When Facebook acquired the team behind Oculus Rift back in 2014, it was always assumed that the world's largest social network would find a way to integrate its features into the virtual reality world. As it turns out, one of the first major integrations of Facebook into Oculus has now occurred in the form a Facebook Video tab, currently available on Samsung's Gear VR, which was developed in conjunction with the Oculus VR team.
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Virtual reality is one of those technologies that a lot of people have wanted but no one exactly knew how to develop it in a way that could be commercially successful and avoid the criticism that former attempts at the technology had brought about.
One such failed foray into virtual reality occurred in 1995 with Nintendo's Virtual Boy. While not explicitly virtual reality, the product did place a significant focus on the user wearing a headset that achieved a 3D effect via parallax that creates the illusion of depth. The display itself was achieved through a set of two red LED screens.
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There has been so much going on in the digital space this week that it felt only appropriate to compile some of the bigger stories into one consolidated blog. From the continued growth and expansion of Facebook's Messenger to the official release date and price point for Oculus Rift being announced, here's what has happened this week in digital.
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With 2016 now well and truly here, so begins another round of tech events that have become global staples over the years. In January, the Consumer Electronics Show is undoubtedly the most popular. Held in Las Vegas every year, CES allows global brands to show off their latest tech innovations, whether they come in the form of self-driving cars or are the next step in smart hardware. This year, CES is running from Monday, 4 January to Saturday, 9 January (relative to the local time Vegas). But what can you expect to see this year?
Affordable virtual reality is here thanks to the Samsung Gear VR, which is the first commercially available product to be powered by Oculus. While the bigger brother, Oculus Rift, is set to finally have its commercial release in the first quarter of next year, the owners of Samsung's latest line of smart phones can experience the world of virtual reality now.
The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 17 December is going to be considered an early Christmas present for many. For those who will be making a conscious effort to see the film before Christmas Day rolls around, there's a particular gift that may be perfect for them when they go to unwrap their presents Christmas morning.
The other week, I attended the annual entrepreneur event for creatives, the Creative3 Forum. When I arrived I could feel the creativity, with the mix of ambitious start-ups, ridiculously successful entrepreneurs and aspiring students (which was my place); all with the one wish of doing something new, innovative and amazing.
Over the last few days, EA and Microsoft have detailed a new exclusive partnership debuting on the Xbox One, titled 'EA Access'. The subscription service offers free and discounted EA games to its members, much to the delight of those who own Microsoft's console. The only downside is that, being entirely digital, it may have potentially disastrous effects on brick-and-mortar retailers.
Have you ever played a particular video game and wondered how it would translate into real life? Ever wondered if there were easy and elegant ways to monitor your driving? Wonder no more - thanks to steadily advancing technology, concept cars and the gadgets included in them are steadily shifting into the video game realm.
Have a look through the Google Play and iTunes stores. There are very few games that are actually paid for, with the vast majority of them being "free". Scrolling through over 200 of the Top Games, there wasn't a single one that was paid for. Rather, there has been a new development in mobile games; In-App Purchases.