historically taken its time in launching YouTube on third-party hardware. That Quest will have […]

Facebook’s VR head is stepping down from his role

Hugo Barra, the vice president of Oculus VR at Facebook, is leaving his role to focus on building a “global AR/VR partner ecosystem” at the company. Barra, who joined Facebook from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi in January 2017, will be succeeded in the position by Erick Tseng, Facebook’s current product management director. This reshuffle coincides […]

Oculus founder: existing VR hardware not good enough to go mainstream

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has claimed that “no existing or imminent VR hardware is good enough to go truly mainstream, even at a price of $0.00”. In a post on his personal blog titled ‘Free isn’t cheap enough,” Luckey, who parted ways with Oculus’ parent company Facebook last year, claimed that hardware sales are a […]

Facebook unveils Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled Oculus Quest, a virtual reality headset that it is billing as its first all-in-one VR gaming system. Oculus Quest, which was called Santa Cruz during its development phase, will offer six degrees of freedom and touch controllers – with no PC, wires or external sensors required. The device was unveiled at […]

HTC Vive adds Oculus support for subscription VR service

HTC has broadened support for its Viveport app store and subscription service from its own Vive devices to also include the Oculus Rift. Oculus users are now able to download and purchase hundreds of games and apps from the Viveport store to use with their Rift headset, and can become Viveport Subscriber members. HTC claims […]

YouTube VR launches on more platforms, adds new features

YouTube is launching its YouTube VR app on more platforms and is adding new features and tools that it says will make virtual reality “feel even more immersive”. From this week Gear VR users will be able to access the YouTube VR app by downloading it from the Oculus Store. The app is already available […]

Oculus TV service launches, Go headset rolls out in Europe

Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) company Oculus has launched its Oculus TV service and rolled out its new Oculus Go headset to Europe and Canada. Oculus TV offers viewers an immersive way to access shows, movies, and more on the Oculus Go and was first announced at Facebook’s F8 developers conference in May. Pre-orders for the […]

Oculus Research rebrands to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research, the division of the Facebook-owned company that is focused on creating “the future of personal and shared reality”, has rebranded to Facebook Reality Labs (FRL). Announcing the name change in a post on Facebook, Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash said that “while our name is new, our focus on the future hasn’t changed”. […]

Facebook launches Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook has launched its new Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headset in a move that many observers hope will kickstart mass adoption of VR. The Oculus Go costs US$199 in the US – with the same price point in sterling for the UK market – for a version with 32GB of onboard storage and US$249 […]

VR headset shipments exceed one million for the first time in Q3

Global virtual reality headset shipments exceeded one million units for the first time in the third quarter of 2017, according to Canalys data. The research firm said that VR headset shipments show “no signs of slowing” and claimed that Oculus dropping the price of its Rift headset to US$399 has “definitely helped drive adoption”. Sony […]

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