Oculus Rift

Back when the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets launched earlier this year, one of the main differentiating features was the inclusion of touch/motion controllers. The Rift was launched with a focus on seated gaming, while Valve & HTC opted to focus on motion control and room scale gaming. As a result while the headsets were quite similar, their pack-in hardware was different; the Rift shipped with an Xbox One controller, while the Vive shipped with its two motion controllers and supporting Lighthouse sensor hardware. This also led to a notable difference in price, with the Rift launching at $599 while the Vive launched at $799, essentially putting a $200 price tag on motion controls. However even before the Rift launched, Oculus already had...

HP and MSI Demonstrate Backpack PCs for VR Gaming

Virtual reality gaming promises to drive demand for higher-performance graphics cards as well as richer game content. But even before the first AAA VR games make their debut, computer...

22 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2016

Oculus Rift Launch Day News: New AMD & NVIDIA Drivers; Async Timewarp & Platform Restrictions Added To SDK

After just over three and a half years and a Facebook acquisition in between, Oculus’s first-generation Rift headset is launching today. We took a hands-on preview of the headset...

11 by Ryan Smith on 3/28/2016

Hands On With the Retail Oculus Rift: Countdown to Launch

Today I'll be going over my hands-on session with the final, retail version of the Oculus Rift, Oculus's soon to launch VR headset. As part of their GDC festivities...

75 by Ryan Smith on 3/16/2016

Oculus VR Reveals Retail Price of Its Virtual Reality Headset: $599

Oculus VR on Wednesday revealed the price of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as its launch date. The price of the VR hardware appears to be...

74 by Anton Shilov on 1/7/2016

Oculus Rift Controllers, VR Games, And Software Features Announced

On the eve of E3, Oculus held a livestream to announce some more details of the upcoming Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. Just about a month ago, they announced...

44 by Brett Howse on 6/11/2015

Oculus VR Posts Recommended System Specs For Rift - Outlines Platform Goals

For all of the public Oculus Rift demos so far, the demo systems have been driven by very powerful hardware, and for good reason. With the need to double-render...

38 by Ryan Smith on 5/15/2015

Oculus Targets Q1 2016 for Consumer Oculus Rift

So far I’m the only one on the AnandTech staff that has had a go with three of the major VR players: Oculus’ Rift (Crescent Bay), HTC Vive and...

14 by Ian Cutress on 5/6/2015

AMD’s LiquidVR Announced: AMD Gets Expanded VR Headset Functionality

2015 is going to be known as the year of virtual reality at GDC. Before the expo floor has even opened VR pitches, announcements, and press conference invitations are...

19 by Ryan Smith on 3/3/2015

Oculus Demos Crescent Bay and VR Audio

I’ve been following Oculus Rift since the Kickstarter a couple years back, and while I didn’t help kickstart the project it has always been an intriguing idea. Of course...

21 by Jarred Walton on 1/13/2015

Samsung Announces Gear VR: A VR Harness For Your Note 4

Alongside today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also used the occasion to announce that they intend to break into the nascent VR headset market with their own...

20 by Ryan Smith on 9/3/2014

Facebook To Acquire Oculus VR Inc for $2 Billion

Back in September 2012, a $2.4 million Kickstarter campaign finished to help develop the next wave of immersive gaming in Oculus Rift. The premise behind Oculus Rift is...

45 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2014

Eyes On With the Oculus Crystal Cove Prototype

Last year, one of the most intriguing and hotly anticipated things I saw at CES was the Oculus Rift. Although the hardware was still early, and the display not...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/10/2014

John Carmack Joins Oculus Rift as CTO

The Oculus Rift Kickstarter page (and various other places) announced today that John Carmack is joining them as their new Chief Technology Officer. John is one of the biggest...

27 by Jarred Walton on 8/7/2013

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