virtual reality

Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

There have been many promotions by Google and other companies to send out free Google Cardboard VR headsets. I got really excited about the Star Wars one last year, but despite getting signed up, mine never arrived. Thankfully, if you haven't been able to get in on one of these promos, there is still a way to get your own, even if it's not for free. The only downside is that they've really only been available in the US. At least until today.

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Ghostbusters: Dimension lets you bust some VR ghosts

Ghostbusters: Dimension lets you bust some VR ghosts

Virtual reality is probably the coolest thing to happen to PC gaming since broadband internet. However, it does have limitations in its current form. One of the biggest is the fact that depending on the headset, you need to stay in the same spot, or are at least confined to a small area. But imagine being able to roam free, and bust some ghosts while you're at it.

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Virtual Boy gets an unofficial Google Cardboard reprise

Virtual Boy gets an unofficial Google Cardboard reprise

While the Nintendo 3DS will perhaps be forever remembered as the Nintendo 3D gaming platform, it wasn't the company's first foray into stereoscopic land. That distinction belongs to the Virtual Boy, whose short stint ended in catastrophe. While that torture equipment will remain a blot on Nintendo's history, the games it supposedly supported may yet find salvation in today's new age of virtual reality. That is mostly thanks to some heavy lifting done by Redditor The-King-of-Spain, who has kindly left instructions on how to play Virtual Boy games today via Google Cardboard or even a Samsung Gear VR.

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Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

It's not long now before Lenovo hosts their "Tech World" event, and with it, a Motorola smartphone reveal of major proportions. What we're to understand will be there is the final iteration - the release-ready version - of the Lenovo Google Tango phone. It'll be Motorola branded instead, says our anonymous source, or at least that's the plan at the moment - barring some last-minute change. We'd be surprised at such a change at this point, as the phone SHOULD be released not long after the event.

UPDATE: Another source close to the project suggests that the Lenovo Tango phone absolutely will NOT be branded Motorola. We might just have to wait for the Moto Tango for another time!

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Drive up to Colorado’s huge tornado with this 360-degree video

Drive up to Colorado’s huge tornado with this 360-degree video

Want some of the thrills of heart-stopping adventure without, you know, the higher-than-typical odds of dying? Enter a new 360-degree video that shows storm chasers with a 360-degree video camera getting up close and personal with a big tornado in Wray, Colorado. The tornado just struck the other day and will live forever in the form of a surprisingly calm, entirely unnerving video 'near' the tornado's base.

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Kingspray Graffiti Simulator lets you hone your craft in VR

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator lets you hone your craft in VR

VR is an interesting technology. Being a gamer, I've been mostly interested in games that I can play with my headset. But the great thing about it is that there are so many other things that you can do with it. One developer wants you to be able to utilize their virtual world to create works of art.

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Hang out with Totoro in this new VR demo for the Vive and Rift

Hang out with Totoro in this new VR demo for the Vive and Rift

The world isn't always a wonderful, relaxing place to be. This is why we often use a variety of mediums to escape into a different, more peaceful world. Some of my favorite relaxing worlds were created by Studio Ghibli, and are from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. And now I can finally immerse myself in them, thanks to the magic of virtual reality.

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VRidge lets you play Oculus, Vive games on Cardboard

VRidge lets you play Oculus, Vive games on Cardboard

Virtual reality might be great and all, but the current generation practically sets up their own walled gardens. You have, for example, somewhat incompatible platforms from Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. That's not to mention the rift (no pun intended) that exists between PC-based VR and mobile. The gap is harder to bridge considering the drastically different requirements for PC and mobile games. Things, however, don't have to be so bleak. Thanks to VRidge from developer Riftcat, you now at least have the chance to get a taste of an Oculus Rift or even an HTC Vive, even if all that you have is a Google Cardboard.

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Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Brickbreaker for virtual reality - the first iteration of brick-breaker, you might call it. That's what Cyberpong VR is. This game was developed by the folks at developer studio Colopl NI, who suggest that it "takes the core experience of classic paddle ball games and brings it to life in an immersive and futuristic game world fully controlled by the player." That it does indeed.

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HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

The HTC 10 might in the end suffer the same fate as the HTC One (M7). Both smartphones have been warmly received and praised by critics and even users but ended up flopping in terms of actual sales. Of course, it's still too early to tell, but in China, the signs are quite damning. According to media, there have only been 251 pre-ordered units on two e-commerce platforms since the period started April 25. And the main reason for that is because HTC, for whatever reason, decided to offer only the gimped HTC 10 Lifestyle in China.

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Let’s Explore the Millennium Falcon in 3D space

Let’s Explore the Millennium Falcon in 3D space

Those of you already exploring the virtual reality spaces you've always wanted to explore will know the (1st world) pain of not having every space you've ever dreamed of. Not yet, anyway. What the folks at Archilogic are doing is drawing in new customers using their own well-trained abilities to turn any floor-plan into a fully-rendered 3D space. They've got the knowhow. They want to charge you a flat fee to turn your space into an explorable object. With models like the Millennium Falcon and Don Draper's apartment already available, our minds reel with the possibilities.

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Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Within my circle of friends, I've become something of a herald of virtual reality. Since I've got a headset, I'm talking about it fairly often, and people will ask me about it. And while I've gotten pretty good at describing the experience, nothing I can say will do it justice. It's just something you have to experience for yourself. And soon, you'll be able to walk into a store and try it out.

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