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At Oculus Connect, VR Is Still Living in ‘the Good Old Days’

At Oculus Connect, VR Is Still Living in ‘the Good Old Days’

Two phrases. The first: "It's no longer a question of 'if,' but a matter of 'when.'"That was the all-caps message that flashed across the giant screens at San Jose Convention Center yesterday before Mark Zuckerberg walked onstage to kick of Oculus Connect 6. Since Facebook acquired virtual-reality company Oculus in 2014, Zuckerberg has been the…
Oculus CTO John Carmack says ‘we missed an opportunity’ as the Gear VR dies

Oculus CTO John Carmack says ‘we missed an opportunity’ as the Gear VR dies

Oculus CTO John Carmack gave what he called a “eulogy” for the Samsung Gear VR during the Oculus Connect developer conference, calling the mobile headset a missed opportunity. It’s not the first time Carmack has discussed the Gear VR’s shortcomings, but with Samsung dropping Gear VR support from its Galaxy Note 10 this summer, it…
Oculus Link Software: Connecting Oculus Quest to a Gaming PC – AnandTech

Oculus Link Software: Connecting Oculus Quest to a Gaming PC – AnandTech

Oculus VR has announced a new software update for its standalone Oculus Quest VR headset that enables it to connect to a gaming PC and work like an Oculus Rift head mounted display (HMD). The Oculus Link software will be available in beta this November and will allow owners of the Oculus Quest with a…
Oculus CTO: ‘We missed an opportunity’ with Gear VR

Oculus CTO: ‘We missed an opportunity’ with Gear VR

At the Oculus Connect developer conference, one of the company’s veteran executives offered some insights on the end of its best-selling product. “As we move forward into the future with Quest, it is probably time for me to give a bit of a eulogy for Gear VR,” CTO John Carmack told the audience Carmack detailed…
Oculus Link hands-on: It really makes the Quest feel like Rift VR

Oculus Link hands-on: It really makes the Quest feel like Rift VR

During the opening minutes of Stormland, I kept an eye out for any sort of video artifacting and frame rate slowdowns. But all I saw was a gorgeously constructed virtual jungle and the arms of my injured robot. Walking around the environment and moving my virtual arms felt responsive, with no discernible lag. It wasn…
Hands-on with Oculus Link: Rift who?

Hands-on with Oculus Link: Rift who?

Four months after its release, the Rift S is looking pretty irrelevant. My colleague Josh and I went hands-on with an early demo of Oculus Link, a feature launching in beta in November that lets Quest users connect their headset to a PC and play games that require a bit more horsepower than the Quest’s…
Who needs the Rift S when the Oculus Quest can do everything?

Who needs the Rift S when the Oculus Quest can do everything?

The Rift S had a rocky start. It launched alongside the Quest, but while that headset gave us a glimpse at the power of truly portable VR, the Rift S just felt like a minor step up from the original Rift. Sure, the resolution was higher and had built-in sensors, but it wasn't the true…
Oculus shows off its latest next-generation headset prototypes

Oculus shows off its latest next-generation headset prototypes

At its developer conference Wednesday, Oculus showed off a pair of prototype designs for its next high-end headsets. Two years ago, Oculus showed off its Half Dome prototype which utilized a technology called varifocal lenses to allow users to adjust where the points of focus were in an image, this is technology similar to what…
Oculus and Respawn announce a Nazi-killing VR shooter

Oculus and Respawn announce a Nazi-killing VR shooter

Two years ago, Oculus announced a radical departure in how they were funding virtual reality developers. Instead of partnering with a ton of upstart teams looking to explore the medium and help fund their low-budget pursuits, the company would be pursuing fewer, more expensive projects with established studios. Their crown jewel would be a made-for-VR…
Respawn’s Oculus exclusive is a Medal of Honor VR game

Respawn’s Oculus exclusive is a Medal of Honor VR game

Respawn Entertainment, the EA-owned game studio behind shooter hits Titanfall and Apex Legends, is taking a departure from the far-future, sci-fi settings of its most famous games, including the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In partnership with Oculus VR, the studio today revealed Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a virtual reality take on…

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Porsche’s 911 Goes Hybrid With Vonnen’s Shadow Drive

The Vonnen Shadow Drive system boosts the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera's horsepower and torque by about 50 percent.VonnenHaving finally fought my way out of the congestion choking the San Jose suburbs, I take the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera climbing up Skyline Boulevard. The 911 is an ideal match for the hills of Northern California, a…

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