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Oculus updates the Quest 2’s refresh rate to 90Hz

The Oculus Quest 2’s refresh rate has been given a boost in its first major update. From now on, the VR headset will be able to run natively at 90Hz in all apps and games. Before today it was only via an experimental update that you could boost the device beyond 72Hz, and even then it was only in certain apps. The new update covers…

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Deleting your Facebook account will also delete your Oculus games

Oculus are making Facebook accounts mandatory for their new VR headsets and ending support for Oculus accounts on January 1st, 2023. It's a decision which Katharine rightly says sucks. Worse yet, because your Oculus headset and Facebook account will be inextricably tied, it turns out your Oculus purchases will be deleted if you ever choose to delete your Facebook account. It makes sense, in a bleak…

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Facebook’s cloud gaming plan seems a lot simpler than Google’s

Here we go again. The latest big tech company that fancies their chances with cloud gaming is Facebook, who've revealed their approach to it all today. Refreshingly, it's pretty different to Google Stadia or Amazon Luna. In fact, it doesn't even have a fancy name. Facebook's plan is simply just to release a bunch of free-to-play cloud-streamed games in the app and on browser, some…

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Facebook is locking some Oculus Quest 2 owners out of their headsets

By all accounts, the Oculus Quest 2 is a lovely bit of kit. Resident hardware buff Katharine reckons it's the best low-budget VR headset you can get your hands on in her Oculus Quest 2 review, with the caveat that you don't mind creating a Facebook account for it. Turns out, that last part may be more of a dealbreaker than first thought, with some…

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The original FarmVille is shutting down on Facebook in December

Summer's well over now and it's time to reap what's been sown. Adobe's decision to cease support for Flash will soon be bearing fruit, including FarmVille's demise. You know, the farm simulation game that touched PC users' hearts before Stardew Valley came along. Zynga's later farming simulation games will continue on but the original will be going dark at the end of 2020.

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Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account, and that sucks

Oculus plan to make Facebook accounts mandatory for all of their VR headsets, starting with new users from October 2020, Oculus announced last night. The move comes as part of the VR giant's plans to end support for existing Oculus accounts on January 1st 2023 and shift everyone over to the same system as their parent company, Facebook. The idea is that it will "make…

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Facebook launch a mobile app for their gaming-only livestream platform today

If you didn't know that Facebook have their own game streaming network, don't worry. Neither did I. Facebook Gaming is the blue giant's gaming-only spin on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer. It's existed on browsers for a while, but is now available as a standalone mobile app that launched on the Google Play Store today. An iPhone version is still "in the works."

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Sony and Facebook cancel GDC appearances due to coronavirus

Sony and Facebook have cancelled their appearances at the Game Developers Conference this year, both citing concerns about the new coronavirus. The yearly conference for game industry workers is typically a source of new information each year, with presentations about the development of influential games and interviews with studio members. Both Sony and Facebook are stepping back this year based on concerns for the health…

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Oculus Quest’s cameras could make VR controllers a thing of the past

VR is still a niche. The cost, the hardware, the distinct lack of a killer app (though Google Earth is amazing in VR). There are still a lot of hurdles, though one of those might have just fallen. Oculus just announced a new method of tracking that could make controllers redundant. The Oculus Quest’s cameras can be used to track the user's hands and fingers,…

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Facebook researchers are turning videos into videogames

Facebook, a company with a fabulous track record in using artificial intelligence to make the world a better place, have figured out how to turn telly people into videogame people. The researchers' Vid2game game project lets them create a controllable avatar from live-action footage, as demonstrated below with a tennis player. The resulting animations aren't super convincing, at least at this stage. That doesn't stop…

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Oculus Rift S isn’t the Rift 2, but no external sensors is a big thumbs up

The hardware news just keeps coming from GDC this week, with today's big headline courtesy of Oculus. They've just announced the Rift S, a new VR headset for PC that has a higher resolution display and built-in tracking to make it even easier to jump into your favourite VR games - and they've partnered with Lenovo to build it.

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ZeniMax and Facebook settle Oculus legal battle

Over four years in the making, ZeniMax Media's legal rumble with Oculus and Facebook over Oculus Rift VR cybergoggles has finally ended in a settlement. They had gone through the courts, where a jury initially ruled that Facebook owed ZeniMax $500 million dollars, then a judge later reduced that, and the bickering continued. Their related battle with John Carmack ended in October, and now the…

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