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Hands on with the first pornography for the Oculus Rift (NSFW)

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Hands on with the first pornography for the Oculus Rift (NSFW)

Update 19/05/15: With the news that Oculus will not block VR porn, it's worth reminding ourselves what VR porn is actually like.

Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. Sci-fi authors and theorists have been dreaming of the possibilities of virtual reality sex the moment VR became a thing. Weirdly, though, even though the Oculus Rift has been in the wild for a good few months, there’s actually very few examples of developers attempting porn. 

Until now.

Over the last few days, a lone developer has been breaking new ground with a pair of sexy demos, made in Unity, that illustrate the potential of VR pr0n.

I went hands on. Ish.

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Oculus Rift consumer headset design revealed; "This is only the beginning"

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Oculus Rift consumer headset design revealed; "This is only the beginning"

The earliest versions of the Oculus Rift - even the ones John Carmack would evangelise for use with Doom 3 back when he was at id - were Frankenstein-ian prototypes, held together by sheer enthusiasm and copious amounts of duct tape.

How far we’ve come. Last night, Oculus offered the first look at the consumer version of the Rift - out in the first few months of 2016.

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See GTA V through the eyes of the Oculus Rift with this virtual reality mod

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See GTA V through the eyes of the Oculus Rift with this virtual reality mod

A bunch of modders have gotten GTA V to work with the latest Oculus Rift DK 2, allowing players to use the virtual reality to simulate life in Los Santos. Although Rockstar haven’t provided any official support for the device themselves, modders have been able to use the Oculus Rift by using a third-party program called VorpX, which allows the Oculus Rift to be used within many of today’s games.

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Smell-o-vision is real with the FeelReal Oculus Rift add-on

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Smell-o-vision is real with the FeelReal Oculus Rift add-on

Smell-o-Vision was invented in the 1960s, but it’s safe to say the technology hasn’t really ever taken off. There have been multiple attempts to revive the idea over the decades, and the latest clips onto Oculus’ VR goggles to provide you will a full sense-o-rama experience. FeelReal fills your nose with various odours, as well as spraying you with water and blasting hot or cold air into your face. 

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John Carmack thinks that the future of VR is in mobile tech

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John Carmack thinks that the future of VR is in mobile tech

Since Oculus got everyone sweaty over virtual reality, the focus has mostly been on games, and specifically PC games. But that’s been slowly changing since it was acquired by Facebook, and the Oculus Rift has started to be positioned as this ubiquitous device in the same way the smartphone is now. 

That’s always been the plan, though. At his GDC talk today, John Carmack discussed the potential of mobile VR, and why it was the reason he originally started working with Oculus in 2013. 

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I ate too many egg bagels and span around in a virtual reality chair and now I feel sick

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I ate too many egg bagels and span around in a virtual reality chair and now I feel sick

Roto is an invention that aims to improve the experience of using a virtual reality headset by allowing full 360-degree turning using a special chair that rotates when you apply pressure to a pair of footpads. It operates on the notion that nobody should be allowed to stand up when using any kind of headset that teleports them to unknowable fantasy universes, lest they trip over a cable and die. It's a solid notion and one that I approve of, having once knocked over a stack of Easter eggs while inside Oculus Rift.

Spinning around in a motorised office chair might be the future of virtual reality. It might also be something that isn't the future of virtual reality. It might be a part of some version of one potential future of virtual reality. It might also be the case that virtual reality doesn't have a future to be a part of. I honestly don't know. I'm just a bit dizzy from all the spinning.

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Earthlight is a first-person exploration game set on the ISS using the Oculus Rift and Kinect 2

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Earthlight is a first-person exploration game set on the ISS using the Oculus Rift and Kinect 2

Have you ever wanted to do a spacewalk above the vast and encompassing blue dot that we call home? Well developers Opaque Multimedia are about to offer you the chance to do just that, albeit in the space of virtual reality. Their new game, Earthlight, is a first-person exploration game that’s set on the International Space Station. It’ll use both the Oculus Rift and Microsoft Kinect 2 to provide a full body mapping system, and ensure that immersion is at the forefront of the experience.

“Earthlight demonstrates the very limits of what is visually achievable in consumer-oriented VR experiences," Opaque states. “Featuring the most realistic depiction of the International Space Station used in an interactive VR setting to-date."

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Oculus: VR could be more about movies than games; "We don't know what the killer app is"

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Oculus: VR could be more about movies than games; "We don't know what the killer app is"

When the Oculus Rift was Kickstarted, it was taglined ‘Step into the Game’. First and foremost, we expected, VR would revolutionise gaming. But two years and a Facebook buyout later, its scope has widened.

“We’ve said from the beginning we’re big gamers," said Oculus’ Nate Mitchell. “But it may well end up being that VR is more about film than games."

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Oculus: "a new platform emerges every 10 years; Zuckerberg believes VR is coming next"

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Oculus: "a new platform emerges every 10 years; Zuckerberg believes VR is coming next"

CES doesn’t do many panels - it’s all about the blue LED lights of the show floor. But this year the LA tech event held a session on ‘Emerging Trends in Gaming’. VR was sure to be the first item for discussion, even if Oculus head of studios Jason Rubin hadn’t been mic’d up for the occasion.

“Mark bought Oculus because he believes that a new platform emerges every 10 years," said Rubin. “And he believes that VR is coming next."

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Oculus VR swallows up a three course meal of one mo-cap expert and two developers

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Oculus VR swallows up a three course meal of one mo-cap expert and two developers

The news that there were still people not employed by Oculus VR did not go down well in the company's underground lair, which is also on the moon. That’s why the VR developer isn’t just hiring individuals, now, it’s swallowing up whole teams. You probably know someone working there now, or perhaps you are reading this from your office in the aforementioned underground layer. 

Today, Oculus VR announced three new acquisitions amounting to many brains that will be consumed by the virtual hive mind: Nimble VR, 13th Lab and mo-cap expert, Chris Bregler. 

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Oculus console partnership was never on the cards

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Oculus console partnership was never on the cards

Back in March, Oculus were bought by Facebook for $2 billion. The deal took much of the tech world by surprise because there’d been rumours that the console giants, Sony and Microsoft, had been interested in buying the VR company.

However, Oculus’ CEO Brendan Iribe says that “we were thinking the whole time that we wouldn't partner with Microsoft or Sony."

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James Cameron calls VR “a yawn, frankly”

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James Cameron calls VR “a yawn, frankly”

James Cameron, director of Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, and... Avatar, is none too impressed by the new virtual reality tech on the market, saying "There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly."

Cameron’s famed for looking to new technologies to enhance his films but he doesn’t think VR tech is “mature" enough to use yet.

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50-100 million Oculus Rifts will need to be sold for it to be a "meaningful thing as a computing platform"

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50-100 million Oculus Rifts will need to be sold for it to be a "meaningful thing as a computing platform"

Facebook has over a billion users. Even babies, unable to communicate with the world besides leaking, have Facebook pages. So it’s probably with good reason that Mark Zuckerberg thinks in big numbers, numbers like 50-100 million. That’s the number of Oculus Rift units that will need to be sold for the device to be a "meaningful" platform, which the Facebook head honcho dropped in an earnings call

Not quite a billion then, but gosh that’s still a very large number. 

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Hang out in the Batcave with the Oculus Rift this winter

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Hang out in the Batcave with the Oculus Rift this winter

Batman: The Animated Series is the Dark Knight at his very best, more faithful and entertaining than any of the films or that bewildering Gotham TV show that’s recently appeared. Come this winter, owners of VR devices like the Oculus Rift will be able to step into the Caped Crusader’s Batcave, based on the Animated Series version. 

A “narrative experience" rather than an objective-based game, this VR Batcave is being designed by visual effects company Otoy Inc. along with Bruce Timm, creator of the “Timmverse", DC’s animated universe. 

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