virtual reality

Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Samsung already told us that its Gear VR Innovator Edition headset was headed to stores in early December, but now software partner Oculus has confirmed just how much the virtual reality wearable will cost. Two options will be available to developers hoping to get in on the VR coding, with the entry-level Gear VR package priced at $199. That nets you the headset itself, while the Oculus Mobile SDK is a free download that Oculus has already thrown up for grabs today.

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Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung has announced that the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset powered by Oculus will hit the US in early December, as well as showing off a new 360-degree camera dubbed Project Beyond for recording VR content. The Samsung Gear VR, announced back in September alongside - not to mention powered by - the Galaxy Note 4, turns the phablet into a wearable display, splitting the screen into two so as to deliver 3D content to the wearer. There's good news for developers hoping to get onboard, too, with Oculus' mobile toolkit to create compatible VR content now released.

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Mozilla’s MozVR turns web browsing into a game

Mozilla’s MozVR turns web browsing into a game

When you hear the words "virtual reality", more often than not you will first think about games or sci-fi computers, not necessarily in that order. And while entertainment is still indeed the most common application of VR even today, the nascent market is slowly growing out of its shell and into more serious use cases. Like web browsing, for example. Mozilla has just announced the existence of MozVR, its own attempt to bring virtual reality and the Web together into one seamless, and still game-like, experience.

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Nimble Sense brings your hands into VR without gloves

Nimble Sense brings your hands into VR without gloves

The proliferation of virtual reality headsets, especially consumer-friendly ones, has given rise to the next logical interest in VR development: our hands. After all, the VR illusion is broken when you have to resort to game controllers or even tapping to do some actions. Thus, many are now trying to add our hands into the equation, letting us control and manipulate the VR world as naturally as we see it. Nimble Sense is just one of the latest to attempt that, but it isn't using any gloves to do so.

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Sony promises VR will be showcased at PlayStation Experience

Sony promises VR will be showcased at PlayStation Experience

In case you missed it, Sony has a big community event planned for its gamers this coming December. The company has been teasing this event in bits and pieces, dangling precious few details amidst big promises that things will be spectacular. We recently found out about ticket availability and pricing, and now that sales have started, Sony has again taken to its blog with some promises. Among the tech and events attendees can expect to see at the PlayStation Experience, as it's called, is the company's virtual reality technology.

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Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

So you'd like to experience the newly updated YouTube in all its 60fps glory, yes? How about doing so with what's easily one of the most beautiful games in development today? That's the game "Elite: Dangerous" from the folks at Frontier Developments we're talking about, and you're about to be strapped in. You'll be owning multiple ships and scooping up fuel from stars as you take on the next generation of space-based online gameplay. Don't forget to drop an Oculus Rift on your noggin too, if you do so dare: this game has VR capabilities right out the box.

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Dexmo exoskeleton gloves can give you all the VR feels

Dexmo exoskeleton gloves can give you all the VR feels

Virtual reality is fast becoming commoditized with the rise of consumer-ready VR goggles like the Gear VR or, in the near future, the Oculus Rift. However, for all the sights, and sometimes sounds, that these devices offer, they still lack one crucial part of the whole VR experience: touch. That problem may have now met its match in Dexmo, an admittedly frightening looking exoskeleton just for your hands that not only lets you control robotic or virtual hands, it also lets you feel that a bit as well.

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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

The tips have proven to be true and French manufacturer Archos has indeed unveiled its next device obsession. While many OEMs are still struggling to join the smartwatch train, Archos perhaps decide that it's more fun to play, quite literally, in a virtual market. Virtual reality, that is. Luckily for us, while Archos does have its own smartphone line, it isn't rooting for any single one and has instead made its VR Glasses compatible with almost every size short of 6 inches.

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Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Virtual reality is upon us, and many companies have been busy at work on their own VR offerings, not to mention Google's interesting Cardboard headset. According to a report from ArcTablet, it looks like Archos is also getting into the market, with the company reportedly being set to launch its own VR headset either next month or in December. Notably, the headset will only be priced at about $38 USD, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to trifle with the technology without significant investments.

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