virtual reality

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

VideoStitch has launched the Orah 4i, a small camera capable of livestreaming 4K-resolution 360-degree video with 3D audio specifically for virtual reality applications. The company, perhaps best known for its 360-degree VR video software, has put the camera up for preorder at a discounted rate; company CEO Nicolas Burtey said in a statement, “We have developed a solution that
streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets–all with the push of a button.”

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Three HTC Vive experiences that’ll make you open your wallet

Three HTC Vive experiences that’ll make you open your wallet

HTC Vive is $799. That's a lot of money, especially when you factor in a suitably-potent gaming PC as well, so how do you justify taking the plunge? Consumer-level virtual reality is still in its infancy, and given how experiential the whole thing is, it's not hard to see why many people aren't quite convinced by what they see on-screen.

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Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Just like the very first smartphones and tablets, today's virtual reality devices are pretty much intended primarily for content consumption. To actually create most content for it, you'd have to take of the goggles and sit down in front of a computer. There are, of course, a few exceptions, like Tilt Brush from Google. As the name might subtly imply, the virtual reality app turns the HTC Vive's controllers into paint brushes, allowing you to not only create masterpieces in full 3D but use any type of material digitally possible. Like stars.

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Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve has just teased a new virtual reality-compatible spectator mode for the immensely popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game DOTA 2, one of the biggest titles in the growing trend of e-sports. The new mode is seen in a video clip on the SteamVR website, highlighting how the VR experience enhances spectating for fans. An e-sports match is played out in 3D right in front of a viewer, while additional information can be seen just looking to the sides of the map.

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IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA might be renowned as a furniture and home accessories company, but that doesn't mean it's not ready to always dive at the forefront of the latest trends in technology. It has already launched a catalog of products with built-in wireless charging capabilities. It has even dabbled in augmented reality before to bring its catalog to life. Now its is also jumping in head first into the world of virtual reality, with an IKEA VR Experience app that lets you preview and modify a kitchen to your heart's content, all from the magical, digital VR space.

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Valve creates the perfect demo for Steam VR and the HTC Vive

Valve creates the perfect demo for Steam VR and the HTC Vive

This morning the HTC Vive officially went on sale, and with it, a launch of Valve's Steam VR initiative. To bring on a greater understanding of what this new environment is like, Valve set out to create a single video which showed what virtual reality was like for the user. To do this, they needed a bit of Mixed Reality. That is a green screen room, a 3rd-party camera, and an HTC Vive. To do this, they needed to be able to track outside the user - to do this, they needed to attach a Vive controller to their camera rig.

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HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive isn't a small investment in time, gadgetry, or of course money. You'd be forgiven for assuming that, with its huge box full of headset, controllers, motion-tracking base stations, and all the many cables and power adapters that keep them connected and running, playing with Vive would be a similarly involved process. Still, you'd be wrong.

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HTC Vive Review – the Holodeck you always wanted

HTC Vive Review – the Holodeck you always wanted

Virtual Reality is finally coming of age, and with Vive, HTC and Valve believe they have the finest and most flexible interpretation of next-generation gaming. A surprise announcement just a year ago, Vive aims to out-immerse Oculus' Rift by spreading VR throughout the room, rather than just putting it in a headset. The SlashGear team has been living with not one, but three Vive systems: read on for our verdict.

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Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

With all the coverage lavished on "proper" VR devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it might be too easy to forget the VR headset that was already in the market way ahead of those two. Made by Samsung in partnership with Oculus, the Gear VR is almost like a poor man's VR (though the real poor man's VR would be the original Google Cardboard), lettings users experience VR more easily. Provided they have the latest Samsung smartphone, of course. Now Samsung is expanding its headset's coverage by adopting what is to be the VR standard for the Web called, what else, WebVR.

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Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus has just recently launched the consumer version of its Rift VR headset and, aside from some delays in shipping, things look good for the company so far. Reviewers are still on the fence about virtual reality in general but most seem to be quite positive about the experience using the Oculus Rift. However, Oculus commercial journey has just begun and already it might be entangled in some controversy around the thorniest of topics these days: privacy. The Oculus services installed on PCs have been discovered to always be running. Coupled with some privacy policies, the situation is raising some alarms for some people.

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HTC acknowledges Vive pre-order auto-cancellations, fix coming

HTC acknowledges Vive pre-order auto-cancellations, fix coming

Virtual reality is off to a great start. Well, almost. While both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR have started their journey to consumer's hands, both have also been beset by delivery and pre-order issues. Oculus has just recently released a statement apologizing for delays in shipping, dangling the promise of free shipping to appease discontented buyers. Now it's HTC's turn to say sorry. Addressing reports of pre-order auto-cancellations, the company promised it is resolving to fix the issue but offers no recompense, since, after all, these are still just pre-orders.

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