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BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand

BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced its virtual reality application, BBC Earth: Life in VR, is launching alongside the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset. Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400 The game, that has previously... Read more

You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera

You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera

By Elyse Betters

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is now available to buy from Lenovo.com.The device, billed as the first standalone Daydream VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone to use, debuted at CES earlier this year. At that time, Lenovo said it was targeting a mid-2018... Read more

HTC Vive wireless: How to upgrade your VR headset and ditch those cables

HTC Vive wireless: How to upgrade your VR headset and ditch those cables

By Adrian Willings

Cables are a necessary evil of VR gaming on a high-end headset like the HTC Vive or Vive Pro. These devices need to be tethered to a powerful gaming PC to run smoothly but room-scale VR gaming can be frustrating when you can feel cables constantly tugging... Read more

Oculus 'Half Dome' prototype headset offers wider FOV in the same compact package

Oculus 'Half Dome' prototype headset offers wider FOV in the same compact package

By Max Langridge

Following a day talking about a new dating service and the launch of the Oculus Go standalone headset, Oculus took to the stage once again at Facebook's F8 conference to unveil a new prototype headset, currently code named Half Dome. Facebook's F8 event... Read more

Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès

Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès

By Max Langridge

If you head to the Google homepage today, Thursday 3 May, you will see a new Google Doodle. However, today's is the first to compatible with VR headsets, or can be watched in a 360-degree interactive video if viewing on a regular web browser. The best... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you need to know

By Adrian Willings

Oculus has launched a new wire-free, standalone virtual reality headset in the form of the Oculus Go. This device was originally announced during the company's Connect 4 conference and is designed to sit between mobile VR, such as a Samsung Gear VR, and... Read more

Oculus Go now available, standalone mobile VR for £199

Oculus Go now available, standalone mobile VR for £199

By Rik Henderson

Oculus has made its standalone mobile virtual reality headset available. You can now buy Oculus Go from oculus.com in 23 countries, including the UK and US.It is priced at £199 in the UK, $199 in the States with 32GB of storage built-in. There is also... Read more

Apple's standalone headset with AR and VR support might launch in 2020

Apple's standalone headset with AR and VR support might launch in 2020

By Elyse Betters

Apple is rumoured to be making a headset of some sort, and now, there's a new a report with details about it.According to CNET, the headset is a standalone device. It's codenamed T288 and expected to support both augmented reality and virtual reality... Read more

Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future

Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung had bigger plans for AR Emoji.The company recently launched AR Emoji with its latest devices. Initially, everyone figured Samsung was just copying Apple's Animoji. But even Apple sort of lifted the idea from Snapchat, which has long... Read more

New software turns your HTC Vive Pro into an AR headset

New software turns your HTC Vive Pro into an AR headset

By Rik Henderson

HTC has released an early access build of a new SDK that enables developers to unlock and utilise the HTC Vive Pro's front cameras. That means they can incorporate the real world into their virtual experiences and games, making the headset a full augmented... Read more

HTC's full Vive Pro Starter Kit launches for £1,048

HTC's full Vive Pro Starter Kit launches for £1,048

By Elyse Betters

Attention VR gamers: Now's the time to buy an HTC Vive Pro, because you can get it in a bundle that includes everything but the PC needed.HTC has announced a "Vive Pro Starter Kit" - a bundle which includes the HTC Vive Pro's head-mounted display, two... Read more

Firefox Reality unveiled: Mozilla made a browser for AR and VR

Firefox Reality unveiled: Mozilla made a browser for AR and VR

By Elyse Betters

Mozilla has announced a new version of its Firefox browser.This version is unique because it's designed for standalone virtual reality headsets and augmented reality headsets. Called Firefox Reality, it's described as a cross-platform, privacy-friendly,... Read more

HTC Vive Pro tips: How to set up the Vive Pro and tackle issues

HTC Vive Pro tips: How to set up the Vive Pro and tackle issues

By Adrian Willings

The pinnacle of virtual reality gaming now comes in the form of the HTC Vive Pro. This is an incredibly powerful VR headset and a step up from the original HTC Vive. As we mentioned in the review, most of the upgrades are in the headset itself. All the... Read more

How to upgrade your HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro or Oculus Rift with prescription lenses

How to upgrade your HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro or Oculus Rift with prescription lenses

By Adrian Willings

If you're a spectacles wearer then you know the frustrations that come with trying to wear 3D glasses over your prescription pair. The same issue exists with VR headsets too. It's uncomfortable trying to fit virtual reality headsets over the top of... Read more

Major Pokemon Go update adds daily tasks, story mission, and Mew

Major Pokemon Go update adds daily tasks, story mission, and Mew

By Elyse Betters

Niantic will soon give Pokemon Go more of a story.The company has announced the next major update to the location-based AR game. In a blog post, it explained how the update revolves around a new concept called “research," which consists of daily tasks... Read more

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs, and everything you need to know

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs, and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. It's a standalone headset that runs on HTC's own VR platform, the also brand new Vive Wave and has access to the Viveport content store for downloading apps and games. Allow... Read more

HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset will launch worldwide in 2018

HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset will launch worldwide in 2018

By Elyse Betters

HTC's standalone virtual reality headset will arrive by the end of the year, the company has announced.The HTC Vive Focus technically had a limited launch last year in China, but soon, it'll be available going worldwide. The company announced the news... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset expected to launch at F8 in May

Oculus Go standalone VR headset expected to launch at F8 in May

By Elyse Betters

Facebook-owned Oculus might launch its standalone virtual realty headset this spring, a new report has claimed.The company is planning to launch Oculus Go at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, according to Variety. Keep in mind Facebook’s VP of... Read more

Lenovo will launch its Mirage Solo VR headset in May after Google I/O

Lenovo will launch its Mirage Solo VR headset in May after Google I/O

By Elyse Betters

Lenovo's Mirage Solo will launch in May for under $400.The device, billed as the first standalone Daydream VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone to use, debuted at CES earlier this year. At that time, Lenovo said it was targeting a mid-2018 release.... Read more

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display

By Max Langridge

Google will unveil a new 4.3-inch, 18-megapixel VR headset screen at Display Week 2018. The screen will have a wide field-of-view, use OLED display technology and have a 1,443ppi rating. Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what... Read more

Motorola's next Moto Mod is a VR headset, leaked image reveals

Motorola's next Moto Mod is a VR headset, leaked image reveals

By Elyse Betters

Lenovo-owned Motorola is developing a new mod - and it's designed to make its Moto Z line more immersive.The company offers a line of Moto Mod accessories for its smartphones. These include add-ons like a projector, Alexa speaker, and instant camera.... Read more

Bose shows off AR glasses designed to augment your world with sound

Bose shows off AR glasses designed to augment your world with sound

By Elyse Betters

Bose is getting into the augmented reality business -- but with a focus on audio, rather than visual.The audio company announced at SXSW that it’s working on a pair of augmented reality glasses that - instead of overlaying data onto the real world like... Read more

Oculus issues fix for security problem: How to unbrick your Oculus Rift

Oculus issues fix for security problem: How to unbrick your Oculus Rift

By Rik Henderson

Oculus Rift owners were in a proper flap yesterday as their VR headsets stopped working completely. Many vented their anger online, claiming their devices had been bricked.However, considering it was a simple firmware issue whereby a security certificate... Read more

Jurassic World Alive brings dinosaurs to life in Pokemon Go-like AR game

Jurassic World Alive brings dinosaurs to life in Pokemon Go-like AR game

By Elyse Betters

If we had to use augmented reality for one thing, it would be to see dinosaurs in real life.No? Just us? Well, anyway, it's been more than a year since Pokemon Go exploded onto the scene and influenced a whole new trend of AR-based games, such as the... Read more

Channel your inner ape with Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR

Channel your inner ape with Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR

By Max Langridge

With 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes trilogy now complete, FoxNext VR Studio has announced Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, a new game that sees you take on the role of an ape, with a mission to battle humans and return to Caesar.The game, available... Read more

This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van

This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van

By Elyse Betters

Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a driverless car?Well, now you can experience what it's like, thanks to Waymo, which has released a 360-degree video showing the inside of one of its fully driverless minivans. Waymo is the self-driving car company... Read more

Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts

Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts

By Elyse Betters

A new Ghostbusters game has been announced, called Ghostbusters World, and it reminds us of Pokemon Go.It's an augmented reality game, in which you use your device to find and catch "specters, ghosts, and apparitions." The game is coming to Android and... Read more

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

By Elyse Betters

BBC has a new interactive experience for you to enjoy.Last year, the broadcasting company, which is well-known for its radio plays, announced interactive plays that listeners could tune into via an Amazon Echo or Google Home and actively participate in... Read more

Is this the future of VR?

Is this the future of VR?

By Dan Grabham

Qualcomm has revealed a demonstration VR headset that harnesses its latest Snapdragon 845 chip. The Snapdragon 845 was first talked about in December - check out our in-depth Snapdragon 845 guide - and this reference design headset is all about performance. It... Read more

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple's recent patent filing, Samsung has filed its own smart glasses-related trademark.Sure, the company has been rumoured to be making smart glasses for a quite a while, but the timing of this latest filing looks like Samsung is... Read more

Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

By Rik Henderson

EE is the headline sponsor of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards and to celebrate has made a 360-degree, virtual reality movie trivia quiz you can watch in a VR headset or online.The host is British national treasure Joanna Lumley, who is also hosting... Read more

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

By Elyse Betters

Apple is definitely working on a headset or a pair of smart glasses.We know this thanks to leaks about the company talking to parts suppliers at CES 2018 as well as several reports that have claimed the device will launch as soon as next year. Oh, and... Read more

Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa

Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa

By Elyse Betters

It turns out Intel really is serious about smart glasses.A week after Bloomberg claimed Intel wants to sell its majority stake in an augmented reality firm, with the ultimate hope of launching a pair of consumer smart glasses, The Verge has posted photos... Read more

Winter Olympics 2018 can be watched in VR thanks to Eurosport

Winter Olympics 2018 can be watched in VR thanks to Eurosport

By Rik Henderson

Eurosport will be broadcasting more than 50 hours of the forthcoming PeongChang Winter Olympics in virtual reality, for those with mobile VR headsets.It's the biggest undertaking by any broadcaster at a sporting event and covers a wide range of sports... Read more

New PSVR controllers spotted in Sony patent filings

New PSVR controllers spotted in Sony patent filings

By Rik Henderson

Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed patents that could show a new pair of PSVR motion controllers.At present, the PlayStation VR headset and system uses Move controllers and an PlayStation Camera to track them. However, it has sometimes been questioned... Read more

Huge sale! All these Windows Mixed Reality headsets are 50% off

Huge sale! All these Windows Mixed Reality headsets are 50% off

By Elyse Betters

If you've been waiting to buy a Windows Mixed Reality headset, now is the time to do it, as many of them are on sale.Microsoft launched its Windows Mixed Reality platform last autumn, with headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. They have front-mounted... Read more

Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like

Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like

By Stuart Miles

Merge, the company behind an augmented reality cube for kids, has created a blaster that combines with a smartphone to give a fun, interactive AR gaming experience.The Merge 6DoF (6 Degrees of Freedom) Blaster is a bright green and purple contraption.... Read more

Apple ramps up AR glasses project by talking to parts suppliers at CES

Apple ramps up AR glasses project by talking to parts suppliers at CES

By Elyse Betters

Apple was at CES 2018 in an effort to speed up its augmented reality glasses project, according to a new report.Bloomberg claimed Apple representatives met with suppliers that "make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses", but it also said that... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... Read more

Lenovo goes big on VR for CES 2018 with Mirage Solo Daydream headset and Mirage Camera

Lenovo goes big on VR for CES 2018 with Mirage Solo Daydream headset and Mirage Camera

By Rik Henderson

Lenovo has announced two Daydream-enabled VR products during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset was previously leaked, when it appeared in an FCC filing over Christmas last year, but now we know much more about it.Lenovo claims it's... Read more

HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

By Stuart Miles

HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The new model, which sits above the current Vive already available on the market, will feature a greatly improved resolution and high-res audio support.... Read more

HTC Vive wireless adapter by TPCast now available to buy, ditch those cables

HTC Vive wireless adapter by TPCast now available to buy, ditch those cables

By Rik Henderson

Of all the virtual reality headsets the HTC Vive (reviewed here) is the most technically impressive. The others are catching up, with Oculus adding its Touch motion controllers for Rift subsequently, but full body movement has been a feature of Vive since... Read more

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

By Rik Henderson

Of all the virtual reality headsets to come out in the last two years, the HTC Vive has been the one talked about most fondly. It is still the most costly consumer offering, albeit now available for a lot less than at launch, but is also the most technically... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset could be unveiled at CES 2018

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset could be unveiled at CES 2018

By Max Langridge

Lenovo has a standalone virtual reality headset, i.e. one that doesn't require a smartphone to be inserted, that runs on Google Daydream in the works. It's expected to be unveiled early-2018, most likely at CES in January after it recently passed the... Read more

Magic Leap One Mixed Reality headset looks like cyberpunk sunglasses

Magic Leap One Mixed Reality headset looks like cyberpunk sunglasses

By Rik Henderson

Magic Leap has unveiled its first Windows Mixed Reality headset and it looks quite unlike anything else on the market.While Mixed Reality headsets from brands such as Asus and HP look more like virtual reality rivals, the Magic Leap One headset resembles... Read more

Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game

Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game

By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced the release of a new Doctor Who VR game, that will see you pilot the Tardis through the Time Vortex from the show's opening title sequence. Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget The game requires players to avoid... Read more

Lego AR-Studio brings Lego bricks to life in a digital world

Lego AR-Studio brings Lego bricks to life in a digital world

By Max Langridge

Lego has just launched a new AR app for iOS 11 devices that will let Master Builders the world over combine real-life Lego sets with virtual ones to create a brand new way of playing. Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do Lego Boost... Read more

Amazing HP Mixed Reality headset Cyber Monday deal gives you £100 off a prime VR bundle

Amazing HP Mixed Reality headset Cyber Monday deal gives you £100 off a prime VR bundle

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is betting the bank on its Windows Mixed Reality technology and you don't have to break yours to jump on board. That's because, for Cyber Monday, Amazon has an amazing deal on the HP VR1000 headset and motion trackers.You can get the HP VR1000... Read more