Valve just added full support for the recently released Oculus Rift S PC VR headset to the SteamVR platform. Over the last few weeks, Valve has been expanding support for Facebook’s new headset in SteamVR Beta builds.
We were treated to Star Wars: Vader Immortal - Episode 1 on the Oculus Quest last month upon launch, and now ILMxLab, the company behind the experience, has revealed at E3 that it's preparing to bring it to Rift owners.
While it can be assumed that the survey would be biased towards negative outcome, as people who have issues are more likely to respond. So the only thing this survey definitively proves that there are people biased against Rift S.Some actual data.
To that tune, the company is giving away two free months of Viveport Infinity, its Netflix-style unlimited subscription service, to anyone with a Rift, Rift S, or Index. Update (June 3rd, 2019) : Starting today, HTC is giving away two free months of Viveport to anyone who owns a Rift or Rift S headset.
Notably, Superhot is one of several VR games that launched on Quest without cross-buy support on Rift. Cross-buy is an optional feature for developers, allowing them to provide players with both a Rift and Quest copy of the same game through Oculus Home.
While every second inside Index HMD is a comfort upgrade compared with other systems like Reverb, Rift S and Quest, the new wearable controllers are here to enable more natural hand interactions, like throwing objects and grasping door handles.
Streaming SteamVR to Quest is possible via sideloading VRidge and using the RiftCat desktop app. Here is a video I recorded of myself playing Skyrim VR on Oculus Quest using this method — but please be aware the actual quality inside the headset is lower than the footage makes it seem since this video is recording my desktop view.
Luckily there’s a path forward—the Rift S design is relatively modular, allowing both the headstrap and the face gasket to be removed, meaning that Oculus could (and should) offer accessories to improve the experience.
Echo VR developer Ready at Dawn explained in a short blog post how the game will work with the inside-out tracked Touch controllers on Oculus Rift S.
Finally, after years of waiting for the tech to shrink and mature and get cheaper, we have the promise of a reasonably priced standalone device (meaning you don’t need to hook up to a PC or deal with a mess of cords to get it going, as you do with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets), that also features “roomscale”—that is, the seemingly magical ability to track your movement as you walk through space.
The typical virtual reality (VR) headset owner spends only about 6 hours a month using their device, according to a new IDC Report. The market research company queried a total of 1,643 users of that high-end VR headsets, including PC-based headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as PlayStation VR.
Everything in that game looks darker and less alive than on the OLED-fueled HTC Vive Pro. A visible "mura" effect on our testing headsets resulted in uneven color reproduction across wide fields of pixels, as well.
This is an adapter I designed to mount Koss Porta Pro headphones to the Oculus Rift S VR Headset. Just pop the Koss speakers off of their original frames and press them into the 3D printed arm parts, making sure to keep the left and right correct.
Cloud saves are coming to Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, and Samsung Gear VR — the Oculus platform mobile headsets. The main problem with cloud saves on Rift, however, is that the store doesn’t state whether a given app/game supports it.
Facebook is marketing the Quest as a gaming-first platform, similar to the Oculus Rift, but fans of non-gaming media apps like Netflix, multi-user social hangout spaces like Oculus Rooms , or live event social apps like Oculus Venues , are left wondering about the status of those experiences.
Even though the headset doesn’t ship for another three weeks, the Rift S already works just about flawlessly with SteamVR games, save for a bug which prevents the Rift S controllers from rumbling.
Though the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S aren't yet available to buy just yet, those who are scheduled to pick the new headsets up are in store for a surprise from Viveport - providing they can pick up the offer fast enough.
Facebook opened preorders for the Oculus Quest and Rift S yesterday, with an initial shipping date of May 21. Orders placed early yesterday still show a shipping date of May 21, so this isn’t an overall delay- it’s simply stock being sold to preorders.
Where previous room-scale VR efforts like the Oculus Touch controllers and the HTC Vive required base stations—sensors you place around your room to track the headset and controllers in 3D space—the Rift S uses an inside-out tracking system.
Even if not comparing the Rift S speakers to the original Rift’s pretty darn good headphones, the Rift S audio quality still leaves me wanting, and even Oculus Quest’s hidden speakers seem to do a better job thanks to offering up a bit more bass.
Dick’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi story of the same name—for PC VR headsets late last year, Road to VR heralded it as “an early triumph in VR storytelling.” Today, we’re excited to share that the developer behind Blasters of the Universe and Transpose is bringing The Great C to Oculus Go and Gear VR !.
Canadian engineering company Iris Dynamics created a portable Oculus Rift rig which can go from folded to fully booted inside VR in “under 60 seconds”. The pelican case has a full gaming PC built into it, alongside a touchscreen and space for the Rift and Touch controllers .
That’s almost certainly when we’ll get more details on the Oculus Quest launch date, and my fingers are crossed that both the Quest and the Rift S will see a May 1st release.
But just as important is that the Rift S sits alongside the recently announced Oculus Quest, the company’s all-in-one, mobile-chipset driven device, with both sharing the same controllers and Oculus boasting of the ease with which titles can be ported across, creating a single, mature platform for VR for the first time.
It was suggested that the company could have opted to offer a ‘Rift Pro’ for that latter group at the same time as the Rift S, but Facebook’s Jason Rubin explained in a recent interview why they didn’t think that was the right call.
Thanks so much for getting us to this milestone - now let’s push Firmament past the finish line! The Rift S is Oculus’ update for the Rift, and the Index is the new VR Headset from Valve.