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Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

Oculus Rift pre-orders to include one spectacular game

One of the games longest in development for virtual reality is also going to be one of the first to be played by early buyers of the Oculus Rift consumer-release headset. The game is EVE: Valkyrie, and the developers are CCP Games. They've been the go-to demo partners for the headset for years, and now that the headset is about to be released to consumers, they've continued their partnership with Oculus to bring the game to all pre-orders of Oculus Rift with no additional cost.

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CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

This week we've received a glass cube with a "hologram" of a smartphone inside - it's an invitation to an event at CES 2016. This is just one example of the absolute above-and-beyond effort manufacturers and developers are pouring in to the promotion of virtual reality devices and software. In this case, the brand is YEZZ, and the device is a smartphone that can capture the world around you in virtual reality mode. HTC, too, will be bringing another big VR package to the consumer electronics show 2016.

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HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC has announced the release date of their Valve collaborative project, the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This headset uses a couple of hand controllers and a room-wide playing area to differentiate itself from the competition, and exists as a team effort between HTC (for manufacturing) and Valve (for software). We had our first look at the HTC Vive and Steam VR back in March of this year - now just a little over a year later, the device will be headed to stores for the masses.

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Birdly VR system is a flight simulator of dreams

Birdly VR system is a flight simulator of dreams

A Swiss artist and inventor called Max Rheiner has created a device called Birdly that is part art installation and part flight simulator. The system is a full body VR flight simulator designed to allow the user to feel like they are flying. The Birdly system requires the user to put on a VR headset and lay on their stomach on a motion table platform.

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Cars race on separate tracks in realtime, but share virtual world

Cars race on separate tracks in realtime, but share virtual world

Motor oil company Castrol has returned with another promotional video combining virtual reality and racing, following earlier this year when a professional racing driver was placed in a virtual world while still behind the wheel of a real car. Now they have two drivers who are racing in the real world on separate but identical tracks, wearing special helmets with VR headsets over their eyes, with each of their cars in the same virtual world.

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Google 360 VR Patriots video takes you inside the game

Google 360 VR Patriots video takes you inside the game

One surefire way to get many Americans to adopt a certain type of technology is to use it to bring sports fans closer to the action with their favorite football team. This is one of the ways that the adoption of HDTVs were pushed with football games broadcast in HD early on. Google is pushing football fans to try out VR tech using its cheap Cardboard device by putting Patriots fans inside the game with the team.

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PlayStation VR games debut, prepping for 2016 launch

PlayStation VR games debut, prepping for 2016 launch

At the PlayStation Experience event over the weekend, Sony and its partner game developers revealed their play to once again wrest the attention away from the Xbox One and its backwards compatibility feature and back to the PlayStation. And while there were quite a handful of exciting teasers, including the long overdue Final Fantasy VII remake, one of the highlights of the event is a new, and somewhat risky, venture for Sony. The PlayStation VR seems to be shaping up quite nicely, and to prove that it's on track for a 2016 release, 8 new titles for the VR gaming headset and platform were teased.

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‘Gone’ is a VR TV series for Samsung’s Gear headset

‘Gone’ is a VR TV series for Samsung’s Gear headset

Virtual reality is for more than games. Movies and television studios will no doubt move to embrace the technology — 3D movies are already popular, after all, and at least one movie made for Oculus already exists. Gone, though, may prove to be the first successful episodic series produced for viewing through a dedicated headset…in this case, Samsung’s Gear VR. The first episode will premiere on Tuesday.

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Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

If you've ever dreamed of really becoming a rockstar, then be prepared to finally make your dream a virtual reality (yay for puns!). Harmonix is finally jumping on the VR train and will be taking Rock Band to the Oculus Rift next year. So if belting out tunes on your guitar or hammering at that drum isn't enough to get your artistic juices flowing, then it might be time for you to invest on an Oculus Rift headgear. Or wait for one to become commercially available.

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Google Cardboard Camera app turns phone into VR cam

Google Cardboard Camera app turns phone into VR cam

Google released a new virtual reality app called Cardboard Camera today; with it, users can record their own 360-degree photos for viewing with a Cardboard headset. The resulting content will allow someone to look around within the photo, sort of (the app gives the panoramas a sense of depth), but of course you’re not going to be able to walk around within the captured content, as the photos aren't actually three dimensional.

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Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

To accompany the release of the Star Wars VR experience within the official Star Wars app today, Verizon is getting in on the promotion scheme with special The Force Awakens-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers. It's still unknown exactly what the exclusive VR content will be, but users will be able to experience it best by putting their smartphones in some kind of VR headset, so it might as well be a collectible Star Wars version of Cardboard.

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