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Oculus Quest 2 getting Infinite Office with Logitech keyboard and adjustable passthrough

While presented as a new experience, what we see in the Infinite Office trailer is actually an evolution of the current Quest interface, introduced as an Experimental feature back in March and now the default. The Oculus Browser built-into Quests is Chromium-based, meaning it’s widely compatible with websites and web-based apps. It got multi-window support this year, which Facebook seems to now be pitching as a Chromebook alternative. Earlier previews of Infinite Office showed it displaying programs streamed from your Windows PC, but there’s no sign of that yet here. You can already set your Quest to show Passthrough+, the real world via the black & white cameras, instead of a virtual home environment. The trailer shows a new slider for passthrough letting you adjust how much of the real world shows through. Everyone knows typing in VR sucks. Facebook is partnering with Logitech to bring the K830 keyboard in VR. You should be able to pair it directly with Quest 2 and see it, and your hands typing on it, in VR. Oculus Browser will get support for its trackpad, letting you precisely manipulate content. We obviously haven’t tested this yet so we wouldn’t recommend going out and buying the keyboard just yet to have as an accessory for Quest 2. We’ll have updates as soon as we’re able to go hands-on with the new experience. But key to Infinite Office is for now announced only for Quest 2 — the capability to define persistent surface panels, like tables and couches. Just like…Continue readingOculus Quest 2 getting Infinite Office with Logitech keyboard and adjustable passthrough

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The DeanBeat: My quest to defeat latency

During the pandemic, I’ve been playing games and clogging up the internet like a lot of other gamers. On the highest level, the internet has held up. Comcast reports that despite surges in demand, it has been able to keep up with our constant need to see TikTok videos, Netflix shows, and play Candy Crush Saga. But when it comes to hardcore multiplayer games like Call of Duty: Warzone, it’s been a haphazard time. I’ve been playing the battle royale game with mixed results. I have played 443 games of Warzone, and that puts me in the top 9% of players. But I’ve only won two games and came in the top 10 a total of 68 times. This puts me in the top 21%. I’ve killed 3,079 players and been killed 4,202 times, for a 0.73 kill/death ratio. This puts me in the top 27% of players. For all the time I have spent in the game — five days and seven hours — I should be better. Naturally, I want to blame someone else besides myself. And my enemy is latency. Also known as lag. (OK, I admit I can’t really blame lag, but let’s discuss this for a while.) Latency is the time it takes a data signal to travel from one point on the internet to another point and then come back. This is measured in milliseconds (a thousandth of a second). If the lag is bad, then fast-action games don’t work well. Your frame rate…Continue readingThe DeanBeat: My quest to defeat latency

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Can Oculus Quest 2 overcome Facebook’s tarnished reputation?

Calling myself “deeply conflicted” about Facebook’s upcoming standalone VR headset Oculus Quest 2 would be an understatement. My long but not perfect memory can’t recall any device this compelling from such a seriously troubled company — one that’s hoping to win new customers even as employees keep jumping ship over crises of conscience. That polarized situation from a polarizing company makes the Quest 2 launch one of 2020’s biggest tech tragedies, despite the fact that I would normally be first in line to want one. Facebook’s corporate transgressions have been hard to ignore for years. Whether you believe it actively participated in historically massive misinformation, disinformation, and polarization campaigns, or was just a well-paid enabler that was all too willing to look the other way as bad things happened, the social media giant has been investigated, sued, and found guilty, at least in the court of public opinion. Despite Facebook’s promise to “bring the world closer together,” my own friend and family lists have been shattered by the insanity Facebook’s algorithms and business practices unleashed, so I’m proud — not happy — to have shut down my Facebook account and walked away from that network. On the other hand, there’s Oculus. Facebook acquired Oculus when its first product, the Rift VR headset, was still under development, and gave the startup access to cash, engineering, and manufacturing scale that unquestionably improved its prospects. Yes, some of that cash indirectly funded one Oculus founder’s “jail Clinton” campaign during the 2016 election season, provoking public outcry, but the…Continue readingCan Oculus Quest 2 overcome Facebook’s tarnished reputation?

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The PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed

Processor is a digest for what’s happening in the world of consumer technology, with incisive analysis (or maybe just jokes) from Dieter Bohn. Sign up for the newsletter here and check out the Processor video series on YouTube. It is a remarkably good time to be into video games. It’s not just that we’ve got new console launches from Microsoft and Sony. It’s also that Nvidia is invigorating PC gaming with new possibilities as it brings 4K performance into a more achievable price range. And it’s that Oculus has released a new, less expensive VR headset. On top of all that, we see game companies beginning to experiment with new pricing models and methods of distribution. Microsoft has bundled its hardware into a subsidy plan with its game streaming service. Apple seems to want to avoid doing that with its own bundle, but it is still making a go of Apple Arcade. Nvidia and Google are providing competition in cloud streaming for games. Sony is putting more top tier games (or at least games that were more recently top tier than usual) into its PlayStation Plus bundle. Oh, and AAA console titles are probably going to start costing $70 now, there’s another experiment for ya. All of which (even that last one) opens up more competition and more possibilities for video games. And as I’ve discussed before, this round of new consoles, new PC hardware, and new delivery mechanisms is just groundwork. We don’t yet fully know what these tech…Continue readingThe PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed

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The future of VR is here with the Oculus Quest 2

We got our hands on the Oculus Quest 2 and it packs a punch. The headset is available for preorder now and will be officially released to retail on October 15th. Read more… More about Facebook, Mashable Video, Review, Oculus, and Oculus Quest 2 Source linkContinue readingThe future of VR is here with the Oculus Quest 2

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Facebook announces the Oculus Quest 2, starting at $299

Facebook announced at today’s Connect AR/VR event that it’s releasing a new VR headset: specifically, an updated version of its Oculus Quest headset called the Quest 2. The Oculus Quest 2 is, like its predecessor, a standalone headset that can be connected with a PC via the Oculus link cable. It’s smaller and lighter, with redesigned, more ergonomic controllers. The internals are also getting an upgrade with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, 6GB of RAM, and 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, and the headset will support a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has a host of accessories, including custom earbuds and a stronger headstrap that comes with a battery pack. It’ll cost $299, much less than the original Quest, though that’s only for the 64GB model. The 256GB model will set you back $399. Read: Apple pisses off devs by launching iOS 14 with just a day’s notice Facebook appears, with this new headset, to be throwing every single resource it possesses at the notion that VR is inaccessible and prohibitively expensive. The fact that this headset is $100 cheaper than the Quest 1 is definitely a plus. Since Facebook intends to retire the Rift S and the original Quest, it appears it’s going all-in with the Quest as a more accessible, useful VR platform. That said, it’s also fully integrating it into Facebook — remember Oculus and Facebook accounts are now one and the same. As for what you can play on it, Facebook revealed it’s bringing new games to the Quest…Continue readingFacebook announces the Oculus Quest 2, starting at $299

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Facebook leaks its Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset

Facebook The controllers are also new, with updated ergonomics “for an even more comfortable experience,” the company said. What’s more, you can “ditch the controllers” entirely for some games, as the Quest 2 also supports hand-tracking. Finally, the Quest 2 will offer 3D audio capability to help you identify where objects are coming from while gaming. While it was originally released as a standalone headset, the original Quest was eventually updated to support Oculus Rift PC content via the Oculus Link cable. The Quest 2 will have that feature from the get-go, letting you play advanced PC-oriented games like Stormland. The Quest 2 should also work a lot better in standalone mode thanks to the stronger specs, as the original model tended to chug along for certain titles. While Oculus seems to have addressed our comfort complaint, we still don’t know if it addressed our other main gripe about the original’s steep $499 price. The biggest buzzkill might be that you now need a Facebook account to use any new Oculus products — something that the Oculus community was not thrilled about. Source linkContinue readingFacebook leaks its Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset

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Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 leaks in full via official promo videos

The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset has leaked in full via a pair of promotional videos uploaded to a marketing hub run by parent company Facebook, The videos outline the specs of the standalone headset, which is a successor to 2019’s Oculus Quest. Also listed on the site is a pair of live demos of the headset, scheduled for September 16th and 17th. That lines up neatly with a previously-rumored launch date for the Quest 2 of September 15th. According to the videos, the new headset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 platform, which is specifically designed for AR and VR hardware (unlike the general purpose Snapdragon 835 that powered the original Quest). One video boasts that the Quest 2 has an “almost 4K display,” which it says translates to “nearly 2K per eye,” which a second video says is 50 percent more pixels than the original Quest. The headset also has 6GB of RAM (up from 4GB) and up to 256GB of storage (up from a maximum of 128GB), as well as 3D positional audio, and the return of controller-free hand tracking. Although the videos provide plenty of new details about the Oculus Quest 2, there are a couple of lingering questions. It’s not clear, for a start, what the display’s refresh rate will be, which previous reports indicated could increase from 72Hz to 90Hz or even 120Hz to display smoother motion. There’s also no mention of the headset’s size or weight. Previous reports suggested that the Quest 2…Continue readingFacebook’s Oculus Quest 2 leaks in full via official promo videos

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Facebook adds new requirement for Oculus Quest sideloading

Facebook is requiring a new step to sideload content on the Oculus Quest standalone headset. The option to use “unknown sources” on Oculus Quest is gated behind “Developer Mode.” Currently, enabling developer mode for your account requires agreeing to the Oculus Developer Terms of Service. Beginning October 8, Facebook will also add a verification step requiring you to provide either your phone number or payment details. If your account already has developer mode, you have until February 1. The policy shouldn’t change anything for sideloaders who already have that information tied to their account. It’s possible, though, that some Quest users who signed up as developers just to sideload content might’ve preferred a more anonymous relationship with Facebook, and they may now need to add more information to their account. Facebook confirmed in an email that “developer verification will apply to all individual developer accounts, new and existing” and “nothing is changing with Developer Mode at this time.” Earlier this year Facebook promised to open up new options for non-store app distribution on Oculus Quest in early 2021. Until then, as outlined in our guide to sideloading on Quest, signing up as a VR developer and using software like SideQuest can make it easy to do the following: Install prerelease builds released by a developer, before the game is finished and/or released. Install apps that are not available on the Oculus Store (either as they were rejected, have not yet applied for a store listing, or otherwise). Use an alternate build of an…Continue readingFacebook adds new requirement for Oculus Quest sideloading

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The Quest to Liberate $300,000 of Bitcoin From an Old Zip File

The question still remained, though, whether all that GPU-crunching would actually work. After months of hammering on the problem, Stay was finally ready to try. The Guy hadn’t given the entire zip file to Stay and Foster; he likely didn’t trust that they wouldn’t steal his cryptocurrency if they did manage to crack the keys. Instead, because of how encryption is implemented in zip files, he was able to just give Stay and Foster the encrypted “headers,” or informational notes about the file, without sharing its actual content. By February, four months after that first LinkedIn message, they queued it all up and started the attack. It ran for 10 days—and failed. Stay later wrote that he was “heartbroken.” “We’d had lots of bugs before, but the tests I ran on my laptop all worked perfectly,” he says now. “If it was a bug, it had to be a subtle one, and I worried that it would take us a long time to find.” It didn’t help that throughout February, bitcoin’s price was dropping, and the value of the zip file’s contents with it. The Guy was antsy. Stay combed through his attack, worried about some obscure, incorrect assumption or a hidden bug. He soon struck on a new idea about which number, or “seed,” to try as the starting point for the random number generator used in the cryptographic scheme. The Guy combed the test data as well and noticed an error that occurred if the GPU didn’t process…Continue readingThe Quest to Liberate $300,000 of Bitcoin From an Old Zip File