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LG is working on a SteamVR headset

LG is working on a SteamVR headset

Smartphone makers are jumping on the virtual reality train and most of them, unsurprisingly, put the smartphone at the center of it. That’s true even for Samsung, even though it has gone its own path rather than get behind Google’s Cardboard, and now Daydream, platforms. LG is finally following suit but it is following HTC’s lead instead and in more ways than one. Not only is it aiming for a PC-powered VR experience, it is also using the same SteamVR platform as the HTC Vive.

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SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

Virtual reality equipment, especially the big, standalone ones, is no small matter, both in size as well as in price. The headset kit alone, which usually comes with controllers and sensors, costs upwards of thousands of dollars. That’s still not counting a VR-ready PC rig, if you don’t have one yet. That is partly why VR is pretty much still an exclusive club that very few can afford. Reducing the build costs of equipment goes a long way in making such equipment more accessible. Which is why Valve is working on a next gen base station for its SteamVR platform that will not only be smaller but also cheaper.

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HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC's latest financial report for the three months ending on December 31st, 2016 show the company in flux. The first several financial highlights the company made in this call were of positive revenue but an operating loss and a net loss after tax. Revenue for this quarter sits at NT$22.2 billion with a gross margin of 10.5%, while HTC's quarterly operating loss was a cool NT$3.6 billion with an operating margin of negative 16%.

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A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

The folks at Ilium want to create a device that'll be tracked in virtual reality to make the reality of shooting games in VR more real. What could possibly go wrong with this situation? If they're able to create this accessory in a limited fashion and keep it supported through the largest platforms available - very little could go wrong. Of course they need to get some funds for it, first.

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SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

Despite serving the biggest user base of PC gamers, Valve’s Gabe Newell has never been a big fan of putting all his eggs in the Windows basket. After all, that’s how the Steam OS and Steam Machines were born. So it isn’t exactly surprising to hear that Valve is working on making its SteamVR available on macOS and Linux as well. At least according to Valve developer Joe Ludwig, who says that such support might be due in just a few months. At least in beta form.

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Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

Fruit Ninja for HTC Vive turns you into a virtual slasher

One of the biggest problems with consumer virtual reality products today is input. While the headset immerses you in a world that almost looks real, the illusion is shattered when you try to reach out for something with your hands. Because you can't, unless you're wearing one of those expensive or experimental (or both) gloves. The HTC Vive's and Oculus Rift's controllers are basically sticks that make you feel like you're holding a wand or a sword. Which, in retrospect, actually makes it perfect for a game like Fruit Ninja. You (or someone else) asked, and they heard. Fruit Ninja is now on VR!

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Brickbreaker for virtual reality - the first iteration of brick-breaker, you might call it. That's what Cyberpong VR is. This game was developed by the folks at developer studio Colopl NI, who suggest that it "takes the core experience of classic paddle ball games and brings it to life in an immersive and futuristic game world fully controlled by the player." That it does indeed.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

HTC 10 detailed: video “confirms” all before official unveiling

It's now under a day before the HTC 10 is revealed, complete with what we expect will be an iconic build and new software to boot. This device will be the second big-name release of the year, coming in right beside the surprise home run in the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that runs with Valve's SteamVR. The handset may not have as epic a set of VR tendencies itself, but the details in the release are vital to the image HTC will be projecting from here on out. A video leaked today seems to show the future.

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HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

While the HTC Vive VR headset is now officially shipping to the first customers, albeit not without some hiccups, there's currently only way to get one: order it online. That's probably fine for the majority of shoppers, but in this day and age there's still a need for physical retail availability. Fortunately HTC has now confirmed that the Vive will be sold at select retailers starting in June.

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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