Oculus Rift on Xbox One Soon? [News & Rumors]

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Android Authority this week – September 27, 2015.

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Oculus, the company responsible for launching the Samsung Gear VR series of virtual reality headsets, has announced that it’s engineers have been working to create a Netflix app which VR users can access as they relax in their virtual living rooms, Engadget reported this past Thursday.Android fans, this week brought us last minute details about the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P; we’ve got the first official look at the BlackBerry Priv (formerly known as Venice); LG joined the metal club with the Class; Xiaomi introduced its new $200 flagship; we’ve got our best looks at the upcoming LG V10 and HTC’s One A9; and Samsung introduced the consumer version of the Gear VR.

Samsung has taken the wraps off its first ever consumer-facing Gear VR headset, which is looking to make Virtual Reality available to the mass market with a low price tag.This year’s Oculus Connect 2 conference has already surfaced two indications that major media companies are preparing for a Virtual Reality revolution, should the technology take off.

John Carmack, chief technology officer at Oculus, wrote the post, detailing how the idea came about and how the app will function within the virtual worlds of Occult’s users. Samsung’s $99 Gear VR, a head-mounted smartphone caddy due November and developed in co-operation with Oculus VR, has partnered with Netflix, Hulu and Twitch — three online streaming giants that have helped change the face of digital entertainment. TechCrunch stated that the virtual reality headset created to work with all the smartphones and phablets that were released this year by Samsung will be an affordable gift this holiday season. “With mobile VR, you only need a great mobile game device and a smartphone”, Brendan Iribe, Oculus’ CEO, told the press attending the company’s developers conference. That means if you’ve recently upgraded to a Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge +, you now have a compatible hardware. “Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and “Gear VR Innovator Edition” launched past year was no exception”, said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.

The photo shows a virtual living room with a cavernous roof, a picture window looking out toward snow-covered mountains and a giant, wall-sized television displaying the Netflix app page for the Daredevil series. The most mainstream-friendly announcement that came alongside GearVR was that Netflix will be launching for the device later today, with VR apps for Hulu, Vimeo, and TiVo joining “in the next few months”. Though, truth is, Google did a lousy job hiding the presents this year, so we already know what to expect. (If you’re curious, check out the Nexus rumor roundup.) Join us from Tuesday as we analyze everything. Hulu went a step further, promising short-form content created specifically for virtual reality devices, as well as support for both 3D and standard flat video playback. Developers are already building titles for mobile (with the help of the previous Gear VR developer version) that somehow plug into the stories of bigger PC and console titles.

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. Unlike the free Google Cardboard, however, the Gear VR has built in tracking sensors, a touch pad, speakers with volume control, and a nice system that keeps it comfortably on your head. Oculus parent Facebook announced its own 360° video project, but the VR firm’s most attention-grabbing coup was the addition of 20th Century Fox to its list of partners.

Between Oculus, Samsung’s Gear VR, Google’s low-fi Cardboard, Sony’s PlayStation VR, Microsoft’s HoloLens, and HTC’s Vive, the ecosystem is already growing fast. Over 100 films would be available to users of Gear VR via the Oculus Store, with “Birdman,” “The Hunger Games,” “Gone Girl,” “Alien” and “Pulp Fiction” included. That follows news earlier in the week that Disney, alongside a venture capital firm and two European media companies, was getting into VR in a significant way, sinking some $65m into Jaunt, a startup founded in 2013. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

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