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posted by martyb on Thursday May 31 2018, @10:56AM   Printer-friendly
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Oculus launches live entertainment app Venues for Oculus Go and Gear VR headsets

Oculus VR's new platform for live entertainment experiences is launching today for the new, standalone Oculus Go headset and Samsung's Gear VR. The platform, called Oculus Venues, was first announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference at the beginning of May. It's centered on delivering live events like sporting matches, concerts, and comedy shows in the style of a streaming TV service — but in VR. That means viewers effectively get front-row seats to live shows from the comfort of their home, so long as they're content with wearing a VR headset for an extended period of time.

The first Venues event will be a live Vance Joy concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, followed by a Gotham Comedy Live show streamed from New York City in partnership with live events platform NextVR. Oculus has also released an entire summer lineup through August 27th that includes a pretty diverse slate of sports matches, live shows, and movies.

Also at Engadget and TechCrunch.

Previously: Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset

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Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset 20 comments

Facebook/Oculus has launched the standalone Oculus Go, which is an untethered wireless virtual reality headset similar to smartphone-based VR systems such as Samsung's Gear VR, but with its own built-in Snapdragon 821 SoC instead of using a smartphone:

The Oculus Go, a self-contained headset that offers mobile virtual reality without a smartphone, is going on sale today in 23 countries. The headset's $199 base version has 32GB of storage, and a 64GB version will sell for $249. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it "the easiest way to get into VR," and in our review, we've found that it's certainly easy to use — but it still has major limitations.

The Oculus Go lacks 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF), unlike the upcoming Lenovo Mirage Solo. It also has just about 1-2 hours of useful battery life before needing to be recharged for a couple of hours, and the company discourages you from wearing it while it is recharging. SuperData predicts that Oculus Go will outsell all other VR headsets this year. The low price of $200 and untethered design could bring VR closer to becoming mainstream.

At its F8 conference, Facebook hinted at some features coming to its future VR headsets, including variable depth-of-field using physically adjusted varifocal lenses, an increase from a 110 to a 140-degree field-of-view without increasing the size of the headset, and built-in hand tracking. (Also at TechCrunch.) Facebook also announced Oculus Venues, an app for displaying live sports events, concerts, comedy shows, etc. in VR. These live events will begin on May 30.

Also at Tom's Hardware, RoadtoVR, USA Today, and Digital Trends. MIT Technology Review has an interview with Rachel Franklin, Facebook's head of social VR, who admits "there's not much to do" in Facebook Spaces, the company's "social VR app".

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Facebook Announces a New Standalone VR Headset: Oculus Quest; HTC Releases Vive Wireless Adapter 8 comments

Oculus Quest, a fully wireless VR headset, shipping spring 2019 for $399

Facebook used its latest virtual reality conference, the fifth annual Oculus Connect, to finally confirm retail plans for its most ambitious standalone VR product yet: the Oculus Quest. Originally known by its prototype name, Oculus Santa Cruz, the Quest will ship in spring 2019 for $399.

In terms of the sales pitch, this is the Oculus holy grail: a wireless, hand-tracked, "six degrees of freedom" VR system with apparently legitimate 3D power and no required PC or phone.

The headset will include two bundled handheld controllers, and more than 50 games will be available at launch. The headset has a 1600×1440 per eye resolution (3200×1440 total resolution), compared to 1280×1440 per eye for Oculus Go or 1440×1600 per eye for HTC's Vive Pro, and has 64 GB of internal storage.

Vive's wireless adapter gives the best VR experience lots of money can buy:

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 31 2018, @11:38AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 31 2018, @11:38AM (#686676)

    I'd rather go for live entertainment Venuses instead of Oculus Virtual Reality Venues, thank you.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday May 31 2018, @11:50AM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday May 31 2018, @11:50AM (#686679) Journal

      It will be hard to find Venuses on the Mars colony, so you may be forced to do it with Zuck.

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      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday May 31 2018, @01:56PM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 31 2018, @01:56PM (#686727) Journal

        ... so you may be forced to do it with Zuck.

        Eugh... I'd rather use the old Mariana's trench (grin)

  • (Score: 2) by opinionated_science on Thursday May 31 2018, @12:32PM (3 children)

    by opinionated_science (4031) on Thursday May 31 2018, @12:32PM (#686692)

    It's already bad enough with the current scam in *live* venues, where TM tries to sell you tickets at different prices depending on how you ask them, or say they are "verified". WTF?

    I fully expect Oculus to make this both painful and undesirable; but in 3D /s

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday May 31 2018, @12:42PM (2 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday May 31 2018, @12:42PM (#686698) Journal

      The first live Venues event, a Vance Joy concert, will air tonight at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET. Other events scheduled throughout the summer include live MLB games, concerts from AEG Presents, film screenings of Lionsgate movies and plenty of standup from Gotham Comedy Live. All Venues events are free.

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      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday May 31 2018, @03:39PM (1 child)

        by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Thursday May 31 2018, @03:39PM (#686779) Homepage
        Yup, the first hit is free, that's a well known business model.
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        • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday May 31 2018, @10:31PM

          by Gaaark (41) on Thursday May 31 2018, @10:31PM (#686962) Journal

          And why would I want to 'see' a 'Vance Joy' concert?

          How much are they paying people to see it?

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