virtual reality

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

Plenty of virtual reality headsets have hit the market since we first saw FOVE back in May 2015, but none can do what the Samsung-backed VR system can. Differentiating itself in the increasingly crowded entertainment space by its potentially game-changing eye tracking system, FOVE sets out to address what it calls the "owl problem". If you want to look around in a VR world then, traditionally, you have to move your head.

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Alienware 13 is a VR-ready laptop packed in 13 inches

Alienware 13 is a VR-ready laptop packed in  13 inches

Unless you’re already satisfied with smartphone-powered experiences like the Gear VR or Google Daydream, virtual reality requires a sizable investment, both in terms of cash as well as literal equipment sizes. The power needed to drive things like the Oculus Rift of HTC Vive usually requires hulking desktops or more portable but still hulking laptops. Trying to buck the trend, Dell is launching the new Alienware 13 line that boasts of being the first VR-ready notebook to come in less than 14 inches.

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Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

This morning Google revealed the pricing and release date of their first non-cardboard VR headset, Daydream View. This accessory works with any Daydream-ready smartphone - first Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It'll be available starting on the 10th of November, 2016, both online and at several retailers around the world.

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Nintendo won’t discontinue 3DS after Switch launches

Nintendo won’t discontinue 3DS after Switch launches

With the Nintendo Switch looking to fuse the realms of console and handheld gaming, many folks are left wondering if the 3DS will be discontinued when Switch launches. It goes without saying that Wii U will likely be forgotten quickly once the Switch hits the scene, but the 3DS is still selling well. Thankfully, Nintendo has quickly given a solid answer on the fate of 3DS.

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Alcatel IDOL 4S launches on T-Mobile with Windows 10 VR

Alcatel IDOL 4S launches on T-Mobile with Windows 10 VR

The first device launched with mention of Windows 10 VR is the Alcatel IDOL 4S with T-Mobile. This smartphone is quickly becoming the most versatile casing for operating systems as it's also been subject to an Android release in standard form and a BlackBerry release (also with Android). Now it'll play host to the first Windows 10 VR experience - and it has access to the Windows 10 Continuum experience as well.

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Microsoft VR comes with $300 headsets from Lenovo, ASUS, Acer

Microsoft VR comes with $300 headsets from Lenovo, ASUS, Acer

Microsoft has just officially unveiled its Windows 10 Creators Update, and with it comes a new approach to its mixed reality platform HoloLens. During Microsoft's event, the company announced that HoloLens will be getting support for the 3D community features that will be included in the update, but perhaps the more surprising announcement was that of Microsoft's new focus on virtual reality.

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Google standalone AR headset tipped with eye-tracking technology

Google standalone AR headset tipped with eye-tracking technology

We heard rumor awhile ago that Google is working on a standalone virtual reality headset that’ll also serve as a platform for augmented reality applications. Joining that rumor is a new spat of sources claiming this standalone VR/AR headset will include eye-tracking technology. According to these sources, the headset will also boast sensors for mapping the real world around the headset user.

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Gymkhana 9 VR lets you enjoy the hoon in 360-degrees

Gymkhana 9 VR lets you enjoy the hoon in 360-degrees

Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Hoonigan to offer fans of the Ken Block Gymkhana series of videos a 360-degree virtual reality look at Gymkhana 9. This marks the first time ever that the Ken Block video series has been presented in virtual reality 360-degree video. To enjoy the video fans will need to use the FordVR app and launch part one of the video on the Ford YouTube channel.

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You can now buy the Daydream View headset, Chromecast Ultra

You can now buy the Daydream View headset, Chromecast Ultra

The Google Pixel smartphone isn’t the only thing that went on sale today. While we’re still waiting for word on some of Google’s more “unique” products, like the Google Home and Google Wi-Fi, Google fans can already put in an order for the Daydream View VR headset and the extra large but also extra capable Chromecast Ultra. That said, you might have to wait for a few weeks before you actually get your hands on either or both. Especially if they go out of stock immediately.

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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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