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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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Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Despite our very global world, it's sometimes too easy to take for granted that time isn't the same across the world. When companies announce dates, they often neglect to add additional information like timezones and presume everyone is on the same page as them. Worse, they don't even mention what time something may take place, which is especially true for product launches. Fortunately, Valve is giving everyone detailed information so they can prepare their alarms and the VR headsets, presuming they already have one.

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Oculus Quest VR system will get major UI redesign later this month

Oculus Quest VR system will get major UI redesign later this month

In an announcement today, Facebook's VR company Oculus revealed plans to release an updated user interface for its Oculus Quest headset. Oculus calls this a 'major update' to its system, one that will bring a more 'flexible and social' experience for users. Headset owners can expect multi-window support for 2D applications, a redesigned universal menu, and more.

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Valve Index VR kit might be back in stock for less than a day

Valve Index VR kit might be back in stock for less than a day

Although Valve has actually been involved in the virtual reality market for a long time, it has mostly been via its collaboration with HTC's VIVE system. Last year it finally got its hands dirty with the Index, which may be one of the more expensive PC VR systems aimed at regular consumers. Despite the initially slow sales, the Index quickly sold off last January thanks to the Half-Life: Alyx announcement. The good news is that it's coming back next week. The bad news is that it probably won't last long.

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Half-Life: Alyx gameplay previewed in three must-see new videos

Half-Life: Alyx gameplay previewed in three must-see new videos

Despite the fact that Half-Life: Alyx is launching later this month, we haven't seen very much of the game yet. We've seen glimpses of gameplay here and there, but today, Valve gave us a substantial look at how the game will play when it arrives on March 23rd. Valve published a trio of videos today, with each one of them giving us a look at Half-Life: Alyx's gameplay.

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Facebook acquires VR gaming studio Sanzaru Games

Facebook acquires VR gaming studio Sanzaru Games

Sanzaru Games, a California-based video game development company, has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced on Wednesday. The studio has produced a number of games over the past decade, the most recent examples including Spyro 3 Reignited and Asgard's Wrath. The studio will be tasked with developing new games for Facebook's Oculus VR gaming platform.

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This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, this new version adds in 5G connectivity and higher-resolution displays, among other improvements.

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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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Valve Index will be in short supply thanks to coronavirus outbreak

Valve Index will be in short supply thanks to coronavirus outbreak

As the release of Half-Life: Alyx quickly approaches, Valve has been having a difficult time keeping the Index VR headset in stock. The Index has been consistently sold out in many regions around the world, and unfortunately, it doesn't look like things are going to get much better. While Valve does plan to restock the Index before the release of Half-Life: Alyx next month, it's definitely tempering expectations when it comes to how many headsets it'll have on hand to sell.

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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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JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

Virtual reality head-mounted displays, at least the ones not powered by smartphones, aren't that easy to make, which is partly why dedicated HMDs are far and few in between, not to mention expensive. In addition to the variety of sensors and cameras required for tracking, the displays used in these headsets are often custom made per VR platform. One way to bring down prices and make VR headsets more common is to commoditize the components which is exactly what Japan Display, Inc. or JDI is doing with what may be one of the few mass-produced displays for VR HMDs.

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