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VIVE Tracker bundles bring motion tracking to the masses

VIVE Tracker bundles bring motion tracking to the masses

It's been a big year for the VIVE Tracker. First shown at CES 2017 way back in January, HTC has been inching toward consumer release ever since then. Now that developers have had some time to play around with Trackers and figure out applications for them, HTC has decided to launch a few different consumer bundles in time for the holidays.

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HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC just made a big splash in China, announcing its much-anticipated standalone Vive VR headset for the market. The company, however, had a few unexpected surprises. It announced a new "half platform", the Vive Wave, for the new headset, the Vive Focus. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back. Apparently, according to TechCrunch, HTC and Google have decided to scrap that plan even before it had a chance to be born.

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HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC has announced Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset that eliminates the wires found on the regular HTC Vive. The company unveiled its standalone device at an event in China this evening, explaining that its new VR device gives people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content wherever they are. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone.

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HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality

HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality

HTC and Logitech have announced the new Logitech BRIDGE SDK, a way for developers to add keyboard support to their virtual reality apps. The support aims to make it possible for VR users to enter text in their virtual reality environment, doing so using a Logitech G gaming keyboard alongside an HTC Vive Tracker and a special accessory that positions it where it needs to be for the keyboard. Users will see the keyboard and their hands in the virtual world during use.

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HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

There has been a lot of attention shed on mixed and augmented reality these days, especially with Microsoft’s big push and the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s own ARCore. Even Samsung has seemingly decided to go with the flow, announcing its support for ARCore. HTC, however, is firmly staying within virtual reality territory and might, in fact, try to secure a better foothold in less than two weeks. According to a leaked invitation, HTC’s Vive Developer Conference this month could very well see the launch of its first standalone Vive headset. At least the one for China.

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Star Wars VR Droid Repair Bay just revealed Last Jedi models with ILMxLAB

Star Wars VR Droid Repair Bay just revealed Last Jedi models with ILMxLAB

The folks at ILMxLAB revealed a new VR experience today with Lucasfilm and Nissan in tow. The application is Star Wars: DROID REPAIR BAY : Astro-Mechanic for The Resistance, and it includes a few odd droid models we've never seen before. As this is the post-Return of the Jedi era of Star Wars, this means we're seeing lots of BB-unit droids and a new mechanic droid well advanced beyond what's seen in the first three movies.

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Buying an HTC Vive will give you a free Fallout 4 VR copy

Buying an HTC Vive will give you a free Fallout 4 VR copy

Virtual reality has always been associated with gaming more than anything else and yet, truth be told, most of the games available on any of the existing VR platforms could, perhaps, be described as the casual kind. That, however, could change in two months and gamers from both PC and VR worlds might find it harder to take off their headsets. That's when Fallout 4 VR will land, but you can already "pre-order" it now when you buy a new HTC VIVE with this HTC VIVE Fallout 4 VR bundle.

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Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

We haven't heard much about HTC's upcoming standalone VR headset — a model of the Vive that doesn't need to be tethered to a PC — but that's likely to change in the near future. There's still a lot of questions about the hardware details, however there's a good chance the device's name has just been discovered. A pair of trademark filings from HTC were recently made, referring to a device called " Vive Focus."

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Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app. Assuming your Earth VR app is up-to-date, you'll now be able to drop down to street level in a variety of different locations around the world. When you do, you'll see a 360-degree image of the location, giving you a good idea of what it looks like in real life.

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LA Noire is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and VR

LA Noire is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and VR

Generally speaking, Rockstar has stayed away from Nintendo consoles in recent years, but it revealed today that it will be tossing support behind the Switch with a port of LA Noire. That's not all it announced, as LA Noire will also be getting an enhanced re-release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, ushering the game into the current generation.

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HTC VIVE sell-off reportedly under consideration

HTC VIVE sell-off reportedly under consideration

HTC is considering selling off its VIVE virtual reality business, a new report claims, as the smartphone maker weighs possible routes to boosting its finances. An unexpected launch back in early 2015, HTC VIVE has proved surprisingly successful with its combination of immersive VR and its "room-scale" ability to allow users to physically move around virtual worlds. However, at the same time HTC's phone business has struggled in the face of bigger rivals with deeper pockets.

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Skyrim, Doom, and Fallout 4 VR release dates announced

Skyrim, Doom, and Fallout 4 VR release dates announced

QuakeCon 2017 kicks off tomorrow, but even before the show gets underway, Bethesda is already making big announcements. The company has chosen to kick off its QuakeCon festivities by announcing the release dates for the VR versions of Fallout 4, Doom, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They'll all be out this year, too, so if you've got a VR headset, you'll have three excellent titles to play by the time Christmas rolls around.

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