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Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

For several months now, rumors have been building about Valve working on its own virtual reality hardware — completely separate from the Vive, which was jointly developed by the game company HTC. Now Valve is letting the cat out of the bag. Friday night saw the release of a simple teaser for the Valve Index headset, along with the line "Upgrade your experience" and a presumed release date of May 2019.

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HTC Vive Focus Plus available next month

HTC Vive Focus Plus available next month

Not too long ago, HTC made a somewhat unexpected move to prove that, despite its ailing mobile business, it still has its feet planted solidly on VR ground. Along with the futuristic-looking Vive Cosmos headset, HTC unveiled a minor upgrade to its Vive Focus system with major changes. The Vive Focus Plus could have been called a different name and none would be the wiser. And for those who haven't yet invested on the earlier Vive Focus, they will soon be able to get their hands on the "Plus" version a little over two weeks for an upgrade price, of course.

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HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

The HP Copper (code-name) VR headset was revealed in part this week as a topmost best-in-class device. Other companies either have their own ecosystem (Oculus or HTC Vive with Steam VR), or are part of Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform - and are relatively bland in industrial design. HP seems to want to break out of that mold, while continuing to utilized Microsoft's program in the process.

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HTC VIVE Pro Eye hands-on: More than just eye-tracking

HTC VIVE Pro Eye hands-on: More than just eye-tracking

This week we got the opportunity to try out the newest in innovative VR tech from HTC, the HTC VIVE Pro Eye. This device looks a whole lot like the standard Vive Pro on the outside. In fact you might mistake one for the other, except for the bright blue outline around one element at the front of the headset. From the inside, it's a whole new world.

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HTC reveals Vive Pro Eye VR headset with built-in eye tracking

HTC reveals Vive Pro Eye VR headset with built-in eye tracking

HTC has announced the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a new virtual reality headset that includes built-in eye tracking. The new hardware enables experiences that aren't possible without tracking the user's eyes, including gaze-oriented menu navigation and the ability to control the VR experience without using controllers. As well, eye-tracking provides developers and corporations with data for optimizing their products.

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Valve is definitely making its own headsets, leaks prove

Valve is definitely making its own headsets, leaks prove

Valve, best known for the Steam game distribution platform and Half-Life titles, has a rather unusual approach when it comes to hardware. At times it partners with hardware manufacturers and at times it makes its own. It has adopted the former strategy when it came to promoting its SteamVR virtual reality technology via HTC’s Vive platform. Soon, however, it might be switching gears and will be selling its a VR headset and controller pair under its own name, at least based on the latest photos to leak out to the press.

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HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets

HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets

HTC VIVE has announced a new platform for enterprise customers that includes the Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset targeted at businesses. The hardware is part of a platform and software launching for enterprises in North America and Europe that want to create VR experiences for customers and employees. This marks its expansion outside of Asia.

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HTC Vive Pro update brings finger tracking to VR

HTC Vive Pro update brings finger tracking to VR

So you'd like to dive in to the virtual reality universe, but you'd rather not have to hold controllers. The most recent announcement from HTC's Vive crew suggests that the HTC Vive Pro will soon have 6DoF hand and finger tracking with a simple software update. "Through the front-camera and its proprietary AI computer vision technology, Vive Pro users can soon interact in VR environments directly with their hands without the need for any specialized tracking hardware."

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Samsung HMD Odyssey+ upgrade tackles the big VR issue

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ upgrade tackles the big VR issue

Samsung is starting the work week by announcing something of a refresh for its HMD Odyssey headset. Early on, the original HMD Odyssey took its place as one of the higher-end Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets, and this new model - dubbed simply the HMD Odyssey+ - builds on that. A lot of things are staying the same, but there are a few improvements worth talking about.

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Oculus Quest detailed: Freedom between Go and Rift

Oculus Quest detailed: Freedom between Go and Rift

Oculus Quest is Facebook's big-time next-generation VR headset. This device is wireless, comes with Touch Controllers, and offers 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom.) It has built-in audio (with a system similar to previous all-in-one mobile VR systems) - and it's running its own OS (based on Android). Inside the device is a series of sensors that allows the device to run free from other devices.

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New Google VR 6DoF controllers: More details

New Google VR 6DoF controllers: More details

This week the folks behind Google's Daydream VR universe revealed they'd made a pair of new controllers. These controllers look something like a cross between their earliest Daydream controller and a PlayStation Move - or better yet, just a PSVR controller, but a tiny bit different. These new controllers are not (yet) available to the public, they'll be sent first to game developers and app developers interested in taking VR to a new level.

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Galaxy Note 9 freebie keeps VR in the mix

Galaxy Note 9 freebie keeps VR in the mix

Once the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was out in stores, Samsung had a tiny issue to address. The newest member of the Galaxy smartphone family wasn't able to adequately fit the VR headset meant to hold almost any Galaxy handset. As such, Samsung came to the proverbial rescue with an adapter. This adapter was given away for free to those who had need.

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