It’s time to get schwifty, as Owlchemy Labs, the developers behind award-winning Job Simulator and the recently released Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality has been acquired by Google.
Today’s F8 keynote was focused more on AI, connectivity and a bit more VR and AR stuff.
In case you missed the Day Two keynote of F8 2017, here it is:
The first day of Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, had a few announcements which were about augmented reality, VR, Messenger bots and more.
And in case you missed the Day One keynote, here it is:
Today, marks the one year since the HTC Vive first launched. To celebrate, HTC is giving away a free month to their Viveport subscription service and a free copy of Arcade Saga to Vive owners.
When Google first introduced their virtual reality platform back at Google I/O 2016, it showed that the company was serious about the new technology. The first headset that works with the Daydream VR platform is the Google Daydream View which isn’t like other headsets on the market.
Being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in the case of the Daydream View, it’s actually better that it’s different. I’ve been using the Daydream View for a few weeks and it’s easily one of the best phone-based VR systems I’ve used.
Just days after Hugo Barra announced that he was leaving Xiaomi after almost four years, we now know where Barra is headed next.
In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Hugo Barra would be joining Facebook to help lead their virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team.
Lenovo made quite a few announcements at their Tech World conference in San Francisco. Including the first consumer product with Google’s Tango (formerly known as Project Tango) and the Moto Z.
And in case you missed the keynote livestream, you can find it below.
HTC and Valve have revealed that their Vive VR system will launch initially in 24 countries in early April for $799 USD.
The countries included are: Canada, the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Alcatel made a few announcements at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
The first announcement was that the company has dropped the “OneTouch” from their name, they will now be known as “Alcatel”. They also introduced a new logo to go with it.
Alcatel said the idea was to keep the brand name from sounding like a product name.
The infamous Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order directly from Oculus’ site for the not-so low price of $599 USD.
Even though the high price tag wasn’t revealed earlier, Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey did say a few weeks ago that the Oculus Rift would come at a premium but he did also say that VR will eventually become something that is affordable for everyone.
Here’s to hoping he’s right.
Don’t forget to make sure you have a capable PC before you pre-order the Rift.
Here are the recommended specs:
- graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- memory: 8GB+ RAM
- output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
The Oculus Rift will start shipping to 20 countries on March 28th 2016 and the Rift will be available in limited locations at select retailers in April.