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Oculus Rift VR device to run Windows 10 as supported by partner Microsoft; Launching expected early 2016

July 2
2:18 AM 2015

Nowadays, the Microsoft seems enjoying a cozy relationship with Oculus VR. Since these companies are good friends now, Microsoft has developed a better lens for the the device, offering a sharper image and less chromatic aberration.

In fact, the Microsoft has even shared the design through a downloadable CAD file. The CAD project's readme file shows that the new lens design features a field of view that's "a little smaller than the stock lens, but it's sharper across the field and has far less chromatic aberration.

. The lens can be purchased from Edmund Optics, and the housing can be 3D-printed. This gets the price up to approximately $200 per eye. The necessary specs to 3D print have been released by Microsoft, which are improved lenses than the ones the Oculus Rift ships with.

According to the company, this new design would improve visual quality and avoid the "lens distortion" that's seen with Oculus' own equipment. Nevertheless, this latest design would also lead to a narrower field of view, an obvious frequent theme for Microsoft.

The last June 11 Oculus Rift press event left a major announcement that the Oculus Rift won't come with a propitiatory controller. Thanks to partnership with Microsoft for it will be shipped with an Xbox One Wireless Controller, instead.

These new wireless controllers which track your hands have been codenamed 'half moon'. There will be one for each hand that will serve as a mirror image of each other including an analogue stick, two buttons and a trigger. Furthermore, a haptic feedback and a matrix of sensors are also contained here, which poses like pointing, waving and thumbs up can be identified. The other Xbox related news is that you will now be able to stream games from the console to the Oculus Rift.

The Rift will operate natively with Windows 10, as confirmed by Oculus. Moreover, the Oculus has stated that there will be plenty of games compatible with the Rift when it comes out next year. Actually, to help create independent games for the VR headset, the firm will invest $10M.

Launch titles include Eve Valkyrie, Chronos, Edge of Nowhere, Damage Core, VR Sports Challenge, Esper, AirMechVR and Lucky's Tale.

According to a blog post, in early 2016, the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will finally launch together with the pre-orders being taken from late 2015.

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