Netflix has launched a virtual reality app

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook & Oculus, Two Big Tech Giants to Release a New Headset Worth $99.

Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe announced on Thursday at Facebook’s FB Oculus Connect 2 Developers Conference that the app was coming to Rift headset, the commercial launch of which is due in early 2016. Anyone who thought the Samsung Gear VR was too expensive when it arrived in the fall of 2014 will be glad to know that a consumer version of the Oculus-developed VR headset will be out this fall for only $99, or less than half the original price of the Innovator Edition before it. Unlike the original Gear VR, which worked only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the new version will work with all of Samsung’s present-generation flagships, meaning the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5.

The last part of the tweet refers back to his talk, where Carmack talked about how the Gear VR’s wire-free setup allows players to engage with VR experiences hassle-free on a swivel chair. Peter Koo, Samsung’s SVP, has just announced at Facebook’s Oculus Connect VR developer conference that – after two years of working together – Samsung andOculus VR are ready to release a co-developed consumer headset. Of course, those early iterations were more “virtual” than “reality;” still the ability to move within a real-esque space and engage with objects or people within that space—real or otherwise—has fascinated engineers and creatives alike for many years. In other words, it will be possible to simulate a full theatre experience for shows such as House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black from the comfort of your sofa.

In what is perhaps a long time coming for VR enthusiasts who have expressed faith in Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey’s vision for mainstream consumer hardware, the Facebook-acquired brand is finally putting it all together. Though it is still in its early stages, virtual reality is seen as the next big thing in technology, and announcements by Hulu, Amazon and Vimeo that they plan to release apps for the Oculus suggest isn’t all hype. Comparing to the previous version, this Gear VR is – according to Samsung – 22% lighter and much more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.

Users can also take advantageof an upgraded, more intuitive touchpad. “Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and [the] Gear VR Innovator Edition launched last year was no exception,” read a prepared statement from Samsung mobile head J.K. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has often been heard saying that virtual reality will be the next major computing platform, and as such, the company “is committed to [virtual reality] for the long term.” He notes, “We’re going to work hard to serve this community.” And with that, Facebook has teamed up with Oculus Rift Virtual Reality to use their headset technology in more expansive ways. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews penned an op-ed at Billboard on the cost of “free” music, the role of discovery and the future of the subscription vs. ad-supported model. While Oculus might have intended to focus on video games (as an example; not that they have chosen to focus solely on this) Facebook has ideas for interactive social media processes which will literally change the way we use the internet. Other than that, Oculus seems to be willing to make the buying experience for a customer less painful and costly, thus they announced the development of a new “Oculus ready” brand for inclusion on systems that meet a certain standard of quality.

But Oculus is targeting a broader audience for the device through Oculus Video, which will let Gear VR owners buy and rent movies through partnerships with studios like 20 Century Fox and Lion’s Gate. Other details on exact release dated of games, and full products are yet to be published so stay tuned to make sure you don’t miss out anything important.

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