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Commodore 64 Emulator Brings Retro Gaming To Oculus Quest

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The 80’s most popular home computer arrives on Quest headsets.

Back in 1982, one of the coolest devices you could own was the Commodore 64. The C64, as it’s referred to by many enthusiasts, had a screaming MOS 6510/8500 1MHz processor with a paltry 64 KByte of memory. At the time, however, this was one of the most advanced pieces of consumer electronic hardware you could buy for under $600. 

The C64 was so popular that it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling computer model of all time, with an estimated 12.5 to 17 million units sold. Time Magazine even listed as one of the most influential gadgets and gizmos of all time.

Available now on the Oculus Quest via SideQuest, Real Commodore 64 – Virtually brings the original Commodore 64 experience to VR, allowing Quest and Quest 2 players the chance to explore a massive catalog of retro PC games.

Built by Peter Gomberg, who goes by the name of OPEN PC Reviews on YouTube, Real Commodore VR is built around a fully functional Commodore 64 emulator which players to import their own ROMs and play their favorite games from the comfort of a nostalgia-inducing bedroom featuring models of the USS Enterprise, X-Wing Fighter, and Transformers, as well as classic movie posters. It’s the perfect homage to any OG techie who grew up during that time.

During an interview with VRScout, Gomberg said, “I have extremely fond memories of playing this with my dad when I was around 10 to 12 years old,” adding, ” I hope people will enjoy the thrill of having a Commodore 64 in VR for free without needing to spend money on a physical one; those are not cheap.”

Image Credit: Peter Gomberg

“Also, they’re kinda bulky, and if someone just wants to have the experience of using one without spending the money on one or finding space for one, they can use this free app. Fun fact, the $299.99 cost of a Quest 2 is LESS than going out and buying a Commodore 64 with 1702 monitor and 1541 drive!”

Real Commodore 64 – Virtually is actually based off an earlier version that Gomberg built for the Oculus Go back in 2020, which itslef was based on a Commodore 64 project by Jonas Minnberg called Machineroom.

Gomberg actually reached out to Minnberg to learn more about Machineroom and how his own ROMs could be used as part of the project, but he never got a response. Gomberg continued tinkering on his own and eventually figured out his own workaround.

Those interested can learn more about the development process here

Image Credit: Peter Gomberg

After Gomberg released his first version, he found yet another email address for Minnberg and sent him a link to the video provided above. This time he did respond.

“He said it was entertaining and that he didn’t think anyone had any interest in the project so he ended up forgetting about it. He then offered to send me the Unity Project files! This was the most thrilling part!”

Real Commodore 64 – Virtually works really well with the Oculus Quest. You’re able to walk around and explore your room using the right joystick on your Quest controller; the left joystick controller is what you’ll use to play games on your Commodore 64.

Image Credit: Peter Gomberg

As I mentioned earlier, Gronberg set it up so you can add your own ROMs to your virtual C64. The first step is to create a folder in the root files of your Oculus Quest. Name the folder “C64” and then drop your D64 image files into that folder. The next time you launch the app, your ROM files should auto-spawn as old-school floppy disks on your virtual desk. From there you can use your left Quest controller to pick up a disk and insert it into your C64 drive. 

According to Gomberg, the project took over a year to develop, and even now it still requires some additional work.

“For me, I think the hardest part was the locomotion. I am a total C# and Unity noob so I learn as I go. The locomotion of the right thumbstick seemed to take me the longest to develop, All of it however was quite the challenge and if you look at the differences between the first version and the version I just released, you can see a ton of work was put into this,” Gomberg adds, “I still have a HUGE todo list for this thing and it will take me some time to learn.” 

Image Credit: Peter Gomberg

For now, Real Commodore 64 – Virtually is available exclusively on Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets via SideQuest and GitHub, but Gomberg has stated that he has submitted the app to the Oculus App Lab and is currently awaiting approval. 

Gomberg told me that a release for the Oculus Rift and Rift S is currently in the works, though he’s currently running into several technical issues regarding Windows.

“I’m still troubleshooting this and this is my next main goal before I do anything else with this project. The reason is that the Oculus Rift S version looks immeasurably clearer. It puts the Quest version to shame and I know some people will enjoy it even more.”

You can download Real Commodore 64 – Virtually for free via SideQuest and Github. As previously stated,

Feature Image Credit: Peter Gomberg

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The VR Job Hub: HTC Vive, Zen Studios, Wooorld & Vertigo Games

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Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Location Company Role Link
Budapest, Hungary Zen Studios Data Analyst Click Here to Apply
Budapest, Hungary Zen Studios Network Programmer Click Here to Apply
Budapest, Hungary Zen Studios Game Programmer Click Here to Apply
Budapest, Hungary Zen Studios 3D Character Animator Click Here to Apply
Remote Wooorld Unity Engineer – VR/AR Click Here to Apply
Remote Wooorld Full Stack Engineer Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games Analytics Engineer Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games Senior Full Stack Developer Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games UI Engineer Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games QA Lead Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games QA Specialist Click Here to Apply
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Vertigo Games Technical Level Designer Click Here to Apply
London, UK HTC Vive (Vive Arts) Sales Assistant & Art Liaison Click Here to Apply
London, UK HTC Vive (Vive Arts) Executive Assistant of Director (French Speaking) Click Here to Apply
London, UK HTC Vive (Vive Arts) Curator, Vive Arts Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham (pgraham@vrfocus.com).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

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First VR Film Shot Aboard ISS Available On Oculus Venues

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Watch Episode One of Space Explorers: The ISS Experience free for a limited time as part of National Space Day.

In honor of National Space Day, Oculus will be streaming a 24-hour loop of developer Felix & Paul’s groundbreaking VR film, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience.

Beginning today through May 10th, those with an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift headset can check out Episode One of the four-part 360-degree series 100% free-of-charge via Oculus TV and Oculus Venues. The largest production ever shot in space, Episode One: ADAPT, documents the arrival of several new crew members aboard the ISS and their experience adjusting to life in space. Throughout the roughly 24-minute 3D, 360-degree film, you’ll follow professional astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques, Christina Koch, and Nick Hague, as they overcome a variety of challenges unique to life in space, from disorientation caused by microgravity to various unexpected emergencies.

Developed over the course of two years, the entire series was shot, narrated, and crewed by the astronauts themselves, who ended up capturing an incredible 200 hours of cinematic 360-degree footage plus 18 hours of eye-opening video logs and interviews. The result is a rare, intimate look at the day-to-day lives of these modern-day pioneers, from their innovative scientific work to the shared meals and personal relationships developed while floating through the vacuum of space.

We had a chance to check out Episode Two of the revolutionary series, ADVANCE, during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Whereas Episode One focused on the arrival of new crew members, Episode Two follows three astronauts as they prepare to disembark the ISS and return to Earth.

Image Credit: Felix & Paul Studios

I’m not exaggerating when I say Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is easily one of the most impactful VR films I’ve ever experienced in-headset. Whether it be the incredible 3D visuals afforded by Felix & Paul’s pioneering 360-degree camera—which was built specifically for use in space by astronauts—or the powerful video logs recorded by the crew, Space Explorers is the closest you’ll get to experiencing life in space without a degree in engineering or biological science. As a self-described space fanatic, I’m not afraid to admit that there were several moments throughout Episode One and Two that had me on the verge of tears.

Those with an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift headset can check out Episode One on-demand for a limited time via Oculus TV. You can also catch a 24-hour loop of Part One via Oculus Venues.

Image Credit: Felix & Paul Studios

For more information on the ground-breaking project visit here.

Feature Image Credit: Felix & Paul Studios

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Space Explorers Episode One Streaming For Free Until May 10 On Quest And Rift

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The first episode of the immersive VR series Space Explorers will be available for free in Oculus TV and Oculus Venues until May 10 to celebrate National Space Day.

Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is available as a Quest and Rift app spread across four episodes, the first two of which are available now. However, to celebrate National Space Day on May 7, the first episode, Adapt, will be available to stream for free  until May 10.

It is now available on a 24-hour loop in Oculus Venues or on demand in Oculus TV until Monday. If you watch episode one and want more, you can download the Space Explorers app and purchase episode two. Episodes three and four aren’t available just yet, but are scheduled to release Fall 2021 and Winter 2021 respectively.

Here’s a synopsis of the first episode:

Episode One, “Adapt” documents the arrival of a new crew of astronauts aboard the International Space Station as they discover the joy, wonder and danger of living in space. Years of training come into play as the crew overcomes disorientation from microgravity, responds to potentially catastrophic emergencies, and learns to operate as a close-knit team. The extreme nature of this unique shared experience brings them to form family-like bonds. 

Space Explorers is a Felix & Paul Studios and Time Studios production, and was filmed entirely in space using Felix & Paul Studios’ specialized 3D, 360-degree space camera. It is the largest production ever filmed in space.

The first episode goes for approximately 24 minutes and is available now on loop in Oculus Venues and on demand on Oculus TV for Quest and Rift.

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Oculus Quest Might Be Getting Android Apps

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You might soon be able to access some Android apps on your Oculus Quest.

VR YouTuber The Mysticle today tweeted images of Android apps listed in their Quest 2 library. According to the tweet, the apps appeared under the preview apps section of the store, which is primarily used for early access to native Quest apps, perhaps for multiplayer betas, Q&A testing or other reasons.

This was brought up on our discord today and I just had to check it out to make sure it was real. It sure is! These are under preview apps in the store. The developer name in info is “Android Apps For Quest” and the website seems to be Oculus. Are they finally adding popular apps pic.twitter.com/aUuTuTowLz

— TheMysticle (@TheMysticle) May 7, 2021

Images included in the tweet show popular apps like Zoom, TikTok, Spotify, Candy Crush and even Among Us sitting in the library. What they don’t show is any of these apps actually being used. Facebook declined to comment on the validity of the images, or if Quest might be getting Android app integration anytime soon.

Of course, Quest runs off of a version of the Android operating system, so it’s feasibly possible that the platform could run these apps. Presumably, they’d appear as 2D virtual windows you could interactive with by using your Touch controllers as pointers.

Why would you want to do that? Well, aside from accessing games and apps on your Quest 2, features like this could be very beneficial to Facebook’s Infinite Office app on Quest 2, which lets users get work done inside VR.

Quest wouldn’t be the first headset to support Android apps. Google and Lenovo’s Mirage Solo was able to run them with some simple tweaks in the headset’s backend. That was a Daydream headset, though, so it doesn’t really count.

Would you use Android apps on Quest? Let us know in the comments below!

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