Oculus teams up with 20th Century Fox to bring virtual reality to movies

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. Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, has partnered with 20th Century Fox to make movies available on its new VR cinema, Oculus Video, Fast Company reports.The new Gear VR, like the previous model, will not have a built in screen or processor, but instead will hold any Samsung smartphone, which functions as the central brains and display for the unit.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. The last generation Gear VR, which a good proof of concept, was only compatible with one phone- the Note 4, which made it unavailable for most people.

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is expected to be available in early 2016; to kill time until then, the movies will be available to watch through Samsung’s Gear VR. According to Samsung, Gear VR’s touchpad has been significantly overhauled with improved responsiveness, thereby giving users precise control while playing games and other multimedia content. 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. 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.

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. Viewers will be able to choose the size of the movie they want to watch, allowing them to opt for either a more casual, smaller screen or a theater-size experience. 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. While as far virtual reality content is concerned, Samsung announced that it has teamed up Twentieth Century Fox and Lions Gate Entertainment to bring content to its Gear VR, including blockbusters such as Alien Trilogy, Pulp Fiction along with the Hunger Games series.

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. Talking about games, Oculus has announced a partnership to bring Minecraft to the platform while other new additions on the Gear VR include the Netflix app, with apps for Vimeo, Hulu and Twitch expected to arrive soon.

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. Also announced was the company’s Oculus Touch system, designed to provide precise tactile feedback to wearers to further immerse the user in their virtual environment. It’ll feature dual AMOLED displays with low-persistence specially designed for VR, said Oculus back in June when it revealed more details about its upcoming Rift VR headset. Further information on upcoming games and products are yet to be published, but it’s likely that with how popular VR is becoming, there are some products on the verge of being released. Other technical details revealed include an infrared LED constellation tracking system that offers precise, low-latency 360-degree orientation and position tracking for users while using the Rift.

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