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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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Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

When former Google exec, and now former Xiaomi exec, Hugo Barra made public his departure from the Chinese company, he didn’t talk much about where he’s heading to next. Usually those are kept under wraps until the new employer has given the green light. Consider that green light lit, as said new employer itself made the matter public. Straight from the horse’s, er, Mark Zuckerberg’s mouth, Huga Barra is joining Facebook as VP not of its mobile efforts but of its virtual reality thrust. And yes, that includes Oculus.

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VIVE Tracker applications open before general release

VIVE Tracker applications open before general release

A couple of weeks back, in the midst of CES 2017, VIVE Trackers were revealed. VIVE Trackers are a new type of controller for HTC's VIVE virtual reality headset. They're anything but traditional, as they're meant to bring real-world objects into virtual reality spaces, and now HTC wants to get these Trackers into the hands of developers.

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PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

Sony has announced that its PlayStation VR headset can now be used to watch YouTube’s 360-degree videos. The videos are exactly what they sound like — the 360-degree videos that have been available for watching via Cardboard and other headsets. Following its launch in October, PlayStation VR now finally supports those videos, bringing another element of entertainment to the platform.

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Amazon VR shopping app revealed in new job listing

Amazon VR shopping app revealed in new job listing

A new Amazon job listing on LinkedIn indicates the company may be planning to introduce a virtual reality shopping app. The app seeks a new creative director for its A9 company, where the team is said to be working on building a “VR shopping experience for use by millions of [Amazon] customers on a wide variety of VR devices." It seems the app would allow Amazon customers to browse and purchase items using their VR headset of choice.

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

There's always a first time for everything. For VR company Oculus, it's probably the first time it has been dragged in a high-profile public trial. For Mark Zuckerberg, it's his first time testifying in a courtroom and one of the extremely rare times you'd see the Facebook CEO out of his now iconic hoodie and jeans attire. Instead, he wears a suit that solemnly declares serious business, because that is exactly the position that game publisher ZeniMax has forced Oculus and Facebook into in its lawsuit over stolen VR technology and intellectual property.

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You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

If you've always wanted to tour the White House but never managed to make it out to Washington DC, then we've got some good news for you. Assuming you've got an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset, you can now take a tour of the White House with none other than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as your guides.

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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell has announced its first VR-ready mobile workstation, the Dell Precision 7720. This model was built specifically for creating virtual reality content, says Dell, giving developers a new option that doesn’t shackle them to a desk. The Dell Precision 7720 is offered with various hardware options, including Intel Xeon and 7th-generation Intel Core processors.

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HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC has a new accessory item for its Vive VR headset that can turn just about anything into a VR controller. One example HTC gave is a baseball bat — with the Vive Tracker embedded, the baseball bat becomes a controller that can open the door for realistic baseball gameplay or zombie head smashing. The same goes for gloves, imitation rifles for shooting games, and even, HTC says, a fire hose that may pair well with a simulator.

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FOVE 0 VR headsets begin shipping out to customers

FOVE 0 VR headsets begin shipping out to customers

If you're one of the nearly 1,500 people who backed the eye-tracking FOVE 0 VR headset on Kickstarter last year, then good news: FOVE has announced that the headset will begin shipping out to its first customers later this month. FOVE made the announcement at CES today, where it had the FOVE 0 on display along with some new software. FOVE 0's Kickstarter campaign was a smashing success, with pledges from backers coming in at $480,650 and nearly doubling the $250,000 amount FOVE was originally asking for.

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