Samsung and Oculus ready to bring the $99 Gear VR

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$99 Gear VR Edition Revealed, Netflix and Twitch Apps Announced.

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.Los Angeles – Samsung and Oculus announced they have joined together to bring the Gear VR, a $99 virtual reality headset that will go on sale later this fall.John Carmack, a developer working for Oculus and one of the people responsible for bringing the game into the platform, recounted how the deal between the two companies nearly didn’t happen.Minecraft for virtual reality will be available from the Windows Store and the Oculus Store. neither nor Minecraft divulged a release date for the app.

Of course these would be a lot more expensive for India when you factor BIS, customs, and weight, which is why we won’t be surprised if local assemblers manage to make VR ready machines at a similar price. Should be a pretty simple port, considering what we saw running on Microsoft’s Hololens back in June, but still, it’s a big grab, and a ideal showcase for the tech.

Virtual reality firm Oculus VR has announced partnerships with companies including Dell and Asus to launch PCs certified as being up to the task of driving an Oculus Rift headset when it – hopefully – launches early next year. About a year ago, Minecraft’s renowned creator Markus “Notch” Persson was unhappy about Oculus VR’s purchase by Facebook, which ultimately led to the cancellation of a proposed version of the game for the Rift. “Neato!

One headset could only fit the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and the other was created to fit the Galaxy Note 4, which could be limiting for some people with different models of Samsung’s phones. The tech giant had big plans for the sandbox creation title, as the game was partly purchased in order to help them develop the HoloLens – Microsoft’s augmented reality 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.

That missed opportunity is potentially exacerbated by the fact that the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive will launch with its touch-style controllers before the end of the year. 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. The new level of immersion coming to the block-laying, creeper-bashing and dynamite-griefing will also extend to Oculus and Samsung’s smartphone-based Gear VR headset.

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. After Luckey broached the topic, Mojang’s Lydia Winters elaborated that the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft will include Oculus capabilities some time next Spring. “The name “PlayStation VR” not only directly expresses an entirely new experience from PlayStation that allows players to feel as if they are physically inside the virtual world of a game, but it also reflects our hopes that we want our users to feel a sense of familiarity as they enjoy this awesome experience”, Ito said.

While the start of the conference’s second day was short on new game announcements, this one immediately got everyone’s attention, according to Ars Technica. Speaking to PC Gamer, Mitchell likened Oculus’ strategy with pricing details and release to Apple, saying that there was no reason for the company to want to take your money early. 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. If these are your kind of games, you may want to look into picking up a Gear VR unit as this is sure to be a fun new way to play them and a fresh experience, with new life being breathed into some old classics. The retail version of Oculus Rift comes out next year, and Microsoft worked closely with Oculus in making sure that the headset is compatible with both Windows 10 and DirectX 12 on the day of its launch.

We’ve got a multiyear plan for this worked out over a fairly long time horizon.” said Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer at Facebook to the Financial Times in an interview at the Oculus Connect developer conference in Los Angeles. Lots of developers are working on games geared at being played in VR, but most of the titles that boast more realistic worlds tend to take place in smaller amounts of space. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told 1,500 attendees at the event he believed VR would become a dominant communications and entertainment technology while cautioning that early sales of the Rift may increase “slowly” when it goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.

Yesterday publisher 505 Games and Three One Zero announced that it’ll be coming along side the Oculus Rift in Q1 of 2016 after being hand-selected by Oculus as a “premier launch title”. 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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