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American Express Customers Can Play Tennis With Andy Murray in an Exclusive Wimbledon VR Experience

American Express customers heading to Wimbledon next month can face off against Andy Murray on the iconic Centre Court - in virtual reality, that is. Although I don't know how fun it's going to be having him breathing down your neck. Read More >>

gaming
The Edge of Time is a New Full Length Doctor Who VR Game

As someone who previously fell out of love with the BBC Doctor Who TV series for a while, I really enjoyed Jodie Whittaker's new take on the classic character. Her charm, humour, and passion for the role were a delight to watch, and now we have the chance to play as her too. Read More >>

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The Most Interesting Thing About Valve’s Fancy New VR Headset Might Be Its Controllers

About a month ago, Valve teased that it was working on its own VR headset separate from the HTC’s Vive and Vive Pro, but still compatible with all the Steam VR games that are currently available. Now, Valve has finally released a tonne of details about the Index, including some of its new and unusual abilities. Read More >>

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Review: Oculus Quest Has Me Excited About VR Again

I first tried VR with an Oculus Development Kit (the DK2) several years ago. It was a mind-blowing experience, unlike anything I've tried before. But somewhere along the way, the shine of being immersed into a video game world got lost. One Oculus Rift and PSVR later, they're both sat gathering dust somewhere, barely used. One of the reasons for that is the mass of wires that you need for both, and adequate space by your PC or PS4. It's a pain to set up every time; plugging it in, rearranging a room or moving a PC tower somewhere else to make sure you've got a big enough area. If it's a game you can't play while sitting down, it's a no-go. Not to mention with Rift, the numerous sensor bars that need strategically placing around the place. It's a lot of hassle for a play session that'll undoubtedly last about 20 minutes until I start feeling nauseous. Read More >>

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Magic Leap Finds a Fresh Sucker With £215 Million to Set on Fire

Magic Leap managed over the course of its years-long development to rake in a stupid amount of money, which – in addition to what now seems like an excessive degree of secrecy – helped drum up questionable hype for its technology. The company’s own executives didn’t exactly do much in the way of helping to temper the tech world’s sky-high expectations. Now, it appears the company is back-pedalling. Read More >>

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Nintendo’s VR Upgrade for Zelda Messed Me Up

Despite being made of cardboard, Nintendo’s Labo VR Kit is a surprisingly excellent virtual reality upgrade for the Switch, bolstered by an excellent roster of games and VR experiences. Nintendo has just extended its Labo VR Kit support to its A-list titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, and unfortunately in both games the VR feels like a tacked-on experience that only serves to amplify Labo VR Kit’s shortcomings. Read More >>

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‘Big Brother is Watching’: Facebook Accidentally Left Hidden Jokes in Thousands of Oculus Controllers

Facebook – a company that is equally known for surveilling an enormous swathe of people, and for accidentally exposing their data in one way or another – shipped “tens of thousands” of its Oculus Touch controllers with some fun hidden messages written inside them, like 'Big Brother is Watching'. Haha. It’s a joke. About surveillance. From that book? And you know, Facebook is a giant surveillance machine. Hey, where are you going? Read More >>

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Our First Impressions of Vader Immortal, the New Star Wars Story Told in VR – Plus the Trailer!

Darth Vader needs your help. But are you worthy? That’s the set up for Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series—Episode I, a new VR experience developed by ILMxLab for Oculus platforms telling a canon story set between Episodes III and IV. Read More >>

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The Nintendo Switch’s Labo VR Kit Is Cheap VR That Doesn’t Suck

Considered Nintendo’s biggest failure and the butt of endless jokes, the Virtual Boy delivered an embarrassingly limited virtual reality experience when it debuted in 1995. But the console’s quick death didn’t discourage Nintendo from taking risks, and 24 years later its second attempt at virtual reality leverages the Switch hardware to deliver a series of experimental games that let you dabble with an impressively capable VR experience for as little as £35. Read More >>

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The U.S. Army Gave a Press Demo of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Military Prototype

Last year, Microsoft won a £375-million-plus contract with the U.S. Army to build Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototypes that a government document described as intended to “accelerate lethal defensive and offensive capabilities utilsing innovative components.” This weekend, CNBC got a look at what Microsoft has been cooking up in the form of a modified HoloLens 2, and—though it seems like they got more of a high-end demo than a look at anything refined yet—it seems like the military is getting what they wanted and what Microsoft employees who signed a letter in February 2019 protesting the project feared. Read More >>

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Sony is Selling a Lot of PlayStation VR Headsets

Sony has continued to do well in the virtual reality space, and has sold a grand total of 4.2 million PlayStation VR systems worldwide, the company announced in a blog post on Monday. That’s total units actually bought by consumers, not just shipped. Read More >>

science
It’s Been 20 Years Since The Matrix Made Us Question Whether We’re Living in a Simulation

Imagine you’re about to make the biggest decision of your life and you’ve been given two options to choose from. One is comfortable and easy but would mean you’d spend the rest of your life in blissful ignorance. The other is painful and brutal but would mean you’d be granted access to unimagined freedom. This dilemma isn’t just one of the most powerful scenes in the 1999 movie The Matrix , but one of the most enduring science-fiction images of all time. Read More >>

VR
HP’s Reverb Headset Brings Us Closer to Crystal Clear VR

The VR revolution hasn’t swept the world like a lot of people thought it would, and though I still have confidence in the medium as a whole, modern VR also has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to comfort, optics, and affordability. Enter the Reverb. Designed for both commercial and home use, while HP’s handset doesn’t entirely solve some of the biggest issues with today’s VR headsets, it offers a number of improvements in those three big areas. Read More >>

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Google Is Shuttering Its Gimmicky Immersive Video Studio

After six years, Google is shutting down Spotlight Stories, its in-house immersive entertainment studio. What exactly was Spotlight Stories, you ask? Fair question. Unless you’re an avid virtual reality enthusiast, there’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of Google’s attempts at creating 360-degree short films for smartphones. Read More >>

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HTC Unveils Vive Focus Plus Headset for Businesses

HTC has announced the newest in its Vive Focus line of standalone virtual reality headsets: Vive Focus Plus, aimed at business customers. Read More >>