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Wow! £100 off Google Pixel 2 this Christmas

Wow! £100 off Google Pixel 2 this Christmas

By Hassan Mohammed

Welcome to Pocket-lint deals of the day where we scour the internet to find you the very best Christmas deals that are available in the UK today.Looking for a Christmas or birthday gift? check out Amazon's curated list here.We will be regularly updating... 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

Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle now £349, save £50 in Black Friday deal

Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle now £349, save £50 in Black Friday deal

By Max Langridge

It's not just games consoles that can benefit from Black Friday, as Amazon has knocked £50 off the Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle, bringing the price down to £349. The bundle was already reduced to £399 earlier in the year and at that price,... 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

SteamVR games are coming to Windows Mixed Reality this month

SteamVR games are coming to Windows Mixed Reality this month

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is finally adding support for SteamVR games - but in the form of a preview program at first.Windows Mixed Reality is a combination of VR and AR, though much of the experience is what you'd expect from VR: you... Read more

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

By Elyse Betters

The developer behind Pokemon Go is working on a Harry Potter game.That means, as soon as next year, you should be able to overlay pieces of the popular wizarding world onto your real world, resulting in an immersive experience the most die-hard Potter... Read more

Apple might introduce its augmented reality headset as soon as 2019

Apple might introduce its augmented reality headset as soon as 2019

By Elyse Betters

Critics of Apple want to know when it will release its "next big thing".It's been 10 years since the iPhone debuted, and although Apple has innovated with tablets, wearables, streaming media devices, headphones, and most recently, speakers, people still... Read more

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

How to upgrade your HTC Vive 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

Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet

Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet

By Elyse Betters

Apple's CEO wants you to fawn over ARKit, not its rumoured AR device.Tim Cook is a huge fan of augmented reality. He talks about it a lot. So much so that Apple has been rumoured to be developing a dedicated AR device. However, in an interview with The... Read more

Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote

Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote

By Elyse Betters

Oculus VR's annual developers conference has kicked offThe event's keynote usually features notable Oculus figureheads, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, Oculus itself has faced a tough year, as its founder, Palmer Luckey, was pushed out... Read more

Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers

Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers

By Elyse Betters

While at its Connect conference in San Jose, California, Oculus VR revealed a new Santa Cruz prototype headset design.The headset was first unveiled last year at Connect, and was described as a way to experience VR without having to be tethered to a PC... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset officially unveiled, shipping 2018

Oculus Go standalone VR headset officially unveiled, shipping 2018

By Elyse Betters

Oculus VR is at its Connect 4 conference in San Jose, California, where it has announced a new VR headset.More specifically, Oculus announced a standalone VR headset. Called Oculus Go, it is designed to sit between mobile VR, like what you'd get with... Read more

Nokia ceases production of its madly expensive OZO VR camera

Nokia ceases production of its madly expensive OZO VR camera

By Max Langridge

Nokia Technologies, the subsidiary of Nokia that looks after virtual reality, has announced that it will no longer manufacture its high-end OZO virtual reality camera following "slower than expected" adoption of VR technology. What is Nokia OZO? Here's... Read more

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too

By Elyse Betters

Google is holding a product launch event and it just officially announced the Daydream View. This virtual reality headset is actually a second-generation version of last year's Daydream View. We previously wrote about the leaks of this device that had... Read more

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

By Chris Hall

Over the past few years, we've seen an increase in the conversation around breaking content and experiences out from a device's display, and into a new world of perception and interactivity.Virtual reality is something that we are familiar with, thanks... Read more

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is going all in on mixed reality.The Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco. In the invite, it promised to discuss "where Microsoft is headed next" in the AR/VR space. Now that the... Read more

Sony PSVR 2 coming with HDR passthrough and built-in headphones

Sony PSVR 2 coming with HDR passthrough and built-in headphones

By Rik Henderson

Sony will soon release an updated version of PlayStation VR (PSVR), its PS4-driven virtual reality headset.The first headset has been a success, with a flood of games also available since launch last year, but there are a couple of niggles with the original... Read more

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak

By Elyse Betters

Samsung plans to dabble in Windows Mixed Reality, it seems.Microsoft is holding an event next week to showcase the future of its Windows Mixed Reality platform, and it'll likely unveil new headsets while it is there - maybe even one from Samsung. Twitter... Read more

Ikea Place uses Apple ARKit to show you new furniture in your own home

Ikea Place uses Apple ARKit to show you new furniture in your own home

By Rik Henderson

Ikea has released its promised augmented reality app, as announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.Ikea Place is available in the US now and coming to the UK soon. It is a free iOS app that uses Apple ARKit to show you what Ikea... Read more

Amazon said to be developing a pair of glasses powered by Alexa

Amazon said to be developing a pair of glasses powered by Alexa

By Max Langridge

Amazon is said to be working on a pair of glasses with Alexa built-in, according to the Financial Times. The glasses, which would be Amazon's first wearable device, would be unlike the ill-fated Google Glass, which featured a small screen in front of... Read more

You can play SteamVR games at a fraction of the cost of a HTC Vive with Zeiss VR One Connect

You can play SteamVR games at a fraction of the cost of a HTC Vive with Zeiss VR One Connect

By Rik Henderson

Zeiss has announced a mobile headset and VR system that works with PC-based SteamVR games, yet costs much less than a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.The Zeiss system even works with an existing mobile VR headset, such as a Samsung Gear VR - all you need are... Read more

Google ARCore: Android's equivalent to Apple ARKit explained

Google ARCore: Android's equivalent to Apple ARKit explained

By Elyse Betters

Google just announced something called ARCore.As you might've guessed, ARCore is Android’s version of Apple ARKit. It's a baked-in augmented reality platform that developers can leverage. It's different from Tango, another AR effort by Google that relies... Read more

Sony drops PSVR price after Oculus and HTC VR headset price cuts

Sony drops PSVR price after Oculus and HTC VR headset price cuts

By Elyse Betters

Sony has announced cheaper PlayStation VR bundles.The company said it will start selling a $399 “core” PSVR set, which includes the VR headset and a PlayStation Camera, but it'll only be sold in the US and Canada ($499 CAD). There's also a more expensive... Read more

Microsoft gives update on Mixed Reality platform: Headset pricing, SteamVR support, and new games

Microsoft gives update on Mixed Reality platform: Headset pricing, SteamVR support, and new games

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is starting to take shape.The Dell Visor, which is Dell’s first headset for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, will be available from 17 October for $349.99, or you can get it in a bundle with two... Read more

HTC wants to sell its Vive VR division or maybe even itself entirely

HTC wants to sell its Vive VR division or maybe even itself entirely

By Elyse Betters

When you hear the name HTC, do you think about phones or VR?A couple years ago, you might've said phones, but now, you're probably thinking about the company's VR headset. After all, HTC hasn't exactly dominated the mobile device space in a while, and... Read more

You can now buy the HTC Vive VR headset at a huge £200 discount

You can now buy the HTC Vive VR headset at a huge £200 discount

By Elyse Betters

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset is now $200 cheaper.That means the system’s cost has been brought down to $599 in the US (or £599 in the UK). The discount will likely stoke consumer interest, and it keeps the system more in line with the Oculus... Read more

Samsung will be streaming a live Coldplay concert in VR

Samsung will be streaming a live Coldplay concert in VR

By Max Langridge

If you're a Coldplay fan, but haven't been able to get tickets to any of the concerts on the "A Head Full of Dreams" worldwide tour, then Samsung could be your saviour. Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper The company... Read more

Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what is standalone Daydream?

Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what is standalone Daydream?

By Rik Henderson

When it comes to virtual reality, Google has been very active in getting cheap devices into people's hands, thanks to Google Cardboard, and even supplying them with plenty of content to view, through YouTube.In 2016 Google introduced Daydream, a new... Read more

Apple's latest patent imagines an AR headset similar to Google Glass

Apple's latest patent imagines an AR headset similar to Google Glass

By Elyse Betters

Some people expected Apple to unveil AR glasses in June.But instead, while at its WWDC 2017 conference, Apple unveiled ARKit, a development platform that allows app developers to quickly and easily build augmented reality (AR) experiences into their... Read more

What is Facebook Spaces and how can I use it? Social VR explained

What is Facebook Spaces and how can I use it? Social VR explained

By Mike Lowe

When Facebook purchased Oculus VR - the company that makes Rift, a virtual reality (VR) headset - there were questions looming over how the social media/network company would leverage its newly acquired VR technology.Facebook Spaces is one of its answers:... Read more

HTC working with Qualcomm to make second standalone Vive VR headset

HTC working with Qualcomm to make second standalone Vive VR headset

By Rik Henderson

HTC is continuing in its quest to make virtual reality more accessible with the announcement of a second standalone VR headset.Like the model it is currently creating with Google, a second Vive headset is being built that will not require a separate smartphone... Read more

Microsoft is working on a HoloLens 2 headset with a custom AI chip

Microsoft is working on a HoloLens 2 headset with a custom AI chip

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is hard at work on the HoloLens 2, and by the sounds of it, it'll pack some fancy new hardware.Microsoft just announced that the next generation of its HoloLens headset will feature custom silicon. More specifically, it'll have an artificial... Read more

Feel the Force with Lenovo's Star Wars AR headset

Feel the Force with Lenovo's Star Wars AR headset

By Max Langridge

Lenovo and LucasFilm have used the a Disney fan event in Anaheim, California to announce a partnership and to unveil a new augmented reality headset that's based on everyone's favourite sci-fi saga, Star Wars. Star Wars Battlefront 2 official, first gameplay... Read more

Oculus Rift and Touch controllers bundled with free games, still just £399 for now

Oculus Rift and Touch controllers bundled with free games, still just £399 for now

By Rik Henderson

Earlier this week, Oculus announced a massive discount on its Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers for a limited period. In the UK, it dropped the price to £399 and the same combination costs just $399 in the US.Now it has announced that the Rift... Read more

Oculus might unveil a cheap standalone VR headset this year

Oculus might unveil a cheap standalone VR headset this year

By Elyse Betters

Oculus made a wireless virtual reality headset.According to Bloomberg, Oculus is working with China’s Xiaomi to manufacture a new headset for global distribution. It is described as a "cheaper, wireless device". Apparently, Facebook-owned Oculus thinks... Read more

Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do in iOS 11

Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do in iOS 11

By Elyse Betters

Apple sees a lot of potential in augmented reality.Ever since Pokemon Go exploded in popularity last summer and subsequently revived interest in both Apple's App Store and mobile gaming, Apple has said several times that it is embracing the technology,... Read more

Samsung made a prototype of a standalone VR headset - see it here

Samsung made a prototype of a standalone VR headset - see it here

By Elyse Betters

Forget about the Samsung Gear VR. Samsung is officially exploring standalone VR headsets.Samsung currently dabbles in the virtual reality headset space, thanks to the Samsung Gear VR, which is basically a high-tech virtual reality viewer that works with... Read more

Valve's Knuckles VR controllers will track each of your fingers

Valve's Knuckles VR controllers will track each of your fingers

By Elyse Betters

Valve’s new controllers for SteamVR have shipped to developers.Called Knuckles, the controllers are still in the prototype phase, but Valve has now revealed several details about how they work. For instance, to use them, you slide your hand into the... Read more

Samsung eyeing up next-gen Gear VR headset with high-resolution OLED screen

Samsung eyeing up next-gen Gear VR headset with high-resolution OLED screen

By Max Langridge

Samsung could be looking to release a standalone virtual reality headset as part of its Gear VR range, or perhaps an entirely new family of products, that doesn't require you to insert a phone, if a report out of South Korea is to be believed. Samsung... Read more

HTC Vive coming to Apple Mac, VR-friendly at last

HTC Vive coming to Apple Mac, VR-friendly at last

By Rik Henderson

HTC has confirmed that its virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, will soon be compatible with Mac.Apple revealed that it is adding Steam VR support to High Sierra, its new version of MacOS to be released this coming "Fall", and that means it will be... Read more

Apple Glasses AR headset: What's the story so far?

Apple Glasses AR headset: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Apple could be gearing up to enter the augmented reality headset market with the launch of Apple Glasses and they could be announced at WWDC 2017. We're going with the name Apple Glasses for now, but the codename is thought to be Project Mirrorshade... Read more

Gear VR now supports Chromecast: Here's how to stream VR to your TV

Gear VR now supports Chromecast: Here's how to stream VR to your TV

By Elyse Betters

Oculus has added Chromecast support to the Samsung Gear VR headset.That means, if you own a Gear VR, you will be able to use Chromecast to stream (or "cast") your virtual reality experience to your TV so that your friends or whoever else is nearby can... Read more

Gigabyte VR 720 Motion Stimulator at Computex shows future of VR

Gigabyte VR 720 Motion Stimulator at Computex shows future of VR

By Cat Thomas

Gigabyte stole the show for VR at Computex 2017 with their 720° Motion Stimulator. Pocket-lint managed to charm their way into a try and it was every bit as cool as it looks.The Gigabyte VR 720° has two axis which each allow 360° rotation, hence the... Read more

Intel will present "the future of cricket" at the ICC Trophy. Drones, bat sensors, VR and more

Intel will present "the future of cricket" at the ICC Trophy. Drones, bat sensors, VR and more

By Max Langridge

Intel has announced a few new technological additions to the International Cricket Champions (ICC) Trophy, which starts Thursday 1 June. Chief among the technological advancements Intel will be taking to the tournament, include using the company's Falcon... Read more

HTC made a new VR headset that pairs with its U11 smartphone

HTC made a new VR headset that pairs with its U11 smartphone

By Elyse Betters

HTC has unveiled a new VR headset.Called the HTC Link, it is made to work specifically with the company’s latest U11 smartphone. It offers six degrees-of-freedom tracking - something that no other smartphone-based VR headset offers - and it seems to... Read more

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

By Chris Hall

Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. Google and Qualcomm have partnered on a standalone Daydream VR headset.Building on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform,... Read more

Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?

Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?

By Max Langridge

Variety has learned from various sources that Google may unveil a standalone virtual reality headset at its annual I/O conference later today. Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch and what to expect? Google's standalone VR/AR headset: What's the... Read more

Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

By Rik Henderson

After rebranding its augmented reality system to Windows 10 Mixed Reality, Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem with motion controllers to interact with experiences.Different manufacturers, including Acer and HP, are making their own Mixed Reality headsets... Read more