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Probably not wow enough for a thread but just in case it may interest some of you while you are self-isolating... if there was already a Nobody Cares thread here, apologies.

 

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Dumdedumdum!

Oculus will soon require all of its virtual reality headset users to sign up with a Facebook account. The Facebook-owned company says it will start removing support for separate Oculus accounts in October, although users can maintain an existing account until January 1st, 2023. All users can maintain a distinct “VR profile” with a separate friends list.

Starting later this year, you’ll only be able to sign up for an Oculus account through Facebook. If you already have an account, you’ll be prompted to permanently merge your account. If you don’t, you’ll be able to use the headset normally until 2023, at which point official support will end.
 
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What's in a name?

Facebook’s annual Oculus Connect conference will be held online-only on September 16th — and it’s being rebranded as Facebook Connect, part of the social giant’s gradual assimilation of its virtual reality subsidiary.

Connect 2020 will be publicly streamed online, a change Facebook announced in April. Like the past few years’ events, it will cover a mix of virtual and augmented reality news from Facebook. But unlike previous years, it’s not being framed as a VR conference. Instead it’s the first outing for “Facebook Reality Labs,” a name that now covers all Facebook’s VR and AR efforts. That includes Oculus, which focuses on VR games and headsets; Spark AR, Facebook’s phone-based AR system; and the Portal videophone.
 

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Yeah Oculus is pretty much dead to... pretty much everyone I know. I certainly won't be recommending their hardware anymore.

Which is unfortunate, someone else needs to swoop in and make a standalone headset so Facebook doesn't have a monopoly on it and become the Apple of VR.
 
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Anyone who didn't see this coming when Facebook bought Oculus is blind and far too trusting.
I am patiently awaiting my Reverb G2 having sold my Rift-S directly due to this.
I was blind and far too trusting.
 

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This is hilarious. Silicon valley people think VR is a utopia, and the big thing poor people in VR want is a home theater. Also, rich people won't use VR, because why would they want a virtual utopia when they already have a real one?

I don't think VR is going anywhere until these weirdo silicon valley money guys can understand the basic value propositions involved with VR. That involves at least a basic understanding how real people behave in VR.

 

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notbubblesort said:
I don't think SL is going anywhere until these weirdo LL guys can understand the basic value propositions involved with SL. That involves at least a basic understanding of how real people behave in SL.


sorry, couldn't resist, not sorry
 
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So, after all the problems with the ReverbG2, I cancelled my pre-order and ordered an Index. I've been using it for about a month now. It's freaking incredible. Like, mind blowingly so. As someone who was excited, but skeptical about it, I decided to make the jump and see for myself.
I like it. It's still a bit of a mess technologically. It's complicated to set up, tons of different settings that are fairly complicated and not-intuitive to your average non-tech person. Different games require playing with settings to get right. When things don't go right, it is not fun. In a game, I fell through the world, and went to my knees and almost threw up in the real world.

However, the sense of scale and presence is game changing.
 

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VR Fail videos are the new Parkour fails.
 

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Is it the promised hit yet?