virtual reality

StarVR One is the most advanced VR headset, but it’s not for consumers

StarVR One is the most advanced VR headset, but it’s not for consumers

StarVR has introduced what it says is the world's most advanced virtual reality headset. The device is designed for enterprises and for commercial use, offering advanced features including built-in eye tracking. Called StarVR One, the VR headset boasts nearly 100-percent human viewing angle coverage with 210-degree horizontal and 130-degree vertical FOV. According to the company, this comes close to covering normal human peripheral vision.

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Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

After many years of waiting, Magic Leap is finally ready to launch its flagship product, the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset. This is a launch that's been a long time coming, but even though the headset is shipping out today, there's still plenty of progress to be made. For starters, this is a limited launch that's aimed at developers, with the headset only shipping to folks to certain major cities in the contiguous US.

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Hydrus VR camera system captures 360 8K video deep underwater

Hydrus VR camera system captures 360 8K video deep underwater

Virtual reality has allowed us to explore and experience everything from remote places around the world to fantasy and sci-fi settings. The next big location, however, could be the deep sea. Marine Imaging Technologies has announced a new camera system that's capable of capturing incredible 360-degree video at underwater depths with almost no light. Dubbed Hydrus VR, it's not meant for underwater photography hobbyists, but instead for professional VR experiences and documentary filmmakers.

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Daydream View just went on fire sale: Pixel 3 incoming

Daydream View just went on fire sale: Pixel 3 incoming

This afternoon Verizon put the Google Daydream View VR headset on super-sale. Instead of around $100 USD, the headset was sent on down to a cool $30. At prices that low, we must assume there's a good reason for moving stock. That reason is quite likely the appearance of a new Daydream View VR headset to roll successfully with the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, tipped for reveal this October.

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Google Chrome arrives on Daydream VR for virtual web browsing

Google Chrome arrives on Daydream VR for virtual web browsing

Google is bringing its Chrome Internet browser to the Daydream VR platform, the company has announced. The web browser will be available for both the Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headsets, enabling users to directly access the Internet using Google's own browser. Once installed, the user can launch Chrome directly from the VR platform's home screen.

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Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Virtual and augmented reality have created the need for a niche type of content creation, one that requires truly immersive 3D experiences. But while there are already tools for that, a bottleneck is created when you have to put on cumbersome VR or AR headsets just to quickly test their work. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually see those right on your desk immediately? That would require a holographic display and that is exactly what The Looking Glass is trying to offer.

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YouTube VR gets Gear VR support, communal watching

YouTube VR gets Gear VR support, communal watching

Virtual reality, or at least 360-degree content, has become the new hot thing in entertainment. Naturally, that means new territory for Google-owned YouTube to conquer. While limited to non-interactive content just like its regular version, YouTube VR markets itself as a way to experience new worlds up close and personal. Like literally in your face. Now it is introducing newer ways to experience virtual reality, either alone or with your virtual friends and strangers.

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VirtualLink standard paves way for USB-C next-gen VR headsets

VirtualLink standard paves way for USB-C next-gen VR headsets

A handful of major tech companies have worked together to introduce VirtualLink, a new open industry standard that'll hopefully result in a future where all headsets feature a USB-C port. The new specification was introduced today by a consortium led by Microsoft, Oculus, NVIDIA, AMD, and Valve. "VirtualLink is purpose-built for VR," the consortium says.

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Marvel Powers United VR Rift + Touch Bundle arrives next week

Marvel Powers United VR Rift + Touch Bundle arrives next week

Ahead of the game's release later this month comes the Marvel Powers United VR Special Edition Rift + Touch Bundle, a kit containing the Oculus VR headset and controllers, as well as the new Marvel virtual reality game. Gamers who already own the Oculus hardware can also preorder the new Marvel game now, ensuring they'll have it as soon as it goes live next week.

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Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential put its 4K 360 camera up for sale overnight on a massive discount - as if they were having a fire sale. OH MY GOD IT'S A FIRE... sale, if you know what I mean. This camera requires the assistance of the Essential Phone PH-1 to work, and does not do much of anything on its own. With the Essential Phone PH-1, this becomes one of the most interesting smartphone accessories on the market today.

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HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

The current big challenge for virtual reality technology is to work in large rooms. The next dream for the future, however, is likely to be multi-room experiences, where users can wander between rooms or other connected spaces without issue. This is probably still a couple of years away, but HTC has shown off a small example of how it could work, with a demonstration featuring a Vive Pro, multiple base stations, and a beta of SteamVR 2.0.

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HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC has had its worst sales slump in over two years, with mediocre demand seeing June 2018 sales drop by more than 67-percent year on year. The announcement of a particularly dire month came just a week after HTC confirmed it would cut close to a quarter of its employees worldwide.

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