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Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

If you're one of the folks who happen to own an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, you might like to know that there's a rather large Steam sale on VR games going on this weekend. Steam runs weekend-long sales each and every week, but this time around the focus is firmly on getting you some virtual reality games without necessarily breaking the bank.

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PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

We're being treated to some new details about Sony's PlayStation VR today, which will be hitting stores later this year. PlayStation VR is being targeted toward existing PlayStation 4 owners who want a less expensive alternative to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Vive, as the PS VR will only require the PS4 and the PlayStation Camera instead of a powerful PC.

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HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC is entering into the PC market, but not in the way that you might think. According to sources, the company, famous for its smartphones and, more recently, the Vive VR headset, is partnering with HP to sell Vive-branded PCs. This move, both expected and not, is supposedly aimed to spread HTC's virtual reality business to more markets by selling a bundle that includes the headset as well as a PC that is powerful enough to drive a VR experience.

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Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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Star Wars VR game Trials on Tatooine comes to Steam for free

Star Wars VR game Trials on Tatooine comes to Steam for free

You're only about a day away from being able to experience the world of Star Wars in virtual reality. At the Star Wars Celebration, currently being in London this weekend, Lucasfilm announced that it was releasing the VR game experiment Trials on Tatooine on Steam on Monday, July 18th. The best part is that it's completely free, assuming you have a HTC Vive headset.

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Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

You would think with all the excitement around the growing VR market following the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets that Google would be one of the next big tech companies to announce their own hardware. Turns out, they were considering just that. A new report from Recode reveals that Google was once working on stand-alone VR hardware — not just a successor to the Cardboard, but something on the same level as the Rift and Vive.

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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

This week the folks at Oculus have announced that their pre-orders have been shipped in their entirety. This means that if any user pre-ordered an Oculus Rift and their unit still isn't on its way, they may want to contact Oculus to see what's up. Shipping for new orders straight through the Oculus homepage will be shipping between 2 and 4 business days starting this week. According to one Oculus representative, "We've started to ramp up inventory for retail partners both online and in stores, and added more Rift demos at new retail locations across the US."

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Early VR hit ‘Adr1ft’ arrives on PS4 next week

Early VR hit ‘Adr1ft’ arrives on PS4 next week

One of the most-talked about early releases for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive platforms was the VR game Adr1ft. Released by developer Three One Zero, the game puts players in a first-person perspective of an astronaut trying to survive in space following a space-station collision. Imagine a scenario similar to that of the movie Gravity, but upping the tension by experiencing it in virtual reality. Now Adr1ft has been revealed to be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

One of the biggest problems with consumer virtual reality products today is input. While the headset immerses you in a world that almost looks real, the illusion is shattered when you try to reach out for something with your hands. Because you can't, unless you're wearing one of those expensive or experimental (or both) gloves. The HTC Vive's and Oculus Rift's controllers are basically sticks that make you feel like you're holding a wand or a sword. Which, in retrospect, actually makes it perfect for a game like Fruit Ninja. You (or someone else) asked, and they heard. Fruit Ninja is now on VR!

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T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile has announced its new Home Run Derby VR experience, something it is showing off both at the MLB All-Star Fan Fest in San Diego and in its retail stores across the nation. When fans put the VR headset on, the Home Run Derby VR experience puts them in the batter’s position where they get to take a shot at hitting a home run, doing so in what appears to be the Petco Park stadium. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be taking place on July 11.

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Samsung Gear VR 2 spied in import records

Samsung Gear VR 2 spied in import records

Samsung has been peddling its Gear VR virtual reality headset for a while now and the category hasn't exactly boomed yet. Despite there not being a huge number of people buying the Gear VR or other VR headsets at this point, Samsung didn’t have an issue selling out of the device early on. It appears that Samsung does have a second version of the Gear VR that it is testing. Import tracking site Zauba has a listing that shows a quartet of Gear VR headsets have been imported into India for testing.

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