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Oculus Quest back in stock – for now

Oculus Quest back in stock – for now

Oculus Quest is back in stock in the US, though you probably shouldn't hang around if you want one of the untethered virtual reality headsets. The Facebook-owned company has struggled to keep up with demand for Quest over the past few months, even with the VR wearable being a year old at this point - and with rumors suggesting a new, updated version is close at hand.

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Oculus Quest v2 leak tips sleeker VR headset with big change inside

Oculus Quest v2 leak tips sleeker VR headset with big change inside

Facebook is readying a new Oculus Quest standalone VR headset, potentially trimming weight and bulk of the head-worn display, though COVID-19 may have pulled the rug out from under the release roadmap. Launched last year, Quest promised to be as comfortable and liberating as untethered virtual reality headsets, but with graphics quality closer to traditional wired headsets like Oculus Rift S.

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This Sony proto VR controller gets smarter as you use it

This Sony proto VR controller gets smarter as you use it

A video shared by Sony Interactive Entertainment shows a prototype controller that tracks the entire human hand. This controller was the subject of research done on overcoming the limits presented by gesture control systems and traditional controllers. With this new system, users would be able to utilize their hands and fingers without breaking the illusion that all of their digits are, indeed, being tracked in real time.

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Apple OSX support cut for SteamVR; Windows and Linux remain

Apple OSX support cut for SteamVR; Windows and Linux remain

This week Valve made clear they're not in a position where it makes sense to continue supporting Apple's OSX for their SteamVR platform at this time. They've suggested that the SteamVR platform will continue to receive support, but all support will be focused on Windows and Linux. Users of Apple computers, running OSX, will need to use use "legacy builds" from this point forward.

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Supernatural VR fitness game is like Beat Saber with extra steps

Supernatural VR fitness game is like Beat Saber with extra steps

A new at-home workout system that exists entirely within virtual reality is now available for the Oculus Quest headset. Called 'Supernatural,' this fitness game works alongside a companion mobile app to track workouts and keep players active. The experience is similar to that of Beat Saber, only with vast environments and different types of obstacles.

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Beat Saber’s latest free song is made to help you burn calories

Beat Saber’s latest free song is made to help you burn calories

It's no secret that many VR headset owners play the audio game Beat Saber as a form of at-home exercise, something Oculus has embraced with the release of a new song called 'FitBeat.' The newly added track is designed to help players burn calories; it utilizes the game's 90-degree and 360-degree modes for extra movements and includes workout-like voice instructions.

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Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Apple could be close to buying a virtual reality company focused on streaming immersive sports, music, and entertainment experiences, as the Cupertino firm readies its big tech and content push for VR and AR. Though Apple currently doesn't have a virtual reality hardware product of its own, platforms like ARKit and recent devices like the LIDAR camera on the new iPad Pro have made it clear that the augmented reality is high on its agenda.

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360 YouTube channel brings popular Disney World rides to VR

360 YouTube channel brings popular Disney World rides to VR

If you're growing tired of being stuck at home and looking for a new experience, a YouTube channel called 'Virtual Disney World' (which isn't affiliated with Disney despite its name) has aggregated a huge playlist of 360-degree videos taken on popular theme park rides around the world. Anyone who owns a VR headset -- even something as simple as a cardboard holder for a smartphone -- can enjoy the videos.

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Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

Google started the idea of using a smartphone as the heart and soul of a VR headset and others immediately jumped on the prospect of an affordable VR system for the masses. That included Samsung who worked with the makers of the Oculus Rift to launch the Gear VR for is high-end flagships. That phase of the VR market, however, was rather short-lived and Samsung slowly "forgot" to update its headsets to be compatible with its latest phones. Now Oculus itself is putting some nails in the Gear VR coffin by pulling out active support for the apps that make it barely usable.

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HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

There's a new VR headset in town - and it might arrive right on time. Here in the late Winter of 2020, we're all stuck inside on quarantine, avoiding COVID-19, and it might just be the perfect time for VR to catch hold of the masses. Not that VR device makers have been trying to make that happen for half a decade or anything... but still. Per the sneaky release today, this is the new standard for VR.

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New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

Half-Life: Alyx is not Half-Life 3, but it is a new Half-Life game. It is a new game from Valve, and it is out and available to play today. Users will find the game released as of the posting of this article. In other words - if you're reading this, there's a brand new Half-Life game available to play via Steam right this minute.

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Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Despite our very global world, it's sometimes too easy to take for granted that time isn't the same across the world. When companies announce dates, they often neglect to add additional information like timezones and presume everyone is on the same page as them. Worse, they don't even mention what time something may take place, which is especially true for product launches. Fortunately, Valve is giving everyone detailed information so they can prepare their alarms and the VR headsets, presuming they already have one.

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