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Oculus Rift price drops to $349 / $349 for Black Friday

If you saw our heads-up about the HTC Vive Black Friday deal earlier this week (to recap, you get a Vive, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and a free deluxe audio strap and more for £599 starting from tomorrow), then you'll be pleased to know that the Oculus Rift is also being discounted for Black Friday - starting TODAY, in fact. It's almost as if…

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Report: Oculus to announce $200 standalone VR headset this year

Facebook is planning to unveil a $200 (£150-odd) wireless Oculus VR headset later this year that you can use without connecting to either a PC or a phone, according to a Bloomberg report. The new headset, codename "Pacific", will be a fully standalone product. So you'll be able to take it out of the box, strap it on your head, and start playing games and…

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Oculus Rift + Touch bundle price cut £200 in sale

Folks who liked the look of diving into cyberspace but were put off by the price: is £399/$399 low enough for you to bite? Oculus are taking their tops off for the summer - the top £200/$100 of the price of Rift cybergoggles bundled with Touch motion controllers, that is. Sorry. That's... that's really bad. I shouldn't have done that. I do have a desire…

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ZeniMax’s legal war over Oculus Rift targets Gear VR

ZeniMax, the owners of studios including Bethesda and id Software, have sent their lawyers after Samsung over the Gear VR phone cybergoggles. Following their $500 million (partial) legal victory against Rift makers Oculus, where a jury agreed that Oculus folks had broken a non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax and infringed upon their copyright, ZeniMax are trying to halt the Rift and going after related people and…

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Epic’s VR shooter Robo Recall review

Invent an exciting new games technology. Imagine all the possibilities. New worlds, new forms of interaction, new creativity mediums, maybe even new ways of humans interacting with each other. Let's be honest. It's going to end up being all about guns, isn't it? And so it is that Unreal/Gears of War studio Epic's Oculus Rift-exclusive first-person shooter Robo Recall [official site] joins Serious Sam VR…

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ZeniMax seek injunction shutting down Oculus SDK

Following a partial victory (and partial defeat) in their legal battle with Oculus over cybergoggles, ZeniMax are trying to shut down a load of Oculus's software. ZeniMax are owed $500 million in total over Oculus breaking an non-disclosure agreement which gave them insight into John Carmack and ZeniMax's work on VR, and are now seeking an injunction to shut down anything that benefitted from that…

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Bitter Rift: Oculus has to pay $500 million to ZeniMax over VR headset, rules court

A US court has ruled that Oculus must pay $500 million to software developers ZeniMax over the VR headset they’ve developed. The jury ruled that Palmer Luckey, who co-founded Oculus, failed to abide by a non-disclosure agreement he had signed while working with ZeniMax and id Software. However, the jury also found that neither Oculus nor its founders stole trade secrets. This is all part…

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Oculus and Facebook facing ZeniMax in trial

The legal battle between Oculus Rift owners Facebook and Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, who allege that the cybergoggles are partially built on work ZeniMax own, has reached a jury trial. Turns out, real courtroom battles are nowhere near as fun as Judge Judy or Ally McBeal would have you believe. Still, this week sees folks including Facelord Mark Zuckerberg take the stand, and some of…

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Dean Hall on VR development: “There’s no money in it”

Dean "Rocket" Hall, the force behind DayZ and more recently his own studio, RocketWerkz, has made some fairly strong comments about the perils of VR development, the hostility of the tech's community, and his belief that profitability is extremely unrealistic for games developed for the host of new goggles. His own studio, he says, is unlikely to develop for VR again.

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Oculus Touch Review: The Games

I've already yammered about the design and capabilities of the Oculus Touch motion controller hardware itself, and now it's time to talk software. Around 50 Touch-enabled VR games and apps launched this week - more than I can feasibly hope to look at, but I've been able to finger-gun and swipe and prod in enough of 'em to give you a clear sense of what…

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Oculus Touch is a superior motion controller to the Vive’s

I've been playing with them there Oculus Touch controllers for the last few days - a pair of wireless, motion-tracking handheld devices that, in theory, bring the Oculus Rift more in line with the HTC Vive and its wavy, donut-ended pointers. Turns out they're quite a bit better.

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Skreleton’s Hotdog Kitchen: Exactly What It Sounds Like

Shooting things in virtual reality with the HTC Vive controllers is probably the best feeling I've ever had in a video game. I don't care how nonsensical the experience is, I just want to shoot stuff. Enter Skreleton's Hotdog Kitchen [official site] by Scott McBee, where you too can take the role of a skeleton shooting hot dogs into the mouths of giant floating heads…

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Eagle Flight review

I find myself dreaming of world without humans. Where we have fought our wars, done our damage and in the process been eradicated entirely. No more than we deserve. Eagle Flight [official site], a VR birdflight simulator from Ubisoft, offers an idealised glimpse of that world - where only animals occupy our cities, running and flying free. It called to me today.

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Week in Tech: Wearable VR, Photo-Realistic Fleeces And So Much More

With the profound logistical complexities of orchestrating the arrival of two 3D cards in the same place at roughly the same time apparently beyond me, my planned graphics-off between the latest budget video boards has been punted two weeks hence (hopefully, anyway). So, it's time for another installment of the somewhat tenuously-titled Week in Tech. This week's muses include a preposterous looking VR backpack PC…

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The Oculus Touch Is Coming Out In December For $199

Oculus Touch, the handheld VR controllers that let you throw balls and knives at things that don’t exist, will come out on December 6. The whole kit costs $199 and includes two sensors needed to detect the controllers. Of course, if you want to play in a bigger space you might need another sensor – and that’s another $79. Not to mention that you will…

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Chernobyl VR Project Now On Vive Too, Updates Videos

Alec wasn't entirely happy when we duct-taped him to a chair, bolted his Rift goggs to his skull and jacked him into a tour of Chernobyl and Pripyat with Chernobyl VR Project [official site]. He liked seeing inside that irradiated corner of Ukraine - known to Those Young People as the setting for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games - but technically it's messy. It's split between photogrammetry-scanned…

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Feature: Pimax's 4K PC VR headset, reviewed

Review: Too Good To Be True? A 4K VR Headset That Supports SteamVR For $300

Oh, virtual reality. So much promise, so many drawbacks. Stick your hand into the Tombola Of VR Woes and see what you grab. Headaches and nauseau? High system requirements? Too many cables? Screen door effect? Apparent low resolutions? Gimmicky games? Problematic prices? Your face in a box? I could go on, but I won't because, er, that is most of them. Both Oculus Rift and…

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Get Gogged: Oculus Rift Hits European Retail Today

Mate, no wonder cybergoggles didn't bring an overnight revolution: they weren't in the shops here. Digital distribution is great for games but you can't download goggles, can you? Think it through, yeah? No one's going to pay a few hundred quid for an e-mail with a small picture of a black plastic box. What kind of mug do they take us for? At long last,…

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Scared Sick: Can Oculus Create Discomfort And Horror?

My arms are aching, I'm anxious and I want to be standing on solid ground again. I'm just about as uncomfortable as I can remember being while playing a game, and I think that's a good thing. At Gamescom, I played two games using the Oculus Touch that impressed me. One was Wilson's Heart, a horror game that reminded me of Frictional's work, and the…

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