VR headsets

HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

There's a new VR headset in town - and it might arrive right on time. Here in the late Winter of 2020, we're all stuck inside on quarantine, avoiding COVID-19, and it might just be the perfect time for VR to catch hold of the masses. Not that VR device makers have been trying to make that happen for half a decade or anything... but still. Per the sneaky release today, this is the new standard for VR.

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New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

Half-Life: Alyx is not Half-Life 3, but it is a new Half-Life game. It is a new game from Valve, and it is out and available to play today. Users will find the game released as of the posting of this article. In other words - if you're reading this, there's a brand new Half-Life game available to play via Steam right this minute.

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HTC VIVE Cosmo Elite pre-orders begin, shipping next month

HTC VIVE Cosmo Elite pre-orders begin, shipping next month

HTC may be struggling in its mobile business but, at least for now, it is still one of the leaders in the virtual reality market. Next to or even co-equal with pioneer Oculus, the HTC VIVE continues to be a household name in that market and the Taiwanese company seems pretty intent on keeping it that way. Almost mirroring its old strategy with smartphones, HTC is launching more and more VR headsets, starting with the Cosmos Elite today.

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HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for "XR glasses-style" devices "from HTC Vive." Specs are forthcoming, but we've got some imagery of both different sorts of device. These prototypes were made specifically to gather public opinion well in advance of production.

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HTC unveils Vive Cosmos Play and Cosmos Elite VR headsets

HTC unveils Vive Cosmos Play and Cosmos Elite VR headsets

HTC has taken the wraps off its expanded Vive Cosmos VR headset product family, introducing new models to compete with the Oculus Rift S and its relatively low price tag. The new lineup features the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, Cosmos XR, and Cosmos Play models, as well as modular faceplates for the front of the headsets. These offerings join the existing HTV Vive Cosmos model, which is priced at hefty $699 USD.

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Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic HDR-capable UHD VR glasses shown this week at CES 2020 showed the world that such devices needn't look like a boxy nightmare. Where the first several generations of VR headset from companies like Oculus and HTC brought about a new sort of design language with the hunk-on-face look, the Panasonic design looks like they dropped in from an alternate dimension to bring us some VR glasses that'd be right at home in The Matrix.

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Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin has a set of three conceptual designs for CES 2020, including a toilet paper-retrieving robot, a smell sensor, and a VR experience for the WC. Before we go too much further, it's important to note, here, that Charmin has expressed that these items "won't be for sale in the future." That's unfortunate, especially given the helpful nature of the rolling toilet paper retriever. The VR experience might be best left in the conceptual universe.

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Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Information released in a report today showed the company Magic Leap in deep trouble. This is a company that built its reputation on the future of augmented reality, aka AR, creating AR technology (like AR headsets) to capitalize on and participate in the modern world of AR/VR computing. But as losses mounted, they began to reach the wrong milestones - points at which they needed to fire "dozens of employees" and at which important early supporters began leaving the company.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm has revealed its first mixed reality platform with 5G, the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, aiming to bring ubiquitous connectivity to augmented reality and virtual reality headsets and smart glasses. Debuting in reference design form today, Qualcomm's headset still isn't going to be mistaken for a sleek set of sunglasses, but the features might well make it worth it.

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Google Daydream View VR headset has officially been discontinued

Google Daydream View VR headset has officially been discontinued

Google has officially discontinued support for its Daydream View virtual reality headset, the company has revealed, and its new Pixel 4 handset won't support the existing products. This effectively marks the end of Google's Daydream efforts, putting the entire VR system out to pasture. The discontinuation isn't surprising, however -- the company didn't include support for its previous Pixel 3a model, either.

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Fandango brings movies and TV shows to Oculus Go and Quest

Fandango brings movies and TV shows to Oculus Go and Quest

Fandango is bringing its FandangoNOW on-demand video service to the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets, the company announced on Wednesday. The arrival will enable headset owners to access their favorite shows and movie news through the headset, essentially offering viewers their own private entertainment room -- one literally strapped to their face.

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Sign-up for the next Facebook just opened

Sign-up for the next Facebook just opened

The waiting line outside the next social network just started, taking the form of a Beta sign-up for what's called Facebook Horizon. This social network experience was announced this morning at Oculus Connect, and detailed soon after initial announcement as a virtual reality project aimed at the year 2020. This isn't like your average social media brand launch - this social network is in VR, and lets you fly an airplane.

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