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Virtual reality is perfect for news coverage, says director Spike Jonze

Virtual reality is perfect for news coverage, says director Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze, director of Her and Being John Malkovich, teamed with virtual reality filmmaker Chris Milk and Vice News to record a one-off news broadcast from inside the police brutality protests in New York last year. And you'll be able to see exactly... >>

Exploring Middle Earth: How Jaunt VR could change the way we watch television

Exploring Middle Earth: How Jaunt VR could change the way we watch television

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It is a pleasant evening in The Shire. Primroses sway in the wind as the sun catches on the green grass of the rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see. Gandalf, tall and commanding but shaggy and dirty, is ambling off into the distance down... >>

Oculus Rift release date is ‘very close’ says CEO

Oculus Rift release date is ‘very close’ says CEO

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Oculus Rift is currently only available as a developer kit to those wishing to program using the virtual reality headset. But it looks like that's finally going to change. The Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, told Bloomberg in an interview that the company... >>

Oculus Rift gets its first immersive feature film, Banshee Chapter

Oculus Rift gets its first immersive feature film, Banshee Chapter

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The future of cinema could be a 360-degree viewing experience if Oculus Rift takes centre stage. The first film has been released that takes advantage of the Oculus hardware, it's called Banshee Chapter. Banshee Chapter itself was originally a horror... >>

We've tried the Oculus Rift Interstellar IMAX experience, you can too

We've tried the Oculus Rift Interstellar IMAX experience, you can too

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We popped along to the BFI IMAX in London's Waterloo today to try an Oculus Rift experience of the film Interstellar. You can do the same. For one day only the IMAX has an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience set up for anyone to try. The VR trip takes... >>

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype adds 360-degree tracking to the mix

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype adds 360-degree tracking to the mix

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Oculus VR has unveiled a latest prototype model of its virtual reality headset and the company claims that it is a "big leap" for the technology. The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay model adds 360-degree tracking, which means the wearer and stand up, spin around... >>

Oculus who? AirVR straps an iPhone 6 Plus or iPad mini to your face

Oculus who? AirVR straps an iPhone 6 Plus or iPad mini to your face

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Move over Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, there's a new virtual reality kid in town and it's iPhone and iPad based. AirVR is a cheap virtual reality headset currently going through the Kickstarter funding phase that uses the Retina display on a latest... >>

Uneasy with Facebook owning Oculus Rift? Totem VR starts Kickstarter round to offer alternative

Uneasy with Facebook owning Oculus Rift? Totem VR starts Kickstarter round to offer alternative

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A Montreal startup has started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in order to bring its virtual reality headset to the next level and eventually even ready for mass production. Vrvana hopes to raise $350,000 CAD (£195,300). Funds will go toward manufacturing... >>

Shell Oculus Rift V-Power demo shows why Facebook was so keen to buy VR company

Shell Oculus Rift V-Power demo shows why Facebook was so keen to buy VR company

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Shell is one of a handful of companies to publicly display Oculus Rift content that has no connection to its gaming abilities. And it's the first time we've seen the headset itself adorned in branded colours. The Shell V-Power Oculus Rift experience is... >>

Netflix shows off Oculus Rift VR interface, Philips Hue atmospheric lighting and more

Netflix shows off Oculus Rift VR interface, Philips Hue atmospheric lighting and more

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Netflix has just completed its Hack Day Summer 2014 and some brilliant ideas have bubbled to the surface.Our favourite has to be the use of Oculus Rift for a virtual reality browsing menu. This was called Oculix. Though it's less menu and more entire... >>

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2's display is actually an entire Galaxy Note 3 front panel

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2's display is actually an entire Galaxy Note 3 front panel

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It looks like the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard have a lot in common. Both use a smartphone screen as their display. While Cardboard technically uses any Android phone to power a virtual reality experience, the latest version of the Oculus Rift, called... >>

Oculus Rift makers are reportedly working on gesture controllers

Oculus Rift makers are reportedly working on gesture controllers

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Oculus VR has reportedly been working on gesture controllers to go with its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. At the moment Oculus Rift, owned by Facebook, is still a developer tool. By making gesture controllers that experience will become even more... >>

Just how good is Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 in comparison to DK1?

Just how good is Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 in comparison to DK1?

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Oculus VR has started to ship its second generation development kit to 10,000 of the estimated 35,000 that pre-ordered one. The remaining batch with ship in August, it is believed, perhaps slipping into September, such is the demand. Interest in the... >>

Early adopters beware: These are the best new gadgets, but is it the right time to buy?

Early adopters beware: These are the best new gadgets, but is it the right time to buy?

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Are you an early adopter? Are you the sort of person who's willing to take a punt on technology that's only just come out and costs an arm, a leg and half a kidney? Do you still have a Betamax, Laser Disc, and/or HD-DVD player gathering dust in the loft?... >>

Is there no limit to Oculus Rift? Now you can tour South Park

Is there no limit to Oculus Rift? Now you can tour South Park

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Digital production company Tool has created an unlicensed but no less impressive tech demo for Oculus Rift based on the ever funny South Park cartoon series. It allows you to walk around the town of South Park and meet some of the townsfolk as a proof... >>

This Oculus Rift hack will make your brain explode. Probably.

This Oculus Rift hack will make your brain explode. Probably.

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Intrepid makers folk in Poland have created an Oculus Rift mod that will shift your perspective, literally. As an entry for the Intel Make It competition the clever creators mounted two GoPros on a tall antenna carried in a backpack connected to Oculus... >>

Next generation Oculus Rift DK2 with 1080p and positional tracking starts shipping

Next generation Oculus Rift DK2 with 1080p and positional tracking starts shipping

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The next level of Oculus Rift is finally arriving with full 1080p video quality and new levels of positional tracking. The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 units are starting to ship this month. The Oculus Rift DK2, which was pre-ordered by 12,500 people in... >>

This is the most terrifying thing you'll ever play: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

This is the most terrifying thing you'll ever play: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

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When we played through a decent chunk of the forthcoming new Alien-licensed game from Sega, we already proclaimed it one of the scariest experiences we've had in gaming. But playing Alien: Isolation on an Xbox One in a darkened (overheated) room is like... >>

Step aside, Oculus Rift: Cardboard is Google's DIY VR headset for Android devices

Step aside, Oculus Rift: Cardboard is Google's DIY VR headset for Android devices

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When you think of virtual reality today, you probably think of the Oculus Rift or some mammoth setup that involves heavy machinery for your head, lots of wires, and a person fumbling around in another realm. But Google had something else in mind: cardboard.... >>

Oculus Rift is about to get a lot prettier, and here’s why

Oculus Rift is about to get a lot prettier, and here’s why

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Oculus VR is in the middle of a Facebook acquisition, though that hasn't stopped the start-up from gobbling up other companies in an attempt to make the Oculus Rift prototype look a lot prettier in the long run. The Irvine-based company has announced... >>

BBC experiments with virtual reality 360-degree Oculus Rift style TV

BBC experiments with virtual reality 360-degree Oculus Rift style TV

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The BBC has filmed a news bulletin in 360-degrees that can be viewed on Oculus Rift. The experiment is part of the BBC's tests of potential new ways of broadcasting. It's already working on 4K broadcasting, after abandoning 3D last year. A Fiona Bruce... >>

Oculus Rift VR films are coming, and the Pantopticam is going to shoot them

Oculus Rift VR films are coming, and the Pantopticam is going to shoot them

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Imagine watching a film where you can look anywhere in a full 360-degree sphere of vision. Theatre is as close as we get to that as we're expected to follow the action as it moves about the stage and sometimes the building. How that will work for a film is... >>

Samsung working with Oculus on own-brand virtual reality headset

Samsung working with Oculus on own-brand virtual reality headset

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A week ago it was revealed that Samsung is working on its own virtual reality headset to rival products such as Sony's Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift. New information provides confirmation and throws an interesting surprise into the mix. Samsung's... >>

How Oculus Rift could look when Facebook's consumer version is ready

How Oculus Rift could look when Facebook's consumer version is ready

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We've seen plenty of prototypes of the Oculus Rift, each of which looking large and cumbersome, albeit a little more rounded with each generation. However, there's still not a sniff of a consumer version and when it does arrive, will the Facebook-owned... >>

Darpa heads-up display uses Oculus Rift style head tracking

Darpa heads-up display uses Oculus Rift style head tracking

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Darpa has shown off a new heads-up display for soldiers that uses Oculus Rift-like tracking to fix virtual markers on the real world view. The display prototype, called Ultra-Vis, was shown off by Darpa at its Darpa Demo Days. It was described as a "holographic... >>