virtual reality

Buying an HTC Vive will give you a free Fallout 4 VR copy

Buying an HTC Vive will give you a free Fallout 4 VR copy

Virtual reality has always been associated with gaming more than anything else and yet, truth be told, most of the games available on any of the existing VR platforms could, perhaps, be described as the casual kind. That, however, could change in two months and gamers from both PC and VR worlds might find it harder to take off their headsets. That's when Fallout 4 VR will land, but you can already "pre-order" it now when you buy a new HTC VIVE with this HTC VIVE Fallout 4 VR bundle.

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PlayStation VR has a new HDR-friendly model

PlayStation VR has a new HDR-friendly model

Sony revealed today that it's working on a new PlayStation VR model. This news comes almost a year after the first one launched, and with this new model, Sony aims to fix some problem points that were present in the original. Some of the new changes include integrated stereo headphones and an HDR pass through.

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GoPro Fusion official: Slick software makes a 360 must-have

GoPro Fusion official: Slick software makes a 360 must-have

GoPro's Fusion spherical camera has finally launched, the company's latest action camera packing 5.2K resolution. Announced back in April, the Fusion clearly looks like a relation to GoPro's HERO cameras - including the HERO6 Black also announced today - but it has a far broader field of view. In fact, it captures a full 360-degrees, though you don't have to keep the footage that way.

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Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus is spending the day rolling out a big quality of life improvement to both the Rift and the Gear VR. The company took the time today to reflect on some of the big changes its made to both headsets over the course of the summer, but it seems it's saved the best for last: refunds. After testing a refund option in the UK, Oculus is ready to roll it out on a larger scale.

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Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Virtual reality is still a bit of flux at the moment, with so many players and so many variables that make the setup a tad complicated. When you do manage to get your hands on a rig powerful enough to run VR programs and a not so cheap VR headset, you will sometimes discover that the experience isn't all that, especially when it comes to simply watching videos on YouTube. Opera is trying to fix the latter by baking a VR player into the next version of its web browser.

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Intel’s Project Alloy standalone VR headset is dead

Intel’s Project Alloy standalone VR headset is dead

It's been quite some time since we last heard from Intel's Project Alloy. The VR headset was first revealed last year and was intended to be an open reference for other manufacturers who wanted to make their own VR headsets. Though Project Alloy was an impressive and promising standalone VR headset, Intel announced today that it will be pulling the plug on the initiative.

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Pimax promises 8K VR at the cost of your self-esteem

Pimax promises 8K VR at the cost of your self-esteem

Although VR headsets have more or less settled down around a common set of specs, that doesn’t mean that there’s little motivation for innovation in that space. Screen resolution and field of view are two of the biggest areas for improvement in VR headsets. It’s hard to strike a balance, as shown by the Pimax, billed as the world’s first 8K VR headset. It promises to deliver a completely hi-res VR experience, if you’re willing to wear an almost embarrassingly large contraption on your head. As if wearing a regular VR headset isn’t bad enough.

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Google Daydream View 2 colors and price leak out

Google Daydream View 2 colors and price leak out

Google has just launched ARCore, its not so subtle answer to Apple’s ARKit, but if you thought Google was done with virtual reality, then you don’t know Google at all. It is a company with near infinite ideas and near infinite money to throw at those ideas, whether they end up on store shelves or in the trash bin. So, yes, it seems that Google still has its eyes on virtual reality and might even put out a second gen Daydream View headset that looks prettier, sturdier, and, thus, more expensive.

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FOX Sports will offer the Michigan State vs Notre Dame game in social VR

FOX Sports will offer the Michigan State vs Notre Dame game in social VR

FOX Sports has announced plans to broadcast the Michigan State vs Notre Dame football game in virtual reality, giving fans a very immersive way to enjoy the upcoming game airing on September 23. FOX is calling this a 'social virtual reality' experience, saying it will be available through the FOX Sports VR app available for Android, iOS, and Gear VR/Oculus.

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Gear VR PhoneCast app lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Gear VR PhoneCast app  lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Virtual reality is fun and entertaining but hardly useful when it comes to getting real-world things done, it isn’t of much help. At least with the current state of technology. In the meantime, however, users can have an approximation of productivity in virtual reality by having their non-gaming software brought before their eyes. That is exactly what the Samsung PhoneCast VR app is trying to do by making some “2D”, a.k.a. flat, regular, and boring apps, available on the Gear VR headset.

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Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

We haven't heard much about HTC's upcoming standalone VR headset — a model of the Vive that doesn't need to be tethered to a PC — but that's likely to change in the near future. There's still a lot of questions about the hardware details, however there's a good chance the device's name has just been discovered. A pair of trademark filings from HTC were recently made, referring to a device called " Vive Focus."

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Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app. Assuming your Earth VR app is up-to-date, you'll now be able to drop down to street level in a variety of different locations around the world. When you do, you'll see a 360-degree image of the location, giving you a good idea of what it looks like in real life.

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