virtual reality

McDonald’s new Happy Meal box turns into VR goggles

McDonald’s new Happy Meal box turns into VR goggles

McDonald’s has introduced a new Happy Meal box in Sweden that transforms into a pair of virtual reality goggles after the meal is finished. The goggles are the same as Google Cardboard and similar constructions -- you slide your phone into place and look through a pair of lenses, enjoying 3D apps and 360-degree videos. McDonald's calls these 'Happy Goggles,' and has created a VR kids game to go with it.

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HTC Vive pre-order release today, open immediately

HTC Vive pre-order release today, open immediately

HTC and Valve open pre-orders for the HTC Vive, the full room-scale virtual reality headset. This headset will include several games and apps for free. One is Google's Tilt Brush, an app which allows users to paint in 3D space using the HTC Vive's hand controllers. This system will also include Job Simulator - where you can pretend you have a job - and Fantastic Contraption. Pre-orders for the HTC Vive virtual reality system open this week on February 29th at 10 AM Eastern Time.

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Dragon Front is the Oculus Rift’s take on a Yu-Gi-Oh VR game

Dragon Front is the Oculus Rift’s take on a Yu-Gi-Oh VR game

Collectible Card Games or CCG's aren't exactly new, both in the physical realm, like Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, as well as in the digital world, like Hearthstone. But, unless you do actually play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh in complete LARP gear, these don't exactly give the full feeling of really commanding your troops in a fantasy setting. Thanks to virtual reality, that will be a thing of the past. And thanks to Oculus, that's going to happen real soon. The makers of the Oculus Rift headset and its platform have finally revealed Dragon Front, probably the first, if not the biggest, virtual reality CCG to hit the market.

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Sony patent reveals PowerGlove-like VR gaming controller

Sony patent reveals PowerGlove-like VR gaming controller

You're not going to believe this, but the Power Glove — Nintendo's awful, wearable game controller released in 1989 — could be coming back, at least in spirit, and from Sony. Several patents have been discovered by a NeoGAF user that reveal the PlayStation maker is looking into a glove-based controller to be used with virtual reality gaming experiences. Not only would it allow hand movement tracking, but the ability to physically interact with items in a VR world.

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Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360], and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is, shall we say, very INSPIRED by Ricoh's design. But the Ricoh Theta was first. By a mile. By several years and a whole new iteration, in fact.

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Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Given the popularity of card games, both digital and physical, and the growing virtual reality fever, you'd expect someone would come up with this eventually. And how better than the very people who instigated the VR renaissance, Oculus. Company founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to tease what gamers would probably be talking for the next few days. A virtual reality experience that would rival, nay even trump, what was portrayed in the anime adoptation of Yu-Gi-Oh, one of the most popular, and best selling, card battle games in the world.

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Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

As the release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive draw ever closer, people will no doubt start to wonder about the features of each. More specifically, those that have already pre-ordered the Rift are wondering what they're going to miss out on, by not going with the Vive. As it turns out, one feature developed by Valve will be available on both devices.

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PlayStation VR event confirmed for March 15

PlayStation VR event confirmed for March 15

Now that the final consumer editions of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets have been revealed with set pre-order dates, Sony needs to get into gear with regard to specifics about its upcoming PlayStation VR hardware. The gaming giant seems to know this, as they've just announced a special media event to take place on March 15th, alongside the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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Coca-Cola packaging can be reused into a Cardboard VR headset

Coca-Cola packaging can be reused into a Cardboard VR headset

If you still don't have your own bona fide virtual reality headset, don't fret too much. Your next trip to the supermarket might actually let you grab one. Or at least make one. You know that VR is going to be next big, or real, thing when something so unrelated as Coca-Cola is jumping on the hype. No, it doesn't have its own VR headset ala Mattel. At least not yet. But if you buy a box of Coke cans or bottles, you might have all that you need to build one yourself.

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Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Gear VR is everywhere at Mobile World Congress, but the picture you've probably seen - and maybe laughed at - is the sea of Samsung-visor'd journalists blissfully unaware Mark Zuckerberg is strolling past. After all, it's easy to scorn those deep in the virtual reality experience, or point out that wearing a head-mounted display can leave you looking silly.

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This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

Today we've had our first look - up close, that is - at the HTC Vive consumer edition. It's not all that different from the headset that's already been out and visible before now, that being the developer version, but it does have its tiny tweaks. The developer version also went by the name "VIVE PRE" - now we're seeing the version consumers like yourself will be purchasing not too long from now for a cool $800 USD.

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SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

The countdown has begun for the virtual reality market's big retail debut, with giant players like Oculus and HTC/Valve, revving up their respective engines. But unlike VR headsets like the Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or LG 360 VR, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive isn't just some accessory you buy and put on your head and hope that things magically work. You'll need to make sure that your PC is ready in the first place. And to help with that, Valve has released a SteamVR Performance Test app ahead of the start of the Vive's pre-order period.

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