Oculus Developing A Lower-End, Standalone Virtual Reality Device

Oculus Developing A Lower-End, Standalone Virtual Reality Device

If you’re one of those people who was perhaps interested in buying the Oculus Rift, only you don’t own a computer powerful enough to handle it, the Facebook-owned company says it’s got a new virtual reality product in the works that won’t require a Windows PC or even a mobile phone to use it. [More]

Oculus Suggests Bereft Rift Pre-Orderers Should Go To Best Buy Instead

Oculus Suggests Bereft Rift Pre-Orderers Should Go To Best Buy Instead

Oculus began accepting pre-orders for their Rift virtual reality headsets back in January, but not everyone who ordered early has their device yet. Those customers will probably be disappointed to hear that Oculus is going ahead with its retail strategy. Some devices will be available for retail sale at Microsoft stores and from Amazon on Friday, May 6, and available for special demos and for sale at a few Best Buy locations on Saturday, May 7. [More]

Oculus Executive: We’ll Answer Questions About Rift’s Privacy Policy “In Due Time”

Oculus Executive: We’ll Answer Questions About Rift’s Privacy Policy “In Due Time”

Virtual reality company Oculus doesn’t seem to be too concerned about questions some people have had about the privacy policy for its new Rift headset, with a company executive downplaying those concerns and saying that they’ll be answered “in due time.”

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Sen. Al Franken Has A Few Questions About Oculus Rift’s Privacy Policy

Sen. Al Franken Has A Few Questions About Oculus Rift’s Privacy Policy

While we’ve been talking about virtual reality for decades, the current slate of VR headsets marks the first time we’ve seen anything close to widespread adoption of the technology. And when one of the leading companies in the field also happens to be owned by a company that makes billions of dollars tracking your online behavior, you can’t fault people for being concerned about privacy.
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PlayStation VR To Sell For $399, Go On Sale In October

PlayStation VR To Sell For $399, Go On Sale In October

After months of guesswork about when Sony would finally release its much-awaited PlayStation VR headset — and for how much — the company finally announced those important details today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. So, will PS VR be the iPhone of virtual reality — or the 21st century equivalent of the Nintendo Virtual Boy? [More]

Make Sure Your Computer Is Powerful Enough For The Oculus Rift Before You Spend $599 On One

Make Sure Your Computer Is Powerful Enough For The Oculus Rift Before You Spend $599 On One

As expected, the consumer version of the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift virtual reality headset went on sale today, but at a higher price than some had predicted. But even if you don’t mind spending $599 for the device, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a computer powerful enough to use it. [More]

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Start Jan. 6; Still No Price Listed

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Start Jan. 6; Still No Price Listed

Two years after virtual reality startup Oculus blew away CES 2014 with the demo of its Oculus Rift VR headset — ultimately leading to Facebook buying the company for $2 billion in March 2014 — the consumer version of the Rift virtual reality headset is finally becoming an actual reality. [More]

Netflix Deal With Oculus & Samsung Means You’ll Actually Have Something To Watch With That VR Headset

Netflix Deal With Oculus & Samsung Means You’ll Actually Have Something To Watch With That VR Headset

So you’ve got your cool virtual reality headset, and you’re just dying to try it. But what are you supposed to watch on it? Until now, there’s been a limited amount of content available for VR headsets. That’s all changed now, as Netflix announced a deal with Oculus and Samsung that includes a virtual reality version of Netflix’s entire library.

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Oculus Won’t Block Virtual Reality Porn On Headsets

Oculus Won’t Block Virtual Reality Porn On Headsets

While demos of virtual reality headsets have thus far stuck to immersive games and interactive clips that let you experience things like flying over a city or race through a jungle, some people are thinking about how the tech could be employed for more intimate purposes. And the folks at Facebook-owned Oculus VR are just fine with that. [More]

From Samsung To Razer To Oculus, Our Experience With The Latest In Virtual Reality

From Samsung To Razer To Oculus, Our Experience With The Latest In Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been a holy grail of sorts for tech developers for several decades, but previous generations’ attempts were too clunky, heavy, and unconvincing. The dream hasn’t died, and judging by what we saw at International CES this week, the field is ready to explode (in a good way). [More]

Teleporters be teleportin'. Sort of. (Marriott)

At Marriott, Going To Hawaii Means Standing In A Warm, Misty Booth Wearing Goggles

You know how when you go to Hawaii, you sort of stand very still one, warm spot wearing weird goggles while the ocean breeze mists your face? That’s what it’s like, right? At least, at certain Marriott hotels, where guests can stand inside a phonebooth wearing virtual reality glasses and “travel” to Hawaii or London.
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Chuck E. Cheese’s Tests Oculus Rift Virtual Ticket-Grabbing Experience

Chuck E. Cheese’s Tests Oculus Rift Virtual Ticket-Grabbing Experience

I’m afraid of costumed mascots and have suppressed most of my childhood memories of visits to Chuck E. Cheese’s, but apparently the restaurant/gaming zone/adult fighting ring has a booth where kids stand and grab tickets as they fly by. Sounds fun, but what if you could eliminate the booth and the flying pieces of paper, simplifying the game? What if the Ticket Blaster went virtual? [More]

Why You Should Care That Facebook Spent $2 Billion To Buy Oculus

Why You Should Care That Facebook Spent $2 Billion To Buy Oculus

Facebook has been all over the news today, and not just because voters here at Consumerist think they’re terrible. It all has to do with the online behemoth’s latest, surprising acquisition: a virtual reality company called Oculus. [More]