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Gamers Rally to Comfort User as he Suffers a Seizure in VR Chat

Every now and then, human beings can be pretty swell. Earlier in the week a gamer suffered a seizure in VR Chat, and was immediately comforted by a group of concerned bystanders on the virtual reality social platform. Read More >>

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CES 2018: After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro There’s No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams like Lawnmower Man, or ambitious but profound failures like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy anytime VR gets mentioned. Even so, modern VR still hasn’t caught on. It’s awkward, it’s expensive, and most of the games and apps still feel like tech demos. But earlier this week, a new piece of VR tech reminded me why the headsets are much more than gimmicks. Read More >>

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CES 2018: VR Takes the Next Step Forward with the Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

Back in the 90s, companies tried making virtual reality a thing, most notably Nintendo, whose Virtual Boy was so distasteful that it caused people to abandon the entire category for the next 20 years. But then in 2016, headsets from Oculus and HTC/Vive showed that the VR experiences people had been writing about in scifi books for years were finally within our reach. Read More >>

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Skyrim VR is Everything Wrong With Virtual Reality Right Now

As I powered up the PSVR to play the recently released Skyrim VR, I wondered whether this was yet another company’s lazy cash grab exploiting a new tech fad, or a genuine new step for the franchise. This was my third first time playing it. First released in 2011, the same exact game now had four releases across half a dozen systems, with only minor graphical upgrades. While the transition from PS3 to PS4 didn’t exactly leave me floored, it seemed the transition to VR could potentially be its most radical reformulation yet. Read More >>

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The BBC Goes Big on VR With Dedicated Studio

The BBC now has some people in a room with responsibility for pushing VR, thanks to the launch of a standalone VR production division it's calling the VR Hub. 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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Google Pixel 2 + Google Daydream 2 Might Just Make VR Work For Normal People

Whisper it, but we might be on the cusp of a virtual reality revolution. If Silicon Valley is to believed, though VR has been around in concept for decades, this time we really could be only a few years away from the technology becoming an integral part of our lives. 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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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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You Have to Be Hopelessly Devoted to Antique Computers to Build a Commodore 64 VR Rig

If you don’t have the budget for a £500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand-pound VR-ready gaming PC, here’s a far cheaper solution. A die-hard Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer that can be easily found for just a few quid at charity shops around the country. Read More >>

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BAE Systems Plans Future AR Glasses for the Military

BAE Systems is hoping that the wars of the future won't all be fought by madmen pressing big red buttons from within mountain hideouts, as it's still developing hardware for troops to wear on the ground. Including in the pipeline right now a set of augmented reality glasses that would/could overlay mission critical information atop the real world, like those clever Apple AR demos but with targets sights and ammo remaining displays. Read More >>