virtual reality

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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Fractured VR: Will exclusive titles kill VR before it takes off?

Fractured VR: Will exclusive titles kill VR before it takes off?

Exclusive titles are nothing new to the world of gaming. Man fan-favorite games are only available on one console or another. One of the biggest reasons for this is due to the fact that they're first-part titles, meaning that Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo is behind the game's development. We all accept these exclusives, because that's just the way it's always been, and each company has the right to use their first-party titles to sell their hardware. But now this issue is affecting a new area of gaming: VR.

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Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios is holding meetings with VR companies with the intention of producing its own original virtual reality offerings, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. These talks are said to be in their early stages at this point, and would mark the company’s latest growth in the original content market — the studio has previously had success with award-winning originals like “Transparent."

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HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

This morning the folks at HTC have launched Vive X, a program which will invest $100-million, expertise, and mentorship for VR developers around the world. This program will be targeted at start-up groups, primarily, and will aim to not only cultivate the VR development environment, but foster it as well. "We are very excited." said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, "about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X."

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Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

HoloLens' biggest hurdle could be fixed with cheap LEDs rather than expensive transparent displays, one research team suggests, tricking the eye and cutting VR nausea at the same time. The augmented reality headset has been widely lauded since Microsoft made the surprise announcement in early 2015, but those who have been able to try it have generally had one key criticism: the field of view is just too small.

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ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

Some products seem meant to be paradoxes. On the one hand, the idea is so ingenious you wonder why no one has thought of it before. On the other hand, it also sounds, more often looks, ridiculous that you wonder if it's just an elaborate and very late April Fools' joke. ZOTAC's newly revealed Mobile VR is one such product. It creatively solves the problem high-powered VR headsets have with wires. But it also does so by simply stuffing a mini PC inside a backpack, shortening the wires needed to connect headset to PC.

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Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia’z OZO virtual reality camera will soon be used by Disney to create VR content for its movies and more. This comes via a new partnership between Nokia and Disney announced today, which will have Nokia supplying its VR software and equipment to Disney for what it describes as “special VR content." This isn’t the companies’ first instance of working together, though — Disney used Nokia’s tech to produce a pair of 360-degree videos for The Jungle Book.

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Pico Neo Android-powered VR system packs Snapdragon 820 in the controller

Pico Neo Android-powered VR system packs Snapdragon 820 in the controller

One of the things about VR headsets that is likely to be a selling point for consumers is how lightweight the device is. The lighter the headset when worn, the more comfortable it will be during extended VR gaming session wearing the headset as users crane the head and neck around in the game. A new VR headset has turned up called the Pico Neo and it is different from other stand-alone VR headsets.

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Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

If VR and AR are to break into the mass market, they're going to need to slim down and raise their style game. That's what Chinese startup Dlodlo - you pronounce it "dodo" like the unfortunate bird - is aiming to do, a well-funded VR headset maker hoping to sneak up on Oculus and Vive and best them both with "the world's first sunglasses-like VR glasses."

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YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

In February, we heard a rumor that YouTube was working on a feature that would let users livestream 360-degree video. Fast-forward to today, and the service has officially announced the livestreaming option, saying it is “taking immersive video even further” with the new feature. It has been just a tad over one year since YouTube added support for 360-dgree videos, and this marks the latest evolution of that functionality.

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LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

Two of the LG G5's new "Friends" are the 360 CAM and the 360 VR headset, the company's more formal entry into the intersection of mobile and virtual reality markets. But what if you don't have either friend and are left with just the G5? Not to worry because LG is going to let each and every owner enjoy a taste of that VR goodness, alrbeit indirectly, through a set of 360-degree wallpapers to be made available to them via the LG SmartWorld hub starting this month.

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Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Virtual reality might be hailed as the next best thing since sliced bread but the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might also be heralding a new kind of "console wars". While tied to the more open PC platform, games and apps for each of the two VR giants mostly remain within their own walled gardens. Well, sort of. While it is possible for the Rift to gain access to the Vive's SteamVR platform, the reverse isn't true. Now a homebrew open source project named Revive tries to bridge that gap, at least while Oculus hasn't set its foot down yet.

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