Oculus Rift headsets are offline following a software error

This morning, people around the world couldn’t use their Oculus Rift VR headsets. System software couldn’t “reach Oculus Runtime Service” according to error messages posted to the Oculus forums, spotted by Polygon. One possible explanation is that an Oculus security certificate expired today. The company took to the bulletin board to offer a bit of an update. Via: Polygon Source: …

VR runner ‘Sprint Vector’ launches on February 8th (updated)

Ever wanted to run in virtual reality without smacking into a real wall? You’ll have a chance shortly. Survios has revealed that its VR foot racing game Sprint Vector launches February 8th for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and the 13th for PlayStation VR. The sci-fi runner stands out with a unique control scheme where you pump your arms to …

Oculus Rift bundle discounted to $379 until December 20th

After permanently slashing the Rift and Touch combo price to $399/£399, Oculus is at it again. With Christmas fast approaching, the VR headset bundle is now the cheapest it’s been since Black Friday, at $379/£369. (Heads up that Amazon UK is still honoring the £349 Black Friday price for now, though.) The price cut means the device is fast approaching …

The best VR headsets and games to give as gifts

Virtual reality headsets were once so expensive that they would have only made suitable gifts for early adopters and serious gamers. By now, though, prices have dropped across the board, and there are enough compatible games that we’re willing to recommend these headsets to a broader audience. The VR section of our holiday gift guide includes items at both the …

You can get a refund on Oculus Rift and Gear VR games and apps

Buying games and apps digitally is less risky when there’s a solid refund policy in place. Apple offers refunds for purchases through its iTunes app store and Microsoft has a self-service system. PC distribution portal Steam allows for refunds within 14 days of purchase if you’ve played a game for two hours or less. Now virtual reality company Oculus has …

VR throwback ‘Duck Season’ arrives September 14th

Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season caught our eye for a number of reasons. It’s not just a VR callback to the NES hit Duck Hunt, it’s a broader celebration of ’80s culture… with a horror twist, to boot. And now, you’ll get to see whether or not it’s as fun as it is weird. The studio has announced that Duck …

The best VR headsets and accessories for dorms

We’ll be the first to admit that a virtual-reality session isn’t terribly conducive to bonding with new friends in the dorm. But, hey, a few of us here at Engadget are introverts, so you don’t need to explain to us the value of strapping on a headset and momentarily blocking out the stress of classes and meeting new people. Included …

The VR successor to ‘Second Life’ is now in public beta

Sansar, the VR platform by Second Life creator Linden Lab, is now available for everyone to explore. The public “creator beta” follows a private “creator preview,” which allowed developers and aspiring level designers to try Sansar’s building tools. That period was crucial given, like Second Life, Linden Lab is banking on the community to populate Sansar with interesting experiences. Today, …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

The Oculus Rift has technically supported room-scale VR since the system’s Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn’t guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat. Oculus labelled the feature “experimental,” alerting early adopters to the likelihood of bugs and other gremlins you might expect from in-development functionality. Six …