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Oculus forgot to renew a certificate, bricked every Rift headset

Every Oculus Rift VR headset temporarily stopped working today after the Facebook-owned company forgot to renew a security certificate. Oculus has since released an update to restore impacted Rifts, but owners will need to download and apply it manually.

Quarterly VR headset shipments pass one million for first time

Shipments of VR headsets passed one million units in the last quarter, according to new analysis published today. It's the first time the VR market has managed to shift so many devices during a quarter. Price cuts have contributed to the increased demand.

HTC Vive gets a permanent $200 price cut

HTC has cut $200 from the price of its Vive virtual reality headset as the VR market begins to heat up. The Vive is still more expensive than its main rival, the Facebook-produced Oculus Rift, but is now a more competitively priced alternative.

FaceDisplay VR headset adds a social touch to virtual worlds

A team of researchers at the Ulm University in Germany have created a virtual reality headset that could remove one of the biggest issues with rival VR systems. FaceDisplay includes exterior displays so spectators can get involved with the virtual world.

Oculus Touch brings hand tracking and gestures to virtual reality

Oculus has launched its VR Touch controllers, bringing motion tracking and gesture detection to its Rift headset. The uniquely shared gamepads feature analogue sticks, buttons and triggers for gaming, as well as support for standing experiences.

Xbox One game streaming to Oculus Rift lets you play games in VR

Microsoft has announced it will enable Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early December. Coming just in time for the holidays, it will let gamers experience console titles in a special virtual reality environment.

Facebook's Oculus unveils way to make virtual reality affordable

Facebook's Oculus has announced it has found a way to make VR more accessible by using software tweaks to reduce the minimum system requirements of VR headsets. A high-performance PC is currently required, preventing people from adopting VR.

Op-Ed: Apple CEO Tim Cook praises augmented reality over virtual reality

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of the superior potential of augmented reality over virtual reality in an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday.

President Obama leads new VR tour of Yosemite National Park

Oculus has announced a new virtual reality experience that sees President Obama take you on a tour of the Yosemite National Park. In the short 360-degree film, Obama remarks on several of Yosemite's most famous features to celebrate its centennial.

Review: VR POP is compelling study of empathy & real-world storytelling Special

TIFF’s second pop-up installation explores VR’s potential to put people in other people’s lives via a variety of storytelling styles.

You can now buy an Oculus Rift and have it delivered this week

Oculus has announced it has finally cleared its large backlog of pre-orders for the Rift. You can now purchase a headset and have it delivered in just a few business days. High demand for virtual reality products has created a long waiting list.

Open-source virtual reality headset wants to beat the Oculus Rift

OSVR, an open-source virtual reality project to rival the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, has announced a new headset with upgraded specifications. The OSVR HDK 2 will retail at a much lower price than its competitors, potentially making it a popular choice.

Microsoft combats nausea in virtual reality with some cheap LEDs

Early adopters of virtual reality headsets have frequently commented on the feeling of nausea that VR experiences can induce. Microsoft has developed a quick and low-cost fix for the problem, involving nothing more than some strips of LED lights.

Oculus Rift pre-order shipments delayed, company to pay shipping

Oculus has apologised to customers who have pre-ordered its Rift virtual reality headset, acknowledging that shipments aren't currently being delivered as planned. The company will waive all shipping fees for existing pre-orders.

Review: Playstation Virtual Reality — Good, fast and fun

Sydney - VR has been around for a long time, and has been one of the most expensive, as well as the most frustrating, areas of gaming tech for years. In a sort of poetic justice, the ubiquitous SONY Playstation new VR is getting rave reviews.

Oculus founder explains why Macs can't do virtual reality

Mac users won't be able to run Oculus Rift when the long-awaited virtual reality headset starts shipping later this month.

Apple team of 'hundreds' secretly working with virtual reality

Apple is reportedly building its own virtual reality headset to rival devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The highly secretive team is said to number in the hundreds and has already assembled several prototypes.

The Oculus Rift is now open for pre-order, priced at $599

Virtual reality headset creator Oculus has opened pre-orders on its much-anticipated Rift, pricing the device at $599. Shipments will include an Xbox One controller and a couple of free games.

VR communities divided by controversial '9/11 simulator'

A virtual reality game that simulates the tragic events of 9/11 from the perspective of the victims is dividing VR enthusiasts and creating both hype and deep controversy. The simulation has led people to question what's acceptable as a VR experience.

Microsoft announces Minecraft for Oculus Rift is coming next year

Microsoft has announced that the hit video game Minecraft will be made available for Oculus Rift headsets from next year. Players will be able to build and mine with friends while fully immersed in the VR experience.

New CG animation tool to revolutionize the industry

Computer generated (CG) animation has become extremely popular during the past two decades, and it is now much more common to see this type of rendering in films and TV shows as opposed to stop-motion or hand drawn animation.

Op-Ed: The hot tech to look forward to in 2015

As with every year, 2015 will likely feature a ton of new updates to flagship tech. We'll probably see an iPhone 7, the Galaxy S6 and so forth. But 2015 will also see an influx of entirely new innovation bound to drop jaws.

Oculus Rift announces developer conference in Los Angeles

The virtual reality company that was recently acquired by Facebook has just released information about a developer-centric event they are organizing.

ZeniMax versus the Zuck - Oculus Rift tech rights in dispute

The hardware central to Oculus Rift — the 3D headset — is being claimed as the intellectual property of ZeniMax Media, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.

John Carmack is optimistic over the future of Oculus VR

In response to growing concerns over the future of Oculus VR; video game pioneer and company CTO, John Carmack finally addressed the issue in a reply to a blog post.
 

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