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Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Be cautious when you see the headlines for this device - most people want to say one of two things. One, this is the device that will bring VR mainstream! Two, this device isn't any different than any smartphone VR system, and isn't worth your time. Today we're going to be real about this situation: If you've got $200, you want to own a VR headset, but you don't want to pay $400 for a full-powered PC headset plus full-powered PC (probably a thousand more dollars, or more), then this is your key: Oculus Go.

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Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

This afternoon Oculus revealed a new VR headset - a prototype called Half Dome. This new headset isn't necessarily a replacement for any previous headset - it's a testing ground for what's to come. This new headset project was revealed at F8, Facebook's developer conference, where other VR and social networking projects of all sorts were also revealed as they are each year.

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Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Just in time for the AR explosion, Mozilla revealed their first version of Firefox Reality. That's a Firefox web browser for VR and AR platforms - mixed reality, in other words. This is a web browser made to appear in virtual reality, augmented reality, and in a way that allows simple VR and AR control.

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HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

Today we're taking a look at the first round of HTC VIVE Pro reviews from a variety of publications. What we've found is a whole lot of "this is very expensive" and "not for the average user" - which is pretty much what we could have safely assumed would be said. What's not so obvious is judgement on the intended audience - on who HTC assumed would be buying this device in the first place. We're looking at everything.

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Magic Leap One shipping dev kits with Apple-esque security demands

Magic Leap One shipping dev kits with Apple-esque security demands

For as revolutionary as the Magic Leap One headset claims to be, we definitely don't know enough about it. Even though Magic Leap has given us a few morsels of information about the headset and what it can do, Magic Leap One is still shrouded behind a veil of mystery. The date when we'll find out more might actually be approaching, as it seems the first headsets are going out to developers.

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HTC VIVE vs VIVE Pro: What’s the difference?

HTC VIVE vs VIVE Pro: What’s the difference?

Today, HTC revealed that its new VIVE Pro headset has gone up for pre-order with a ship date of April 5. At the same time, it marked down the price of the regular VIVE significantly, shaving $100 off the price of its full bundle permanently. While the VIVE Pro is expensive, it might be worth the upgrade for those who want the best VR has to offer. On the other side of the coin, the VIVE at its new price offers a lot of value (especially compared to its previous price points), so what's the difference between the two?

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HTC VIVE is now the cheapest it’s ever been

HTC VIVE is now the cheapest it’s ever been

As HTC prepares to launch the souped-up VIVE Pro, it's taking a look at the original VIVE and the bundle it offers to those looking to dive into VR. Today, HTC is announcing that the VIVE is getting yet another price drop, so if you decide that the VIVE Pro is a little too expensive for your tastes, you might want to consider its predecessor instead. Beyond that, this might put even more pressure on Oculus Rift, which has seen a handful of price drops of its own.

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HTC VIVE Pro price revealed as pre-orders open up

HTC VIVE Pro price revealed as pre-orders open up

We've been seeing a lot of headsets that are trying to lower the cost of entry to virtual reality, but the HTC VIVE Pro is about to go in the opposite direction. The VIVE Pro is HTC's new high-end VR headset, and we're finding out today that it definitely has a price to match. Not only that, but HTC is opening up pre-orders for the VIVE Pro today, with a launch date that's right around the corner.

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Facebook F8 strategy tipped with an Oculus GO VR launch

Facebook F8 strategy tipped with an Oculus GO VR launch

A launch of Oculus GO VR may take place at Facebook's F8 conference this year. The wireless headset runs a mobile software experience very similar to that of the Gear VR (AKA Oculus VR app on Android on a Galaxy smartphone.) The Facebook developer conference would be an ideal place for Oculus' parent company Facebook to bring this phone-less mobile VR headset to the public - and right now, it seems quite likely to happen.

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Emagin OLED microdisplay tech receives investment from Apple, LG, Valve [Update]

Emagin OLED microdisplay tech receives investment from Apple, LG, Valve [Update]

While not a household name in the OLED sector, the company Emagin seems to have gotten the attention of several tech giants with VR and AR plans in the works. Emagin produces OLED microdisplays that have been used in the military, medical, and industrial fields, but they've begun targeting their technology at the growing market for consumer headsets. According to new SEC documents, Emagin is now getting investments from the likes of Apple, LG, and Valve.

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HP reveals potent VR workstation and Mixed Reality headset

HP reveals potent VR workstation and Mixed Reality headset

HP kicked off the work week by making a bunch of new announcements, indicating that it's about to hit the world of VR hard. Today the company unveiled its new HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset - Professional Edition. Though it could do with a somewhat shorter name, those who are looking for a high-end VR headset might want to give this one a look.

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Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Even before Google had a chance to make good its promise of a standalone Daydream VR headset, Oculus last year announced the Oculus Go, a $199, at least back then, VR headset that needed no phone or PC to function. Now at CES 2018, the Facebook-owned virtual reality pioneer has revealed even more juicy details about the device as well as its market plans. Surprisingly, it won’t be making the headset itself but has, instead, employed the assistance of Xiaomi, China’s biggest smartphone maker, and Qualcomm to turn it into reality.

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