virtual reality

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360], and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is, shall we say, very INSPIRED by Ricoh's design. But the Ricoh Theta was first. By a mile. By several years and a whole new iteration, in fact.

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Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Oculus teases an “even better” Yu-Gi-Oh Virtual World experience

Given the popularity of card games, both digital and physical, and the growing virtual reality fever, you'd expect someone would come up with this eventually. And how better than the very people who instigated the VR renaissance, Oculus. Company founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to tease what gamers would probably be talking for the next few days. A virtual reality experience that would rival, nay even trump, what was portrayed in the anime adoptation of Yu-Gi-Oh, one of the most popular, and best selling, card battle games in the world.

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Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

Valve’s Chaperone system will work with Oculus Rift

As the release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive draw ever closer, people will no doubt start to wonder about the features of each. More specifically, those that have already pre-ordered the Rift are wondering what they're going to miss out on, by not going with the Vive. As it turns out, one feature developed by Valve will be available on both devices.

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PlayStation VR event confirmed for March 15

PlayStation VR event confirmed for March 15

Now that the final consumer editions of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets have been revealed with set pre-order dates, Sony needs to get into gear with regard to specifics about its upcoming PlayStation VR hardware. The gaming giant seems to know this, as they've just announced a special media event to take place on March 15th, alongside the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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Coca-Cola packaging can be reused into a Cardboard VR headset

Coca-Cola packaging can be reused into a Cardboard VR headset

If you still don't have your own bona fide virtual reality headset, don't fret too much. Your next trip to the supermarket might actually let you grab one. Or at least make one. You know that VR is going to be next big, or real, thing when something so unrelated as Coca-Cola is jumping on the hype. No, it doesn't have its own VR headset ala Mattel. At least not yet. But if you buy a box of Coke cans or bottles, you might have all that you need to build one yourself.

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Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Gear VR is everywhere at Mobile World Congress, but the picture you've probably seen - and maybe laughed at - is the sea of Samsung-visor'd journalists blissfully unaware Mark Zuckerberg is strolling past. After all, it's easy to scorn those deep in the virtual reality experience, or point out that wearing a head-mounted display can leave you looking silly.

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This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

This is the HTC Vive consumer edition

Today we've had our first look - up close, that is - at the HTC Vive consumer edition. It's not all that different from the headset that's already been out and visible before now, that being the developer version, but it does have its tiny tweaks. The developer version also went by the name "VIVE PRE" - now we're seeing the version consumers like yourself will be purchasing not too long from now for a cool $800 USD.

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SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

The countdown has begun for the virtual reality market's big retail debut, with giant players like Oculus and HTC/Valve, revving up their respective engines. But unlike VR headsets like the Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or LG 360 VR, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive isn't just some accessory you buy and put on your head and hope that things magically work. You'll need to make sure that your PC is ready in the first place. And to help with that, Valve has released a SteamVR Performance Test app ahead of the start of the Vive's pre-order period.

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Oculus cancels a “small number” of Rift pre-orders

Oculus cancels a “small number” of Rift pre-orders

With the virtual reality scene expected to explode in the next few month or so, many are eager, perhaps too much, to jump onboard before the ship gets too crowded. But while most, if not all, of those have the best intentions, they might not actually be qualified to be an early VIP passenger. At least as far as the companies are concerned. That, it seems, is the reason why a number of Oculus Rift pre-orders have suddenly been canceled, less than a month before the VR headsets actually start shipping to their eagerly awaiting owners.

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Mark Zuckerberg embodies VR’s single biggest issue

Mark Zuckerberg embodies VR’s single biggest issue

It wasn't what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week at the Samsung Galaxy S7 press conference. It was what he didn't say. It was the photo you're about to see. It was the future he intends to build with Samsung, with Oculus, and with the eyes and ears of millions of users. Once the following image was released, it was clear: we were part of a new age. Social interaction with a headset on. Maybe not an age you're going to want to be a part of.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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