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Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Modern VR systems still grapple, pardon the pun, with controllers these days and each system has a different take on how it should be done. HTC Vive has its wand while Google Daydream has its mini remote. The Oculus Rift went with a single-button remote and a regular Xbox One controller. Until today. Yes, the Oculus Touch is now available for purchase, promising a more natural feeling when using your hands in VR. And while the controllers can be bought separately, reviews have made it clear, this is an essential part of the Oculus Rift experience.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally has its own set of hand-held controllers in Oculus Touch. That is to say, other than the Xbox One controller, which ships with the headset - and the one-button remote control, which also comes with the headset. What we're doing today is giving you an idea of what the general consensus is amongst reviewers from around the blogosphere - good, bad, and ugly.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

A while back, PC-maker Zotac unveiled its VR Go backpack system, a small-form gaming computer that allows users to experience untethered virtual reality when paired with headsets like the Oulus Rift or HTC Vive. The good news is that the PC is available starting today, but the bad news is that it will cost you $2,000 without any customizations, and that's on top of the VR headset you need to already own.

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Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

A new VR camera product has launched on Indiegogo, this one designed for use with any Android smartphone that features a micro USB or USB-C port. When attached, the camera records 360-degree content that can be broadcast live, uploaded to services like YouTube, or shared directly with friends via social networks. The camera can also be connected directly to a laptop where it functions as a 360-degree webcam.

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Doom 3 BFG mod brings the game to virtual reality

Doom 3 BFG mod brings the game to virtual reality

Virtual reality and first person games are often thought to be the perfect pair. After all, both try to let you experience virtual worlds from the point of view of a character, rather than watching from behind or above. In reality, the perfect VR FPS is harder to pull off than you’d think, because of frame rates, controls, and game mechanics. modder Codes4Fun, however, might have just stumbled on the perfect formula to make that happen, with a mod that makes the Doom 3 BFG edition actually playable on the HTC Vive.

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VLC app gains 360-degree video support

VLC app gains 360-degree video support

VideoLAN, the makers of the popular, open-source VLC app that can play just about any media format under the sun, have announced that it can now support one of the newest video mediums around: 360-degree videos. The developer have just released a technical preview for the desktop versions of VLC on Windows and Mac, allowing 360-degree videos to be played with ease.

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Xbox One Oculus Rift streaming coming next month

Xbox One Oculus Rift streaming coming next month

By their nature, or perhaps through decades of established conventions, gaming console display their output on big, distant screens. There is nothing, however, that says that screen needs to be physical. In case you have an Xbox One but no large screen but you do have Oculus Rift lying around, soon you’ll be able to hook up the two together. OK, so it’s probably an unlikely “last resort” scenario, but the end result is the same. You’ll be able to see and play your Xbox One game right inside the realm of virtual reality.

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MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI has announced that its cool backpack PC for VR gaming has now hit the market for gamers to purchase. The PC is called the MSI VR One and it is the most powerful backpack gaming PC on the market today according to MSI. The machine is available right now in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, China, and Taiwan. It will be available for purchase in more markets soon.

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Windows 10 update for VR may mean no upgrade for many users

Windows 10 update for VR may mean no upgrade for many users

Microsoft has revealed what kind of hardware you'll need in your PC to use the incoming lineup of Windows 10 VR headsets. This new focus on virtual reality was announced back in September, during the Windows 10 event that also revealed the Surface Studio. Though Microsoft did give us a starting price point for these VR headsets, many other details were notably missing from the reveal.

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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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Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth is a pretty impressive tool on its own, but today it stands become even more breathtaking thanks to Google Earth VR. Google launched the new app today, giving users the opportunity to visit locations around the world in virtual reality. Unfortunately, its release is limited to just one VR headset for the time being.

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