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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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HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

This afternoon HTC revealed the HTC Vive Pro, a next-level experience for virtual reality gamers. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch. This includes audio, display, and hardware design. This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way.

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Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

While power, full-fledged virtual reality headsets have made it big over the last few years, the next big advancement is expected to be wireless standalone headsets that don't need to be tethered to a PC. The Oculus Go should be one of the first such models to hit the market, with Oculus stating last year that it would launch sometime in early 2018. While we're still waiting for an official date, a recent FCC listing has hinted at some of the details we can expect.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

There were supposed to be two, but it seems there can only be one, at least for now. HTC has backed out of making Google’s daydream of a standalone Daydream VR headset but Lenovo has not. In fact, that device has just made its way to the FCC, making it more than just a plan. Being an FCC entry, there isn’t much to be gleaned from the docs, but at least we now have a name: the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Hopefully, this sighting won’t just be a mirage as well.

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Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap is a company that's made a head-mounted virtual retinal display, or an augmented reality headset. A pair of goggles that allow users to see images transposed on top of the rest of the world. This company has been in business since its founding in 2010 by Roy Abovitz and has not yet released any products for sale. It might seem that it's not that kind of company - but it really is.

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HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

The HTC VIVE Tracker is a new tool for the VR universe - an extra bit of zazz that opens up new doors and dimensions. Over the past few days I've had the opportunity to test out the HTC VIVE Tracker with the relatively limited set of games it already works within. Included with this review package was a set of accessories with which the tracker works. The best of these is the Hyperkin Hyper Blaster - a VR-ready version of a pistol, extremely similar to that of the original NES Zapper from Nintendo.

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Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus revealed a pair of new headsets earlier today which make their next generation wireless. Or nearly wireless, that is to say - they still need to be charged up with wires. Both the Oculus GO and the "Oculus Santa Cruz" are made to expand the VR universe to a new place - one that does not connect to the PC with a big fat cord, and one that does not require a separate smartphone to function.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

Augmented reality and virtual reality headsets are proliferating, but now there's a system where the same tiny displays can be used as cameras to track eye-movement. Fraunhofer FEP has cooked up a new headset building on its latest bidirectional OLED microdisplays which, in addition to OLED pixels, have photodiodes sandwiched in-between. With those, the tiny screens can not only show data to the wearer, but watch where that person is looking too.

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Pimax promises 8K VR at the cost of your self-esteem

Pimax promises 8K VR at the cost of your self-esteem

Although VR headsets have more or less settled down around a common set of specs, that doesn’t mean that there’s little motivation for innovation in that space. Screen resolution and field of view are two of the biggest areas for improvement in VR headsets. It’s hard to strike a balance, as shown by the Pimax, billed as the world’s first 8K VR headset. It promises to deliver a completely hi-res VR experience, if you’re willing to wear an almost embarrassingly large contraption on your head. As if wearing a regular VR headset isn’t bad enough.

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Samsung’s standalone VR headset just got revealed

Samsung’s standalone VR headset just got revealed

Samsung has long offered a VR headset, but one that utilizes a smartphone as its 'brain' and display, requiring the user to insert their handset and then remove it after they're finished. While the Gear VR is excellent at what it does, there are many downsides to this kind of headset, ones that make the PS VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive more attractive in certain circumstances. The Korean company was rumored earlier this year to be working on its own standalone headset, and now we have all the details.

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Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses have been teased for possible release by one of the most prominent Apple-centric analysts in the world today. This tip comes from Loup Venture's Gene Munster, who forecasts that Apple Glasses, an AR wearable, will begin to appear in the year 2020. It's projected that the iPhone will reach its peak sales in the year 2019, then Apple's next big thing will be Apple Glasses, which will appear 1 year later.

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