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Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Brickbreaker for virtual reality - the first iteration of brick-breaker, you might call it. That's what Cyberpong VR is. This game was developed by the folks at developer studio Colopl NI, who suggest that it "takes the core experience of classic paddle ball games and brings it to life in an immersive and futuristic game world fully controlled by the player." That it does indeed.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

It's now under a day before the HTC 10 is revealed, complete with what we expect will be an iconic build and new software to boot. This device will be the second big-name release of the year, coming in right beside the surprise home run in the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that runs with Valve's SteamVR. The handset may not have as epic a set of VR tendencies itself, but the details in the release are vital to the image HTC will be projecting from here on out. A video leaked today seems to show the future.

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HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

While the HTC Vive VR headset is now officially shipping to the first customers, albeit not without some hiccups, there's currently only way to get one: order it online. That's probably fine for the majority of shoppers, but in this day and age there's still a need for physical retail availability. Fortunately HTC has now confirmed that the Vive will be sold at select retailers starting in June.

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve has just teased a new virtual reality-compatible spectator mode for the immensely popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game DOTA 2, one of the biggest titles in the growing trend of e-sports. The new mode is seen in a video clip on the SteamVR website, highlighting how the VR experience enhances spectating for fans. An e-sports match is played out in 3D right in front of a viewer, while additional information can be seen just looking to the sides of the map.

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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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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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