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John Carmack says Samsung will put its full strength behind the Gear VR later this year

Samsung and Oculus haven’t pushed the Gear VR too hard just yet — but that’s going to change later in 2015. Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack just said that the formal strategy for his company is to put all of Samsung’s considerable marketing muscle around Gear VR later this year, during Samsung’s next big release cycle. “We’ve got a plan now, we’ve got a date, you can mark this in the calendars,” Carmack said. “Oculus is going forward as hard as we can, trying to sell as many units as possible with the next Gear VR.”

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Oculus ready to go “full consumer” on Gear VR later this year

At the Game Developers Conference today, Oculus CTO John Carmack announced that the Gear VR would be ready to move on from its confusing “innovator edition” branding and distribution for Gear VR to a full consumer model alongside the next Samsung product cycle, expected “around the end of the year.”

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Oculus unveils Mobile VR Jam with $1M in prizes

Facebook’s Oculus VR division announced it will hold its Mobile VR Jam on April 13 with $1 million in prizes.

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Oculus offers $1 million prize pool for Gear VR developers

Oculus VR has a challenge for aspiring game and app developers: Create something new and exciting for the Gear VR Innovator Edition, Samsung’s Oculus-powered headset, and get a shot at a cash prize from a $1 million pool.

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I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future

Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this point, and while they’ve been getting more and more impressive, they’ve still been iterative steps forward.

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With Story Studio, Oculus VR embarks on its Hollywood takeover

Around the time Oculus VR began experimenting internally with the creation of tech demos, investor Marc Andreessen, impressed with what he’d seen, urged Brendan Iribe, Oculus VR’s CEO, to show them off to Hollywood.

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Oculus co-founder describes CES demo — and what comes next for virtual reality (interview)

We caught up with Mitchell at the 2015 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas last week after viewing the Crescent Bay demo, which transported me to another world and let me turn around in 360 degrees to view it.

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Oculus Confirms CES Crescent Bay Units Feature ‘New Audio’

As expected, virtual reality (VR) specialist Oculus VR is at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in full force, showcasing its Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).

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Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

You’ve probably already surmised that the Crescent Bay just has a pair of stereo headphones attached, not a fancy surround sound system. What you might not know is that Oculus licensed a technology called RealSpace3D Audio from VisiSonics last year. Here at CES is the first time the company’s showing off the fruits of that deal, and I gave it a go.

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Palmer Luckey: Defying Reality

“One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life.”

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