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...Continue reading..
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)...Continue reading..
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...Continue reading..
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...Continue reading..
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...Continue reading..
In September, we welcomed nearly 1,000 attendees to the first Oculus developer conference, Oculus Connect, in Los Angeles. Attendees engaged in VR engineering and design sessions, showcased their Oculus projects, connected with fellow developers, and tried the new Crescent Bay prototype along with Gear VR Innovator Edition. Developers gathered at the welcome reception Main keynote with Brendan Iribe and Nate Mitchell The Future of VR panel All the keynotes, panels, and developer sessions from Connect...Continue reading..
We’re thrilled to welcome nearly 1,000 developers from around the world to Oculus Connect, our first developer conference. If you’re not at the event, you can join us for the remaining keynotes live on www.twitch.tv/oculus. Michael Abrash will be speaking next starting at 10:30am PST, and John Carmack will follow him at 11:30 PST. You can see the full show schedule at www.oculus.com/connect. Crescent Bay Prototype We’re really excited to introduce a new feature prototype, Crescent Bay. Crescent...Continue reading..
We’re excited to announce the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, a new mobile virtual reality headset using the Galaxy Note 4, created by Samsung and powered by Oculus. Over the last 12 months, we’ve been collaborating with Samsung on the future of mobile virtual reality. The project actually began as an experiment to see if great VR was possible on next-generation mobile hardware. Oculus CTO John Carmack and the mobile team at Oculus were able to blow everyone away in an extremely short amount...Continue reading..
DK2s Now Shipping DK2s have started shipping out to developers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and we expect to have over 9,000 DK2s in developers’ hands by the end of next week. We’re working out a minor snag for Oceanic customers, but we hope to have the issue resolved soon. Customers in the first batch of pre-orders should receive a payment notification once the order has been processed by the distribution center. Thank you for your continued patience as we build more kits and...Continue reading..
Oculus Connect Applications Now Open! We’ve started accepting applications for Oculus Connect! The registration form is located at the bottom of the main page at https://www.oculus.com/connect. Attendees will be the first to learn about upcoming Oculus technology, with sessions and workshops led by Oculus engineers and industry pioneers. Developers at the event will also have opportunities to receive design and engineering feedback directly from the Oculus team in hands-on labs. The event will...Continue reading..