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Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap's CEO has denied the accuracy of the supposedly leaked hardware from the clandestine augmented reality firm, claiming it's not a prototype of the upcoming AR glasses. Photos of the "PEQ0" prototype emerged late last week, showing what looked to be a bulky backpack-style computer system tethered to a headset. Unsurprisingly for a startup which has provoked as much skepticism as it has anticipation, the reaction was swift and fairly merciless.

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Samsung and Six Flags team again, this time for a gaming VR rollercoaster

Samsung and Six Flags team again, this time for a gaming VR rollercoaster

As we’ve previously reported, Samsung has teamed with Six Flags theme parks to introduce virtual reality rollercoasters — that is, real-life rollercoasters on which riders wear the Gear VR headset to experience an entirely new fantasy world during the ride. A total of 12 rollercoaster VR experiences were introduced at various Six Flags parks, and now the two are back at it again, this time adding gaming into the VR coaster mix.

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Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

This week the folks at Valve have revealed that they have three new "full" games in development for the virtual reality universe. This information came from a media roundtable held by Valve in Bellevue, Washington, where other messages were released to the media as well. It was also there that it was announced that Steam Greenlight was being shut down in favor of a new program that'd take its place.

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Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

This week the folks at Google have launched the latest version of Chrome for Android devices, this one ready to roll with Daydream VR. Users of Daydream-ready devices will be able to visit and experience a number of Daydream-formatted webpages that allow a virtual reality experience to be viewed directly through the Chrome web browser. In the past, there were rumblings about WebVR for multiple sorts of virtual reality devices - for now, there is only talk of Daydream.*

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Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

It looks like Facebook is paring back its retail push for the Oculus VR. With demo stations currently set up in 500 Best Buy stores, Facebook was in a pretty good position to get customers sampling the VR headset for themselves. Now we're hearing that Facebook will be shutting down around 200 of those booths because they're underperforming.

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Hulu VR app updated with new social features and Oculus Touch support

Hulu VR app updated with new social features and Oculus Touch support

Hulu has updated its virtual reality app for the Oculus Rift and Gear VR to include improved social support and more, taking your personal entertainment VR system to the next level. The features vary a bit depending on whether you’re using the Rift or the Gear VR, but they both move in the same general direction: improved social experiences and improved experiences within the VR settings Hulu offers.

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Project CARS 2 is arriving in late 2017 with VR support

Project CARS 2 is arriving in late 2017 with VR support

Slightly Mad Studio’s Project CARS 2 will be arriving in late 2017, it has been announced, for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The announcement coincides with a trailer that shows off the game’s incredibly detailed graphics and some of the cars gamers can expect to find in the upcoming title. Overall, there will be more than 170 cars available for racing on more than 60 tracks, all but guaranteeing there will be a little something for everyone.

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Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

This week the Virtual Reality version of Rock Band has been released on pre-order for the masses. This game is coming with its own Fender Stratocaster wireless controller for Xbox One or PS4 in a single package. The game as we played it earlier this year was an interesting translation of the classic Rock Band experience into a fully encapsulating environment the likes of which have not been possible up until now.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

The two-year long court battle between Oculus VR and ZeniMax Media has come to an end today. It's been a heated battle throughout, with many high-profile executives taking the stand during testimony. This includes Facebook founder (and now Oculus owner) Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and id Software founder John Carmack.

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The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

Facebook faces a potential bill for $2bn in compensation and a further $2bn in damages, as its lawsuit with ZeniMax over Oculus goes to jury. The long-awaited lawsuit finally reached closing arguments today in Dallas, TX, with ZeniMax's lawyer suggesting a $4bn payout from Facebook was in order. According to the company, Oculus relied heavily on - but refuses to acknowledge or pay for - the input John Carmack.

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Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

It's clearly the week for big moves in virtual reality, with HTC losing its VP of Design to Google, where he will work on Google Daydream. That might sound like an unusual shift, but with Claude Zellweger responsible for not only the HTC Vive headset but the entire brand strategy and execution, he's perfectly placed to help Google take Daydream mainstream. Meanwhile, his work on phones will also play a significant role.

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