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HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

Today we're taking a look at the first round of HTC VIVE Pro reviews from a variety of publications. What we've found is a whole lot of "this is very expensive" and "not for the average user" - which is pretty much what we could have safely assumed would be said. What's not so obvious is judgement on the intended audience - on who HTC assumed would be buying this device in the first place. We're looking at everything.

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Magic Leap opens spacial computing SDK for public download

Magic Leap opens spacial computing SDK for public download

This week the folks at Magic Leap announced their first Technical Preview of their Creative Portal and SDK for their burgeoning spacial computing platform. These tools were announced to be joined by Technical Preview builds of Unreal Engine 4 and Unity tools for developers to connect with the Magic Leap platform. "These tools and resources will be the first opportunity for creators to dive into the world of spatial computing and explore the building blocks of this next generation of human-computer interaction on Magic Leap," said a Magic Leap spokesperson.

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Haptic Links for VR show Microsoft get real with HTC VIVE

Haptic Links for VR show Microsoft get real with HTC VIVE

Microsoft has a new VR accessory that makes the virtual feel more real. Three different versions of this "Haptic Links" setup allow two VR controllers effectively turn into one. They do this by restricting the movement of said controllers in any of several specific use-case scenarios.

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Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

It's been a long road to the reveal of Magic Leap's first actual product, but the day has finally arrived. Today the company revealed the Magic Leap One, a new augmented reality system that first and foremost wants to move away from the bulky headsets that currently dominate VR. While details are still fairly slim, we're learning about some of Magic Leap One's marquee features today, including when the company plans to begin shipping it.

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HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC has announced Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset that eliminates the wires found on the regular HTC Vive. The company unveiled its standalone device at an event in China this evening, explaining that its new VR device gives people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content wherever they are. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone.

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LG’s VR headset may be named UltraGear: trademark filed

LG’s VR headset may be named UltraGear: trademark filed

Earlier this year, LG demonstrated a virtual reality headset prototype going by the codename SteamVR (and HMD) due to its intended use with Valve's SteamVR platform. Though the public got a look at this headset, the company wasn't ready to provide some important details, chief among them being this device's real name. Now it seems the company has settled on a moniker, as the name may have just been revealed in a newly surfaced trademark.

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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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John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

It was just last month that the long running lawsuit between ZeniMax Media and Oculus (along with parent company Facebook) reached some kind of resolution, but soon ZeniMax will be heading back to court. This time, Oculus CTO John Carmack is turning the tables and bringing a lawsuit against ZeniMax, claiming that the publishing house still owes him money for the purchase of id Software.

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ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

There are currently two competing implementations of virtual reality available in the market. One makes use of a powerful but relatively immobile computer, be it a PC, laptop, or even gaming console. The other uses a smartphone to trade power for portability. ASUS already has the latter, with the just announced ZenFone AR. According to leaked internal documents, however, the manufacturer is also eying the former. ASUS is reportedly working on a standalone VR headset, but its "AIO" name leaves the door open to something slightly different.

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Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

This week the Virtual Reality version of Rock Band has been released on pre-order for the masses. This game is coming with its own Fender Stratocaster wireless controller for Xbox One or PS4 in a single package. The game as we played it earlier this year was an interesting translation of the classic Rock Band experience into a fully encapsulating environment the likes of which have not been possible up until now.

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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC has a new accessory item for its Vive VR headset that can turn just about anything into a VR controller. One example HTC gave is a baseball bat — with the Vive Tracker embedded, the baseball bat becomes a controller that can open the door for realistic baseball gameplay or zombie head smashing. The same goes for gloves, imitation rifles for shooting games, and even, HTC says, a fire hose that may pair well with a simulator.

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