Oculus Shows Off $99 Gear VR Ahead of 2016 Rift Launch

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s the one VR concept that the smartest people at Oculus admit they’re nowhere near figuring out.

The Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be compatible with the Oculus Rift headset, according to a Microsoft representative that took the stage at today’s Oculus Connect 2.

Samsung vice president Peter Koo announced the headset Thursday at a developer’s conference for virtual reality technology company Oculus in Los Angeles. On Thursday at the Oculus Connect conference in Hollywood, it was revealed that Netflix has teamed with Facebook’s Oculus VR to develop an app for Samsung Gear VR. The company says it has also a more robust touchpad, along with a greater selection of gaming, video and other content. “Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and ‘Gear VR Innovator Edition’ launched last year was no exception,” said JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics. “We see virtual reality as the next computing platform, and we are thrilled to partner with Oculus on Gear VR to set the standard for mobile VR and bring this revolutionary product to consumers.” “Together with Samsung, we’ve redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile VR experience available today,” said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. “On Gear VR, people are playing immersive VR games with friends, sharing 360 video experiences, and teleporting around the world with photos and videos – and it’s only the beginning for what’s possible with mobile VR.” For more Samsung’s virtual reality business, Fortune reported on its offerings in May. The company held a keynote address as part of its annual Oculus Connect developers conference today, and it put on something of a parade of its top talent.

The app, which launched Thursday, features a component called “Netflix Living Room” that activates a user interface designed for the virtual-reality headset. Now, back to ignoring Quiet because D.D. obviously is much better.” Interestingly, Persson had been vocal about his dislike for the social media service, Facebook, which now has a partnership with the game. But one of the more interesting points came when Oculus chef scientist Michael Abrash gave an in-depth speech about everything the company needs to do to go from where VR is today to where it should get to in the future. Its program will boast immersive 3D environments that will enable subscribers to stream the service’s 2D library of content from their VR devices, as well as any original virtual-reality content.

The range of experiences, according to Hulu’s release, will include viewers being able to transport themselves into a living room setting to catch the latest episode of the Hulu original “Difficult People.” Or subscribers can choose to be transported to the blue couch in Jerry’s iconic apartment from “Seinfeld.” Hulu also said it plans to produce content and curate films for virtual-reality platforms. They’ll kick off the initiative with a short film that will serve as a bonus feature to their original series “RocketJump: The Show.” “Providing viewers with dynamic environments of their choice and themed around their favorite shows provides a whole new level of engagement, which, together with our cinematic VR experiences, makes Hulu an exciting VR destination,” said Julian Eggebrecht, Hulu’s vice president of device platforms.

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