Today at its pre-E3 press conference, Facebook-owned VR company Oculus revealed the consumer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a new controller system called Oculus Touch, its upcoming portal for games, and a handful of games currently in development. The company also reiterated that the system would be released in the first quarter of 2016, but still hasn't decided to tell consumers how much the system will cost.
While the Electronic Entertainment Expo is set to officially begin next week in Los Angeles, that hasn't stopped a couple of video game companies from jumping the gun and announcing press events a long time before the festivities get underway. Now virtual reality headset maker Oculus will be the first out of the gate with a press event tomorrow. Prior to that it looked like Bethesda would have the first press event of the year when it hosts its press conference on Sunday, June 14.
Showtime Networks announced today that it will bring its popular pay-TV channel to entertainment streaming devices - including game consoles - later this year. And it will also allow customers to stream live content from the network - in addition to having on-demand access to all of its shows. AND - it claims - it will be a lot cheaper than HBO's $14.99 a month price tag for HBO GO (which, for the record, does not allow for live streaming of its network content.)
Oculus says that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost $1,500 when it releases early next year - if you buy a new PC capable of running the hardware. Ars Technica attempts to break down the number given by Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe here, but its seem like Oculus is trying to avoid saying the price of the headset out loud.
Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.
The adult entertainment industry has its own unique way of helping to drive technology adoption and media formats. It helped establish the VCR format, CDs, Blu-Ray and even high definition television. So it doesn't surprise us at all that the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset have publicly confirmed that it has no intention of blocking the development and deployment of virtual reality-based adult entertainment products.
Oculus announced today that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be released in "early 2016," alongside revealing what technical specifications your computer will need in order to use it.
Oculus says recommends the following specs for the "full Rift experience:" an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 video card, an Intel i5-4590 processor, 8GB RAM, two free USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via a direct output architecture, and Windows 7 or higher.
Women in Technology International (WITI) announced its 2015 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees will be inducted at the 21st Annual Summit taking place May 31-June 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, California. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.
A crowdfunding campaign launched for a $9 computing solution last week and has already blown past its modest fundraising goal. It's already off to a great start, generating $682,711 from roughly 13,499 backers with 26 more days to go. CHIP started out asking for $50,000. So what is C.H.I.P.?
Former Republican presidential candidate, speaker of the house, and political pundit Newt Gingrich is trying his hand at something new: writing about emerging game technology. First spotted by Mashable (check out Chelsea Clark's story), Gingrich talks about his new fascination with Oculus Rift VR headset.
While it doesn't have an exact release date or pricing details quite yet, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset does have an official "time frame" for release - the first quarter of 2016. Oculus announced this morning that the consumer version of its virtual reality headset will be in the hands of everyone in the U.S. that wants it in early 2016.
Epic Games announced today that its Unreal Engine 4 middleware game development tools suite can be used to create virtual reality content for Valve's SteamVR technology. Valve started sending out its HTC Vive VR headsets to game developers this week. Now those who want or already are using Unreal Engine 4 can make content for Valve's VR offering.
The support for the Vive comes from the version 4.8 preview release that came out it week. It promises support for SteamVR's unique features including room-scaling and laser-based tracking systems.
On April 20, Seco launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for UDOO Neo, a "credit-card sized" open-source hardware board similar to the Raspberry Pi aimed at students and enthusiasts looking for a cheap computing solution. By 11 a.m. - 80 minutes into the campaign - it blew past its goal of $15,000. Today the Kickstarter has generated $102,699 from 1,352 backers (as of this writing) with 35 more days to go.
Valve and partner HTC have launched sign-ups for developers interested in developing content for its virtual reality headset, the Vive. Those who sign up and get approved can get an early version of the Vive development kit for free. Vive development kits will be free to selected developers, which Valve says will start shipping "later this spring." More will be doled out in batches throughout the summer, though Valve is already saying that supplies will be limited.
Women in Technology International (WITI) announced keynote speakers and session topics for its 21st Annual Summit taking place later this year. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.
The Verge has an interesting report detailing what could be the first Apple Watch game, an RPG called Runeblade. Runeblade is the creation of developer Everywear Games, who describes the game as a "fantasy adventure game" on your wrist. Runeblade is the first game from the Finnish company made up of former Rovio and Remedy employees.
What a difference a few months make. Oculus founder and inventor of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset Palmer Luckey said in past public statements that something would have to go horribly wrong with his company's device for it not to be released in 2015. Over the weekend while speaking on a South By Southwest (SXSW) panel, Luckey seemed to back pedal a bit when asked by an audience member for an actual release date for the device. In fact, he refused to give one.
United States Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today reintroduced the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a companion measure by voice vote last Congress. Sen. Wyden is the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, while Sen. Thune is chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee.
Update: In an earlier version of this story (which you can read in its entirety below) we reported that the charity had raised over $14,000. It turns out that this was not an accurate number. According to what The Porn Charity co-founder Mercedes Carrera told us this afternoon, the $3,100 generated from the three-hour web cam show was rolled into the Indiegogo campaign total. That means that the total from the Indiegogo campaign was actually right around $11,280.
The organizers of the Collision conference sent over a note letting us know who will be speaking at this year's event in downtown Las Vegas May 5th and 6th.
Confirmed speakers (so far) include Max Levchin, Co-Founder of Paypal; John Sculley, former CEO of Apple; Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam; Zach Sims, CEO and Co-Founder of Code Academy; Chris Satchell, CTO of Nike; Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital; Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com; and Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek.
During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company will pledge $300 million to be used for scholarships aimed at bringing more women, African Americans, and other ethnicities into the tech sector. The company is partnering with a number of groups to do this including Feminist Frequency, The National Center for Women and Information technology, The Anita Borg Institute, UNCF, Girls Who Code, Society of Women Engineers, the IGDA, NACME, and many others.
Dish Networks is trying its hand at cutting itself loose from satellite and taking a straight run at customers with a new service designed for the Internet called Sling TV. For $20 a month consumers with Internet access can get 12 premium cable channels including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN. Obviously the new service is aimed at cord cutters who don't necessarily have a cable package but do have broadband Internet access.
UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.
Samsung's contribution to the virtual reality space is now available. Announced in September and developed in partnership with Oculus VR, the Samsung Gear VR headset is now available to buy from the Samsung web store for $200.
The device, which requires a Note 4 to be used as the screen is not quite a ready for mass-market - even though anyone can buy it at this point.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making the rounds in Silicon Valley this week, according to Politico's Morning Tech.
According to Time's Techland, flight attendants are suing to reinstitute a ban on using electronics during flights. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the largest union representing flight attendants in the United States, filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday, saying that the federal agency should have upheld a ban on the use of smartphones and tablets during takeoff and landing.