While Samsung has released its Gear VR headset for mobile devices, there are virtual reality enthusiasts who are waiting for Oculus VR to finally release a consumer version of the Oculus Rift. In the meantime, the company continues to expand and bring more people into the fold. Today, Oculus VR announced that it has acquired Nimble VR, 13th Lab, and has hired Chris Bregler.
Back in July, it was rumored that Samsung was diving into the world of virtual reality devices, which the company finally confirmed in September. But unlike the Oculus Rift, which is a standalone device, the Gear VR has been developed to make use of mobile devices as a source of power and content generation. But content creators and VR enthusiasts no longer have to wait for it. Today, Samsung has released the Gear VR Innovator Edition for $200.
Former 343 Industries art director assembling team for first-party titles
Oculus VR announced on its Twitter account that it has hired Kenneth Scott for the position of Oculus art director for its first-party content team. Scott will be in charge of building the team, according to the tweet, though no information has been provided as to what kind of content will be developed.
Oculus contends that all of ZeniMax's claims of code theft are false
You don't have to tune into daytime soap operas to see drama unfold, just sit back and watch Oculus and ZeniMax argue over Rift technology. In short, virtual reality startup Oculus today issued a statement disputing claims made by Maryland-based game maker ZeniMax Media that it owns the intellectual property (IP) rights powering the Oculus Rift VR headset.
“Facebook gives us the resources we need to develop a lot of custom hardware.”
Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang caught up with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey to talk about the Oculus Rift at this year’s PAX East. A very tired Luckey talked about the potential for virtual reality technology to replace TVs and monitors and even the acquisition by Facebook.
Carmack speaks on pending Facebook acquisition of Oculus
Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack has offered his opinion on Facebook’s pending acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion. The deal has sparked outrage and confusion from consumers to the point that death threats have been made against Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey while cooler heads have questioned whether or not Oculus should refund Kickstarter backers their money.
Facebook has announced that an agreement has been reached with Oculus VR, Inc to purchase the virtual reality developer for $2 billion. Of the $2 billion being paid, $400 million of it will be in cash and the remainder will amount to 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock valued at $69.35 per share.
Expect Steam Machines, wearable computing, and more
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is undoubtedly the biggest tech convention in the world. Tons of gadgets and gizmos are revealed at the show every year and with CES 2014 taking place next week, you should expect nothing less.