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Labo VR modes for Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey now live

Labo VR modes for Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey now live

If you're one of the folks who picked up Nintendo Labo's new VR kit, then you can play both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey in VR beginning today. Nintendo has pushed updates to both games that enable Labo support, allowing you to pop your Switch into your headset and play both games with a fresh perspective.

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Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

In just a few days, Nintendo will be rolling out an update to two of the Nintendo Switch's most iconic games. That update will bring a new mode to Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. a mode that will let users see them in a different way. And what better way to see those new worlds, or at least Hyrule, than with a VR headset. Nintendo just recently unveiled a cardboard one. Fortunately, one eager beaver set out to modify that plain DIY box and make it an almost true VR headset.

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New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR hardware company, is gearing up to release a pair of new headsets in the coming weeks: the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. But during the manufacturing process it seems some unintended Easter eggs were added to the motion controllers that will ship with the devices, the company has revealed. Silly phrases like "This Space For Rent" have been printed inside "tens of thousands" of the new Touch controllers, a joke that was only meant for prototype models.

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Nintendo Labo VR will work with Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Labo VR will work with Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild

The tragedy of the Virtual Boy may have traumatized Nintendo for a time but now it seems to be giving virtual reality another shot, just from a different angle. Last month, it introduced its latest Labo kit that turned the Switch into a makeshift machine. Now it is announcing that its cardboard-based VR Goggles won't be limited to just small games and experiments, it will also open new experiences to two of the Switch's most popular games.

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Valve confirms Index VR headset will start shipping in June

Valve confirms Index VR headset will start shipping in June

Following months of rumors, Valve teased its own virtual reality hardware called Index late last week. A Steam product page for the VR headset leaked soon after, and now Valve has confirmed its launch plans for the product, stating that it will fully unveil the Index VR headset on May 1 and launch it for purchase later on this summer. Pre-orders are expected to start next month.

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Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

For several months now, rumors have been building about Valve working on its own virtual reality hardware — completely separate from the Vive, which was jointly developed by the game company HTC. Now Valve is letting the cat out of the bag. Friday night saw the release of a simple teaser for the Valve Index headset, along with the line "Upgrade your experience" and a presumed release date of May 2019.

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Magic Leap One heads to AT&T with Game of Thrones promos in tow

Magic Leap One heads to AT&T with Game of Thrones promos in tow

Early adopters have been able to purchase the Magic Leap One headset for a few months now, but beginning next week, you'll have another option when it comes to acquiring one. AT&T has announced that it will begin carrying the Magic Leap One next week, and it'll have various Game of Thrones tie-ins to go along with it, just in time for the start of the final season. Unfortunately, Magic Leap One isn't going to be available at all AT&T stores right away - not even close to all of them, in fact.

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This VR tool lets users see through the eyes of real-life ‘gremlins’

This VR tool lets users see through the eyes of real-life ‘gremlins’

Researchers have developed a new virtual reality experience that enables users to see the world the way it may look to a tiny gremlin-like critter called a tarsier. Though the name may not be familiar to many people, some will know the creature by its bug-eyed appearance, and it's those same eyes you can see through yourself if you have an HTC Viveport.

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Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

Virtual and augmented reality are most often associated with games but that dismisses too easily the non-gaming applications of the technology. One of the most common is the ability to put up more screens than you can have room or budget for actual physical monitors. AR company Magic Leap has taken that idea and made it accessible to developers and publishers through its Screens framework. That, in turn, has given birth to this new NBA app that might make hardcore basketball fans want to buy an expensive AR kit.

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HTC Vive Focus Plus available next month

HTC Vive Focus Plus available next month

Not too long ago, HTC made a somewhat unexpected move to prove that, despite its ailing mobile business, it still has its feet planted solidly on VR ground. Along with the futuristic-looking Vive Cosmos headset, HTC unveiled a minor upgrade to its Vive Focus system with major changes. The Vive Focus Plus could have been called a different name and none would be the wiser. And for those who haven't yet invested on the earlier Vive Focus, they will soon be able to get their hands on the "Plus" version a little over two weeks for an upgrade price, of course.

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Iron Man VR flies into PlayStation VR exclusivity

Iron Man VR flies into PlayStation VR exclusivity

With Avengers: Endgame just a month away, you can expect all the related merchandise to start popping up left and right. That, of course, includes games that will try to tie in with the film or try to fulfill the desire to be in the superheroes' shoes or, in this case, armor. While many such games allow you to control these comic book characters, few lets you actually be them. And when it comes to donning a superhero guise, Iron Man and virtual reality is the perfect match.

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No Man’s Sky: Beyond explores new worlds with PlayStation VR support

No Man’s Sky: Beyond explores new worlds with PlayStation VR support

No Man's Sky was a prime example of how to hype a new product to the stars and fall flat on its face. To its credit, developer Hello Games has spent the last two or so years repairing and regaining its credibility, finally bringing features it promised would be present on day one. With that sordid past behind it, No Man's Sky is now venturing into new territory including, of course, virtual reality via the PlayStation VR platform.

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