Oculus Finally Catches Up On Shipping
Oculus plans to ship its Touch hand controllers "in volume" in Q4, narrowing the launch window from the second half of the year. The Rift is now shipping new orders within four days, and Oculus says it has fulfilled all pre-orders. The updates mean a fully energized Facebook, and Samsung will join Sony and a Google-led consortium of phone manufacturers in selling virtual reality technologies this holiday season.
Oculus Connect 3 will be October 5-7 in San Jose, shifting the developer conference from Hollywood and moving it closer to Facebook's headquarters. Registration starts August 2 at 9 a.m. PST. The event takes place the week before Sony starts shipping PlayStation VR and Valve holds its Steam Dev Days conference.
Pokemon Go took over Android and iPhones as servers overloaded with the launch of the monster-collecting game. Though pitched as an augmented reality game, the AR mode that inserts cartoon creatures into the view from your phone’s camera can be easily switched off to conserve battery life.