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HTC is spinning off its Vive VR business after all

HTC is spinning off its Vive VR business after all

HTC may have hit some good points in the tech market of late, thanks to the relatively more successful HTC 10 and especially the HTC Vive VR, but it isn't out of the woods just yet. At a shareholder's meeting, company CEO Cher Wang and head of global sales Chang Chia-lin revealed efforts to establish a wholly owned subsidiary that will specifically focus on growing HTC's budding virtual reality business to help offset the company's overall dismal performance in the market.

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Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google's most awesome VR experience for Android has been released to the public. This is Expeditions, an app originally intended for classroom use, now available for the masses - everyone who ever wanted to go on a trip to a strange place without having to pack their bags. You'll be able to select from a "growing list" of over 200 Expeditions, all available for free to Android users right this minute. You might want a Cardboard headset to go along with this app, but you could always try it out without one first.

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Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Back in May, Oculus adopted the controversial position of implementing DRM for games developed for its Rift virtual reality headset, preventing them from being played on the rival HTC Vive hardware. This was very frustrating for VR enthusiasts and developers alike, as the industry is only beginning to take off, and the fear was that locking down games and platforms this early would hinder consumer adoption. Fortunately Oculus has backtracked, removing the DRM that prevented Vive compatibility.

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Oculus Rift goes cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR

Oculus Rift goes cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR

It would appear that though the two platforms have their major differences, Oculus Rift will be going cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR. This means that mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 will be able to see games like "Anshar Wars 2", a game that Oculus Rift players can also play, with all devices in multiplayer playing at the same time. This is the first game that will also be a cross-buy - purchase on one platform and you don't have to pay for it again on the other.

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Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook reactions -- they're all the little emoticons you can "like" a Facebook post with, and as of this evening, they're now available in virtual reality. Facebook announced the new support today, saying that you can thumbs-up a post -- or choose any of the four faces or the heart -- on any Facebook 360 video directly through the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung's Gear 360 camera is finally going on sale in the US, but you're almost certainly not able to actually buy one. The 360-degree camera was revealed alongside the Galaxy S7 earlier this year, but until now has only been available for sale in markets outside of the US. Now, Samsung is kicking off sales, but in a very limited way.

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Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung has announced a new initiative called Samsung Creators; according to the company, it aims to take everyday ordinary creators and “empower” them to create content for VR, namely Samsung VR (formerly known as Samsung Milk VR). As well, the company has announced that Samsung VR now supports user-generated content, allowing anyone to upload a 360-degree video to Samsung’s virtual reality platform for those with a Gear VR to watch.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Vrse renames itself ‘Within’ to shed VR tether

Vrse renames itself ‘Within’ to shed VR tether

Vrse, the company that focuses on VR content, has decided to rename itself for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that its new name “Within” is easier to spell and search for online. According to company CEO Chris Milk, people who had only heard the company’s then-name Vrse didn’t know how it was spelled and couldn’t find it online. Those who only knew it by its text name weren’t sure how to pronounce it. "Turns out," he said, "these are not great features for a company name."

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You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

One of Sony's biggest announcements at E3 2016 this week was the official release date of PlayStation VR, along with some of its launch titles. But like when the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive debuted earlier this year, the $399 asking price is a lot for consumers when they haven't even gotten to try out the headset. Well, Sony is playing smart, and PS VR demo stations will be available at a number of retailers ahead of the October 13th launch, and they're starting this weekend at select Best Buy and GameStop locations.

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Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

This week the folks at Magic Leap have announced a partnership with ILMxLAB, creating technology that'll mix Star Wars with your real world reality. This is not virtual reality - though that's not out of the question for Star Wars, of course - it's mixed reality. That is augmented reality with the ability to trick your brain into thinking the objects you're seeing are really there. It's beyond what you've seen before - and it has droids, too!

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Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu launched its VR app back in late March and when it launched it was mostly for the VR headsets out there meant to hold smartphones. Hulu has now announced that its VR app supports the more powerful Oculus Rift VR headset. Hulu says that the strict hardware performance requirements for the PC that runs the Oculus Rift headset means that the VR app can deliver users a more polished, sharp, and more responsive viewing experience.

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