Publishing arm has been quietly working with developers
Oculus VR broke the news yesterday on its official blog that it will be opening a publishing arm managed by David DeMartini. You may recall DeMartini from his prior stint as EA's former senior vice president, and now he's leading the Oculus team in partnering with developers to give the fledgling peripheral a headstart when it finally hits the market.
While we can't become androids by sticking microchips into the back of our necks just quite yet, we at least have some computing devices that we can wear. To honor some of these zany doodads, we decided to round up seven of the most interesting wearable computing devices.
This Kickstarter success story just keeps getting better.
Oculus Rift is still little more than a really promising virtual reality development kit, but that promise gets more real everyday as industry heavyweights throw in behind the scrappy little startup. Epic Games has always been an Oculus partner, but late last week the company finally announced native support for the VR headset in Unreal Engine 4.
High speed police chase ends tragically for Reisse and the Oculus team.
A senseless and tragic accident has robbed Oculus VR of one of its founding members. Andrew Scott Reisse died on Thursday after being struck by a car pursued by police. Coworkers report that Andrew was out for a walk when the incident occurred, and the entire team is stunned and saddened by the loss.
"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family," the company said in a statement. "Andrew's contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world," the statement said. "Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family."
DIY repair gurus will appreciate how easy it is to tear into the Oculus Rift.
Maybe the Oculus Rift headset will take video games to new heights in ways that previous virtual reality (VR) headsets couldn't, or perhaps it will end up another footnote in the history of technology. If it does go the way of the latter, it won't be because the headset is hard to service at home. Just the opposite, as our friends at iFixit found out when they took apart the hardware in their latest teardown.
So you've played Team Fortress 2, but have you played it while wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset? It wouldn't have made much sense to do so up until now, as Valve just announced a VR mode to the free-to-play title that it plans to release in the coming days. In doing so, Team Fortress 2 becomes the first game to officially support Oculus Rift, a VR headset that raised more than $2.4 million in funding on Kickstarter last summer.
Kickstarter is fast becoming the place to go if you have a long shot concept that's capable of capturing the hearts and minds (and wallets) of technology fans. With five days still to go, the Ouya project, which is a $99 Android game console for the living room, has amassed more than $6.5 million, well above it's initial goal of $950,000. More recently, a virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift has managed to attract over $1.1 million in funding in just a couple of days. Yep, it appears the promise of virtual reality isn't dead.