virtual reality

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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Paris movie theater opens VR experience arcade

Paris movie theater opens VR experience arcade

As 2016 has shown, the virtual reality market is rapidly expanding, and we've already seen the US movie theater industry heavily betting on it. But Paris' MK2 movie theaters have taken this idea to a new level, opening a new VR experience that allows anyone to come in and play the latest games on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR, all at a rate of about $25 for 40 minutes. Think of it as the elaborate, futuristic VR arcade you dreamed of as a kid.

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Magic Leap’s CEO just defended the secretive startup’s honor

Magic Leap’s CEO just defended the secretive startup’s honor

Magic Leap's CEO has come out fighting after reports suggested the company's augmented reality was more movie-style FX trickery than anything else. Rony Abovitz, chief executive at the clandestine startup, took to Twitter to respond to claims earlier this week that, far from the seamless blending of digital and real content its demonstrations suggested, Magic Leap was in fact an underwhelming experience.

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Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

New limited edition Google Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson (red) and Snow (white) colors are now shipping in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, the company has announced. The limited edition colors are available from the Google Store in all three countries, and will also soon be available from Best Buy and Verizon in the U.S., and Carphone Warehouse and EE in the UK. Google has also announced the launch of new VR titles.

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Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

It's a Christmas tradition in Manhattan for stores along Madison, Fifth Avenue, and other streets to put up elaborate and beautiful store window displays for Christmas. According to Google, over 5 million people travel to Manhattan during the holiday season just to see these holiday displays. If you can't make it to Manhattan in person, Google is offering you a way to view these Christmas displays from the comfort of your home.

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Modern VR systems still grapple, pardon the pun, with controllers these days and each system has a different take on how it should be done. HTC Vive has its wand while Google Daydream has its mini remote. The Oculus Rift went with a single-button remote and a regular Xbox One controller. Until today. Yes, the Oculus Touch is now available for purchase, promising a more natural feeling when using your hands in VR. And while the controllers can be bought separately, reviews have made it clear, this is an essential part of the Oculus Rift experience.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally has its own set of hand-held controllers in Oculus Touch. That is to say, other than the Xbox One controller, which ships with the headset - and the one-button remote control, which also comes with the headset. What we're doing today is giving you an idea of what the general consensus is amongst reviewers from around the blogosphere - good, bad, and ugly.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

A while back, PC-maker Zotac unveiled its VR Go backpack system, a small-form gaming computer that allows users to experience untethered virtual reality when paired with headsets like the Oulus Rift or HTC Vive. The good news is that the PC is available starting today, but the bad news is that it will cost you $2,000 without any customizations, and that's on top of the VR headset you need to already own.

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Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

A new VR camera product has launched on Indiegogo, this one designed for use with any Android smartphone that features a micro USB or USB-C port. When attached, the camera records 360-degree content that can be broadcast live, uploaded to services like YouTube, or shared directly with friends via social networks. The camera can also be connected directly to a laptop where it functions as a 360-degree webcam.

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Doom 3 BFG mod brings the game to virtual reality

Doom 3 BFG mod brings the game to virtual reality

Virtual reality and first person games are often thought to be the perfect pair. After all, both try to let you experience virtual worlds from the point of view of a character, rather than watching from behind or above. In reality, the perfect VR FPS is harder to pull off than you’d think, because of frame rates, controls, and game mechanics. modder Codes4Fun, however, might have just stumbled on the perfect formula to make that happen, with a mod that makes the Doom 3 BFG edition actually playable on the HTC Vive.

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