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HTC announces VIVEPORT, a global app store for virtual reality content

HTC announces VIVEPORT, a global app store for virtual reality content

Virtual reality seems to be back in a big way thanks to devices like the HTC VIVE and the Oculus Rift, and with the growing number of VR consumers, HTC has decided that it's probably best to have an app store dedicated to virtual reality content. Today the company announced VIVEPORT, which will be rolling out globally later this year and will allow consumers to shop for content straight from their VR headset.

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Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

HTC and Valve are opening up the technology in Vive to third-party peripherals and accessories, hoping that a more flexible attitude to aftermarket add-ons will only improve virtual reality in the long run. The decision will see HTC, Valve, and Synapse all working with hardware manufacturers to offer software and technical support to develop accessories HTC and Valve themselves might not have thought of.

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BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

Olympics fans looking forward to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio take note: the BBC has announced it's launching a service that will allow viewers to watch a large portion of the event in 360-degree video. And you don't need an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive either; any unit compatible with an iPhone or Android device will suffice, giving you the opportunity to watch as many as 100 hours of sports coverage as if you were there.

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Xiaomi Mi VR gets official, availability unknown

Xiaomi Mi VR gets official, availability unknown

Xiaomi is mostly known for its smartphones, but that's not all it does. It makes all sorts of other devices ranging from rice cookers to fitness trackers with lots of stuff in between. Its latest product has just gone official and it’s a VR headset, which considering the VR craze right now is no surprise. The device is called the Xiaomi Mi VR and it was announced today in China.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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Sony reveals Driveclub VR for PlayStation VR launch

Sony reveals Driveclub VR for PlayStation VR launch

Driveclub may not have turned out to be the PS4 hit that Sony hoped, but it looks like the racing game is getting a second chance as a launch title for upcoming PlayStation VR. The official Japanese PlayStation Blog recently announced Driveclub VR as launching on October 13th alongside the PSVR headset, however it seems the announcement was made a bit early, as the original blog post has been removed.

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Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

Steam kicks off weekend-long Virtual Reality sale

If you're one of the folks who happen to own an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, you might like to know that there's a rather large Steam sale on VR games going on this weekend. Steam runs weekend-long sales each and every week, but this time around the focus is firmly on getting you some virtual reality games without necessarily breaking the bank.

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PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

We're being treated to some new details about Sony's PlayStation VR today, which will be hitting stores later this year. PlayStation VR is being targeted toward existing PlayStation 4 owners who want a less expensive alternative to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Vive, as the PS VR will only require the PS4 and the PlayStation Camera instead of a powerful PC.

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HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC is entering into the PC market, but not in the way that you might think. According to sources, the company, famous for its smartphones and, more recently, the Vive VR headset, is partnering with HP to sell Vive-branded PCs. This move, both expected and not, is supposedly aimed to spread HTC's virtual reality business to more markets by selling a bundle that includes the headset as well as a PC that is powerful enough to drive a VR experience.

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Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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Star Wars VR game Trials on Tatooine comes to Steam for free

Star Wars VR game Trials on Tatooine comes to Steam for free

You're only about a day away from being able to experience the world of Star Wars in virtual reality. At the Star Wars Celebration, currently being in London this weekend, Lucasfilm announced that it was releasing the VR game experiment Trials on Tatooine on Steam on Monday, July 18th. The best part is that it's completely free, assuming you have a HTC Vive headset.

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Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

You would think with all the excitement around the growing VR market following the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets that Google would be one of the next big tech companies to announce their own hardware. Turns out, they were considering just that. A new report from Recode reveals that Google was once working on stand-alone VR hardware — not just a successor to the Cardboard, but something on the same level as the Rift and Vive.

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