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HTC Vive will be available to pre-order and try out from these high street retailers

HTC Vive will be available to pre-order and try out from these high street retailers

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We've quite rightly raved about our adventures with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in the last year or so, but the only way you can discover what the fuss is about is to experience it yourself.Thankfully, HTC has partnered with a number of stores... >>

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

Oculus Rift games: The complete list of launch titles and how to get them

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With Oculus Rift landing on 28 March, the company has provided some of the missing pieces of the puzzle. While a lot of the talk has been about the hardware and some of the early demos, attention now turns to what you'll actually be able to play when... >>

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
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Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

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Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... >>

Google is using VR to let you step inside this 16th-century Bruegel painting

Google is using VR to let you step inside this 16th-century Bruegel painting

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Google's latest virtual reality offering is perfect for those of you who are really into Flemish Renaissance art, or just free VR experiences.Google has an initiative, called the Google Cultural Institute, which has been trying for the last few years... >>

Samsung: Gear VR is just the beginning, future virtual reality headsets planned

Samsung: Gear VR is just the beginning, future virtual reality headsets planned

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Samsung has told Pocket-lint that it will continue its investment in and commitment to virtual reality as it believes that it become "the future of how we engage in media". And that will include new headsets.During launch day for the Samsung Galaxy S7... >>

Forget Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, wire-free Sulon Q VR doesn’t need a high-end PC

Forget Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, wire-free Sulon Q VR doesn’t need a high-end PC

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When we met Oculus' vice president of mobile Max Cohen in January, he explained that wireless virtual reality headsets of the calibre of the Oculus Rift are a long way away.It will be 15 years before we get something approaching the Star Trek holodeck,... >>

Experience Star Wars in lightsaber swinging VR soon on the HTC Vive, trailer arrives

Experience Star Wars in lightsaber swinging VR soon on the HTC Vive, trailer arrives

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What's the one thing better than being dazzled by the wonder of Star Wars on the big screen? Being placed into the Star Wars universe thanks to virtual reality. That's what the HTC Vive may be doing soon after a video was released showing off the new... >>

Samsung Entrim 4D VR uses nerve signals to make you feel you're really flying

Samsung Entrim 4D VR uses nerve signals to make you feel you're really flying

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While 2016 is the year of virtual reality Samsung is already setting its sights higher for the future with a full 4D VR experience it calls Entrim.Coming from Samsung's secret projects lab, C-Lab, the Entrim 4D unit aims to offer a virtual reality feeling... >>

HTC Vive owners will be able to play any Steam game inside a VR living room

HTC Vive owners will be able to play any Steam game inside a VR living room

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Valve has announced a way for PC gamers to play any game from inside the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Any title you have in your Steam library can be accessed while wearing the device, even if it's not designed for VR play.That's because SteamVR... >>

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper
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Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper

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Virtual reality, often known as VR, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, it's South Korean giant Samsung that's... >>

Best Samsung Gear VR Oculus apps 2016

Best Samsung Gear VR Oculus apps 2016

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Samsung and Oculus have released their combined effort to bring virtual reality to your face in the Gear VR. The result is an affordable virtual reality headset combined with the accessibility of the Android platform for apps.Google has already been blazing... >>

PlayStation VR not suitable for under-12s, beat it pipsqueaks

PlayStation VR not suitable for under-12s, beat it pipsqueaks

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Kids under the age of 12 will be weeping into their Coco Pops this morning as Sony has revealed its forthcoming PlayStation VR headset will not be suitable for their pre-teenage eyes.Spotted in the health and safety notices in the beta version of PS4... >>

Amazon job posting reveals virtual reality team for producing VR content

Amazon job posting reveals virtual reality team for producing VR content

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Amazon wants to produce virtual reality content, according to a new job posting for its Amazon Video arm.The posting is live on the website Glassdoor and was first spotted by Upload VR. In the posting, Amazon seeks to hire someone "responsible for building... >>

Watch the Mexico City Formula E race right here, and the last race in VR

Watch the Mexico City Formula E race right here, and the last race in VR

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Season two of the all-electric Formula E is almost at the halfway stage and if you can't get near a TV to watch the action live on ITV 4 this coming weekend, you can watch the Mexico City race here or on YouTube instead.The Formula E race will be screened... >>

Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride

Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride

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Engaging children in educational pursuits is a fickle old game. A popular route to success has been with edgy content from shows like Horrible Histories. Based on the books of the same name these highlight the gruesome side of life in the past, in a way... >>

Oculus founder Luckey slams Apple, no Mac Oculus Rift support for now

Oculus founder Luckey slams Apple, no Mac Oculus Rift support for now

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has explained why there won't be support for Mac with the consumer release of Oculus Rift and, in the process, cheekily criticised Apple.He does leave the door open though, with a hint that Mac support could come in the future.Attending the... >>

Intel augmented reality headset to merge worlds, real and virtual

Intel augmented reality headset to merge worlds, real and virtual

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Intel is reportedly working on its own augmented reality headset that could be the biggest jump forward yet. The lines between the virtual and real worlds are about to blur.According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Intel is working on an AR headset... >>

Minecraft on Oculus Rift preview: VR heaven or just a load of old blocks?

Minecraft on Oculus Rift preview: VR heaven or just a load of old blocks?

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One of the major new products to be shown at the Xbox Spring Showcase in San Francisco was Minecraft. Not regular Minecraft mind, but a virtual reality version that we got to play using an Oculus Rift headset set-up at the event.Microsoft had previously... >>

Google now sells Cardboard VR viewer directly through its online store

Google now sells Cardboard VR viewer directly through its online store

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Google has a new Virtual Reality storefront in the Google Store, and one of the first viewers being shown off in the section is none other Google Cardboard.Cardboard released more than a year ago and is nothing more than a do-it-yourself cardboard kit... >>

HTC Vive UK pricing revealed and you're not going to like it

HTC Vive UK pricing revealed and you're not going to like it

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HTC has revealed the official UK release date and pricing for its HTC Vive virtual reality system and we have to admit that it provoked a sharp intake of breath.During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the company announced that the entire... >>

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

HTC Vive Consumer Edition: Eyes-on the final hardware

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HTC Vive was first revealed at MWC 2015 and has spent the last year touring the world, developing, refining and showing its skills, until it arrived at MWC 2016. A year later, we're looking at the final consumer hardware that you'll be able to order yourself... >>

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

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Most of you probably already have a Google Cardboard-certified viewer in your fridge or could easily get one the next time you buy groceries.Coca-cola has just published a video to YouTube that shows how to make a virtual-reality headset from recycled... >>

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

Forget phones: Mobile World Congress 2016 is all about VR

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If you were looking for a theme for Mobile World Congress, then it's other worldly: MWC 2016 is about virtual reality.Last year everyone lined up to talk about luxury. There were premium handsets, luxury watches, talk of quality materials, jewellery grade... >>

You can go on a VR journey with Sir David Attenborough and a giant dinosaur here

You can go on a VR journey with Sir David Attenborough and a giant dinosaur here

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The BBC has made a special 360-degree short film featuring Sir David Attenborough and a titanosaur which you can watch through a VR headset, such as a Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or equivalent.And it gives you the opportunity to understand the scale... >>

HTC Vive recommended PC specs are slightly more forgiving than Oculus Rift's

HTC Vive recommended PC specs are slightly more forgiving than Oculus Rift's

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HTC has revealed the recommended PC specifications for its virtual reality headset, and while it requires a fairly beefy computer - much like Oculus' rival device - there are one or two concessions that might make it a more accessible option.The HTC Vive... >>

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset

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The mobile world might be talking about the newly-launched Snapdragon 820, powering the latest devices like the LG G5 and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but today Qualcomm made the promise of real desktop-rivalling power in its next-gen Snapdragon... >>

Get a free Gear VR with your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

Get a free Gear VR with your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

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Samsung has announced that customers who order a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge will get a free Gear VR headset worth £79.99.The offer which will be available to customers in both Europe and the US is designed to encourage people to order the headset... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 lead MWC line-up, but Gear 360 camera looks the weirdest

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 lead MWC line-up, but Gear 360 camera looks the weirdest

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Samsung has used its Samsung Unpacked press conference on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2016 to launch the two smartphones many were expecting and a virtual reality camera that might have taken some by surprise.The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge... >>

Samsung Gear 360 camera preview: Gear VR-friendly virtual reality video recorder

Samsung Gear 360 camera preview: Gear VR-friendly virtual reality video recorder

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Samsung has a device that is capable of playing VR and 360-degree videos, and a headset capable of personalising the experience. All it needed was a camera to shoot the immersive clips and the entire ecosystem would be complete.That’s where the Samsung... >>

HTC Vive will cost $799, pre-orders open on 29 February

HTC Vive will cost $799, pre-orders open on 29 February

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HTC has announced that its VR headset, built in partnership with Steam, will be priced at $799 when it goes on pre-order on 29 February.The announcement of the price arrives as HTC unveils the final consumer edition of the headset, evolving a few features... >>

LG 360 VR preview: A unique perspective on mobile VR

LG 360 VR preview: A unique perspective on mobile VR

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LG surprised many with the launch of the LG 360 VR, a virtual reality headset announced alongside the LG G5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.VR seems to be very much the hot topic in 2016, from the major systems like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, through... >>

LG G5 and Friends is an explosion of fun: Smartphone, 360 camera, VR headset and more

LG G5 and Friends is an explosion of fun: Smartphone, 360 camera, VR headset and more

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The launch of the LG G5 heralds the start of something new from LG. It might be an impressive end point at the end of a progressive journey over the past few years, but the launch at Mobile World Congress 2016 sees LG making a bigger splash than it's... >>

Samsung will livestream the Galaxy S7's debut in VR to Gear VR headsets

Samsung will livestream the Galaxy S7's debut in VR to Gear VR headsets

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Those of you who are super pumped about Samsung's press event this weekend may be even more excited to learn that the whole thing will be streamed in virtual reality to the company's Gear VR headset.Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S7 on 21 February. It... >>

The first Oculus Rift PC bundles are now available for preorder

The first Oculus Rift PC bundles are now available for preorder

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The Rift is almost here.Facebook-owned Oculus VR has confirmed its Rift virtual-reality headset will be available from March, but now you can finally pre-order official bundles that not only include the headset but also the certified PC required to run... >>

Sony PlayStation VR won't arrive in early 2016 but rather this autumn

Sony PlayStation VR won't arrive in early 2016 but rather this autumn

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The release of PlayStation VR has apparently been delayed until later this year.This news doesn't come directly from Sony however. It comes from GameStop. Paul Raines, GameStop's CEO, told Fox Business while discussing the upcoming VR headset that the... >>

Mattel View-Master 2.0 takes Google Cardboard VR to another level

Mattel View-Master 2.0 takes Google Cardboard VR to another level

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Toy maker Mattel took its 75 year old View-Master and recently reinvented it to work like Google cardboard. Now it's got an upgraded model on the way to enhance that even futher.The first Mattel View-Master VR viewer allowed phone owners to mount their... >>

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

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Okay, so you've heard Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that is more legit than Cardboard, but a new report has just indicated the company is making a second device that doesn't need a phone or PC.So, it's a standalone headset.The Wall Street... >>

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

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Virtual reality, or VR, is far from a new technology. It has been around for decades, giving users the chance to experience and interact in a world that is separate to their real, everyday lives.This in turn has been used for a variety of reasons, from... >>

Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR
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Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR

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Google Cardboard was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and consists of two parts: a virtual reality (VR) headset, technically called a viewer, and the software ecosystem that supports it.Rather like Android Wear, it's one name applied to both the... >>

These are the first Oculus Rift PC bundles - preorders start next week

These are the first Oculus Rift PC bundles - preorders start next week

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The Rift is coming.Facebook-owned Oculus VR has already confirmed its Rift virtual-reality headset will be available from March, but now we have word about official bundles that'll be up for pre-order in one week. The bundles include not only the headset... >>

Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR

Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR

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Google is tackling virtual reality this year. Like, for reals.Or at least that's what Re/code and The Financial Times have reported. The search giant is putting together a "dedicated division" solely for virtual-reality computing, and the whole thing... >>

Here’s the entire HTC Vive Pre manual: Needs a 5 by 6.5ft room

Here’s the entire HTC Vive Pre manual: Needs a 5 by 6.5ft room

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Whether it has been posted intentionally or not, HTC has made its HTC Vive Pre manual available for download. And it reveals some interesting facts about the forthcoming virtual reality headset - not least that we'll all need large living rooms to get... >>

YouTube tipped to start live streaming 360-degree VR videos

YouTube tipped to start live streaming 360-degree VR videos

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One of the big tech trends of 2016 is thought to be virtual reality. Not only has Google sold plenty of its Cardboard headsets and Oculus and Samsung had great success with the consumer version of Gear VR, but we'll soon see Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive... >>

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

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At some point in the near future, you'll be able to beam a 3D hologram of Tom Brady onto your coffee table. Or at least that's what Microsoft has suggested.In an attempt to capitalise on Super Bowl 50 this weekend, the Redmond-based company has released... >>

HTC Vive: Virtually Dead will be the most terrifying VR experience yet, and you can get tickets

HTC Vive: Virtually Dead will be the most terrifying VR experience yet, and you can get tickets

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As part of the launch of HTC Vive in the UK, HTC has announced a terrifying immersive theatre experience that you can buy tickets for.Running from 19 March to 3 April, Virtually Dead is a one-hour production in a secret location in East London. It features... >>

Samsung Gear VR camera will capture 360-degree video for virtual reality

Samsung Gear VR camera will capture 360-degree video for virtual reality

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Samsung has been rumoured as another company that will offer a 360-degree camera rig for virtual reality video, and now it's here.The Samsung Gear 360 has been revealed by Sam Mobile with an expected unveil from Samsung at MWC at its 21 February Unpacked... >>

What is the difference between VR and AR?

What is the difference between VR and AR?

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Virtual reality and augmented reality. VR and AR.Oye. What does it all mean?There is absolutely no denying that virtual reality is one of the main hot trends in Silicon Valley right now, but those of you who are interested in the latest developments in... >>

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

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Virtual reality, or VR, is the latest buzzword in the wonderful world of technology. Don't be fooled into thinking it is a new technology though, it isn't, but that's not to say it isn't something to get excited about.For those who are wondering what... >>

David Haye’s return to the ring will be first ever fight filmed in VR

David Haye’s return to the ring will be first ever fight filmed in VR

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British boxer David Haye has revealed that his upcoming comeback fight against Australian Mark De Mori will be filmed in virtual reality. 360-degree cameras will take in the action and the fight will be presented in app form for VR headsets.The match... >>