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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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Next-gen PlayStation VR in 2021? Don’t get your hopes up

Next-gen PlayStation VR in 2021? Don’t get your hopes up

Shortly after the PlayStation 5 launched, Sony confirmed that it's working on a new PlayStation VR headset for the platform. Details on this next-gen PSVR have been fairly slim since that initial announcement; while Sony has detailed the new controllers that will ship with the device, we haven't seen the new PSVR headset yet and Sony hasn't talked dates. Today, a new report reveals a couple of key details about the next PSVR, one of them being the headset's release window.

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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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Oculus Quest v29 update brings big features to more users

Oculus Quest v29 update brings big features to more users

Oculus today announced its v29 software update, which includes new features for gaming and for the company's Infinite Office suite. In a lot of ways, this can be seen as a direct follow up to the big update Oculus launched in February, in large part because this is expanding on the Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing features that rolled out in February's update.

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Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows 10's first major feature update of the year is already being prepared for rollout but it seems that the HoloLens 2 is getting dibs on its own major update before PCs. In fact, this update might be even more feature-packed than Windows 10's May 2021 update itself. Windows Holographic version 21H1 is now available for download and it finally brings Microsoft's better version of its Edge web browser, the one based on Google Chromium, of course.

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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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PS5 VR leak hints at massively upgraded next-gen 4K model

PS5 VR leak hints at massively upgraded next-gen 4K model

In late March, Sony confirmed that it is working on a next-generation PlayStation VR headset that will launch at some point for the PS5 console. Though we're still lacking many official details at this time, Sony did reveal the controllers that will come with the next version of its VR product, ones that'll sport the same kind of innovation seen with the DualSense controllers.

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HTC teases new VR hardware to be released next week

HTC teases new VR hardware to be released next week

HTC will announce a pair of enterprise-focused VR headsets at an event next week called Vivecon, according to a report. Ahead of the event, HTC has been doing some teasing of the coming hardware but has offered little in the way of detail. The report says the company will be launching a virtual reality headset called the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition, which is a standalone VR device.

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SideQuest can sideload PC VR games on Oculus Quest using a phone

SideQuest can sideload PC VR games on Oculus Quest using a phone

Facebook and Oculus are pushing the Quest 2 as the pinnacle of its VR systems so far because of its versatility. While primarily a standalone headset, the Quest 2 can also run Oculus' PC-based VR content by tethering it to a desktop or laptop. The versatility, however, ends there but SideQuest now has a more mobile solution. The developers have proudly announced an Android app that brings its PC VR content to the Oculus Quest 2 without using a PC.

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HTC teams with iFixit to make repairing VIVE VR headsets easier

HTC teams with iFixit to make repairing VIVE VR headsets easier

HTC VIVE has announced that it is teaming up with iFixit to make replacement components for its VR headsets available to consumers. Many may be familiar with iFixit. It's a place that buys new gadgets and then rips them apart to make guides on repairing devices should they need repairs in the future. HTC VIVE has announced that iFixit will offer official VR system parts and accessories to allow customers to extend the life of their devices once the warranty expires.

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Japanese researchers create a VR walking simulator that stimulates the feet

Japanese researchers create a VR walking simulator that stimulates the feet

Japanese researchers have developed a new virtual reality program that is designed to mimic the sensation of walking. It mimics the sensation of walking by stimulating the feet while the user sits motionless. Researchers found participants in the tests of the VR system experience an enhanced simulation of walking as they experience a virtual world via a first-person perspective.

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