News Bits: Birthday Celebration for Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Included in Connect Conference Schedule

Oculus VR hosts its inaugural Connect developer conference in September. The company has remained quiet about the schedule until recently posting the initial itinerary which features keynotes from John Carmack (CTO), Michael Abrash (Chief Scientist), and Brendan Iribe (CEO), along with a birthday toast for Palmer Luckey (Founder) on the conference's opening day.  … Read the full article …

VorpX Update Released – DK2 Support, Early Positional Tracking, DX11 G3D Support and More (video)

The new version of VorpX, the 3D driver that lets you play non-VR games on your Oculus Rift, has just been released and it adds early support for the DK2, Geometry 3D support for DirectX 11 games and positional tracking for Skyrim. … Read the full article …

$227,000 Worth of Oculus Rift DK2s Sold on Ebay Despite Oculus VR Prohibiting Resales

As with any free-market system, the law of supply and demand will drive prices up when supply is short and demand is high. The Oculus Rift DK2 is a hot commodity, and even with the company pumping out the popular VR headset as quickly as possible, some folks are willing to pay a huge premium to get one without waiting. … Read the full article …

Gamescom 2014: Oculus VR Interview – Oculus Connect, DK2 Launch, and Smash Bros. Rivalry

Oculus VR are, arguably, the most exciting company in the tech industry right now. In the 12 months since I last met Palmer Luckey (Founder) and Nate Mitchell (VP of Product) at Gamescom, their business has exploded. Facebook's acquisition has catapulted them even further into the public eye and given them the resources to change the world by introducing what they believe to be the last platform, virtual reality. I got a chance to sit down with the dynamic duo at Gamescom 2014 to reflect on a … Read the full article …

Oculus: “We Have [VR] Experiences Running Even on Cellphone Devices Right Now…”

Despite announcing that the Oculus Rift would support Android all the way back during the company's 2012 Kickstarter, Oculus VR has been quite secretive about their forthcoming Android SDK. In an interview at Gamescom 2014 last week, the company alluded that work is still underway on bringing virtual reality to mobile. … Read the full article …

Minecraft Creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson “Officially Over Being Upset About Facebook Buying Oculus”

After initially speaking out against Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR back in March, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is ready to move on. … Read the full article …

One of the Best Early Examples of Educational VR Experiences Now Updated for Oculus Rift DK2

Titans of Space is one of the classic Oculus Rift DK1 experiences. It takes users on a tour through the solar system, with a particularly amazing star size comparison at the end which is unlike anything you've ever seen in an astronomy book. It was also one of the first Rift experiences to support positional tracking, thanks to a clever use of the Razer Hydra controller. Now, this go-to Rift experience has been updated for the DK2. … Read the full article …

DK2 Shipping Update: 60,000 Orders, More than 20,000 Units Shipped, New Orders Ship in October

The much lauded Oculus Rift DK2 is in high demand. Shipping began at the end of July and Oculus says they've already shipped more than 20,000 of their 60,000 orders. The company recently updated their order page to indicate that new units are expected to ship starting in October. … Read the full article …

Gamescom 2014 – Oculus Talk Connect, War Thunder on Morpheus and Great New VR Games

"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so," Douglas Adams once wrote, and it's a fitting way to summarize how fast the last 12 months have felt since I was at Gamescom in 2013. Visiting the biggest games show in Europe again this year illustrates how far the VR industry has come in that year. VR hardware is still front and centre of course, but this year it's all about the VR games. … Read the full article …

9 Oculus Rift DK2 Demos Added to ‘DK2 Compatible’ Section of Oculus Share

New users are eager to test out the Oculus Rift DK2 have been bugging Oculus to add a DK2 compatible section to the official Oculus Share database since the headset was released at the end of July. The section has been added and starts with 9 demos with support for the Oculus Rift DK2. … Read the full article …

How to Update Oculus Rift DK2 Firmware

For those that recently received their Oculus Rift DK2, the unit needs a firmware update out of the box; we put together a quick guide showing you how to update the Oculus Rift DK2 firmware. … Read the full article …

Oculus SDK 0.4.1 Beta Released: Mac OSX Support, SSE Fix, UE4 and More

Oculus VR today released the Oculus SDK 0.4.1 beta which brings important fixes for developers and enthusiasts alike. … Read the full article …

Why ‘Sightline: The Chair’ on the DK2 is My New VR Reference Demo

Virtual Reality is still so fresh, young and new that it's likely those VR Enthusiasts around  since the inception of the Oculus Rift still have only a handful of moments that they can point to that convinced them virtual reality is something worth shouting about. The new demo from Sightline developer Tomáš "Frooxius" Mariančík, is one of those moments. … Read the full article …