VR headsets

Oculus Quest 2 launch date and more images leak

Oculus Quest 2 launch date and more images leak

Today we're taking a peek at a new set of images of the next Oculus virtual reality headset. This newest headset has not yet been unveiled officially, so we're working with a limited set of leaked details. What we DO have is some rather vivid imagery of this headset from a couple of key angles.

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Oculus Quest Lite or 2 leaked in fancy new white

Oculus Quest Lite or 2 leaked in fancy new white

There's a new Oculus headset in the mix this week, leaked via social media with a single bright, high definition image. This piece of hardware looks a lot like the last couple of Oculus VR headsets, this time coming with a self-contained VR sensor system (likely built on Android) with a pair of Oculus controllers and a white color scheme.

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Oculus update makes it easier to party with VR friends

Oculus update makes it easier to party with VR friends

Oculus today is rolling out several new social features for its VR platforms. These new features are meant to help you group up with friends easier and then stick with those friends as you jump into games. It can also help you find new friends using Oculus headsets, so long as you don't mind deeper integration with Facebook.

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Oculus Go discontinued: Here’s what that means

Oculus Go discontinued: Here’s what that means

So you've got an Oculus Go VR headset and you assumed you'd have support from Oculus for the foreseeable future. So you thought the Oculus Go platform was just another part of the overarching Oculus ecosystem, one that'd have no reason to go away in the future. That's just not true, as Oculus confirmed today in a blog, saying "a fond farewell to Oculus Go."

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Ready at Dawn, VR developer behind Lone Echo, joins Facebook

Ready at Dawn, VR developer behind Lone Echo, joins Facebook

In an announcement through Oculus today, Facebook revealed that it has acquired Ready at Dawn, the developer behind the hit virtual reality game Lone Echo, as well as lesser-known titles Echo Arena and Echo Combat. Facebook praised the studio, calling Ready at Dawn a 'veteran' in the game industry. Development continues on the sequel game Lone Echo II.

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You’ll apparently have Jony Ive to thank – or blame – for Apple’s smart glasses gamble

You’ll apparently have Jony Ive to thank – or blame – for Apple’s smart glasses gamble

Former Apple design chief Jony Ive hit reset on the company's first AR and VR headset project, according to a new report, pushing for a controversial design that traded some performance in favor of portability. Though the Apple smart glasses aren't expected to be launched for another couple of years at least, previous leaks have described a number of different approaches within the Cupertino firm as it readies commercial devices.

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HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

The HP Reverb G2 represents a team-up of HP, Valve, and Microsoft, to create a virtual reality / mixed reality headset that'll top the rest. This device works with one 2K x 2K resolution per eye, and rolls with a 114-degree field of view. This headset is wired, worked with Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR, and MSFT spatial audio - as well as HP Labs newest spatial audio format.

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Qualcomm promises 5G smartphone-powered XR Viewers really soon

Qualcomm promises 5G smartphone-powered XR Viewers really soon

When consumers hear of 5G and its blazing fast speeds, most will probably think about Netflix and downloads. 5G's full potential, however, isn't limited to just that, of course, and it can enable a whole host of new experiences, including everyone's favorite AR/VR/XR. It's no surprise then that Qualcomm is pushing smartphones powered by its 5G technologies to drive the next wave of lightweight XR headsets that it says will finally arrive sometime within the next year.

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XRSpace is former HTC chief’s new 5G headset and VR world

XRSpace is former HTC chief’s new 5G headset and VR world

It's unclear if the world needs a new virtual reality headset, but former HTC CEO Peter Chou is convinced the answer is yes - and his new project XRSpace comes complete with a full VR world too. Coming out of a three year development process, the 5G-connected XRSpace Mova is an "extended reality" untethered headset that will integrate with the company's new XRSpace Manova social reality platform.

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Oculus VR headsets earnings shock as Hand Tracking released post-Beta

Oculus VR headsets earnings shock as Hand Tracking released post-Beta

A "one year anniversary" announcement was made this morning by Oculus for the headsets Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. In their excitement for a full year of sales and functionality, Oculus representatives noted that "people have spent more than $100M on Quest content." They also noted that more than 20 titles on the platform have "surpassed the $1M revenue mark on Quest alone," and that 10 of these have now surpassed $2M in revenue over the past year.

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Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

The latest major acquisition made by iPhone company Apple was that of NextVR, a company that deals primarily in the broadcast of sports events in virtual reality. Users of NextVR's platform in the past have had access to NBA games for basketball, boxing, NHRA racing, WWE (wrestling events), ICC soccer, and other events. This system is still active (for the moment) on the VR platform Oculus GO.

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Oculus Quest back in stock – for now

Oculus Quest back in stock – for now

Oculus Quest is back in stock in the US, though you probably shouldn't hang around if you want one of the untethered virtual reality headsets. The Facebook-owned company has struggled to keep up with demand for Quest over the past few months, even with the VR wearable being a year old at this point - and with rumors suggesting a new, updated version is close at hand.

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