Everything Oculus announced today: $99 Gear VR, Touch release date, Minecraft, and more

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It’s Oculus Connect keynote day, and the company had a lot of stuff to announce despite a claim that consumers shouldn’t get too excited about the event in Los Angeles.

Here are all the big announcements:

Samsung’s $ 99 Gear VR

While Oculus is planning to release the amazing new Rift headset in Q1 2016, one of its biggest partners, Samsung, revealed it will release the consumer version of Gear VR in November for just $ 99. This will work with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5.

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Oculus SDK 1.0 is coming in November

Both Rift and Gear VR will need a lot of VR content, and Oculus is planning to update its software-development kit to help studios do exactly that. One of the big things this SDK will come with is direct drivers — this will enable the headset to work without having to fiddle with setting up the Rift as an external monitor.

Oculus Arcade

This is a 1980s-style arcade simulator that enables you to feel like you’re playing Pac-Man at a stand-up machine.

Trailer for Rift games

 

Twitch, Hulu, Netflix, and more to support Oculus Video

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Developers are working on plenty of games for virtual reality, but Oculus is expecting all kinds of content to make the leap to its Rift and Gear VR systems. That includes video services like Netflix and Hulu — the latter of which revealed it is planning to build VR-native videos.

“Oculus Ready” PCs

You’re gonna need a beefy PC to use an Oculus Rift, but you won’t need to guess if certain systems will work. Oculus announced it will work with hardware manufacturers like Dell, Alienware, and Asus on a line of “Oculus Ready” rigs that cost less than $ 1,000.

Minecraft comes to Rift

Microsoft is planning to make the Windows 10 Edition of its block-building game Minecraft compatible with Xbox One.

Oculus is working on its equivalent of Xbox Live and the App Store

Facebook, the owner of Oculus VR, has said that it won’t try to make a lot of money on the Rift hardware. That means it’s going to make the real cash on the app and software side. And we saw a little bit of that today when the company revealed how its platform will handle social features, analytics, and distribution.

Oculus Touch trailer and release date

The incredible Oculus Touch controllers, which brings your hands into VR, aren’t coming out until Q2 of 2016. But here’s a trailer to show what they can do.

Oculus Medium

Oculus chief executive officer Brendan Iribe said that every new platform needs a paint app, and Medium is what his company is calling its take on 3D drawing.

Epic reveals new Oculus Touch demo Bullet Train

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Minecraft comes to Oculus Rift

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey talks virtual worlds at his Connect event in Los Angeles.

Yes, you can place blocks in virtual reality.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is going to support Oculus Rift, we learned today at Oculus Connect in Los Angeles. Founder Palmer Luckey of Oculus VR announced that Microsoft will bring its block-building phenomenon will support the head-mounted display when it launches in Q1 of 2016.

This is a big get for Rift, which will need high-profile content to help convince people that spending the money to invest in VR is worth it.

Minecraft on Rift is also notable because Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson once called Facebook’s acquisition of the Rift “creepy.” Although, now that Microsoft owns Minecraft, Persson’s opinion on Rift doesn’t matter.

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How to make Minecraft run faster?

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Graphics: Fast, Smooth Lighting: Off, 3D Anaglyph: Off, Particles: Minimal, Render Distance: Tiny, Performance: Power Saver, View Bobbing: Off, Advanced OpenGL: Off, Clouds: Off, Server Textures: Off. I believe these are all the settings that matter, and to the best of my knowledge, they don’t go any lower, but Minecraft still lags and runs slowly, even with no other programs but Minecraft running. Is there any possible way to make it not lag/ run faster and do so while not making Minecraft look absolutely horrible?
I don’t want to alter my computer, and I’m not getting a new one.

Best answer:

Answer by Steven
Download a texture pack that has even lower quality.

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Why is my minecraft running slow, not smooth?

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For christmas i got a new desktop computer. It is more than capable of running minecraft. Specs- 6gb RAM, 3.30ghz i3 processer, 64bit windows 7. However when i play minecraft, it seems to be choppy. My old laptop that crashed ran it smoother than that. I installed java 7 64 bit, it seemed to help but i still averaged 7-10fps. My graphics are on fast, with clouds turned off. I dont know if i need to update some other java platform. Also my 6gb of ram is not running out, i checked when i play the game, it only uses 700mb of it at MAX. I also close out everything, except google chrome at times, so nothing is taking up extra ram, im almost sure it has to be something with java. I checked with windows task manager btw.

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Answer by sasha
It sounds like it should be running really well

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any minecraft players on yahoo answers? i need advice?

Question by : any minecraft players on yahoo answers? i need advice?
i just started playing like a week ago, and im just now starting on my larger house. its killing me. i started it like, on top of a mountain, and it a long time to build the walkway out from the mountain a little ways to where i wanted to build a platform suspended in midair with my house on it.

im about halfway through the platform when i realized that the clouds are at the same height as the platform. i dont want the clouds to be there the entire time im there and all, so im debating taking it down and building it lower. but it took sooo long to build, and was so hard and gave me migraines due to the amount of times i fell to my death while making it. what should i do? what would you do? any tips?

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Answer by Douglas Rintoul
Since there’s no way to lower the clouds, i’d recommend moving it down.
But spawn in some tnt and have fun destroying it 🙂

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Q&A: any minecraft players on yahoo answers? i need advice?

Question by : any minecraft players on yahoo answers? i need advice?
i just started playing like a week ago, and im just now starting on my larger house. its killing me. i started it like, on top of a mountain, and it a long time to build the walkway out from the mountain a little ways to where i wanted to build a platform suspended in midair with my house on it.

im about halfway through the platform when i realized that the clouds are at the same height as the platform. i dont want the clouds to be there the entire time im there and all, so im debating taking it down and building it lower. but it took sooo long to build, and was so hard and gave me migraines due to the amount of times i fell to my death while making it. what should i do? what would you do? any tips?

Best answer:

Answer by Douglas Rintoul
Since there’s no way to lower the clouds, i’d recommend moving it down.
But spawn in some tnt and have fun destroying it 🙂

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