virtual reality

Hulu VR app launches with a couple dozen 360-degree films

Hulu VR app launches with a couple dozen 360-degree films

Netflix's VR app puts you on the couch in a cozy cabin somewhere in a wintery paradise. Hulu's newly launched VR app goes the opposite direction, positioning viewers in the middle of a modern, somewhat minimalist high-rise condo above a big city. The Hulu VR app works on the Samsung Gear VR headset, and has been launched alongside some 360-degree content for more than just mask-on-face passive content consumption.

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VR This: Eating tacos with Danny Trejo (aka MACHETE)

VR This: Eating tacos with Danny Trejo (aka MACHETE)

You want to have lunch with Machete, we know it. Now you can do that - you can do it right now. Just open the video you see below (on your smartphone), turn your phone sideways, and tap the Google Cardboard (Google VR) button. The video will split into two and you'll get full VR vision while you snack on tacos with your best buddy Danny Trejo. It is very simple. You will want to do it multiple times. Of this we are sure.

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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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Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

This week we're pouring over the Pokemon GO details revealed by its creators at SXSW, including a video clip showing gameplay. This game was revealed last year in part, having spawned from Google's world of interactive map-friendly gameplay - Ingress. Created by the same people that made Ingress, Pokemon GO will be released to smartphones and tablets, coming around the world to iPhones, iPads, and Android devices of all sorts very soon.

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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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Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta is a company that's created an augmented reality headset that - at this moment - is available for sale to developers at large. Today is the day that TED Talks releases the first major address made by Meta CEO Meron Gribetz to the public. It is in this TED Talk that Gribetz lays the groundwork for the public to not only see, but experience and understand the world of augmented reality through a headset that does not rely on either extra-tiny or extra-close-to-one's-face displays.

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PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

By now you've probably heard all the big news about the GDC-unveiling of Sony's PlayStation VR headset — and if you haven't, be sure to check out our hand-on write-up. However, what some PlayStation 4 gamers might have noticed is that the initial $399 price tag doesn't include a few necessary accessories that they may not already own, something I pointed out might increase the entry price for Sony's VR experience. Fortunately, the company has just announced a bundle that includes everything at a great value.

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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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Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

The Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) is set to get its own version of the upcoming VR version of Minecraft. This Microsoft-owned game was previously announced to be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as the Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset - now it's coming to the mobile VR universe as well. This will not be the first time the non-VR version of the game hits mobile - that's been out for several years.

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PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

By now you've heard the big news about PlayStation VR, Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: it's being released this October, there's going to be plenty of games available, and it will cost $399. While that last bit certainly isn't a lie, it is a bit misleading, unfortunately. Part of the reason the pricing is such a big deal is because the PlayStation VR drastically undercuts the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive, but there's a few accessories required that Sony has neglected to put in the box.

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All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

Today we're going to run down the full lot of Oculus Rift launch titles - everything the company has announced will be coming to the VR headset as soon as possible. In these titles are some of the most fantastic games ever conceived for virtual reality - as well they should be. This company built itself on the idea that virtual reality is the future of gaming. As such, they've attracted some of the most amazing developers in the realm to create titles that'll absolutely blow you away.

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Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Whispers about this has already been circulating for a few months or so, but now Microsoft is finally confirming the rumors, at least according to a spokesperson. At GDC 2016, the new owner of Minecraft will be announcing that Minecraft is indeed coming to the Samsung Gear VR in addition to the Oculus Rift. Considering both VR headsets have Oculus' mark on them, it isn't that much of a surprise but still a very welcome confirmation. Details are still slim nonetheless, leaving just enough room for speculation and wishes.

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