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London is Getting a ‘Hyper-Reality’ Star Wars Experience Next Month

The world is catching a dose of Star Wars fever at the moment, or at least it feels that way given the marketing and tie-in blitz currently going on. The latest might be of interest, though. It's being described as a hyper-reality experience, which basically means it's a virtual reality Star Wars game that lets you move around in the real world. A little bit like the holodeck, even if that is the wrong Star franchise. Read More >>

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Playing SteamVR in Microsoft Mixed Reality Is a Bummer

In an infamous Twitter meme that misquotes Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, naked, blue, and seated in a crater alone on Mars, says: “I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.” He’s a perfect candidate for Windows 10 Mixed Reality, Microsoft approach to virtual reality, that, starting today, is compatible with SteamVR. Read More >>

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HTC Kills Its Google VR Headset

Today HTC announced a cool new completely standalone VR headset for China, and then promptly dashed hopes in this hemisphere by confirming the cancellation of the standalone headset intended for US and other Western audiences. If you’re based in the West and want the next wave of VR headsets, then it seems you’re going to need to look elsewhere. Read More >>

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This is Vive Focus, HTC’s Stand-Alone VR Headset

The biggest problem with VR is the cost of entry, with the cheapest fancy headset costing around £600 in total (that's PS VR). Even mobile VR from Google and Samsung isn't particularly cheap, since you need to buy a pricey handset to strap to your face. So now we have the new trend of stand-alone VR headsets, i.e. the kind of thing you buy once and don't need any extra hardware to enjoy. Read More >>

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Logitech’s Working on Bringing Your Keyboard into Virtual Reality

VR is pretty cool. You get to strap on a headset and cut yourself off from the real world while you play your games. But cutting yourself off like that can be a pain, particularly if you're still trying to play with a keyboard and mouse. Touchtyping is one thing, but if you completely remove your eyes from the equation everything becomes a lot harder. Read More >>

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All of the Crazy Shit in This Pitch for a Magic Leap Event 

As recently as September, ultra-secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap entertained holding a splashy event to reveal more about its mysterious technology, according to a confidential document detailing a proposed event concept obtained by Gizmodo. The document outlines a pitch for a strange live-streamed office tour, complete with product-revealing Easter eggs, nods at various Magic Leap partners, and a handful of very famous people to bump into. Read More >>

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Sony is Taking the PSVR on Tour to Try and Add Them to Everyone’s Christmas List

Last Christmas the PSVR was in very high demand, which took a lot of people by surprise for some reason. This year Sony is no doubt hoping that the situation is pretty similar, but just in case everyone had forgotten the PSVR is a thing it's taking the headset on a tour of the UK. Read More >>

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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Has A ‘Patriotic’ Plan to Disrupt The Military-Industrial Complex With VR

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey’s new tech startup isn’t just trying to ramp up US border security—it seems the company also wants to game-ify war and modernise battlefields with virtual and augmented reality. Read More >>

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Oculus Is Trying To Get Ahead of Harassment In Virtual Reality

Facebook wants one billion people to experience virtual reality—about one-seventh of the entire human population. That’s an audacious goal even without a time frame, which Mark Zuckerberg did not provide. But to lure that many people into the void, users don’t just need their minds blown. They also need to feel safe. Read More >>

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Oculus Go: The Affordable Standalone Headset VR Needs

When it comes VR, there’s really only two choices you have right now: a big, expensive headset that needs to be connected to a PC, or a less immersive setup that relies on your smartphone. However, Facebook is is looking to give us a third option with the $199 (£151) Oculus Go (UK pricing TBA). Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Took a Tour of Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico in ‘Magical’ VR 

On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promoted the social media giant’s new Facebook Spaces app, which allows users to remotely cast cartoon avatars of themselves walking around locations in the real world, by taking a “magical” tour of Puerto Rico. Read More >>

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Okay, Maybe This Microsoft VR Thing Won’t Suck

VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories—mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you’ve read, but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR, and the mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens. Read More >>

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There’s a New PSVR Headset Coming, But the Updates are Minor

It's been nearly a year since the PSVR first hit shop shelves, and Sony is marking that occasion (intentionally or not) with a slightly updated version of the headset. After all if HTC can release a Vive with minor upgrades, why can't Sony? Read More >>

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Learning a New Language in Virtual Reality

MondlyVR is the first language app available on Google's Virtual Reality platforms: Daydream and Cardboard. Read More >>

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Ever Wanted to Meet a Famous 17th-Century Painter? Oculus Gear VR Has You Covered

No matter how hard you wish upon that star, you're never going to meet one Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn — or simply 'Rembrandt', as the kidz like to call him. That's mainly because the legendary Dutch artist died in 1669. Don't be too glum though, because thanks to Oculus Gear VR, you can now meet the famous painter in the reality-augmented flesh. Read More >>