virtual reality

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

This week the folks at Oculus have announced that their pre-orders have been shipped in their entirety. This means that if any user pre-ordered an Oculus Rift and their unit still isn't on its way, they may want to contact Oculus to see what's up. Shipping for new orders straight through the Oculus homepage will be shipping between 2 and 4 business days starting this week. According to one Oculus representative, "We've started to ramp up inventory for retail partners both online and in stores, and added more Rift demos at new retail locations across the US."

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Early VR hit ‘Adr1ft’ arrives on PS4 next week

Early VR hit ‘Adr1ft’ arrives on PS4 next week

One of the most-talked about early releases for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive platforms was the VR game Adr1ft. Released by developer Three One Zero, the game puts players in a first-person perspective of an astronaut trying to survive in space following a space-station collision. Imagine a scenario similar to that of the movie Gravity, but upping the tension by experiencing it in virtual reality. Now Adr1ft has been revealed to be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

One of the biggest problems with consumer virtual reality products today is input. While the headset immerses you in a world that almost looks real, the illusion is shattered when you try to reach out for something with your hands. Because you can't, unless you're wearing one of those expensive or experimental (or both) gloves. The HTC Vive's and Oculus Rift's controllers are basically sticks that make you feel like you're holding a wand or a sword. Which, in retrospect, actually makes it perfect for a game like Fruit Ninja. You (or someone else) asked, and they heard. Fruit Ninja is now on VR!

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T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile has announced its new Home Run Derby VR experience, something it is showing off both at the MLB All-Star Fan Fest in San Diego and in its retail stores across the nation. When fans put the VR headset on, the Home Run Derby VR experience puts them in the batter’s position where they get to take a shot at hitting a home run, doing so in what appears to be the Petco Park stadium. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be taking place on July 11.

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Samsung Gear VR 2 spied in import records

Samsung Gear VR 2 spied in import records

Samsung has been peddling its Gear VR virtual reality headset for a while now and the category hasn't exactly boomed yet. Despite there not being a huge number of people buying the Gear VR or other VR headsets at this point, Samsung didn’t have an issue selling out of the device early on. It appears that Samsung does have a second version of the Gear VR that it is testing. Import tracking site Zauba has a listing that shows a quartet of Gear VR headsets have been imported into India for testing.

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Google is building a virtual reality Chrome browser for Android

Google is building a virtual reality Chrome browser for Android

Virtual reality may be the future of entertainment - depending on who you ask - but the vast majority of content on the internet isn't set up to be consumed in VR headsets. That's something Google is working to change, testing a new "VR Shell" setting in the latest version of its Chrome Dev on Android that pipes the regular internet into a virtual reality viewer such as Cardboard or Daydream.

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Samsung Gear VR owners to enjoy exclusive 2016 Olympics videos

Samsung Gear VR owners to enjoy exclusive 2016 Olympics videos

If there were still any doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing in computing and entertainment, this should probably banish those. For the first time ever, Olympics, which will be held this year in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, will be available via VR, though not in live coverage. And not just any VR, mind you, NBC is making it an exclusive for Samsung Gear VR owners, with authorized Samsung Galaxy smartphones only, and for certain pay-TV subscribers only. Talk about VIP.

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Music rhythm game ‘Thumper’ confirmed as PlayStation VR launch game

Music rhythm game ‘Thumper’ confirmed as PlayStation VR launch game

PlayStation VR early adopters now have another cool looking game to choose from when the virtual reality headset debuts on October 13th. Thumper, a unique, music "rhythm hell" game from developer Drool, has just been confirmed as a PSVR launch title. Priced at only $20, Thumper will also be released on Steam on the same day, and even better for PS4 players is that the game will support play both in VR and on a standard 2D television.

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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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