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Ben Lang @benz145 Silicon Valley

Co-founder & Executive Editor of the leading independent VR news publication @RtoVR. Journalist & analyst, not evangelist.

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Joined Twitter 4/22/08


Was anyone else surprised at how much bottled up anger there was about gender reveal parties? From the stories rece… https://t.co/RoMbwAsfuf @SamNChiet @AntonHand 👌 @AntonHand Ive always wished a dev would add a 1 in 1,000 chance of a sound effect that’s a short subtle whisper behind the player. @BrbOmg @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack Any VR examples come to mind with great sound? @Heaney555 @Scobleizer @ID_AA_Carmack It wasn’t just software, they completely transformed the hardware in service… https://t.co/BQ5kBN7spY @BrbOmg @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack Off-ear doesn’t seem to be the issue, but off-center. You’re much better read in… https://t.co/m4CAltbA2O @BrbOmg @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack Would you agree that there's an ideal position of the real sound source to do im… https://t.co/Npo042NVGH
9/19
2020
@ChickTech Cool shoot me a DM me some time you're feeling musical 🎶🎵🎼🎹🎧🎷🎺🎸🎻🎙(🦆) @ChickTech Happy to show you the virtual ropes if you’d like to jam sometime 🥁🎹🎸 @ChickTech 'Tis a hidden gem: https://t.co/CPxL4JXg6X. Got a PC headset? It's co-op! @volgaksoy @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack I agree it works "fine". My main point is that audio is a really easy way to… https://t.co/YmOrbYGQNHDoing a Quest 2 AMA on r/OculusQuest starting in 25 mins if anyone has questions on the headset, Oculus plans, etc: https://t.co/KIjQEJL8DcOver now but thanks for joining!Over now but thanks for joining! https://t.co/LH6VcpxqN7VR fam, can I interest you in some VR jams? Starting now: https://t.co/FVorJfTF8T https://t.co/EUNUaWi930Going to be streaming some VR jams here via Electronauts in 15. Check back for a link if you need some groove in your Friday. @AndreTI @ID_AA_Carmack @KisatoVR It's convenient, there's no doubt. But if immersion is the goal, a better audio s… https://t.co/TAa0sxjiq3 @volgaksoy @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack The issue is that the ear can tell that the audio source, even if dressed up… https://t.co/fM5cdqTNdS @510home @VREALofficial Yeah it’s like ‘80%’ right now in terms of UX. It has to get to 98% to be truly useful othe… https://t.co/r2Id5GagG3OpenXR *could* open the door to real standalone VR competition for Facebook, but there’s a real risk that devs/game… https://t.co/RdSV3hfsEhShame that @VREALofficial were too ahead of the VR wave, they were working on precisely that.The other day I threw up a Hubs link and spontaneously ‘hung out’ with 20 people in VR for an hour. Really wish suc… https://t.co/15f8C1WLAx @volgaksoy @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack Yup, tried on Quest 2. The issue for spatialization, as far as I can tell, is… https://t.co/coyfOwkLiRGood sound, FX, and clear art direction were the original 'hit markers'.[Don't Miss] Oculus Quest 2 Review – The Best Standalone Headset Gets Better in (Almost) Every Way… https://t.co/aXwcDyAcQG
Retweeted by Ben Lang @Scobleizer @ID_AA_Carmack For sure, I think when it comes to the overall experience, Apple will disrupt Facebook a… https://t.co/9JJP1Wixm8 @mixedrealityTV @Hero_Kvatch @Heaney555 @samred @hmltn @David_Jagneaux @kentbye It's difficult to meaningfully get… https://t.co/AnpvSAisIN @JustinMolinari @ID_AA_Carmack Valve has shown that off-eat audio is a great solution that provides excellent audio… https://t.co/7pvbrSTc45 @NivranaVR Nothing I've seen. @gemisisDev @ID_AA_Carmack They’re less blocked by the face of, but still inches away from your ears. No way to do… https://t.co/V7VkTgSSw9
9/18
2020
@Azadux 💯 'not good enough' or 'too expensive' is way different than 'not good enough [for my use-case]' and 'too e… https://t.co/GacnG619n8Quest 2 is a pretty great piece of hardware in most regards, but it's a real shame how much harm the audio approach… https://t.co/DpDlRG6f8E @motorsep Are you assuming they do, or is there evidence for it?It’s going to be a weird future when Facebook starts populating its social VR crowds with your ‘suggested friends’.… https://t.co/kAtcMY5jUR @motorsep Apple also does stuff like encryption iMessage amd FaceTime by default, Facebook doesn’t. @motorsep Who does Apple sell data to? @motorsep As far as I know, they’re far better about it than there competitors. Recent iOS update just added a bunc… https://t.co/dKa7jkKwXI“Dating” in 2020 https://t.co/uf3zw8J9vxI’m also really impressed with how hard they push accessibility. Stuff like this is subtle but meaningful. https://t.co/kowg777RKQReally glad Apple continues to focus on privacy as a value-add for customers. Hopefully this carries into their AR design.‘Myst’ Remake Coming to Quest & SteamVR Headsets Soon, Trailer Here https://t.co/8Y1Yw9TVTW https://t.co/jw3ZoVYQla
Retweeted by Ben Lang @Marketstuff99 It’s hard to say. Although they share the design of CV1 touch, the thumbstick still feels like the Q… https://t.co/AWpW5ZLv1j @ID_AA_Carmack where are the ‘highest quality pixels’ one can currently see in Quest 2, game, video, photo, or otherwise? Fandango Now? @EzTnT https://t.co/WqiVrvHTESI just jumped into Venues and randomly ‘bumped into’ somebody I know and we had a nice conversation. It’s cool to s… https://t.co/yJKG72ufDzSo normally @ID_AA_Carmack gets shooed off the stage at Connect, but now that he's just streaming to us, maybe he'l… https://t.co/7IgMpzO1Jv @hc_virtuoso Oh yeah great questions, thanks for joining in!
9/17
2020
@hc_virtuoso Thanks for joining, what was your name in there? @cartweet1 If you’re used to the battery pack weight already I’d consider doing the Elite Battery Strap, unless you… https://t.co/ixmUErQwaeChat was well attended for an hour but now over! So don’t be scared if you join and you’re all alone. Thanks everyo… https://t.co/KK7gkNp44p @Tuism Yes that was great, thanks for joining and for helping with the audio troubleshooting!Join me for an impromptu AMA on Quest 2 in VR. Join the room at this link (https://t.co/PujN7jVM1F) or go to… https://t.co/xf1SPkgCm0I’ve spent two weeks with Quest 2. In about 15 minutes I’m going to do an AMA in @MozillaHubs. If you want to join… https://t.co/wl2iCxDFC6 @AntonHand Sorry Anton, that sucks. It’s a real shame nobody is competing with them right now. I really hope someone takes up the challenge. @ALEXEIMARTOV I hear that. I think there may be some other variables too. Perhaps VR devs are trying their best to… https://t.co/ZjjrNnQPkd @Rengle820 Asking why perf is a fairly common problem for VR games no matter how much compute is available. @Olemid Oculus has suggested all titles in the store will work on both headsets. Not clear if they will enforce tha… https://t.co/mFjLqBuBB7 @GuadoBianco Yes thank you, I’ll correct! @ALEXEIMARTOV My point is that given an arbitrary amount of compute, it seems pretty common for games to cross the… https://t.co/90bqK8bLq3 @ALEXEIMARTOV Ah yes, but Naughty Dog makes sure to hit perf before shipping their products. I'm talking about the devs that don't. @OXIOXIForever My point is that, given an arbitrary performance target, many applications do not do a good job of o… https://t.co/JvydGnZBrS @Haulik It *could*, but this would require a pretty concerted effort on Oculus' side to re architect how third-part… https://t.co/CidyGsjAZDLike, you'd think that if VR games *can* run smoothly on a Snapdragon 835 then there's no excuse to ever see stutte… https://t.co/0PPFPF7myrWith all the extra power in Quest 2, any *current* Quest experience should run beautifully. Inevitably games will s… https://t.co/Eu8tDsZf6k @hokey1 The attachments for the official straps is anything but standard and replicable, but it's design to be remo… https://t.co/zZ4fRwVjeg @joedanimation I haven't tested the battery version, but it's essentially the same thing just with more weight in t… https://t.co/aUVrenSxWx @daveyjose Nope, no SD card slot.Great idea for Oculus to lean into this at the system level. https://t.co/wKG2gFzy3TIf you're getting a Quest 2. Get👏the👏Elite👏Strap. Should have been included by default, but at least it's only $50… https://t.co/6d31lRPCe6 @jesseschell Looking forward to the untethered Until You Fall experience : ) @_jamesoloughlin On-par if not slightly worse than Quest with the soft strap. Better than Quest with the Elite Strap. @iBrews Nope, pretty much the same as original Quest right now. More power in XR2 means it could improve via softwa… https://t.co/zfdnvhphWu @NivranaVR 18WhA year ago I wrote in an analysis article: "There’s also another option… a wild card: Oculus could simply eliminate… https://t.co/XqnreUAxtA @NivranaVR Don't think that's been confirmed yet; checking with Oculus.Quest 2 Official Accessories Include Elite Strap, Elite Battery Strap, Carrying Case, & Fit Pack… https://t.co/8zze1A5NTq
Retweeted by Ben Lang‘The Climb 2’ Coming to Oculus Quest This Holiday Season, Trailer Here https://t.co/33WjaWLRwN @OculusGaming https://t.co/Kkt0oKOVtE
Retweeted by Ben Lang'Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge' Coming to Quest This Holiday Season, Trailer Here https://t.co/DyT0DV5Rtchttps://t.co/lhxcRlVTLR
Retweeted by Ben LangGot questions? I got answers. Hit up with questions, but do me a favor and make sure I didn't already answer in our… https://t.co/7wBxcFLpv5‘Warhammer 40,000’ VR Shooter Coming to Quest & Rift in 2020, Trailer Here https://t.co/444syrEmm1 @OculusGaming https://t.co/fftvMsqcXU
Retweeted by Ben LangUbisoft Announces ‘Assassin’s Creed’ & ‘Splinter Cell’ VR Games for Oculus Platform https://t.co/UoWgxrRCMF https://t.co/xYPhpnp8Vt
Retweeted by Ben LangOculus Quest 2 Review – The Best Standalone Headset Gets Better in (Almost) Every Way https://t.co/6vAZ5DSmO8 https://t.co/NXWD1x4aC9
Retweeted by Ben LangFacebook to Discontinue Rift Product Line in 2021, Will No Longer Build PC-only VR Headsets https://t.co/VX4bfD9HwS https://t.co/s7aoJeu4ec
Retweeted by Ben LangQuest 2 Announced with XR2, 90Hz, & New Controllers Starting at $300, Pre-orders Open for October 13th Launch… https://t.co/mFynAkH1zW
Retweeted by Ben LangBummer it won’t be in person this year; I’m thinking of all the interesting people and fun times had at Oculus Conn… https://t.co/rxgG2qjwWC @AeonixAeon Facebook captured enough of a portion of internet activities to be a ‘country’ of the internet. They wo… https://t.co/YbkyitoQSDPssst. You're gonna wanna check out Road to VR in the morning. @zach_wendt @VRGameRankings : ( @AeonixAeon But they would if they could, and that’s the point. Facebook would like everyone in their walled garden… https://t.co/5IbrwoSbIm
9/16
2020
@David_Jagneaux lol great headline @Azadux Thanks Az. Sleep tracking was one of my top priorities, so when I looked into an activity tracker I went wi… https://t.co/7qTotM4RaQ @Tsukinune Facebook has done a lot of experimental things on Quest, not all of which reach all users. I'm only rece… https://t.co/w1Vsoms4Ou @VRGameRankings That sure would be nice. @inter4ever_7 Yeah I'm not sure if it rolled out to everyone now or not. I know it was added a while back but it se… https://t.co/fa570Lc0kn @vr_sam 😂Omg my Quest *finally* got the update to allow persistent pass-through as the background environment... now any tim… https://t.co/oc2zJdh1tsI think the 'veil of ignorance' is an applicable approach to creating the privacy structure of the metaverse—if you… https://t.co/s1XWb1n6rb @Azadux A watch designed to track your life but only has the battery life for 75% of each day is just not great.Apple can add a million features to Apple Watch, but until the battery life is longer than 18 hours, it'll be usele… https://t.co/R4tl1TNz8J
9/15
2020
I think a lot of people missed this... even though Facebook won't require an FB account for existing Oculus users u… https://t.co/a4JhDX2MNN
9/14
2020

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