virtual reality

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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The best sub-$360 VR cameras for 360-degrees on a budget

The best sub-$360 VR cameras for 360-degrees on a budget

Shooting 360-degree or VR video used to require a huge budget and months of post-processing, but these days you can get near-studio quality from off-the-shelf cameras. The number of consumer virtual reality headsets is steadily rising, and VR in general is getting more affordable, most recently with Sony's PlayStation VR. Now's the time to pick up a sub-$360 VR camera, and we can help you choose.

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PlayStation VR launch: What you need to know

PlayStation VR launch: What you need to know

PlayStation VR launches today, offering players a middle ground between more expensive headsets like the HTC VIVE and entry-level ones like Google Cardboard or Gear VR. It's also a significant launch because this new hardware will show us whether or not console-based virtual reality can survive in a space that's getting more crowded by the day. For some people, though, the launch has been a little confusing, so let's clear a few things up and try to help you determine in the PlayStation VR is the right buy for you.

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Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

A new set of controllers appears to be making their way into the fold at Steam Dev Days this week. In a development chat a slide was shown picturing a number of controllers, including some of the first controllers made for the HTC VIVE and a couple we've never seen before. While generally we'd write something like this off as previously developed hardware - before the product out already - it's been reported that the final (preview) product is somewhere at the event, live and in person.

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Nolan Bushnell launches Modal VR, a virtual reality system aimed at enterprise

Nolan Bushnell launches Modal VR, a virtual reality system aimed at enterprise

With PlayStation VR launching tomorrow and headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive already on the scene, it would appear that there are a lot of companies that want a slice of the VR pie. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell can now be counted among the folks eyeing the VR market, as he's teamed up with Jason Crawford to launch a new virtual reality platform called Modal VR.

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Oculus Touch pre-orders go live with December 6 ship date

Oculus Touch pre-orders go live with December 6 ship date

As announced last week, pre-orders for Oculus Rift's Touch controllers have gone live. If you're looking to pick up a pair for yourself, the whole package - which comes with two Touch controllers, a sensor, and a connector for Rock Band VR guitar controllers - will set you back $199, with Oculus targeting a December 6 ship date.

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EVE: Valkyrie arrives for PlayStation VR on October 13

EVE: Valkyrie arrives for PlayStation VR on October 13

CCP Games has announced that EVE: Valkyrie will be available for the PlayStation VR starting on October 13. Following that launch, the studio will hold a double experience points weekend from October 14 to October 17, giving existing players and those new to the game the opportunity to level up quickly. The double experience points will be available to PC gamers, as well, not just those playing the PS VR version of the title.

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Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

I've worked with and played with both Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, and both of them are fantastic and amazing. But I wouldn't buy them myself. I've had both devices for extended periods of time, trying out some of the most fantastic games and making an effort to try new experiences to immerse myself in the future. But that's just it. Using either headset is a very solitary experience. It's not the sort of experience I'd recommend to friends. It can be fantastic, but only really for me.

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FordVR app lets you experience car races in your bed

FordVR app lets you experience car races in your bed

Today’s virtual reality technology is allowing people to vicariously experience sights, sounds, and places they would never otherwise get to experience, either because of distance or safety. Or both. Like car racing. Every car enthusiast has probably dreamt of what it feels like to be inside of one. Well, now they can. Sort of. Utilizing Oculus’ fancy new WebVR technology, the FordVR app for iOS and Android lets anyone experience the car maker’s history moments in racing, right from the safety and comfort of their homes.

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Oculus Touch release date and pricing details revealed

Oculus Touch release date and pricing details revealed

You can hardly be blamed if you'd forgotten about Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers meant to accompany the Oculus Rift VR headset. The Touch was delayed at the end of last year and at the time was given a new launch window targeting the second half of 2016. We now have a better idea of when the Touch will launch, along with how much you're going to have to shell out.

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PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

For believers, the VR renaissance probably started with the Oculus Rift’s birth, though that did launch nearly at the same time as rival HTC Vive. But virtual reality, and augmented/mixed reality for that matter, is primarily a PC thing. Or a Windows thing even. Those who have chosen the path of the console have mostly been left out, unless they happen to have a PC rig worthy of those VR headsets or have settled for the smartphone version. Today, however, those from the PlayStation side of the fence no longer need to feel disenfranchised. The PS VR has arrived and with it, the promise of immersive virtual reality experiences for consoles. We take a brief tour to see what awaits us in this (slightly) new world.

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Google Daydream headset release date and pricing revealed

Google Daydream headset release date and pricing revealed

In addition to all of the new hardware Google has announced today, the new Daydream View headset stopped by the keynote to make an appearance. Google is looking to corner the mobile VR market with this new headset, making it work with the Pixel or any Daydream-compatible phone. At first blush, the Daydream View seems similar to Samsung's Gear VR, but there are a few notable differences worth pointing out.

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