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HTC Vive Is Now $200 Cheaper: Buy One And Get Three Free Games And A Viveport Subscription

HTC just countered Facebook’s Oculus Rift price cut with its own Vive discount. The HTC Vive now only costs $599, and it comes bundled with three VR titles and a Viveport trial.

Wearable Tech

AltspaceVR Shuts Down Due To Money Problems: Failed Funding Round, Slow VR Market Growth To Blame

One of the pioneers on social VR spaces, AltspaceVR, has officially announced that it’s shutting down. The fallout sprung from financial troubles and the VR market’s slow growth.

Business Tech July 29, 2017

HTC, Qualcomm To Roll Out Standalone VR Headset, But It'll Be Available Only In China

HTC and Qualcomm have officially announced the Vive Standalone VR headset, coming exclusively to China soon. Powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, the headset features inside-out positional tracking and doesn’t need a PC to run.

Wearable Tech July 27, 2017

VR Application Simulates Infant Emergency Scenarios For Medical Training

Virtual Reality transforms medical training with a new application that aims to prepare doctors for infant emergencies. Oculus wants to continue doing similar educational projects.

Apps/Software July 24, 2017

Facebook To Unveil $200 Oculus Rift VR Headset This Year

Despite the hype, virtual reality hasn't quite caught on, but Facebook is hoping to change that. The company is rumored to unveil a $200 standalone headset later this year.

Gadgets July 13, 2017

Oculus Highlights The Importance Of VR Exclusives, Explains Why They're Necessary

Oculus content VP Jason Rubin has now spoken about the company’s approach to exclusives. He has highlighted the importance of such titles, noting that creating such an ecosystem can drive VR adoption.

Wearable Tech July 10, 2017

Oculus Rift And Touch Controller Drop To $399 For Limited Time, $200 Off Regular Price

Facebook has kicked off an attractive summer sale, slashing $200 off the price of the Oculus Rift with Touch controller. The bundle is temporarily available at $399 starting Monday, July 10.

Gadgets July 10, 2017

Google Blocks Makes 3D Modeling Accessible To Anyone With An Oculus Rift Or HTC Vive VR Headset

Google Block is the perfect VR app for aspiring 3D model artists. The best part is, it's free, but it requires either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset.

Google July 7, 2017

Want To Try Virtual Reality? Steam's Summer Sale Offers Discounts On HTC Vive

Virtual reality headsets aren't cheap but thanks to the Steam Sale, one is a little cheaper. The Vive is on sale for $750, which is $50 cheaper than normal.

Gadgets June 23, 2017

Bigger Isn't Always Better: YouTube Aims To Fix VR By Cutting It In Half

VR still hasn't caught on, but Google's VR 180 may change that. With affordable, easy to use cameras, Google wants to make VR video production easier than ever.

Wearable Tech June 23, 2017

Ikea Teams Up With Apple To Bring Virtual Furniture To Your Home Through Augmented Reality Tech

Ikea teamed up with Apple to create a new augmented reality app based on the ARKit that was unveiled at WWDC 2017. The app will place photo-realistic renders of furniture on top of pictures that customers take of their homes.

Apple June 20, 2017

Nokia And Microsoft Vets Form Startup Varjo, Aim To Make VR Right With 'Human Eye-Resolution' Headset

People from Microsoft, Nokia, and other companies have banded together to form Varjo, a VR startup that wants to create the highest-resolution VR headset there is. Surprisingly, its technology is based on how human vision works.

Wearable Tech June 19, 2017

Have You Ever Wanted To Play 'Mario Kart' In Virtual Reality? Here's Your Chance!

Bandai Namco will open a virtual reality arcade named VR Zone Shinjuku in Tokyo next month. One of the planned activities is 'Mario Kart VR,' a virtual reality version of the 2005 arcade game 'Mario Kart GP.'

Video Games June 14, 2017

Fallout VR: Is Bethesda's Open-World Game The Future Of Virtual Reality?

At its E3 press conference, Bethesda showed off the first gameplay trailer for the VR port of 'Fallout 4.' The game looks great, but what does it mean for the future of virtual reality gaming?

Video Games June 12, 2017

WWDC 2017: External GPU And VR Support Are Coming To macOS

WWDC has already gotten off to a big start for Apple with plenty of new products and updates to talk about. One of the bigger ones for Mac users came in the form of external GPU and VR support coming to macOS.

Apple June 6, 2017

You Can Now Share Your Samsung Gear VR Experience With Friends And Family Thanks To Chromecast

Chromecast support has finally arrived to the Samsung Gear VR, and because of that, you can now stream your VR experiences to an external screen and share the fun with your friends and family.

Wearable Tech June 1, 2017

HTC Wants You To Buy Vive Headsets, Offers A Free Copy Of 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew' For Each Purchase

HTC is now offering 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew' as a free pack-in for anyone who buys a new HTC Vive. But hurry, the deal ends on June 30.

Video Games May 31, 2017

HTC Launches New VR Headset 'Link,' And It's Not A Vive

HTC is changing the mobile VR headset scene with its new device Link. Not quite a Vive and not quite like the usual smartphone-powered headsets, as it's somewhere in between.

Wearable Tech May 26, 2017

Google Announces Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

At Google I/O the company announced its latest innovation in virtual reality. The company's standalone Daydream headsets will free users from their smartphones.

Wearable Tech May 18, 2017

Zenimax Now Chasing Samsung's Gear VR After Winning Lawsuit Against Facebook-Owned Oculus

Zenimax, after winning $500 million in a lawsuit against Facebook-owned Oculus, has launched a new lawsuit against Samsung and its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset. Will the legal battle ever end?

Gadgets May 16, 2017

Microsoft Throws An Uppercut With New VR Controller That Can Knock Out Competitors In Virtual Reality Arena

Microsoft just unveiled the Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers, which will complement its forthcoming line of VR headsets, to be released in collaboration with several partners. With the controllers and headsets, Microsoft is betting big in commercializing mixed reality.

Wearable Tech May 12, 2017

Google Acquires Successful VR Game Studio Behind 'Job Simulator' And 'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality'

Google has purchased Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind popular VR titles such as 'Job Simulator' and 'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.' How will Google's Daydream platform benefit from the acquisition?

Google May 11, 2017

Yes, Nintendo Switch VR Is Already Here - Sort Of [Video]

A YouTuber was able to test virtual reality on the Switch, showing that VR experiences on Nintendo’s new hybrid machine is possible. But is VR ideal for the console?

Video Games April 27, 2017

The Yi Halo Is A Monster Camera Rig Film Creators Will Love And Google Competitors Should Be Very Afraid Of

Yi, in partnership with Google, just unveiled the Yi Halo, a Google Jump-powered VR rig packing 17 4K cameras. With the Yi Halo, Google and Yi wants VR and 360-degree filmmaking to be accessible and scalable to many.

Gadgets April 25, 2017

Virtual Rick-ality Takes Rick And Morty To The VR Space

Rick and Morty have now entered a brand-new dimension: virtual reality. See how the VR app 'Virtual Rick-ality' stacks up to the show’s humor, weirdness, and comedy.

Wearable Tech April 21, 2017

Can You Type With Your Brain And Hear With Your Skin? Facebook Says These Are Possible

Facebook is working on a technology that will let people type with their brain by tapping into brain signals. It is also researching for a way to allow people to hear with their skin.

Internet April 20, 2017

Facebook Spaces Unveiled: Here's What You Can Do With The Virtual Reality Social Network

Facebook unveiled Facebook Spaces at the annual F8 developer conference. The new app for the Oculus Rift looks to bridge the gap between virtual reality and social networks and expand the use of the technology beyond gaming.

Apps/Software April 20, 2017

Facebook Unveils 2nd-Generation Surround 360 Cameras With ‘Six Degrees Of Freedom’ Technology, Also Records 8K Video

Facebook has now unveiled the second-generation Surround 360 cameras, capable of recording 8K video and stitching scenes with Six Degrees of Freedom technology. The company also has grand plans to make this kind of platform more mainstream.

Gadgets April 19, 2017

Google Earth Revamped: New Voyager Feature Takes Users On Adventures Around The World

The web and Android versions of Google Earth just received a massive update that launched several new features. One of these features is named Voyager, which takes users on curated digital journeys around the world.

Google April 18, 2017

NASA Announces World’s First VR-Compatible, 360-Degree Rocket Launch Video Coverage On April 18

NASA, United Launch Alliance, and Orbital ATK have announced the first-ever live video coverage of a rocket launch that is available to view in 360 degrees and in VR.

Space April 16, 2017

AMD Looks Into The Future With Acquisition Of VR Startup Nitero

American chipmaker AMD has acquired VR company Nitero for undisclosed terms. The acquisition signals AMD’s foray into the growing VR market.

Computers April 11, 2017

The Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Won’t Support Google’s Daydream VR

Samsung’s newest pair of flagships, for all their bells and whistles, misses one feature: Daydream compatibility. It turns out installing the Daydream app on either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus brings up an error message, meaning it won’t work.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 3, 2017

Oculus Cofounder Palmer Luckey Is Officially Leaving Facebook, Just A Year After The Rift Launched

It’s official: Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook, three years after Facebook acquired the company he cofounded. The exit follows Luckey’s thinning public appearances, high-profile lawsuits, and a recent corporate shakeup.

Business Tech March 31, 2017

After Moon, Buzz Aldrin Takes You To Mars Via Virtual Reality

Shaking the moon dust off, legendary Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin wants to go to Mars. Thanks to technology, you, too, can tag along via virtual reality.

Space March 19, 2017

Samsung Gear VR Shows Tornadoes Up Close In 360-Degree View With New AccuWeather Virtual Reality App

How to make the weather forecast exciting? AccuWeather may have the answer: A virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR, complete with immersive 360-degree close-up videos of scary weather events such as tornadoes.

Apps/Software March 18, 2017

‘Mission: ISS’ Offers Chance To Visit International Space Station - In Virtual Reality, That Is

Oculus has launched a VR app that lets users explore the International Space Station, and act like astronauts. Mission: ISS app works with the Oculus Rift VR headset andOculus Touch motion controllers and can be downloaded for free.

Space March 12, 2017

SXSW 2017: Festival Unveils Virtual Reality, Bots And Gadgets For Digital Natives

Technology takes the spotlight at the South by Southwest Festival 2017 as some of the hottest gadgets, bots, and VR tech make their first appearance.

Gadgets March 12, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out Samsung Gear VR App For Viewing 360-Degree Photos, Videos

Facebook has officially rolled out Facebook 360 for Gear VR owners, the definitive way to watch 360-degree content populating its site. Basic and straightforward at present, Facebook promised to equip the new app with more social features down the line.

Apps/Software March 9, 2017

Sorry, But Your Oculus Rift Won’t Work On Macs Anytime Soon, Says Cofounder

The cofounder of Oculus has confirmed that Mac support for Oculus Rift headsets isn’t in the company’s roadmap, so don’t expect it anytime soon. But the idea shouldn’t be scrapped entirely, too.

Wearable Tech March 3, 2017

10 Million Cardboard VR Headsets Shipped, Google Says

Google announced that it had shipped 10 million units of Cardboard VR. Cardboard was launched in 2014 as Google’s answer to the then-upcoming virtual reality boom.

Gadgets March 2, 2017

Oculus Drops Price Of Entry Into VR: Oculus Rift And Touch Controllers Bundle Now Only $598

Oculus has permanently dropped the price of the Oculus Rift headset and the Oculus Touch controllers, with the bundle now only $598. The company has been working to drive down the high cost of entry into virtual reality.

Wearable Tech March 1, 2017

PlayStation VR Nears 1 Million Units Sold After Four Months: Better Than Sony Expected

Sony Interactive Entertainment global chief executive Andrew House revealed that around 915,000 units of the PlayStation VR have been sold as of Feb. 16. The figure is well above the company's expected sales figures for the virtual reality headset.

Video Games February 27, 2017

Space Scenes In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Directed In Virtual Reality Through HTC Vive

Gareth Edwards, the director of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,' utilized virtual reality and the HTC Vive to direct space scenes in the movie. This allowed him to show digital artists what he wanted for the space sequences.

Movies/TV Shows February 27, 2017

Zenimax Wants Oculus Rift Sales Stopped: Will Facebook Be Forced Into A Settlement?

After being awarded $500 million in the copyright infringement case with Oculus VR, Zenimax is now seeking an injunction stop sales of the Oculus Rift headset. If the request is granted, it would be a huge blow to Facebook.

Wearable Tech February 25, 2017

The Hardlight VR Suit Is A $449 Haptic Vest That Will Let You ‘Feel’ VR

Meet the Hardlight VR Suit, a vest device replete with vibration pads that’ll make for more immersive VR experiences. If it succeeds funding, the suit will arrive by September.

Wearable Tech February 24, 2017

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