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Facebook is turning VR into a platform — but some indie developers fear its power

Illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole ‘We’re basically guinea pigs.’ Facebook’s Connect conference is one of the biggest days of the year for virtual reality. But in 2020, developer Guy Godin was nervous. Godin is the developer of Virtual Desktop, a top-selling VR app that enables desktop computer access inside headsets. In 2019, he’d added...

Minecraft is now available for PlayStation VR as a free update

Minecraft’s PlayStation VR update is available now to download. Developer Mojang Studios announced the update earlier this month but hadn’t previously said when it would be playable. If you own Minecraft on PlayStation, then the update is completely free. The update does exactly what it says on the tin, making Minecraft playable on Sony’s PlayStation...

Facebook Connect 7: the 5 biggest announcements

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Facebook packed its Connect virtual and augmented reality conference into a single day this year, and it announced a lot of news during its two-hour keynote. That included a new VR headset, the retirement of an old headset, and a long list of upcoming games and apps. As usual, Connect centered on Facebook’s...

Oculus Quest vs. Oculus Quest 2: what’s the difference?

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Facebook just announced the Oculus Quest 2, a successor to its Quest virtual reality headset from 2019. At $299 for the base model, the new beefed-up and slimmed-down Quest is $100 cheaper than its predecessor. It’s also shipping within a few weeks: preorders opened today, and it will be available for...

Logitech’s new gaming headsets are certified for Oculus Quest 2

The G333 in-ear headphones connected to the Quest 2. | Logited Logitech is launching two new gaming audio products that are built for the just-announced Oculus Quest 2. One of them is called the G333, and they’re Logitech G’s first in-ear headphones pictured above. The other announcement is Logitech’s G Pro wired gaming headset, which is an existing...

VR Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell games are coming

Ubisoft has announced new Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell games built entirely for virtual reality. The games, announced during the Facebook Connect (previously called Oculus Connect) virtual keynote on Wednesday, mark a long-rumored but still potentially exciting addition to VR. We don’t know anything else about the games, except that they’ll be...

The original Myst is coming to VR

Cyan Worlds Myst creator Cyan Worlds is adapting its classic adventure game to virtual reality. Facebook and Cyan announced that Myst will get a VR remake for the Oculus Quest later this year, launching after the release of the upcoming Oculus Quest 2 headset. The VR version of Myst is described as a “reimagining” of the 1993 original, which was...

Connect 7: All the news from Facebook and Oculus’ big VR / AR event

A virtual conference for virtual reality The seventh annual Facebook Connect — formerly Oculus Connect — covers virtual and augmented reality news from the social media giant. Held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced the Oculus Quest 2, a $299 successor to its standalone Quest VR headset, as well as a slate of new games...

Here’s how to preorder the Oculus Quest 2

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Oculus announced the Quest 2, its next standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a PC. My colleague Adi Robertson wrote everything you need to know about the new Quest 2, and she even spent enough time with it to write a full review. The headset is available for preorder starting now at Oculus’ site,...

The Oculus Quest 2 has an optional, more comfortable head strap

Oculus Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset is being released alongside several optional accessories, including two head strap variants, Logitech earbuds and headphones, a “fit pack” for different head sizes, and the Link USB-C cable. As Facebook announced today, the Quest 2’s base model costs $299, but getting the absolute best experience...

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