virtual reality

Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Earlier this year, Facebook revealed a new VR app called Spaces. Speaking simply, Spaces is essentially Facebook for a virtual reality world, as it allows you to hang out with friends in VR and view Facebook photos, among other things. When you consider the fact that Facebook owns Oculus, you'd think that it would want to keep Spaces exclusive to the Rift. As it turns out, that isn't actually the case.

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Magic Leap demo is exactly what the AR startup didn’t need

Magic Leap demo is exactly what the AR startup didn’t need

Three years after we first started reporting on Magic Leap, and they've got some semblance of a real product. This company suggested that they had tech nearly ready for a broad scale release back in 2014, but now, hear near the end of 2017, they still don't really have a product that can be purchased. There's a good reason for that, apparently. They're working behind the scenes with groups like ILMxLAB for Star Wars and the always futuristic experimental music band Sigur Rós.

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Oculus Rift gets a holiday price drop, but it won’t last long

Oculus Rift gets a holiday price drop, but it won’t last long

We now have less than a week to wrap up Christmas shopping, and Oculus has come out with a new deal it's offering to those last minute shoppers (or impulse buyers, at any rate). Oculus has given the Rift a small price drop for the holidays, making it a tempting buy if you've been looking to get into VR. This deal isn't going to last very long, though, so you'll need to act quick.

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YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube just launched a virtual reality app for Steam, making it available to HTC Vive users. That's good news, except that many of those users are reporting some pretty serious bugs, some of them so problematic that the app repeatedly crashes, making it unusable. This isn't the first iteration of YouTube designed for virtual reality headsets. Google previously launched a YouTube VR app for its Daydream VR platform.

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HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

The HTC VIVE Tracker is a new tool for the VR universe - an extra bit of zazz that opens up new doors and dimensions. Over the past few days I've had the opportunity to test out the HTC VIVE Tracker with the relatively limited set of games it already works within. Included with this review package was a set of accessories with which the tracker works. The best of these is the Hyperkin Hyper Blaster - a VR-ready version of a pistol, extremely similar to that of the original NES Zapper from Nintendo.

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Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

While virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have all, or separately, been hailed as the next wave of computing, the truth is they haven’t taken off outside of a still small minority in the tech industry. One reason is the prohibitive cost of PC-powered VR equipment. The other is that few people find any use of the technologies, especially VR, outside entertainment and a few niche serious applications. Oculus, perhaps the pioneer of this VR renaissance, wants to at least change the latter with the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 release that adds both serious work and a pinch of whimsy to the VR platform.

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HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC is dead serious about pushing its Vive VR, and AR, platform. Need proof? Just look at the dozens of ambitious startups that it has already invested in to create new experiences. Still not enough? Good thing HTC is adding even more. It has just announced the third batch of lucky innovators chosen to have access to HTC Vive’s wealth of resources, both human and data. Over two dozen startups will be provided the opportunity and the materials they need to push the boundaries of what virtual and augmented realities can offer.

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Amazon Sumerian wants to be the cross-platform VR/AR builder

Amazon Sumerian wants to be the cross-platform VR/AR builder

Amazon might not be a name you’d immediately associate with creating interactive content, much less games, but that is exactly what the retail giant has been up to lately. Following the Lumberyard game engine it spun off from Crytek’s dying CryENGINE, Amazon is introducing Sumerian, its own VR and AV creation platform for generating interactive scenes and content that can run on any VR or AR hardware in the market. Of course, it’s stored in and runs on Amazon’s cloud.

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USPS has a VR app, but it’s not about delivering mail

USPS has a VR app, but it’s not about delivering mail

The United States Postal Service has launched its own virtual reality app, it seems, but the app has nothing to do with the post office or delivering mail at all. This has left many confused, as the app itself concerns kayaking, and not even the kind where there's a mail delivery at the end. The app listing shows that it was published by the USPS, but it's not entirely clear why.

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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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