CNN is launching a new virtual reality experience for Oculus Rift. CNN VR has been available on Android and iOS for Samsung Gear headsets and Google Daydream. Adding the Oculus Rift headset brings the VR experience to the desktop, at high resolution.
Many think virtual reality is still a hazy and distant media abstraction, but Facebook is working its development on all fronts, ready to have all the best real estate in place by the time consumers show up in droves. Kurt Wagner looks at the team working on VR tools that will put its content creation in consumers’ hands, adding to the VR arsenal it has been ramping up since its purchase of Oculus Rift.
How a teenage Palmer Luckey created Oculus Rift in his parents’ Southern California garage, sold it for $2 billion and may have launched a digital revolution.
Virtual reality specialist Oculus is trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to the Samsung Gear headset. They join a menu of more than 250 apps designed for the Gear VR since its consumer model was released nearly six months ago.
It’s too soon to say how the four-week delays will affect Oculus, much less the overall acceptance of virtual reality, a technology that submerges users in realistic artificial worlds. The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when.