With GDC taking place this past week, there were a lot of new stories that have broken out through the community. This includes news with Oculus and HTC.
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Recently, Oculus stated that the Nvidia driver was having some problems causing the blackscreen effect on the Rift displays.
In specific, they stated, “If you are using an Nvidia GPU and currently experiencing display or performance issues with your Oculus Rift, please make sure you’re using driver version 388.59. Later versions may cause compatibility issues with Oculus software.”
The campaign for Ready Player One is soon coming to a close as the movie release date is just around the corner. On March 28 – 29th, people will have the chance to watch the Steven Spielberg directed movie in theaters on the big screen. While we’ve seen a variety of marketing activations by the team, you might have missed some of these unique posters that Warner Bros. has released.
HTC has announced that the Vive Pro headset will cost $799 and is scheduled to ship on April 5th. However, this price doesn’t include the base stations or the controllers which will be coming separately. The headset itself is on pre-order and you can make the purchase today.
SXSW 2018 has become another historic event in the books where some of the hottest artists, companies, film makers, and studios flocked to the heart of Austin to showcase their talents. There were numerous events and venues hosting thousands of artist but none shined like the one put on my Sony at their Lost In Music event with Khalid.
Khalid is currently one of the hottest artists in the music industry with hit songs such as “Young Dumb & Broke” receiving over 300 million views on YouTube.
Back in January Coachella announced its full lineup for this year’s festival taking place on April 13 – 22nd featuring some of the most notable artists in the world. During Day 1 of the festival, The Weeknd will be taking stage as the headliner for the day. Day 2 features Beyonce as the headliner with Eminem rounding out Day 3.
While these are in-fact some of the most recognized artists in the world, there are many other talented artists playing throughout the duration of Coachella.
HTC has just announced that the Vive Focus standalone headset will be coming to the international markets later this year. When it was first announced, the Focus was solely exclusive to the China region. Now, fans all over the world will have a chance to experience this 6DoF headset in person.
The long awaited standalone VR headset by Google and Lenovo is almost here. While we expected Google and Lenovo to release a big PR statement in regards to the headset at this year’s GDC, the two companies have rather kept it hush around their upcoming product. The headset will be releasing in June for $400, which was around our predicted sale price.
HTC Vive has been releasing a lot of updates and announcements in regards to their upcoming VR headsets including the Vive Pro and the Vive Focus. However, their customer service side seems to be under scrutiny as more customers are getting upset about how they are being treated.
Oculus is currently in the midst of finalizing their upcoming standalone VR headset called the Santa Cruz which will be providing 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF). We recently heard that they were being shipped to a select number of developers to start testing the upcoming headset. And while we know that it’ll provide an untethered experience, there really isn’t much else to go off of.
However, a few GDC attendees got to experience the Oculus Santa Cruz headset in-person and were quite impressed by the product. Dimitri Diakopoulos who works in R&D at Adobe recently tweeted, “I had a chance to demo the Oculus Santa Cruz today at
#gdc18! Quick take: this is the standalone headset the world needs. Clear unknowns around what kind of performance devs can expect, but really solid progress on SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), controller FoV, and ergonomics.”