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ARCore can add positional tracking to Gear VR

The VR industry is slowly inching closer to six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking on mobile-based headsets. But while Google toils away on standalone headsets with positional tracking, another studio has used its ARCore tech to implement positional tracking on Gear VR.<p>FusedVR recently posted a …

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VR pros and enthusiasts, rejoice: the 17-lens Samsung 360 Round camera is ‘only’ $10,500

Just like all those ultra-affordable Gear VR headsets foreshadowed Samsung’s recent announcement of a costlier, more powerful Odyssey mixed reality …

Samsung

Google Daydream View (2017) review

Google 2017 Daydream View headset greatly improves upon last year’s model with better build quality, less light-leaking, and a snugger fit. It’s …

Virtual Reality

Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

While perhaps the world’s largest Android vendor, Samsung is not exactly known for playing by Google’s rules. For a time, its TouchWiz skin made its …

Samsung

Samsung's new VR camera is built for the pros

Samsung has made some astute moves in the VR space, launching the Gear 360 camera last year and designing its flagship handsets to work with its Gear …

Samsung

Will Facebook's Oculus Dash Challenge Microsoft's Hololens?

Facebook’s VR dashboard looks cool, but does anyone actually need to launch desktop apps in a virtual room?<p><b>Facebook</b> (NASDAQ:FB) recently introduced …

Virtual Reality

Will Facebook's Oculus Go Revive Its VR Business?

Facebook’s new VR headset is squarely aimed at the mainstream market.<p><b>Facebook</b> (NASDAQ:FB) recently introduced Oculus Go, a $199 VR headset, at its …

Virtual Reality

Hulu’s VR content is now available on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

With its latest OS update, Microsoft has officially begun to support VR headsets from companies like Lenovo, Acer and Dell and today, Hulu announced its VR content will now be available across the lineup of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The company has also added its VR app to the Microsoft Store.<p>…

Virtual Reality

Game boss interview: Oculus’s Jason Rubin expects a triple-A VR game from Titanfall maker

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to reach a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. Speaking at the fourth annual Oculus Connect event, he said that Facebook is moving VR in that direction with new models, such as the $200 standalone VR headset Oculus Go and the upcoming wireless …

Virtual Reality

Eye Doctors Can Now Prescribe VR Lazy-eye Treatment for Home Use

Vivid Vision offers a virtual reality based treatment for lazy eye disorders. Optometrists have been able to use the company’s treatment in their …

Virtual Reality

Oculus’ Nate Mitchell: VR ‘expectations got ahead of themselves’

Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus …

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Pixar Announces First VR Project ‘Coco VR’, a ‘Next level social experience’

Revealed during the Oculus Connect 4 keynote today, <i>Coco VR</i> is Pixar Animation Studios’ first-ever VR project, coming to Oculus Rift and Gear VR. …

Virtual Reality

The Morning After: Thursday, October 12th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>This Thursday, one porn site is using AI to catalog the stars of its clips, Amazon has a waterproof Kindle (unrelated) and we discuss how <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> is pushing forward AI in fiction.<p>No strings on me.Oculus Santa Cruz gets closer to the future of wireless VR<p>…

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Developers Can Now Request Oculus Go Dev Kits, Could Have Headsets As Soon as Next Month

The new Oculus Go standalone headset was revealed yesterday at Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference. According to Oculus CTO and …

Virtual Reality

Blog: How will the new Oculus hardware impact devs?

At OC4, Oculus announced two standalone headsets in the works: Oculus Go and the Santa Cruz prototype. What does this mean for VR devs? ...

Game Design

Pixar Makes Its Virtual Reality Debut With ‘Coco VR’

The Pixar of virtual reality (VR) may just be Pixar, after all: The iconic studio announced its first-ever VR experience at Facebook’s fourth Oculus …

Technology

Here's a sneak peek at the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience

Now you can be an undercover Stormtrooper.<p>The new trailer for <i>The Last Jedi</i> only dropped a few days ago, but now <i>Star Wars</i> fans have something else to …

Star Wars

Facebook launches lower-cost VR headset

Facebook has shown off a new low-cost virtual reality headset, Oculus Go, as it tries to broaden the appeal of VR to the mass market. However, the …

Virtual Reality

Heads up, VR devs: Oculus has released its Avatar SDK and Explore API to the world

Speakers at Oculus Connect took some time today to detail what goodies VR developers can expect from the company in the near future. ...

Game Design

Mark Zuckerberg just announced Oculus’s first stand-alone VR headset

There’s little doubt that in order to continue its growth toward becoming a mainstream consumer technology, virtual reality needs to lose the wires and get cheaper.<p>There are, of course, mobile headsets like Samsung’s mobile Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View. But today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …

Virtual Reality

Has the VR craze swept you up yet? (The 3:59, Ep. 297)

We talk all about Facebook's Oculus Connect event with special guest Scott Stein.<p>Virtual reality was one of the marquee tech trends of last year, but it's gone a little stale.<p>Facebook is trying to shake that up with its Oculus Connect developer conference Wednesday. Special guest CNET editor Scott …

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Watch the Oculus Connect keynote right here at 1PM ET!

Guess what today is? If you said "Oculus Connect 4 keynote day" you were right. You also probably knew what day it was before reading this post. But I digress. Assuming you aren't in San Jose for the event, you'll need a place to watch it come 1 PM Eastern. Well, that's what the embed window below …

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Oculus opens Explore API to all Gear VR developers, coming to Rift in 2018

Oculus announced at its Oculus Connect keynote event today that its Explore API will be available for all Gear VR developers. The API will enable devs to promote their content in the new Oculus Explore section that’s meant to help with app discoverability. It will be available for the Rift in …

Virtual Reality

Facebook announces $199 ‘Oculus Go’ standalone VR headset

Onstage at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new mobile headset called “Oculus Go.”<p>According to Zuck, “it’s the most accessible VR headset yet;” it starts at $199 and it’s going to ship early next year. It appears that the mobile headset will be a similar …

Virtual Reality

Pixar's 'Coco VR' lets you explore the land of the dead

Pixar dropped the trailer for its next film Coco two months ago, and with any release by the much-lauded studio, eyes turned toward what masterpiece it would spin out next. But they've got something else suitably modern to help promote the movie: A VR experience.<p>A "social" VR experience, to be …

Virtual Reality

Why AR Is the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to VR

Augmented reality (AR) is one of the hottest trends in tech these days. In fact, the excitement for AR is quickly overshadowing that for virtual …

Virtual Reality

5 Movies You Need to Watch in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been hyped for years. But before VR takes off with the typical consumer, the medium will need to prove that there’s a reason it …

Virtual Reality

Discovery and Google Announce VR Travel Series ‘Discovery TRVLR’, First of 38 Episodes to Arrive in November

Discovery and Google today announced the launch of a new 38-episode VR video series called <i>Discovery TRVLR,</i> a product of both Discovery and Google’s …

Virtual Reality

Hands-on: Google’s New Daydream View Headset With Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

Google today announced the next iteration of their Daydream View headset for virtual reality on Android. We highlighted the changes and improvements …

Virtual Reality

Google’s new VR headset is designed for your coffee table

No surprises<p>The first thing I noticed about Google’s new Daydream View VR headset is the pink controller.<p>In the original View, all plastic parts were beige or gray, even if you got the model wrapped with rich crimson fabric. Now, they’re coordinated: if you buy the colorful “Coral” edition, you’ll …

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