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Google is shuttering its Spotlight Stories VR studio

Google is shuttering its Spotlight Stories VR studio

It seems that Google is doing some Spring cleaning and it's not looking good for its employees and ventures. It was recently reported that Google was cutting down on the number of people working on its laptops and tablets and now something more drastic is happening on the VR front. According to a leaked email from Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho, Google is shutting down the six-year-old studio that has become associated with the tech giant's VR marketing efforts.

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Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit revives the Virtual Boy dream

Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit revives the Virtual Boy dream

Years before virtual reality even became the thing it is now, Nintendo was already toying around with bringing VR to its portfolio. That ended up as a massive failure and the Virtual Boy became an example of how not to do VR. Times and technologies have changed, however, and now 24 years later, Nintendo is taking a stab at it again, this time with a more educational bent thanks to its Nintendo Labo cardboard platform and, of course, the Nintendo Switch.

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HTC VIVE Focus Plus revealed with upgraded controllers

HTC VIVE Focus Plus revealed with upgraded controllers

While many of us are probably interested in learning more about the VIVE Cosmos, HTC has announced another headset in its VIVE Focus line. The original VIVE Focus has only been available in western markets for a few months now, but that isn't stopping HTC from announcing the standalone VIVE Focus Plus today. As you might have already guessed from the name, this isn't so much a successor headset as it is a beefed up VIVE Focus.

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HTC VIVE Cosmos controllers briefly detailed in new video

HTC VIVE Cosmos controllers briefly detailed in new video

Last month at CES, HTC announced the VIVE Cosmos, a new headset for its virtual reality line up. Though we had the chance to see the headset up close, there's still a lot we don't know about the VIVE Cosmos. Slowly but surely, HTC is beginning to pull back the veil and release some details, starting today with new information about its controllers.

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Palmer Luckey offers free Oculus Rift repair kit for audio problems

Palmer Luckey offers free Oculus Rift repair kit for audio problems

His last months in the now Facebook-owned company may have been filled with controversy but Palmer Luckey will forever be honored in history as having co-founded Oculus and pushing the virtual reality towards its renaissance. The tech pioneer hasn't been on the spotlight of late but he is by no means done with VR. In fact, he's now hitting the news again thanks to his admittedly generous offer of a repair kit to address loyal Oculus Rift users' audio issues.

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Beat Saber increases controller motion limits because pros are too fast

Beat Saber increases controller motion limits because pros are too fast

Popular virtual reality game Beat Saber has been updated with, among other things, increased controller motion limits. This change is only relevant to the best players, the experts who, the developers explain, exceed "what we thought was humanly possible." The change was based on tracking data gathered from Beat Saber professionals capable of making moves insanely fast.

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HoloLens 2 teaser leaves a lot to the imagination

HoloLens 2 teaser leaves a lot to the imagination

It may not have a foldable smartphone to reveal, but Microsoft will nonetheless be at MWC 2019 with some new technology to show off. The company today teased its announcement, and though the teaser it published was vague, it seems to have something to do with HoloLens. Does that mean we'll see the rumored HoloLens 2 announced in Barcelona later this month?

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WebXR Device API to let browsers access VR, AR hardware, sensors

WebXR Device API to let browsers access VR, AR hardware, sensors

Browsers these days are so powerful you can almost do anything in them. Yes, sometimes even run older (ancient, really) operating systems in a browser tab. Want to play 3D games? Google's Project Stream is working on that. How about virtual and augmented reality experiences? That's in the works, too. And with the new WebXR Device API on its way to become a standard specification, there might be a time when all you need for VR and AR is a portable headset and a web browser.

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HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

The HP Copper (code-name) VR headset was revealed in part this week as a topmost best-in-class device. Other companies either have their own ecosystem (Oculus or HTC Vive with Steam VR), or are part of Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform - and are relatively bland in industrial design. HP seems to want to break out of that mold, while continuing to utilized Microsoft's program in the process.

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Groundhog Day gets a VR game sequel for Oculus, Vive, & PS VR

Groundhog Day gets a VR game sequel for Oculus, Vive, & PS VR

Almost everyone of a certain age has fond memories of 1993's Groundhog Day — the Bill Murray-staring film where one man lives the same day over and over again until he gets things right. While the movie makes for an odd choice in this Age of the Reboot, there's no denying its premise could make a great video game. Someone at Sony Pictures must have thought the same, as their virtual reality division has announced a Groundhog Day semi-sequel as a none other than a VR game.

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Cinemark teams with Spaces for mixed-reality ‘Terminator’ experience

Cinemark teams with Spaces for mixed-reality ‘Terminator’ experience

Virtual reality adventure company Spaces has teamed up with theater chain Cinemark to launch a new, immersive VR experience in San Jose, California. The new product will be found at the Westfield Oakridge Shopping Center starting on February 8, where visitors will experience a "4D" reality that includes 3D face scanning and other technologies centered in the "Terminator" universe.

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HTC VIVE Pro Eye hands-on: More than just eye-tracking

HTC VIVE Pro Eye hands-on: More than just eye-tracking

This week we got the opportunity to try out the newest in innovative VR tech from HTC, the HTC VIVE Pro Eye. This device looks a whole lot like the standard Vive Pro on the outside. In fact you might mistake one for the other, except for the bright blue outline around one element at the front of the headset. From the inside, it's a whole new world.

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