Three years after Facebook acquired Oculus, it is collaborating with Xiaomi to launch a wireless VR headset, Bloomberg reported. The headset is likely to be priced at $200 (Rs 13,000 approximately), and will start shipping in 2018. This is significantly cheaper than the standard Oculus VR headset ($400), and close to Samsung's Gear VR ($130) headset. Xiaomi itself manufactures the Mi VR Play that is much cheaper than its peers.
I'm a huge fan of the multiverse theory. The very thought that in some parallel universe there s a version of me who's not committing the same blunders as me, who's a lot smarter, stronger, and better than me in real life, is both comforting and reassuring. And I'd go on to say I'm not alone. For most of us, we'd love to see, and experience what's beyond the real. That's precisely what excites me about augmented and virtual reality.
In a fresh bid to take on rivals like Apple, Google and Snap, Facebook is reportedly foraying into consumer hardware products that may involve next-gen cameras, augmented reality (AR) devices, drones and even a brain scanning technology. At its "Building 8" facility, the company is working on at least four unannounced consumer hardware products, Business Insider reported on Monday.
In a bid to increase the visibility of virtual reality (VR) content, Oculus, in a new update to its Gear VR platform, now allows users to share live virtual moments with friends and family directly on Facebook. The feature is currently available to users with a Gear outside the US, and coming soon to everyone with the latest version of Android on their Samsung phone in the coming weeks.
In a bid to make 360 degree photos and videos more immersive and easier to discover, Facebook has launched a new virtual reality app called "Facebook 360" for Samsung Gear VR headset which is powered by Oculus. To download the "Facebook 360" app for Gear VR, open the Oculus app on your Gear VR-compatible Samsung device and search for "Facebook 360" or visit the Oculus site to get started.
Weeks after a US court ordered Facebook's virtual reality subsidiary Oculus to pay ZeniMax Media $500 million in damages, the game developer has requested an injunction that could dent sales and usage of Oculus' Rift and Gear VR headsets. A Dallas court ordered Facebook's executives to pay ZeniMax Media $500 million in damages over copyright infringement and violation of non-disclosure agreement. Based on that verdict, ZeniMax asked a judge for an injunction against Oculus using the copyrighted materials, Financial Times reported on Monday.
A US court has ordered Facebook's virtual reality subsidiary Oculus and its executives to pay game developer ZeniMax Media $500 million in damages over copyright infringement and violation of non-disclosure agreement. The Dallas court order comes weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the allegations of stealing the ZeniMax technology and said that it used its own technology to create the Oculus VR headset. Facebook bought Oculus VR for more than $2 billion in 2014 and the dispute started just after the acquisition when ZeniMax Media sued Oculus of stealing important elements of its technology.
I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. Hugo's in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting, Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, as he announced Barra s next big step. As Hugo Barra exited from his position as VP of China s Apple, Xiaomi, he decided to go back to Silicon Valley and be closer to his family. But little did we know that Barra would be joining forces with what is turning out to be one of the biggest developments in the future.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied the allegations of stealing technology that was used to create the Oculus virtual reality (VR) headset by saying that Oculus did not use the technology it did not own.
It seems like the days of chat rooms are back, but with a spin of virtual reality. A new Oculus feature allows its users to gather with friends in its new Rooms feature, where they can get together and eventually launch into a developer s multiplayer game. With the Coordinated App Launch API, the Rooms feature could make Oculus the portal for playing with friends in VR, ruling the social virtual reality. Essentially, Oculus Rooms, are a private virtual space to spend time with friends in VR. In a way, they enable social activities that mirror how one may hang out with friends in real life.
After Google unveiled the Daydream View virtual reality headset earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before other companies responded. At the Oculus Connect 3 event in San Jose, California, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be investing another $250 million in Oculus' developer community. He also made some major announcements regarding virtual reality, ranging from new controllers, an upcoming standalone VR headset and loads of games. Here's a look at the five major announcements from the event.
Barack Obama becomes the first US President to be featured in a virtual reality (VR) video where he can be seen traversing through the Yosemite National Park situated in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, and conveying his concerns about climate change. President Obama s 11-minute VR video was created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Facebook-owned Oculus, and is available on the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR and will soon come to Oculus Rift VR headset. "The VR experience provides a personal look at President Obama's trip to Yosemite with his family over Father's Day weekend," Oculus said in a blog post.
Last month, Samsung CEO JK Shin mentioned that the next-gen Samsung Gear VR is expected to launch soon. Yesterday at the Oculus Connect Conference, Samsung and Oculus unveiled the affordable Gear VR headset, priced at only $99 (Rs 6,500 approximately).
HTC today took to the stage at the Mobile World Congress event to announce its new flagship smartphone the HTC One M9 as well its first wearable called the HTC GRIP. The Taiwanese company also released its first take on virtual reality: Re Vive, which it has developed in collaboration with the gaming company Valve.
Virtual Reality (VR) has been a showstopper in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and it has prompted Oculus to show the prominence of storytelling in VR. Oculus, the company behind the Rift VR hardware, has kick started the Oculus Story Studio which will harbor a set of people to explore the market potential of VR Cinema, The Verge reports. Virtual Reality cinema is basically a roleplay type of scenario wherein your action will unveil the story line.
Contrary to the claims made by a US newspaper, Facebook has formally denied any plans to rebrand its latest acquisition Oculus by plastering its own logo and interface on the hardware. The social networking giant purchased the virtual reality startup for a whopping 2 billion dollars, a second mega dollar deal after WhatsApp.