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Facebook buys maker of hit VR game 'Beat Saber'

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:26 PM

In the virtual game, players use light sabers to slash oncoming, large cubes to the beat of music, sometimes twisting or ducking to avoid oncoming walls

OCULUS. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook unveils virtual social space for its Oculus users

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Inside Horizon, Facebook's new virtual world, Oculus users will be able to choose an avatar and interact with others

HORIZON. A promotional image for Facebook's new virtual world features colorful visuals and a cartoony style. Image from Facebook


Facebook's top 13 announcements at F8 2019 conference

May 01, 2019 - 10:38 AM

A new Facebook design, a new Instagram camera, and Facebook Dating highlight Facebook's slew of F8 2019 announcements

SECRET CRUSH. The new feature lets users match with friends they have a crush on. All photos from Facebook

Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe leaves Facebook

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Brendan Iribe reportedly leaves following the cancellation of the next-generation Rift 2 VR headset

LEAVING FACEBOOK. Brendan Iribe speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

The top announcements on day 1 of Facebook's F8 2018 conference

May 02, 2018 - 5:01 AM

Facebook announces new dating service, downvote button, and the launch of the Oculus Go at their annual developer conference

FACEBOOK DATING. The new service draws some cheers at Facebook's F8 2018 event. All screenshots from Facebook

Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The new Go headsets will be priced at $199, a price point that Facebook believes should help them eventually reach a billion VR users

OCULUS GO. The new VR headset doesn't require a phone to use. Photo from Oculus


VR guru Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Mar 31, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The co founder of Oculus Facebook s VR acquisition in 2014 is out of the company

IMPERFECT VISION. Facebook's virtual reality arm, Oculus, has seen some legal hurdles in 2017. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Facebook earns $3.7-B in last quarter of 2016

Feb 02, 2017 - 1:31 PM

The social network doubles profits from the same period a year ago – a chunk of which will be used to settle payments in a stolen tech lawsuit it recently lost

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook reported February 1, 2017 its profit more than doubled in the past quarter as revenues climbed and the number of users of the huge social network grew. The world's biggest social network topped estimates with a net profit of $3.6 billion on revenue of $8.6 billion, as compared with profit of $1.6 billion on $5.6 billion in revenue in the same period a year earlier. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Facebook ordered to pay $500-M in suit on stolen tech

Feb 02, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is ordered to pay 50 million of the 500 million award while another former Oculus executive Brendan Iribe is set to pay 150 million

GUILTY. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Facebook-owned VR company is required to pay $500 million in a lawsuit. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Facebook gets ex-Xiaomi executive Barra as new VR head

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:39 PM

I m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts including our Oculus team CEO Mark Zuckerberg says on his personal Facebook page

HUGO BARRA. This photo taken on May 8, 2014 shows Hugo Barra speaking at the Startup Asia technology conference in Singapore. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Oculus purchase details surface in Zuckerberg testimony

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Mark Zuckerberg s testimony says Facebook actually paid 3 billion in total – 700 million of which was used to retain key Oculus employees with an additional 300 million as a bonus for hitting milestones

BUYER'S REMORSE? Facebook's purchase of Oculus are not without issues. Screengrab from Oculus Rift website

Zuckerberg to testify in $2-B lawsuit involving Oculus

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

One lawyer calls the case one of the biggest technology heists ever

Facebook co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks at an Oculus developers conference while wearing a virtual reality headset in San Jose, California on October 6, 2016.  Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Huge quarter for Facebook lifts shares

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The social network s net profit for the second quarter of 2016 jumps 186 while the number of its monthly active users hits 1 7 billion

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015. Zuckerberg introduced a new messenger platform at the event. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson

Video game makers finding their way in virtual worlds

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:36 AM

Virtual reality games get real at E3 this year as studios show off titles tailored for the Rift HTC Vive PlayStation VR and Galaxy Gear VR headsets

VIRTUAL REALITY. Attendees react as they use Samsung Galaxy smartphones to take a virtual reality (VR) simulated ride at Six Flags during the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 14, 2016. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Surprise, surprise: Facebook products you didn't know existed

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The social media giant is much busier and more productive than you could expect

OCULUS RIFT. Screen shot from Oculus Rift website.

Virtual reality porn and the future of loneliness

Apr 05, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Virtual reality as a concept has existed in science fiction as far back as the 1940’s but it’s only been in the last 5 years that it’s come within reach of average consumers Porn however appears to be leading the charge

VR ANYWHERE. The author tries on the Samsung Gear VR while in a coffee shop.

The evolution of gaming: Meet the new player

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Virtual Reality takes the gaming experience to a whole new level

IBM teases alpha test of Sword Art Online: The Beginning

Mar 17, 2016 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED The prototype alpha test will be held from March 18 to March 20

SWORD ART ONLINE: THE BEGINNING. A promotional image shows a player facing off against a fearsome foe.

Virtual reality girds for test in marketplace

Mar 17, 2016 - 3:30 PM

With the Oculus Rift PlayStation VR and other virtual reality equipment coming soon demand is expected to be huge

epa05133326 A gamer wears a Virtual Reality (VR) game console during the 2016 Taipei game show in Taiwan, 29 January 2016. This year's game show highlights Virtual Reality (VR) games to public consumers. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Mar 16, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Around 50 games for PlayStation VR are also expected to be out by the end of 2016 says Sony

A man tries out a PlayStation VR video game at a Sony press event March 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Sony on March 15, 2016 said it plans to make virtual reality mainstream with the October release of PlayStation VR headgear priced at $399. / AFP / GLENN CHAPMAN

Virtual reality is next as smartphone sales slow

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Virtual reality headsets are a hit at the 2016 Mobile World Congress and analysts see many opportunities

epa05175903 People experience skiing using virtual reality (VR) technology at Samsung Electronics booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 22 February 2016. The South Korean tech firm has been concentrating on VR as one of its next growth engines. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Oculus Rift VR headset pre-orders open

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:34 AM

The Oculus Rift package is priced at 599 and comes with two games

OCULUS RIFT. Screen shot from Oculus Rift website.

Facebook rides mobile wave to boost profits, user base

Nov 05, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Facebook says the number of monthly active users of the network hit 1 55 billion up 14 from a year earlier

FACEBOOK. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

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Jun 19, 2015 - 9:14 AM

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Oculus Rift to launch consumer version in 2016

Jun 19, 2015 - 9:08 AM

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Oculus, Microsoft team up for final version of Rift headset

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe promises the consumer version of the headset is lightweight and comfortable to wear for long hours of gaming

OCULUS RIFT. Image from Oculus website.

Facebook profit story pushes shares to new high

Jul 24, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Facebook co founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says Our community has continued to grow and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world

LIKE. A file photo dated 31 January 2012 showing a view of the entrance to Facebook corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Peter DaSilva/EPA

Samsung, Oculus to launch Gear VR headset

Jul 09, 2014 - 2:38 PM

The headset called the Gear VR will reportedly be announced in September at IFA 2014

Samsung working on virtual reality headset

May 23, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The tech giant is rushing to get its product to the market before rivals Oculus and Sony

Oculus VR sued by ZeniMax and id Sofware

May 22, 2014 - 11:21 PM

ZeniMax claims Oculus uses its virtual reality technology in Ocuus Rift VR headset Oculus claims lawsuit is motivated by Facebook s 2 billion acquisition

Playing this Week: Monsters and wrongful accusations

May 14, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Heading to the theater this weekend? Here s what s playing

Facebook buys fitness app Moves

Apr 25, 2014 - 1:06 AM

Both companies say Moves would continue as a standalone application rather than be integrated into the Facebook framework

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Apr 01, 2014 - 4:40 PM

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Facebook to buy Oculus virtual reality company for $2B

Mar 26, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Facebook calls virtual reality a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform and picks up Oculus VR as a result

OCULUS RIFT. Facebook will acquire Oculus VR, the makers of the Oculus Rift, for US$2 billion. Screen shot from YouTube.

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Jan 06, 2014 - 11:50 AM

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Jan 13, 2013 - 6:09 AM

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