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Rock Band in virtual reality, coming to Oculus RiftThe band can keep rockin' in the virtual world, but we still don't know how much Oculus' headset will cost. Also, Google launches the Cardboard Camera app for creating 360-degree photos, and GoPro slashes the price of the Hero4 Session camera.
The band is getting back together in virtual reality. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] When Rock Band first came out in 2007, the idea was that you could feel like you're a rock star as you smash buttons on plastic instruments. But if you really want to feel like you're rocking out on stage, soon you can play in virtual reality. Rock Band the game will be playable on the Oculus Rift head set by March of next year. That announcement was made at the Games Awards show Thursday and it was made by Palmer Lucky, he is the co-founder of Oculus VR. And he teased on Twitter that he had a big announcement to make at the show. But fans are hoping for something bigger like a place, or release date, or when they can actually and Oculus Rift. Because people don't even know how much this headset's gonna cost, although some insiders are estimating The VR headsets could be as much as a new console, maybe around $350. We also don't know the price or exact release dates of other high-end virtual reality headsets that are getting buzz, like HTC's Vive, and Sony's Playstation VR. Right now companies are just teasing a few games because we'll need to see some good games to want to spend the money on this stuff. And content is a big factor in getting VR to grow. Google just released an app for Android to help people make some very basic 360 degree photos that can be viewed in VR with Google Cardboard. That's a super cheap VR headset that uses your phone. The new Cardboard Camera app helps you stitch together panoramic still photos with a 3D look and it records audio. So you can get the feeling that you're standing still in one moment in time. There are no images above and below you, and 360 photos aren't exactly true virtual reality. Experiences. But it is one way Google is trying to get people to build content. At least in baby steps. Problem is, you can't share photos. You'll have to lend someone your phone and a cardboard viewer to see it. But if you don't need your photos and video to be in a third dimension, You may be interested in the news on GoPro, because the action cam maker slashed the price of the cube-shaped Hero4 Session camera to half of what it cost when it went onsale just five months ago! It originally was $400. Then it went down to $300 in September. And now it's $200. Apparently the cube was a tough sell at its original price when the Hero 4 Silver model had many more features and better quality for the same price. It makes you feel bad for anyone that paid $400 when it first came out. That's it for this tech news update and there's more at CNet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]