Oculus Rift Headsets Knocked Out of Service for a Day

Yesterday, Oculus Rift owners found that their expensive VR headsets were turned into doorstops, for what appears to be an administrative oversight.

The root cause of the issue was apparently the failure to renew a security certificate. Users who attempted to use their Rifts encountered the following error message.

Users waited all day apparently and became frustrated at the lack of information coming from Oculus until they put out the following on Twitter.

It appears that Oculus got everything working as of Thursday morning March 8.

[Source: BBC]

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Steps Down

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his position, but he’s not going far, according to a post on Oculus’ official blog. Iribe will be moving on to another position within Oculus.

“Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group—pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision. As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day involvement in building a brand new product on the leading edge of technology.”

A replacement has not been named, but according to the post, Iribe will work with Mike Schroepfer, CTO of parent company Facebook to find a successor.

Xbox One Streaming Coming to Oculus Rift on Dec. 12

Slow your roll though, it’s not exactly what you’re thinking.

Microsoft and Oculus will be launching an app on December 12 that will allow you play Xbox One games on an Oculus Rift headset.

Now, you’ll need a beefy Windows 10 PC to pull this off, as the games technically stream from your Xbox One to your PC, and then to your Oculus Rift. Even then, the games won’t be in virtual reality, but rather a large virtual screen experience, for private gameplay.

The app will be free, even though you’ll need an Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and an impressive PC to pull this off, so it’s not exactly an inexpensive proposition.

Microsoft Announces $299 Windows 10 VR Headset

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At an event early today, Microsoft announced that it is diving into the VR arena, competing with the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but at a much cheaper price point.

Microsoft will partner with hardware makers to manufacture the devices running off Windows 10 and will retail at a starting price of $299, with the first devices arriving in 2017.

And I thought Microsoft were getting cozy with Oculus. Things just got awkward.

Oculus Working on Cheaper, More Mainstream Version of the Rift

Virtual Reality is not cheap, especially with the Oculus Rift, where you’ll need,  an $800 PC and a $600 Rift. Facebook owned Oculus is looking to change that.

After a lot of initial fanfare, the Rift has not been flying off shelves. Price is certainly an issue, as well as a lack of a killer app. According to the Wall Street Journal however, Oculus is looking to change that.

Rumor has it that Oculus is working on a stand alone virtual reality device that will not require a an expensive and beefy PC or even a mobile phone.

Analysts predict that that Oculus will ship 180,000 Rifts by the end of year, which is nowhere near the 500,000 that were initially projected by the company.

[UPDATED] Amazon UK Outs Price and Date of Oculus Touch

Looks like Amazon UK got a little over eager with the publish button and jumped the gun, listing the price and release date of the Oculus Touch controllers.

According to the Amazon UK pre-order page, the controllers will retail at £189.99 and are set to release on November 23rd, 2016. That’s not cheap and at that price, one can expect the controllers to retail stateside anywhere from $200 to $250.

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As always, one should take leaks and accidental publishes with a healthy dash of salt.

[UPDATE] And yup, they’ll cost $200 in the US. Will ship December 6. Pre-orders will start October 10.