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Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there's also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.

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This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This week at GTC 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed Project Holodeck to the masses. This system "brings visually stunning, collaborative, and shareable VR to everyone." The first demonstration had several users standing near a vehice rendered with 50,000,000 polygons - that's inside a virtual, shared space. The vehicle was a $1.9-million dollar supercar showed off via Christian Koenigsegg.

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NVIDIA VRWorks SDKs make stitching 360-degree audio, video easier

NVIDIA VRWorks SDKs make stitching 360-degree audio, video easier

Virtual reality has never before been as accessible as it is today but it still hasn't hit mainstream the way smartphones have. Part of that is due to the exorbitant price tags for equipment and part is due to the lack of noteworthy VR content. The latter, in turn, is due to the lack of tools to create such content. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), NVIDIA, one of the biggest names in the industry, is unveiling two VRWorks SDKs to address exactly that. And, surprisingly enough, the more mature and stable of the two is VRWorks Audio.

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Oculus Story Studio is closing, company will support VR creators instead

Oculus Story Studio is closing, company will support VR creators instead

Oculus has announced plans to shutter Story Studio, the company's division for creating VR-based storytelling content. According to Oculus, Story Studio was initially intended to produce short and creative virtual reality content that would 'inspire traditional filmmakers' to create their own similar VR offerings. We're two years into the future now, and VR video creation is a quickly growing category among digital creatives. In light of that, Oculus has decided to stop producing its own internal content and to instead focus on supporting 'external production.'

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HTC Vive gets a head strap with built-in audio next month

HTC Vive gets a head strap with built-in audio next month

As if it weren't enough to have the equivalent of a smartphone strapped to your head, Vive, the HTC-owned VR company, is finding more things to add to that contraption. It is, at least, calling it a "deluxe" strap, so you know it can only be good. The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap promises a more ergonomic way to put on, take off, and keep the VR headset on your head, while also providing built-in earphones so you won't have to fumble around for a separate pair.

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Makeshift Nintendo Switch VR shows why it shouldn’t be done

Makeshift Nintendo Switch VR shows why it shouldn’t be done

It may seem like Nintendo will be playing catch up with the VR gaming trend in the near future but, truth be told, it already tried to dabble in that technology decades ago. Unfortunately, it was far too ahead of its time back then and the disastrous fate of the Virtual Boy may have caused Nintendo to take a cautious approach this year. With the launch of the Switch, there have been speculation and ideas on how to pull off a virtual experience using the portable console. But as YouTuber Nintendrew's "Switch VR" demo shows, it's a good thing Nintendo didn't.

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Yi 360 VR is a pocket-sized camera with 4K video and 2.5K livestreaming

Yi 360 VR is a pocket-sized camera with 4K video and 2.5K livestreaming

Joining Google's newly unveiled YI HALO camera is the Yi 360 VR, a consumer-tier camera designed for recording 360-degree video for virtual reality purposes. The camera is able to stitch together 4K-resolution videos and it can also livestream content at a 2.5K resolution, putting a relatively high-end VR camera in hobbyists' pockets. Despite its capabilities, the camera is small enough to fit in a pocket or bag; it works in conjunction with a mobile app.

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Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

One of the biggest hurdles to virtual and augmented reality today isn't really the display. We've pretty much gotten that down. What breaks the illusion of the made-up worlds is, in fact, our input methods. While our eyes and ears are deceived into believing the immersion, our hands aren't. While the likes of Oculus and Vive are grappling with coming up with new handheld controllers, Samsung's Creative Lab, a.k.a. C-Lab s looking at another possible way to control and navigate VR experiences: your face.

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Oculus VR games bundle with NVIDIA taps GTX 1080 Ti

Oculus VR games bundle with NVIDIA taps GTX 1080 Ti

This week the folks at NVIDIA have high-fived a set of VR games that, combined, make a radical VR collection for the GTX 1080 Ti and Oculus Rift. Bundles exist that begin with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti/GTX 1080/1070/1060 graphics card, system, or laptop and roll with an Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch. For those looking for the most insane "you've graduated school, now it's time to leave the real world" gift, this is it.

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Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google has taken the wraps off its next-generation Jump camera, the YI HALO, a camera rig made in partnership with the Chinese company Yi Technology. In total, the YI HALO features a total of 17 4K-resolution cameras including an Up camera to record content in every direction. Despite the large number of cameras, the camera rig is highly portable with a weight under 8lbs. As well, the battery used to power it all provides 100 minutes of video recording, enabling users to capture an appreciable amount of content before having to recharge.

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Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Pretty soon, there will be no excuse for anyone and everyone not to create 360-degree content. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone will be able to enjoy those via VR headsets, but at least modern browsers can give them a foretaste of that. 360-degree cameras are becoming more and more accessible, with companies like Insta360 putting out portable and affordable cameras. The Insta360 Pro, however, isn't that. Looking more like a big ball and UFO, the Insta360 Pro, with its 8K capability, has "professional" written all over it. And it even has the price tag to prove it.

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GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro has officially entered the 360-degree camera space. Today the company revealed its new spherical camera, called GoPro Fusion, and with that reveal indicated its intention to step into the world of VR content creation. Obviously, you don't need to be creating virtual reality content to make use of a 360-degree camera, as GoPro is also marketing this as a solution for non-VR, high resolution photos and video.

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