Oculus first announced the Oculus Link technology and software this past Oculus Connect Event in September of 2019. This software allows the Oculus Quest to essentially become a Rift S, with all of the same similarities and the same gaming capabilities. With the right PC hardware and an Oculus Link-ready cord with the right specs, your Quest is able to play some of the most high-end games the Oculus Rift Platform has to offer. Starting yesterday, the official Oculus Link cable is available in select regions.
We aren’t sure which regions the new cable is available in, but the main Quest-consuming countries are thought to be included in this initial release. The cord is priced at $79.99 inside of the United States.
This new cord from Oculus is believed to be the best Link cable on the market. We have found a few cables that are capable of harnessing this new tech, but none of them have had the impressive specs that are inside the new Oculus cable. This cable isn’t just another pretty piece of hardware, as it holds 15 feet (3 meters) of tech that is unrivaled in the market right now. For the full list of specs, you can check those out below.
Official Link Specs
- Length – 5 Meter Headset Cable
- Outer Diameter – 4.6 Millimeters
- Weight – 224g
- Color – Black
- Type – USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
- Connectors – Headset: Right Angle USB Type-C
- PC Straight Type-C
- Cable Exterior – TPU 0.5 Millimeter
- Low Friction Durable Flexible
- Shielding – High Quality Spiral Shielding
- Cable Bend Radius – 20 Millimeter
- Signal Requirements – USB 3.2 Gen 1 Signaling 5 Gbps USB 2 Backward Compatible
- Infrared Signal Loss Tolerances – <500mV VBUS @ 3000mA : <250mV GND @ 3000mA
- Power Supply – 3A
- Bandwidth – 5 Gbps
- Electrical Identification – eMarker
- Support for SuperSpeed USB ports
These specs were also available for third-party manufacturers to use, but not many have come out with their own cable dedicated to the link just yet. Oculus wasn’t anticipated to release their own cable for over another month, but putting it on the market during the holiday season seems like the perfect idea from a company that is selling out of early everything this season.
If there is going to be another company that can compete with Oculus and its own cord, they will need to price their Link at a much cheaper price. We doubt another company is going to release any hardware for the Link that is more impressive than Oculus’, so cutting the price without cutting too much power and latency is going to be incredibly important.
Have you tried out the Oculus Link beta yet? Let us know in the comments below and tell us what your favorite game is on your standalone VR PC headset! For more VR news and community updates, make sure to check back at VRGear.com
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)