virtual reality

Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung Creators launches to bring everyday storytellers to VR

Samsung has announced a new initiative called Samsung Creators; according to the company, it aims to take everyday ordinary creators and “empower” them to create content for VR, namely Samsung VR (formerly known as Samsung Milk VR). As well, the company has announced that Samsung VR now supports user-generated content, allowing anyone to upload a 360-degree video to Samsung’s virtual reality platform for those with a Gear VR to watch.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Vrse renames itself ‘Within’ to shed VR tether

Vrse renames itself ‘Within’ to shed VR tether

Vrse, the company that focuses on VR content, has decided to rename itself for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that its new name “Within” is easier to spell and search for online. According to company CEO Chris Milk, people who had only heard the company’s then-name Vrse didn’t know how it was spelled and couldn’t find it online. Those who only knew it by its text name weren’t sure how to pronounce it. "Turns out," he said, "these are not great features for a company name."

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You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

You can try PlayStation VR at Best Buy and GameStop this weekend

One of Sony's biggest announcements at E3 2016 this week was the official release date of PlayStation VR, along with some of its launch titles. But like when the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive debuted earlier this year, the $399 asking price is a lot for consumers when they haven't even gotten to try out the headset. Well, Sony is playing smart, and PS VR demo stations will be available at a number of retailers ahead of the October 13th launch, and they're starting this weekend at select Best Buy and GameStop locations.

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Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

This week the folks at Magic Leap have announced a partnership with ILMxLAB, creating technology that'll mix Star Wars with your real world reality. This is not virtual reality - though that's not out of the question for Star Wars, of course - it's mixed reality. That is augmented reality with the ability to trick your brain into thinking the objects you're seeing are really there. It's beyond what you've seen before - and it has droids, too!

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Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu VR App gains Oculus Rift Support

Hulu launched its VR app back in late March and when it launched it was mostly for the VR headsets out there meant to hold smartphones. Hulu has now announced that its VR app supports the more powerful Oculus Rift VR headset. Hulu says that the strict hardware performance requirements for the PC that runs the Oculus Rift headset means that the VR app can deliver users a more polished, sharp, and more responsive viewing experience.

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AMD Radeon RX 470, 460 join VR-ready, budget friendly army

AMD Radeon RX 470, 460 join VR-ready, budget friendly army

Virtual reality is the new black. If that wasn't yet obvious at Computex 2016 earlier this month, then it probably is now at E3. And especially at E3. Following up on its announcement at Computex, AMD is revealing two new additions to its fledgling Radeon RX roster, the Radeon RX 470 and 460. Together with the Radeon RX 480, these three are poised to democratize the VR market with powerful but affordable graphics cards to power those not so affordable rigs and headsets.

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PlayStation VR release date and pricing confirmed

PlayStation VR release date and pricing confirmed

The PlayStation VR is coming! The PlayStation VR is coming! Well, we all knew it was coming and had an idea of how much it'll cost you to get one. At the PlayStation press event at E3 2016, Sony laid out (mostly) the full details of its launch. PS VR will finally be coming to stores on October 13, this year of course, and it will stick to the $399 price tag.

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OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

Taking on E3 2016 on the dawn of the first full day, OSVR have revealed their Hacker Development Kit 2. That's not just a developer device, but a full- blown consumer-ready virtual reality headset that's ALSO made for developers (and hackers), that'll cost users $399 right out the box. There aren't any controllers in the box, and you'll have to do some hacking to make it work with room-scale tracking, but it's basically all there - if you know what you're doing.

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Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

When it comes to virtual reality, most people don't really care about how it gets made, they just want to experience it. The same is true about video games in general. However, for those that are interested in creating virtual worlds to explore, Valve has some good news for you today.

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HTC announces Vive Business Edition

HTC announces Vive Business Edition

The virtual reality market is still in its infancy. The industry is mostly focused on the consumer side of things, with the release of two major headsets. If you're a business and you want to purchase headsets for your company's first steps into VR, you have to go through the same consumer channels to purchase them. One company is changing that, by launching their own enterprise VR solution.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 could get 4K screen

Samsung Galaxy S8 could get 4K screen

Market analysis, wishful thinking, or both? Whichever the case, Samsung's 2017 flagship might very well bear, not the first, a 4K screen. That is the prediction being made by some analysts like UBI Research, based on trends and current production capabilities. While Sony was really the first OEM to have a 4K smartphone with the Xperia Z5 Premium, Samsung might have a better use case for that extreme high pixel density beyond simple video or photo viewing: virtual reality.

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