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HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive isn't a small investment in time, gadgetry, or of course money. You'd be forgiven for assuming that, with its huge box full of headset, controllers, motion-tracking base stations, and all the many cables and power adapters that keep them connected and running, playing with Vive would be a similarly involved process. Still, you'd be wrong.

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HTC Vive Review – the Holodeck you always wanted

HTC Vive Review – the Holodeck you always wanted

Virtual Reality is finally coming of age, and with Vive, HTC and Valve believe they have the finest and most flexible interpretation of next-generation gaming. A surprise announcement just a year ago, Vive aims to out-immerse Oculus' Rift by spreading VR throughout the room, rather than just putting it in a headset. The SlashGear team has been living with not one, but three Vive systems: read on for our verdict.

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Windows 10 is now the most popular PC gaming OS

Windows 10 is now the most popular PC gaming OS

Since Microsoft started offering free upgrades to Windows 10 last year, a lot of people have been upgrading. Sure, there are plenty of people that are still holding onto their beloved Windows 7 installations, but that number continues to dwindle. So just how popular is the latest version of Windows? Well it's now the most-commonly used OS, at least for playing games.

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Star Trek’s Holodeck has been recreated in SteamVR

Star Trek’s Holodeck has been recreated in SteamVR

Whenever I start talking about VR experiences to anyone, especially when it comes to the Vive, there are a couple of references that inevitably get made. The first is The Matrix, as no one can be told what VR is. You have to see it for yourself. The other is the Holodeck from Star Trek. Well now you'll be able to experience the Holodeck for yourself.

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Valve releases CAD files for Steam Controller

Valve releases CAD files for Steam Controller

When you want to mod something like a controller, there's a fair bit of work that goes into it, before you can really even start. Depending on how you're wanting to modify it, you have to do precise measurements, and sometimes even try to map the entire thing in 3D. Well, if you've ever wanted to make some changes to your Steam Controller, Valve has just made the process a lot easier.

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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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Steam releases Desktop Game Theater beta for playing any game in VR

Steam releases Desktop Game Theater beta for playing any game in VR

It was only about a week ago that Valve announced a new feature for its SteamVR software, Desktop Game Theater, which will allow soon-to-be HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners to play any game on their headset, beyond those specifically designed for virtual reality. With both VR hardware options about to start shipping in the coming weeks, Valve has just rolled out a public beta for Desktop Game Theater, so those with developer editions of the headsets can give it a try.

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Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

The Portal games are among my favorites for a number of reasons. I'm a big fan of solving puzzles and condescending robots, and those games really satisfied both areas. The second game wrapped up the story of Chell pretty neatly, but there's still a lot more to explore at Aperture Laboratories. While at GDC, Valve gave me a peek into some of the various Pocket Universes that we'll be able to explore in The Lab.

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VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

With the launch titles being shown for each of the first major players in VR this week, it's quickly becoming clear: mundane is in. Simplicity, not insanity. Not the most visually spectacular. Instead - like it was with the first big games and apps for the smartphone back when it first gained steam - the games with the most recognizable mechanics are set to be the most important. Case in point: mini golf.

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HTC Vive gets Desktop Theater Mode for playing any game in VR

HTC Vive gets Desktop Theater Mode for playing any game in VR

With the new HTC Vive virtual reality headset running SteamVR, Valve has paved the way for users to play VR-specific games as soon as the device arrives. But what about when you feel like playing an older game, or one that isn't designed for VR? Valve is already on it, as they've just announced a Desktop Theater Mode feature, which will allow any Steam title to run on the Vive, as well as any future SteamVR headsets.

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HTC Vive first impressions: whats in the box?

HTC Vive first impressions: whats in the box?

Just last night I received my Vive Pre developer's kit, which I'm very stoked about. I've only spent a few brief minutes with the Vive, as opposed to the Rift, which I've spent a good deal of time with. Instead of tearing into the package and setting it all up in a hurry, I thought I'd take some time to document the contents.

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Valve announces Portal VR game, dubbed The Lab

Valve announces Portal VR game, dubbed The Lab

Valve is known for a lot of different things. Their popular Steam platform, releasing games on their own schedule, and their inability to count to 3, among other things. Well, fans of the Portal series should be excited to hear that Valve is releasing a new entry into the series. But don't expect to see the number 3 attached to it.

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