virtual reality

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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Google Daydream headset to debut tomorrow with a low price

Google Daydream headset to debut tomorrow with a low price

As if the hype train weren’t already full, another one jumps in at the last-minute. Destination: Google’s October 4th press event. Although the intended highlight is, of course, the two new Pixel smartphones, given how those have been practically leaked to death, we might be easily distracted by other things. Like the very first Google Daydream VR headset that will allegedly also make an appearance Tuesday. And while details are still slim, one piece of rumor already has our curiosities piqued: the wallet-friendly price tag.

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HTC Viveport launches globally with more than just VR games

HTC Viveport launches globally with more than just VR games

When you talk about virtual reality, most people will immediately think of immersive games. Immersive experiences, yes, but games nonetheless. VR, however, is already much more than that, and VIVE, HTC’s VR arm, is taking steps to make sure everyone in the world knows that. It is finally launching its Viveport VR app store with two key points. One, is that it is launching globally, in more than 30 countries, for maximum market reach. And two, the store will contain more than just games but the whole gamut of experiences currently possible in virtual reality.

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PlayStation VR will be sold early at 350 Best Buy stores

PlayStation VR will be sold early at 350 Best Buy stores

The PlayStation VR’s launch is nearly upon us, and for those who can hardly contain their excitement, Best Buy has some good news: 350 of its physical retail stores will be opening early to sell the headsets, giving you a chance to grab the unit before they start shipping. If you’re near one of those stores, you’ll be able to get in at 12:01AM ET on October 13, meaning those on the West Coast can start buying the PS VR at 9:01PM on October 12.

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Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we've heard already, it also details the GPU that could be found within the Galaxy S8, something we haven't heard all that much about.

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Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Despite execs’ show of support for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, Apple’s iPhones have sadly been mostly left out of the party. Google Cardboard and similar headsets are a far cry from the more sophisticated equipment you’d find in products like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, or even the Gear VR. That, however, might soon change, with Occipital now offering a VR Dev Kit that specifically targets Apple’s devices and platforms, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the Mac.

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Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

As wildly popular as virtual reality might have become, and as now widespread it may have been, thanks to the likes of Google Cardboard, the content available for the technology has barely scratched the surface. That’s mostly because the knowledge on how to create such virtual experience still rests in the hands of a few. Seeking to liberate that knowledge, Udacity has crafted a program that partners with the who’s who in the VR industry to train minds, and hands, in becoming a VR Developer.

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DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

This morning the DJI Mavic Pro was introduced with a headset by the name of DJI Goggles, delivered with a single video showing how DJI's newest drone might be paired with their also-brand-new VR headset. This headset works with what they call OcuSync, allowing the user to receive video directly from the drone, not the controller, putting them as close as possible to live action piloting. These goggles - or this headset - might be the most awesome part of the whole system.

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