A week ago, Oculus sent me one of their commercial Rift headsets, along with a special loaner “Oculus Ready” PC to use with it. Since then, I’ve been using a pre-release version of their Oculus store and headset operating system. I’ll be covering the Rift a lot over the coming week and beyond. For now, I thought I’d share some general impressions after a week of heavy VR usage.
HTC's Vive VR headset, considered by many to be the only serious competitor to the Oculus Rift, now has a price and release date. If you were put off by the "high" price of the Oculus Rift, HTC won't provide any solace.
It should come as little surprise that Facebook is at the forefront of the 360-degree video push with its acquisition of Oculus VR. Facebook says the cube mapping technique results in a 25 percent reduction in file size while the pyramid method cuts the file size by a whopping 80 percent.