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The Oculus Quest’s unofficial app store gets backing from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey

The Oculus Quest’s unofficial app store gets backing from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey Facebook garnered the ire of some virtual reality developers last year when they announced that they would be more aggressively curating the content that was for sale in the Oculus Store on their then-upcoming Quest headset. Developers who had […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook unveils the Oculus Quest 2

Daily Crunch: Facebook unveils the Oculus Quest 2 Facebook makes its next steps in VR, Apple releases iOS 14 and the PlayStation 5 gets a launch date. This is your Daily Crunch for September 16, 2020. The big story: Facebook unveils the Oculus Quest 2 Facebook announced the smaller, more affordable follow-up […]

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Facebook wants to turn the Quest into a fitness device

Facebook wants to turn the Quest into a fitness device Facebook is adding a fitness tracker, Oculus Move, to its sweet suite of software for its latest version of the Quest. Announced today as part of the Facebook Connect event outlining the company’s augmented reality and virtual reality plans for the future, […]

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Oculus co-founder and games industry vets form Mountaintop Studios

Oculus co-founder and games industry vets form Mountaintop Studios Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is heading up a new game development house called Mountaintop Studios, joined by colleagues from around the gaming industry. The company aims to leave the crunch and toxic culture pervasive in game studios behind and make one that’s “collaborative, […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook drops the Oculus Go

Daily Crunch: Facebook drops the Oculus Go Facebook shifts its VR strategy, WhatsApp’s payment service hits a snag in Brazil and we look at how Trump’s visa ban will affect Silicon Valley. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 24, 2020. 1. Facebook kills off its cheapest VR headset Just two years after […]

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Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in […]

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030 Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you […]

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Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe

Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that […]

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John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’

John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’ Legendary coder John Carmack is leaving Facebook’s Oculus after 6 years to focus on a personal project — no less than the creation of Artificial General Intelligence, or “Strong AI.” He’ll remain attached to the company […]

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Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions

Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions Facebook wants more people to know it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus while still maintaining a distinct identity for its main app. So today Facebook launched a new capitalization and typography format for its company name, using all capital letters and a shifting color scheme […]

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