Oculus' vice president of mobile development has explained how the company is approaching the mobile market as a version of the Gear VR went on sale today.
"In the long run, I'd love not to have to be a first-party studio," Max Cohen told Gamasutra.
"Mobile VR development is a new category that's being participated in by some other companies and that's a good thing, as long as they're putting out great products."
Oculus has partnered with Samsung to create the Gear VR, and Innovator Edition headsets are currently priced at $200. The device requires a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for use and apps are available from the Oculus mobile store.
"We have done some publishing deals -- small deals, right when we were first getting started. We're also releasing a game called Herobound; we're going to build it into a much bigger game, but it's about three hours' worth of content right now. It was done as a prototype so we could learn what you need to do for good Unity development on Gear VR, and everyone that tried it said the tech demo was awesome so we had a team turn it into a fuller-featured game."
Cohen also said the device that went on sale today was much closer to a development kit than a consumer product and was "designed to energize the developer community. "
For more on Oculus and its mobile efforts check out this talk by John Carmack from the Oculus Connect event in September.
[Jeff McGehee] or how he likes to be known, [The Nooganeer] just finished his first big tech project after finishing grad school. It’s a connected thermostat that makes use of his old iPhone 4, and a Raspberry Pi.
Ever since [The Nooganeer] bought his first home with his wife back in the spring of 2014, he’s had ever consuming dream of adding home automation to every appliance. As he puts it…
Home automation has always been a fascination of mine. How much time and irritation would I save if I didn’t have to worry about turning things on and off, or wonder in which state they were left? How much more efficient would my home be? Wouldn’t it be cool to always know the state of every power consumer in my home, and then be able to record and analyze that data as well?
His first challenge was making a smart thermostat — after all, heating and cooling your house typically takes the most energy. Having used a Raspberry Pi before he figured it would be the best brain for his system. After researching a bit about HVAC wiring, [The Nooganeer] settled on a Makeatronics Solid State Relay board to control the HVAC. This allows him to use the GPIO’s on the Raspberry Pi in order to control the furnace and AC unit.
Now most thermostats just use a single thermosensor in order todetermine the temperature — since he’s got a Raspberry Pi, he figured he’d add temperature sensors in a few rooms using a Spark Core kit! The software he’s using is written in Python for visualizations, and he’s using a MySQL database in order to collect analytics.
It may not be the first time someone's remade Pokémon for the Oculus Rift, but it's probably the most exciting. By pairing the VR headset with a Leap Motion and Voice Attack, players of the Unofficial Pokémon Alpha Prototype can even pick up Poké Balls and throw them at vanquished opponents. Of course, the title is just a short unofficial demo made by a fan named Tipatat. But it's available to download and try for yourselves.. at least until the lawyers get their hands on it. All we have to do is hope that someone at The Pokémon Company or Nintendo sees some potential in being able to walk through Pallet Town in this way.
Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe has explained that the company wouldn't have partnered with Sony or Microsoft because they already had their own platforms.
"If we were going to partner with somebody, because this is a long road ahead ... we were thinking the whole time that we wouldn't partner with Microsoft or Sony," Iribe said on stage at Business Insider's Ignition conference, explaining the Oculus headset shouldn't be tied to existing consoles.
"This really needs to be a new platform."
He added that Google also wasn't an attractive partner for the company because its attention was already split over a number of larger projects.
"We didn't know how much time we'd get from the leadership team."
Of course Oculus VR did partner and it did it with a bang and $2 billion in a deal with Facebook in March. According to Iribe the social focus of Facebook also helped to seal the deal.
"Facebook is run in an open way that's aligned with Oculus' culture. Over the last decade, Mark and Facebook have been champions of open software and hardware, pushing the envelope of innovation for the entire tech industry," Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey posted on Reddit eight months ago.
"As Facebook has grown, they've continued to invest in efforts like with the Open Compute Project, their initiative that aims to drive innovation and reduce the cost of computing infrastructure across the industry. This is a team that's used to making bold bets on the future."
Six new entries in the Japanese top ten this week but none them could challenge the might of Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire. The highest new entry, Phantasy Star Nova, was still 191,300 units behind the Pokemon combo.
Remember that affordable, manufacturer-agnostic VR headset Carl Zeiss unveiled a few months back? It's just about ready for launch. The company just announced that the VR One is officially available for order today, with units shipping to customers on Monday, December 8th. The company brought the $99 headset to Engadget's SF office recently to show us how the VR One is a viable alternative to folks who want theGear VR experience, but don't necessarily want a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It turns out that it's a great alternative - as long as you own a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 6, instead.
If you're a visual artist or photo buff with $600-700 burning a hole in your pocket, life just threw you a new decision to make. Dell has announced that its 24-inch 2415Q and 27-inch 2715Q IPS 4K monitors are now on sale for $600 and $700, respectively. For those sums you'll get 1.07 billion colors, 3,840 x 2,160 at 60Hz resolution, a 178 degree viewing angle, 99 percent sRGB coverage and nearly perfectly color calibration straight out of the box. You can also daisy-chain multiple monitors thanks to DisplayPort 1.2 in/out connectors, along with HDMI (MHL) inputs and 4 USB 3.0 ports (no Thunderbolt port, unfortunately).
A rush of Black Friday sales for last generation formats has propelled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to number one on the UK retail chart, as well as giving it the highest ever Black Friday sales total for any game in the UK.
Sales for the game were up 110 per cent on last week, which saw CoD replaced at number one by the new-gen reissue of GTA V. This week, the situation is reversed, with GTA swapping places with CoD and taking third. An incredible 67 per cent of Black Friday week sales of Advanced Warfare were for PS3 and Xbox 360, thanks to some aggressive discounting.
EA's FIFA also saw the benefit of the weekend's sales, jumping up to second in a race with GTA which saw it triumph by just 1,500 copies. Far Cry swaps places with the football sim to land fourth, just ahead of Unity.
Fifth and sixth this week are new entries, with Pokemons Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby nestling in together for the biggest Pokemon launch week ever, whilst Drive Club springs from 33rd to eighth. The Wii U release of Super Smash Bros, touted as a potential sea-change for Wii U sales along the same lines as Mario Kart 8, only managed 13th, even when combined with sales on 3DS.
Charts are courtesy of UKIE and Chart-Track Gfk.
The first model might not even be on sale, but the next version of Google Glass will have Intel inside. That's according to the WSJ, who's heard from people familiar with the matter that it will apparently form yet another part of the chipmakers continuedpush into wearables -- in case you hadn't heard about that before. Intel didn't quite manage to tap into the smartphone boom, with chips licensed from its rival, ARM, powering the majority of smartphones. It took until last year for Intel to finally offer a smartphone processor that could connect to 4G LTE networks. Further still, Intel aims to promote Glass in a work capacity, pitching to hospitals and manufacturing businesses. However, but more importantly than the deal-making itself, we're still waiting to hear how Glass itself will benefit from the new hardware. Neither Intel or Google have responded to the report.
BestBuy Cyber Monday 2014 Deals!
BestBuy has just finished up their 2 Day Cyber Sale event and have officially kicked off Cyber Monday with deals on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, 3DS, PC, and PS Vita platforms with new additions to their featured deals and competitive price matches. Video game doorbusters on this Black Friday include the $29.99 PS4 and Xbox One games, as well as the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Kinect console bundle for $429.99 and a bonus controller.
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Future Publishing is to close CVG, the longest-running games media outlet still in existence, after a six month reprieve. Previously, the business underwent a consultation period in June, when several redundancies were announced.
Future has yet to issue a formal statement, but MCV is reporting that the axe has fallen on the website. The publication began as a magazine in 1981 and ran in print until 2004 - with an overlap of five years with the online offering. The site employed five full-time staff in the UK, with support in other territories.
The move marks a watershed in a long, ongoing process of staff reduction for Future, which appointed new CEO Zillah Byng Maddick in March. Byng Maddick has something of a reputation as a streamlining specialist and has continued the process of "right sizing" since taking the reins. Whilst Future US has been hardest hit by redundancies so far, the UK business sold off one of its major offices recently and has also suffered several stages of cuts and redundancies.
The current plan for Future is to converge many of its entertainment brands, such as GamesRadar, to combine coverage of film, TV and games into a single online publication.
We round up the latest Black Friday product discounts and offers from UK tech retailers including Amazon, Ebuyer and more - updated throughout the day.
Black Friday 2014 is expected to be the biggest in the UK so far. Almost half of UK shoppers are set to take advantage of the deals and Dixons says the event will likely be its second biggest sales weekend of the year.
Bookmark this article and check back on Friday November 28th to see the latest Black Friday deals from the UK as we regularly update this page. Amazon
Amazon is offering a long list of tech lightning deals, which only last for a certain amount of time or until all units are claimed.
Tech offers include 20 per cent off a Crucial 512GB SSD to £119.99, as well as discounts on Transcend SDHC memory cards, TP-Link Wi-Fi range extenders, BenQ 27-inch HD monitors, Sony HD camcorders and more.
As well as these lightning deals, Amazon is also grouping deals in different categories. So shoppers can look at all office electronics with up to 60 per cent off, for example. Ebuyer
Ebuyer has started its 'Orange Thursday' deals and is counting down the minutes to its Black Friday offers which start at 9am.
Its current Orange Thursday deals include free delivery and money off products such as £21.98 off the Roku 1 streaming player (now £29.98) , Crucial 240GB SSDs (now £65 down from £88.66), plus a few Zoostorm laptops have had their prices chopped to below £200. GAME
UK stores will be open from 11.59pm on Thursday night for shoppers to bag some deals, while early 'four-hour deals' have been running throughout the day, including Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare for £20.99 on PS4 and Xbox One.
More deals will be announced for Black Friday from 6pm on Thursday. Overclockers UK
Overclockers' Black Friday deals have already begun and will run until Tuesday December 2nd at 10am.
There are several cut-price accessories, monitors, components and graphics cards, including the MSI GTX 970 card down to £265.99.
Deals can be searched for by category and manufacturer.
The system builder has a host of deals running until Cyber Monday (December 1st 2014) limited to one product per person, first come first served.
There's £100 off the Warbird Nightblade PC, down to £699.99, and £100 off the YoYoTech Vanquish which is now priced at £899.99, plus discounts on the Asus Maximus Hero (down from £129.99 to £89.99), the Inwin 901 ITX Case (down from £117.99 to £79.99), the Corsair Vengeance 1400 headphones (down from £61.19 to £49.99) and more.
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Thermostats can be a pain. They often only look at one sensor in a multi-room home and then set the temperature based on that. The result is one room that’s comfortable and other rooms that are not. Plus, you generally have to get up off the couch to change the temperature. In this day and age, who wants to do that? You could buy an off-the-shelf solution, but sometimes hacking up your own custom hardware is just so much more fun.
[redditseph] did exactly that by modifying his home thermostat to be controlled by a Raspberry Pi. The temperature is controlled by a simple web interface that runs on the Pi. This way, [redditseph] can change the temperature from any room in his home using a computer or smart phone. He also built multi-sensor functionality into his design. This means that the Pi can take readings from multiple rooms in the home and use this data to make more intelligent decisions about how to change the temperature.
The Pi needed a way to actually talk to the thermostat. [redditseph] made this work with a relay module. The Pi flips one side of the relays, which then in turn switches the buttons that came built into the thermostat. The Pi is basically just emulating a human pressing buttons. His thermostat had terminal blocks inside, so [redditseph] didn’t have to risk damaging it by soldering anything to it. The end result is a functional design that has a sort of cyberpunk look to it.
Lots of new entries on the Japanese chart this week but Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire beat them all to take first and second place.
According to Siliconera, sold over three million copies globally in three days.
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Walmart Black Friday 2014 PS4 Deals!
Grab a PS4 Console and score a bonus $50 Walmart Gift Card right now at Walmart.com!
Choose from several PS4 console bundle options including the limited edition Destiny Bundle!
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New gen versions beat Far Cry 4 to number one, Dragon Age enters the charts in fifth place
The new version of Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game in the UK last week, selling enough units to overtake Call of Duty: Black Ops as the UK's best-selling retail game of all time.
That isn't the first UK record to fall before Rockstar's irresistible open-world crime opus, with highest all-time revenue already in the bag after its release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. And despite considerable competition from Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V's Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions saw it return to the top of the chart.
This is all the more impressive when one considers that Far Cry's fourth instalment enjoyed the series' best ever first week sales - "by far," according to Gfk Chart-Track, and that doesn't take PC sales into account.
That caveat also applies to Dragon Age: Inquisition, a series with a considerable audience on PC. However, even without those sales included, EA may have expected it to place higher than fifth, selling "almost exactly the same" as its divisive predecessor, Dragon Age II.
Well hello there, I'm Augustus Q. Moneybags, inventor of the word "Funtrepreneur" and thrillionaire owner of Military Industrial Complex LLC. Now, I may be an internationally loved businessman, y'see, but that doesn't mean I'm too good at calculatin' those ol' numbers, y'see. Now, however, I don't have to, since I've been using this software from the nerds over at investment bank Fidelity that runs on those Oculus Rift doohickeys. Strap it onto your face and you're magically transported to a world of skyscrapers, each one representin' a stock in your portfolio, y'see.
The castAR team has just shipped its first pair of augmented reality glasses, a year after it raised $1 million on Kickstarter. This headset, developed by a group headed by ex-Valve engineers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, features active shutter glasses, a camera for input and a projector that displays 3D images onto a surface. Its developers call the device "the most versatile AR and VR system," but its strength lies in augmented reality (digital display superimposed against the real word) -- you can't even use its VR functions unless you also get the optional clip-on. When we interviewed the developers and tried out the latest prototype, we noticed a number of improvements from previous versions, including brighter and crisper images and a lighter design.
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