virtual reality

HTC acknowledges Vive pre-order auto-cancellations, fix coming

HTC acknowledges Vive pre-order auto-cancellations, fix coming

Virtual reality is off to a great start. Well, almost. While both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR have started their journey to consumer's hands, both have also been beset by delivery and pre-order issues. Oculus has just recently released a statement apologizing for delays in shipping, dangling the promise of free shipping to appease discontented buyers. Now it's HTC's turn to say sorry. Addressing reports of pre-order auto-cancellations, the company promised it is resolving to fix the issue but offers no recompense, since, after all, these are still just pre-orders.

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Oculus Rift experiencing delivery delays, shipping fees refunded in apology

Oculus Rift experiencing delivery delays, shipping fees refunded in apology

Unfortunately for many early Oculus Rift buyers, their brand new VR headset hasn't yet arrived almost a week after shipping began, and, even worse, they've been completely left in the dark about the status of their order since then. The company revealed today that they're experiencing shipping delays, with "an unexpected component shortage" said to be the cause.

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Japanese VR experiment helps users conquer fears by rescuing a cat

Japanese VR experiment helps users conquer fears by rescuing a cat

Now here's an interesting use for virtual reality beyond all the games and computer interface uses we've been hearing about leading up to the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. Japanese gaming company Bandai Namco has revealed a new VR installation to debut in Tokyo on April 15th called "Project I Can," aiming to help people face their fears by placing them in appropriate VR situations.

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Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Today we're having a look at a handful of the cheapest - or closest to free - paths into virtual reality that you're going to find on the market. We want you in on this awesome playground of oddities now. We want you to see spherical visions of alternate universe and our backyards. We want you to see a dinosaur walking towards you in a hallway. We want you to be able to play Pokemon with a phone strapped to your face. We want you to do all of this for as close to free as possible.

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Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell has taken the wraps off some new upgrades for its Dell Precision Tower Workstations, which will enable them to meet the needs of VR content creators. As such it, has refreshed the Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations, as well as the Rack 7910. Joining these model upgrades are newly introduced recommended minimum hardware configurations for those who need a computer capable of running the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets.

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Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

This week Google has re-launched a visit to the infamous recording studio Abbey Road - this time in virtual reality. The original website for the visit to the recording studio made extra-famous by The Beatles showed views inside and out using Google's Street View cameras. Now they've gone ahead and released the whole business in an app made specifically for Google Cardboard. That means you'll be able to get in with an even more convincing trick of the eyes and the mind.

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Google VR view embeds 360 content in Android, iOS, web

Google VR view embeds 360 content in Android, iOS, web

Google releases a silent update to their virtual reality ecosystem by the name of "VR view", enabling immersive content on many platforms. While it was possible before now to enable VR content in a VR app you'd created for Android - or a VR app you'd somehow crafted in iOS - up until now, you had to go all-in. Today, Google releases VR view, allowing VR content to be embedded within apps on Android, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and the web.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

The NCAA Final Four games will be streamed in VR, it has been announced. The video feeds will be available in the Oculus Store via the NCAA March Madness Live app, and marks the first time these games will be available in virtual reality. These streams will be presented in 180-degrees rather than more typical (but less practical) 360-degrees, and are being presented in partnership with CBS.

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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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First Oculus Rift delivered in-person by founder Palmer Luckey

First Oculus Rift delivered in-person by founder Palmer Luckey

A few days ago it was revealed that the very first consumer edition Oculus Rift VR headsets had begun shipping to early buyers. Well, the first has arrived, and lucky buyer Ross Martin was treated to the surprise of a lifetime: his Rift was hand-delivered by none other than Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. As the very first person to place a pre-order in January, Martin lives in Anchorage, Alaska, meaning Luckey made quite a trip for the Saturday delivery — two full days before other customers are scheduled to get their Rifts.

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Oculus Rift now shipping, preorders for summer delivery are open

Oculus Rift now shipping, preorders for summer delivery are open

The Oculus Rift is now shipping, it has been announced. According to company founder Palmer Luckey, the Oculus VR headset is being shipped out to both Kickstarter backers and to those who have pre-ordered, making a lot of people happy this evening. Given that it's a Thursday, backers and buyers should expect to see their units arrive in the mail some time next week.

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