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Acer OJO 500 Mixed Reality headset has detachable design, is easier to clean than most VR devices
Acer OJO 500 Mixed Reality headset has detachable design, is easier to clean than most VR devices By Rik Henderson

Acer has announced a Windows Mixed Reality headset with a detachable design - the first virtual reality headset to do so, it claims.The Acer OJO 500 can have the lens and head strap removed for easy cleaning. Most VR devices have fixed lenses, making... Read more

Own a Note 9? Here's how to get a free Gear VR adapter from Samsung
Own a Note 9? Here's how to get a free Gear VR adapter from Samsung By Maggie Tillman

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 9, it didn't announce a matching Gear VR headset that would work with the new flagship phone.The current headset model is designed for the Galaxy Note 8, but, apparently, it will work the Galaxy Note 9 if you get... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers
Skyworld VR review: Turn-based strategy fun in virtual reality
4.0 stars Skyworld VR review: Turn-based strategy fun in virtual reality By Adrian Willings

When you think about virtual reality gaming, turn-based strategy isn't the first thing that leaps to mind. VR is usually best suited to fast-paced, nausea-inducing, environment-exploring adventures. The great thing about this new technology though, is... Read more

HTC Vive Wireless Adapter initial review: VR cord cutting at its best
HTC Vive Wireless Adapter initial review: VR cord cutting at its best By Rik Henderson

While at Gamescom in Germany, we got the chance to try out Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, a VR-specific game set in Bethesda's twisted World War II-flavoured world. We thoroughly enjoyed it, with the series' usual crazy action combined with stunning graphics.But... Read more

Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive: VR's best experiences go head to head
Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive: VR's best experiences go head to head By Rik Henderson

If you're considering virtual reality, then chances are you've already heard of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. These are the main two competitors if you're considering high-end, serious virtual reality technology. They come with a hefty price tag... Read more

You can finally buy the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset
You can finally buy the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset By Maggie Tillman

Magic Leap is finally here.Officially called the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, it's a mixed reality headset from startup Magic Leap. It's shipping now in "select areas” in the US for $2,295. It's described as a product for consumers, and if you want... Read more

Best HTC Vive accessories: Upgrade and enhance your VR experiences with these gadgets
Best HTC Vive accessories: Upgrade and enhance your VR experiences with these gadgets By Adrian Willings

There's no denying that virtual reality gaming is a lot of fun. There's also not many VR experiences better than those available on the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro.The HTC Vive is an impressive bit of kit for sure, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved... Read more

VR hasn't taken off as we'd hoped but give it time, says Rebellion's Jason Kingsley
VR hasn't taken off as we'd hoped but give it time, says Rebellion's Jason Kingsley By Rik Henderson

Virtual reality is an area of gaming that is growing slowly, but has not taken off as some predicted.Analysts and gaming experts claimed that VR would be a massive success story in 2016, but the release of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Price, specifications and everything you need to know
Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Price, specifications and everything you need to know By Adrian Willings

Oculus now offers a 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 high-end... Read more

Oculus Go now available in UK and European stores, standalone mobile VR for £199
Oculus Go now available in UK and European stores, standalone mobile VR for £199 By Rik Henderson

Oculus has made its standalone mobile virtual reality headset more widely available across UK stores. It has also been released in Canada and Europe.You could previously buy Oculus Go from oculus.com in 23 countries, including the UK and US, but there... Read more

Xbox shelves Xbox One X VR and Mixed Reality plans
Xbox shelves Xbox One X VR and Mixed Reality plans By Rik Henderson

Xbox has confirmed that it has no plans to add support for virtual reality or Mixed Reality headsets to the Xbox One X.When he first revealed "Project Scorpio" - the development name for Xbox One X - Xbox head Phil Spencer said that not only would it... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip
Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip By Maggie Tillman

Qualcomm has announced a new processor that it hopes will not only power the VR headsets of tomorrow, but also mean they are considerably cheaper than the current offerings. If companies making these forward-looking devices want people - other the developers... Read more

You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box
You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box By Rik Henderson

The BBC's World Cup VR app is now live on Android, iOS and Gear VR and will be available on PlayStation VR later today, in time for the first World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. If you want to be in a World Cup stadium this summer but haven't... Read more

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: The best WMR headset?
3.5 stars Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: The best WMR headset? By Adrian Willings

Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is Microsoft's route into virtual reality (VR) experiences for Windows, without the need for an ultra-fast and expensive PC setup. There are a variety of third-party headset options, of which the Asus Windows Mixed Reality... Read more

Formula E 'ghost racing' app will let you race against drivers in real time
Formula E 'ghost racing' app will let you race against drivers in real time By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who are fans of Formula E will soon be able to compete against your favourite drivers.You'll be able to do this in real-time via your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, thanks to a new online gaming platform that the FIA and Formula E has... Read more

The Solus Project review: A space survival VR adventure that'll sends chills down your spine
4.0 stars The Solus Project review: A space survival VR adventure that'll sends chills down your spine By Adrian Willings

Many of us dream of going to space, blasting off through the atmosphere in a spacecraft destined for other worlds. Though that might not be a possibility for most, even within our lifetime, it doesn't mean we can't daydream of the adventure. With the... Read more

Lego Apple ARKit 2 demo showcases next phase of AR interaction, we have a play
Lego Apple ARKit 2 demo showcases next phase of AR interaction, we have a play By Rik Henderson

Lego was invited on stage during Apple's WWDC keynote to show how ARKit 2 can improve augmented reality experiences when iOS 12 launches later this year.The toy manufacturer is no stranger to AR apps, having a couple of its own already and being part... Read more

Arizona Sunshine review: Now with even more zombie slaying madness
4.5 stars Arizona Sunshine review: Now with even more zombie slaying madness By Adrian Willings

Set in the barren landscapes of a post-apocalyptic America, don't let Arizona Sunshine's title confound: this is a VR zombie shooter for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift set in the baking heat of Arizona state.Like many other zombie game narratives before... Read more

Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR
Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has announced a brand new processor dedicated to being used in AR & VR headsets. Called the XR1, the chip has been designed to make it easier and cheaper for companies to build dedicated AR or VR headsets.  Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything... Read more

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

Skyrim VR review: Better in virtual reality?
4.0 stars Skyrim VR review: Better in virtual reality? By Adrian Willings

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was originally released way back in the hazy days of 2011. Since then it's seen a few different iterations including a re-released enhanced edition, a portable version designed for the Nintendo Switch and now an outing into... 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

HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world
4.0 stars HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world By Adrian Willings

We've dabbled in VR many times before, even as far back as the beginning of the 90s with W Industries' Virtuality system. More recent years have given us mobile-based devices, such as Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard, but such devices are essentially... Read more

Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more
Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more By Stuart Miles

We aren't sure about you, but we've always wondered what it would be like to have a proper Lightsaber duel. Or maybe play a game of Holochess.Thanks to the joys of augmented reality, you can now do both. Lenovo and Disney have partnered to create an AR... Read more

Killing Floor Incursion review: A zombie-slaying VR adventure
4.5 stars Killing Floor Incursion review: A zombie-slaying VR adventure By Adrian Willings

Zombie games lend themselves well to virtual reality. Having flesh-eating monsters gnawing at your heels is far more believable than it is on a disconnected screen. As a result there are a lot of zombie-based VR games from which to choose.We're already... 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

The best VR headsets to buy 2018
The best VR headsets to buy 2018 By Chris Hall

The age of virtual reality is upon us with a torrent of devices and content appearing over the last couple of years. The idea of VR isn't new of course. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently, the technology has broken... Read more

Oculus Go review: Affordable VR for the masses
4.0 stars Oculus Go review: Affordable VR for the masses By Adrian Willings

Oculus has been promising standalone virtual reality for some time. No wires. No separate computer.Now that promise is a reality, with Oculus Go. The best VR headsets to buy 2018 Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you... Read more

Oculus Go vs Samsung Gear VR vs Oculus Rift: What's the difference?
Oculus Go vs Samsung Gear VR vs Oculus Rift: What's the difference? By Adrian Willings

There are now a few different choices for those looking to get into virtual reality with a number of different VR headsets available at varying prices. At one end of the spectrum that are headsets that use compatible mobile devices for their VR content... 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 review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one
4.5 stars HTC Vive Pro review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one By Adrian Willings

The HTC Vive is considered by many to be the leading virtual reality device on the market. And from 5 April 2018 things get even more exciting, as there's a new and more advanced option available: the HTC Vive Pro. As the Pro namesake suggests, the updated... 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

HTC Vive Pro vs HTC Vive: What's the difference?
HTC Vive Pro vs HTC Vive: What's the difference? By Adrian Willings

HTC originally announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The company has now confirmed that the new device is available to order and will be shipping 5 April 2018. This new model comes with a number... 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

Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit
4.5 stars Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality games naturally lend themselves to experiences that require you to move around in a virtual space. Knockout League goes even further: as an arcade-style boxing game, this is one experience that teeters on exhausting.But is it a smash... Read more

The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight
5.0 stars The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight By Adrian Willings

Imagine what life would be like if you could watch a movie from any angle you wanted. If you could follow every character at any point and stick with them even if they weren't part of the main action. Then on a whim, you could fast-forward or rewind time... 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

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