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PlayStation VR will be sold early at 350 Best Buy stores

PlayStation VR will be sold early at 350 Best Buy stores

The PlayStation VR’s launch is nearly upon us, and for those who can hardly contain their excitement, Best Buy has some good news: 350 of its physical retail stores will be opening early to sell the headsets, giving you a chance to grab the unit before they start shipping. If you’re near one of those stores, you’ll be able to get in at 12:01AM ET on October 13, meaning those on the West Coast can start buying the PS VR at 9:01PM on October 12.

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Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we've heard already, it also details the GPU that could be found within the Galaxy S8, something we haven't heard all that much about.

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Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Despite execs’ show of support for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, Apple’s iPhones have sadly been mostly left out of the party. Google Cardboard and similar headsets are a far cry from the more sophisticated equipment you’d find in products like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, or even the Gear VR. That, however, might soon change, with Occipital now offering a VR Dev Kit that specifically targets Apple’s devices and platforms, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the Mac.

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Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

As wildly popular as virtual reality might have become, and as now widespread it may have been, thanks to the likes of Google Cardboard, the content available for the technology has barely scratched the surface. That’s mostly because the knowledge on how to create such virtual experience still rests in the hands of a few. Seeking to liberate that knowledge, Udacity has crafted a program that partners with the who’s who in the VR industry to train minds, and hands, in becoming a VR Developer.

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DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

This morning the DJI Mavic Pro was introduced with a headset by the name of DJI Goggles, delivered with a single video showing how DJI's newest drone might be paired with their also-brand-new VR headset. This headset works with what they call OcuSync, allowing the user to receive video directly from the drone, not the controller, putting them as close as possible to live action piloting. These goggles - or this headset - might be the most awesome part of the whole system.

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Google VR SDK out of beta just in time for Oct 4 event

Google VR SDK out of beta just in time for Oct 4 event

This week Google announced that their very own virtual reality software developer kit was graduating out of beta. This announcement came just in time for the release of their all-encompassing hardware and software event, set to take place on the 4th of October. At that event we'll likely see new software for all Android devices, but specifically for two new devices Google will (likely) introduce as their first Pixel-branded phones. There, Google Daydream can begin to take off.

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Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Google's next move with Android looks beyond the display of the smartphone and expands on in to the virtual realm. Right off the side of the screen goes the user interface, buttons, controllers and all, in a series of images made public by the USPTO after submission from Google earlier this year. These images show the future of Google's VR initiatives - Cardboard, Daydream, and the rest. Inside is not just virtual reality, but augmented reality, and mixed reality as well.

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ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

Brave or foolhardy, ZTE's attempt to crowdsource the next must-have mobile device has come up with a trio of oddball ideas it's hoping fans will flesh out for a potential production version. Project CSX was announced back in August, with ZTE inviting suggestions for a possible gadget to fit into its 2017 range; now, we know the shortlist.

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MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

Wearable computing might normally mean a smartwatch, but MSI is pretty keen to put a full gaming PC right on your back, and if you're into VR it might be worth strapping on. The company has revealed the MSI VR One, the production version of the virtual reality backpack it teased earlier this year, a roughly eight pound chunk of overclocked computer intended to drive your HTC Vive.

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Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Virtual reality is easily one of the most exciting and fastest growing markets in the consumer tech industry right now, and like any new such products, there are still a couple major drawbacks. The first is easily the high buy-in cost with the price of a headset and high-end PC, but beyond that is the issue of the length of cables between those two components that make their way across the floor, causing a fear of tripping that poses a threat to the full immersion VR tech is designed to offer.

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PlayStation VR to launch with free demo disc

PlayStation VR to launch with free demo disc

For those old enough to remember, the term “demo disc” might call to mind the times when games, heck even software, would come in floppies or CDs. Well, games still do today, of course, so why break that hallowed tradition just because you have some fancy new virtual reality headset. Indeed, Sony has just revealed that every new PS VR headset with come with a free demo disc for new, starry-eyed owners to try out and become their more or less formal induction into the world of virtual reality.

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Now Qualcomm has a VR headset too, and it’s smarter in a key way

Now Qualcomm has a VR headset too, and it’s smarter in a key way

Qualcomm always had virtual reality in mind for its Snapdragon 820, and now the chipmaker has revealed just what you can do with that, in the shape of a standalone VR headset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820, announced at IFA 2016 today, pairs - unsurprisingly - the 820 chip with a bevy of sensors and a pair of AMOLED screens for untethered roaming through games and virtual experiences.

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