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Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta is a company that's created an augmented reality headset that - at this moment - is available for sale to developers at large. Today is the day that TED Talks releases the first major address made by Meta CEO Meron Gribetz to the public. It is in this TED Talk that Gribetz lays the groundwork for the public to not only see, but experience and understand the world of augmented reality through a headset that does not rely on either extra-tiny or extra-close-to-one's-face displays.

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PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

By now you've probably heard all the big news about the GDC-unveiling of Sony's PlayStation VR headset — and if you haven't, be sure to check out our hand-on write-up. However, what some PlayStation 4 gamers might have noticed is that the initial $399 price tag doesn't include a few necessary accessories that they may not already own, something I pointed out might increase the entry price for Sony's VR experience. Fortunately, the company has just announced a bundle that includes everything at a great value.

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VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

With the launch titles being shown for each of the first major players in VR this week, it's quickly becoming clear: mundane is in. Simplicity, not insanity. Not the most visually spectacular. Instead - like it was with the first big games and apps for the smartphone back when it first gained steam - the games with the most recognizable mechanics are set to be the most important. Case in point: mini golf.

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Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

The Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) is set to get its own version of the upcoming VR version of Minecraft. This Microsoft-owned game was previously announced to be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as the Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset - now it's coming to the mobile VR universe as well. This will not be the first time the non-VR version of the game hits mobile - that's been out for several years.

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PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

By now you've heard the big news about PlayStation VR, Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: it's being released this October, there's going to be plenty of games available, and it will cost $399. While that last bit certainly isn't a lie, it is a bit misleading, unfortunately. Part of the reason the pricing is such a big deal is because the PlayStation VR drastically undercuts the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive, but there's a few accessories required that Sony has neglected to put in the box.

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All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

Today we're going to run down the full lot of Oculus Rift launch titles - everything the company has announced will be coming to the VR headset as soon as possible. In these titles are some of the most fantastic games ever conceived for virtual reality - as well they should be. This company built itself on the idea that virtual reality is the future of gaming. As such, they've attracted some of the most amazing developers in the realm to create titles that'll absolutely blow you away.

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Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Whispers about this has already been circulating for a few months or so, but now Microsoft is finally confirming the rumors, at least according to a spokesperson. At GDC 2016, the new owner of Minecraft will be announcing that Minecraft is indeed coming to the Samsung Gear VR in addition to the Oculus Rift. Considering both VR headsets have Oculus' mark on them, it isn't that much of a surprise but still a very welcome confirmation. Details are still slim nonetheless, leaving just enough room for speculation and wishes.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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Sulon Q VR headset promises console quality gaming

Sulon Q VR headset promises console quality gaming

AMD has announced that it is powering the Sulon Technologies Sulon Q VR headset. The headset claims to be only all-in-one tether-free wear and play headset for VR, augmented reality, and spatial computing. Inside the VR headset is an AMD 6th generation A-Series processor. The headset has no wires or tracking systems to make it more difficult to use.

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

Virtual reality is the hottest name in computing today, bleeding even into mobile. However, it is something that isn't easily accessible to everyone. Aside from the hefty price tag of VR "real" headsets themselves (versus mobile contraptions), VR also requires some rather beefy PC specs. And that's not even considering yet the power needed to actually create VR content. At GDC 2016, AMD is claiming that with the new Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, VR content creators no longer need to worry, claimed to be the fastest and most powerful card for both creating as well as consuming VR content.

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HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

Microsoft's newest app for HoloLens looks really similar to Sony's PS4 PlayRoom, placing augmented reality creatures and objects in your living room in real time. Actiongram gives you menus of creatures - a T-Rex or a Zombie, for example - that you can then pinch and drop in to your real world. Once they're in your world, you can use them to tell a story. Or you can just slap them around a bit if you prefer. What you're going to see is Microsoft's vision for first-person Augmented Reality storytelling.

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BigScreen puts your PC inside VR to share with others

BigScreen puts your PC inside VR to share with others

Even to today, virtual reality is primarily perceived as an entertainment technology. Interestingly, it isn't even seen as a social one, considering the limitations of what users are able to do socially when wearing those headsets. One company, however, is striving to turn that misconception around. BigScreen, which has a VR product of the same name, will soon be launching what can easily be described as a revolutionary computing experience that transports your computer into the VR world for you, and anyone else you may invite, to use and see.

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