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Oculus @ GDC 2015

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We’re at GDC 2015 in San Francisco this week meeting with developers and showing off brand new content on the Crescent Bay prototype and Gear VR Innovator Edition. This is hands-down one of the biggest weeks for virtual reality in the history of the industry, and we’re excited to be a part of it. Throughout the week, Oculus team members will be giving talks on the latest Oculus tech. John Carmack, CTO, kicked the show off this morning with his keynote, “The Dawn of Mobile VR“. You...

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Asynchronous Timewarp Examined

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TLDR: Asynchronous timewarp (ATW) is a technique that generates intermediate frames in situations when the game can’t maintain frame rate, helping to reduce judder. However, ATW is not a silver bullet and has limitations that developers should be aware of. Intro Over the past year there’s been a lot of excitement around asynchronous timewarp (ATW). Many hoped that ATW would allow engines to run and render at a lower frame rate, using ATW to artificially fill in dropped frames without a significant...

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Optimizing VR Graphics with Late Latching

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TLDR: Optimizing VR graphics pipelines is a challenge usually involving tradeoffs between quality, latency, and performance. However, queue-ahead with late-latching almost seems like a free lunch: increasing GPU performance without increasing latency. As we’ll discuss, it’s not actually free, but we’re trying to pick up the tab. Why minimizing motion-to-photon latency is critical to comfortable presence in VR has been covered well in many other places (see Michael Abrash’s blog post). In...

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Gear VR Innovator Edition Coming to Galaxy S6 Series

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Today at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona, Samsung announced that Gear VR Innovator Edition will be expanded to the just announced Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge smartphones! The new Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Gear VR Innovator Edition on the Galaxy Note 4 provided developers a platform for building and sharing the first generation of mobile virtual reality. With Gear VR Innovator Edition now coming to the Galaxy S6 series, more people...

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Oculus’ Mobile VR Jam 2015

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Oculus’ Mobile VR Jam is set to begin on April 13, 2015 with $1,000,000 in available prizes! In 2013, hundreds of teams came together over three weeks to compete in the first ever VR Jam. Diving headfirst into unknown territory, these developers pioneered hundreds of new VR experiences, including DarkNet, Dumpy, SightLine, and DreadHalls. This year, participants are challenged to build groundbreaking new content with the Gear VR Innovator Edition. This is an opportunity to collaborate with...

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Oculus Story Studio, Oculus + Unity Free, and GDC 2015

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Over the last two years, we’ve seen virtual reality expand well beyond games into more unexpected areas like cinema and storytelling. This week as part of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we’re excited to announce a new experimental virtual reality cinema project: Oculus Story Studio. Oculus Story Studio is made up of a small, all-star team of film and game developers dedicated to exploring ‘immersive cinema’ — realtime story-driven VR experiences that let the viewer...

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Oculus @ CES 2015

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Oculus @ CES 2015 We’re at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, showing the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype for the first time publicly, along with Gear VR Innovator Edition and great mobile VR content. We’re also demonstrating high-fidelity VR audio for the very first time on PC and mobile. Great audio is a key element of immersion and an amplifier for presence that has been largely untapped until now. The upcoming Oculus Audio SDK uses Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF)...

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Nimble VR, 13th Lab, and Chris Bregler join Oculus

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Computer vision is at the heart of delivering comfortable and incredible virtual reality. Over the last two years, we’ve focused on bringing together the best and brightest in the space to solve some of the hardest vision challenges facing VR. Today, we’re pleased to announce three key computer vision acquisitions joining the Oculus team. Nimble VR (formerly 3Gear Systems) Nimble VR was founded in 2012 by Rob Wang, Chris Twigg, and Kenrick Kin. Since then, they’ve been developing machine learning...

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Gear VR Innovator Edition Now Available

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We’re excited to announce that Gear VR Innovator Edition, the first development kit for Gear VR, is now available for purchase online at samsung.com for developers in the US (with additional regions to follow). It’s still early days for mobile VR, but you can start building inspiring experiences now. Gear VR enables virtual reality anywhere, anytime, and it’s the most integrated VR system we’ve developed to date. Working closely with Samsung, we’ve expanded the Note 4’s native performance...

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Oculus Mobile SDK Now Available

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Gear VR Innovator Edition Pre-Registration Open The Gear VR Innovator Edition for Note 4 is available for pre-registration starting today from Samsung, with delivery in the United States slated for early December. There will be two versions available: for $249, you’ll receive the headset bundled with a Bluetooth gamepad; for $199, you’ll receive the headset standalone. The Innovator Edition, much like the Oculus Rift Development Kit, provides developers and enthusiasts everything they need to...

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