VR headsets

Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

This week Oculus Passthrough API Experimental was released, giving creators a way to build and test mixed reality experiences for VR and AR devices. Since this is made by Oculus, it's pretty safe to say that the software will be aimed at Oculus devices, but the implications of what we're seeing is far more important than one platform.

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Oculus is getting Facebook ads in VR: Here’s what they look like

Oculus is getting Facebook ads in VR: Here’s what they look like

Facebook is adding adverts to Oculus Quest, revealing today that it's testing in-headset ads in a handful of virtual reality titles. It's an announcement that many predicted would one day happen, after Facebook acquired Oculus in early 2014, though until now the social networking behemoth had seemed content to leave its promotional campaigns to its smartphone and desktop interfaces.

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Oculus Quest 1 will also gain Air Link PC streaming

Oculus Quest 1 will also gain Air Link PC streaming

Facebook and Oculus have retired the original Rift VR system, marking the end of headsets that need to be tethered to beefy PC rigs. Moving forward, Oculus said it would be focusing on the Quest system, notably the Oculus Quest 2, but also left the door still open to PC VR experiences. That door is the Air Link technology it introduced back in April, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now made it known that even the original Oculus Quest headset will be getting this feature as well.

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HTC VIVE Pro 2 detailed with upgrade kit, full-kit prices

HTC VIVE Pro 2 detailed with upgrade kit, full-kit prices

HTC just revealed the HTC VIVE Pro 2, complete with options for upgrades. This new headset will be sold in at least two packages - one with the whole "full-kit" experience, the other with the headset alone. This should allow those users who already own a VIVE Pro (the first one) to avoid paying maximum cash for the parts they already own - and likely still already have installed at home.

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HTC VIVE Focus 3 beats Quest 2 on resolution for standalone VR

HTC VIVE Focus 3 beats Quest 2 on resolution for standalone VR

HTC has revealed its newest self-contained VR headset, with the VIVE Focus 3 promising a huge uptick in speed and graphics quality but still without a tether to your PC. It's not just the absence of a cable which should make the VIVE Focus 3 more comfortable to wear, either, with a 20-percent cut in weight thanks to a shift to a magnesium alloy frame.

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HTC Vive Air headset surfaces for VR fitness, but don’t get too excited

HTC Vive Air headset surfaces for VR fitness, but don’t get too excited

HTC is getting itself some attention this morning thanks to a leak of what's apparently a new fitness-focused VR headset. The headset, which is dubbed the HTC Vive Air, surfaced today in a World Design Guide leak that actually tells us a decent amount about it. Unfortunately, it seems like this new headset is just a concept rather than an actual product, which means that we probably won't see it head to market anytime soon.

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First-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase is streaming next week

First-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase is streaming next week

Virtual reality has had the reputation for being something only for games and entertainment, a perception that VR companies and advocates are trying to dispel with more serious applications. That said, there's no denying that the technology is perfect for immersive interactive content, at least the kind that puts you in the middle of the action. To shine a spotlight on that market, Facebook-owned Oculus has announced its first-ever showcase dedicated just for VR gaming, probably to help fill in the gap left by canceled in-person events since last year.

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Oculus Rift S discontinuation marks the end of an era

Oculus Rift S discontinuation marks the end of an era

Consumer virtual reality systems started out in two kinds. One was completely powered by a smartphone, with the headset acting as a simple holder for the phone and lens. The other was a heavier headset that, despite the heft, still needed to offload its work to a powerful PC. The likes of the Google Cardboard have silently disappeared into the background and now it might be the turn of PC-only VR headsets, starting with the disappearance of the Oculus Rift S from main retail sources.

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Apple has an astonishing goal for its new mixed-reality headset

Apple has an astonishing goal for its new mixed-reality headset

Apple's mixed reality headset could buck the VR trend and offer a much lighter, slimmer form-factor, according to a new analyst report, as the Cupertino firm addresses one of the biggest criticisms of AR and VR tech. Well-rumored over the past few years, Apple's augmented reality headset and smart glasses roadmap is believed to already consist of several generations of model, as the company chases the cutting-edge in affordable wearable displays.

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Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

In a patent application made public today, Valve showed drawings and descriptions of a new sort of VR headset. This wearable head-mounted display (HMD) included an array of features, including but not limited to wireless functionality, antenna, optical subsystem, IMU sensors, a dedicated processor (or processors), onboard memory, functioning operating system, applications, games, a head tracking module, and an eye tracking module.

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Xbox isn’t supposed to have VR, but Wireless Headset disagrees

Xbox isn’t supposed to have VR, but Wireless Headset disagrees

Before now, the Xbox Series X wasn't expected to be compatible with any sort of VR headset. Xbox head Phil Spencer said as much back in November of 2019, when asked about the platform and any potential VR headset compatibility. They weren't going to include that technology because nobody was asking for it - or so he suggested. Now, the newest official Microsoft-made wireless headset made for the platform has code which mentions a VR headset - and it's live!

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Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Of all the big tech companies, Apple is perhaps the only one left without its own kind of virtual, augmented, or mixed reality headgear. Of course, it has also been rumored to be working on such devices for years now with almost no end in sight. The end might actually now be in sight if Ming-chi Kuo's predictions are on the mark. If so, Apple will not just have one but actually three such products launching in the next 9 years, including its own AR contact lenses.

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