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When Microsoft announced its Xbox One Scorpio this past summer, it was assumed that it would bring a major VR focus with it when it comes out next year. However, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, we all need to readjust that thinking, as VR support is simply not planned at this particular moment. Sony just released its own VR solution, PS VR That notion might seem a bit bizarre on account of the fact that even the original PlayStation 4 - at about a third of Scorpio's total graphics performance - supports VR. However, Spencer has a reason: VR content just isn't there yet. That doesn't mean... Read more...
If you own a Google Pixel or Pixel XL Nougat flagship and are itchin’ to get your hands on the Daydream View VR headset, your wait will soon be over. Google announced today that the Daydream View will be in stores beginning on November 10th at the previously announced priced of $79. United States residents will be able to purchase the Daydream View direct from the Google Store, Best Buy, or Verizon (which happens to be the only U.S. wireless carrier that sells the Pixel and Pixel in the U.S.). In addition to the U.S. launch, the Daydream View will also be available in Canada, the United Kington,... Read more...
Earlier this month, T-Mobile jumped the gun with a product listing for the new Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Today, however, T-Mobile and Microsoft officially announced the flagship device, which launched earlier this year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled. As we reported previously, the Alcatel Idol 4S is no slouch in the specs department, bringing with it a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot with support for up to 128GB, 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 20MP primary camera with Sony IMX230 sensor, 8MP selfie camera with a wide-angle... Read more...
Several years ago Microsoft decided to build hardware, a decision that was met with skepticism by analysts and even a bit of anger by some of its hardware partners (Acer was especially critical of Microsoft's strategy). It turned out to be a sound decision, one that jump started the 2-in-1 product category. You could argue that, to an extent, Microsoft disrupted the landscape (for the better), and it is getting ready to do it again with finally affordable VR headsets. We're not talking about HoloLens, though Microsoft's investment in the augmented reality headset certainly steered the company to... Read more...
Now that the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are here, virtual reality is finally starting to spread. Let's cross our fingers that ocular herpes doesn't follow suit. We're not pulling that worry out of thin air—Twitter user @Drfit0r posted a screenshot of VR developers having a conversation with a game studio about ocular herpes "going around VR headsets" at events where people demo them. Public events where people share gadgets and gizmos are breeding grounds for germs, which is one reason why you often see people carrying around little bottles of hand sanitizer. But just as germs can spread from game... Read more...
It looks like Google has its “eye” on the prize. The company recently acquired Eyefluence, an eye-tracking interface start-up that was founded in 2013. Together they have a “vision” to improve VR experiences through eye-interaction technology. Eyefluence stated, “Today, we are excited to announce that the Eyefluence team is joining Google! With our forces combined, we will continue to advance eye-interaction technology to expand human potential and empathy on an even larger scale. We look forward to the life-changing innovations we’ll create together!” Eye-tracking is an essential component in... Read more...
Yesterday Chinese company LeEco assembled the global media to announce a barrage of new products destined for the US market, and signaled its intention to take on Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and Disney all at once. The company is largely unknown here in the US, so it wanted everyone to know what it’s all about, what kind of products it makes, its philosophy, and so forth.At the event the company’s spokespeople announced a slew or products including Android smartphones designed to compete with the Google Pixel as well as a range of smart TVs, a high-tech bicycle, a VR headset,... Read more...
The biggest push in virtual reality is coming from the gaming sector with headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but there's a world of opportunity beyond games for VR. Ironically enough, Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese and widely regarded as the father of the video game industry, is spearheading an effort to tap into VR's potential in other sectors with Modal VR, an industrial-grade VR immersion platform built for businesses. Unlike the Rift and Vive, Modal VR is a wireless system that doesn't need to be hardwired to a powerful PC (not the headset, anyway). The portable... Read more...
Virtual reality and augmented reality have invoked some mixed reactions from the tech industry. Some, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, believe that the AR will “happen in a big way”. Oculus’ Chief Technology Officer John Carmack, however, argues that VR is merely “coasting on novelty”. Oculus’ CTO spoke last week at the closing of Oculus Connect. He insisted that VR developers, "need to be harder on ourselves." He also argued that VR software currently does not offer the same value and quality as non-VR experiences. John Carmack Carmack remarked, “We are coasting on novelty, and the initial wonder of... Read more...
The Pixel and Pixel XL are perhaps the most exciting products announced today at Google’s hardware event, but the Daydream View VR headset has to come a close second. You can think of the Daydream View as fancier successor to Cardboard, although you’ll pay a much heftier price for that honor. The Daydream View is extremely lightweight, putting competitors like the Samsung Gear VR to shame (the Daydream View weighs 220 grams while the Gear VR weighs 345 grams). This is accomplished thanks to a fabric (available in Snow, Slate, and Crimson) and foam construction which should help aid in reducing... Read more...
For many of us, the allure of virtual reality headsets is the enhanced level of immersion for gaming and experiences that we might not otherwise encounter, like climbing Mount Everest. And for others, it's the possible applications in science and research that's exciting. But for Jamie Soar, a U.K. resident who's visually impaired, it's the simple act of seeing that makes VR awesome, and he got to experience the wonder of sight for the first time while wearing an HTC Vive headset. There's a wonderful write-up by UploadVR about Soar's experience, and it reminds us why we love technology so much.... Read more...
It's always interesting to hear what the bigwigs behind major game consoles have to say about the future of gaming on their platforms. That's especially true now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced or released mid-cycle upgrades with faster hardware. In that respect, it appears that consoles are becoming more like PCs, but is that the future of consoles? Don't count on it, says Sony boss Andrew House. Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its forthcoming PlayStation 4 Pro, essentially a beefed version of the PS4 that can deliver faster frame rates and better visuals (4K streaming and HDR).... Read more...
A good controller can really make or break a gaming experience, and Logitech is working to expand the breadth of its controller offerings. The company just acquired Saitek and its line of line of flight, farm and space simulation game controllers. Logitech offers three reasons for the acquisition. First, according to Logitech, “these products are just great.” Saitek products are the “go-to’s” for games such as Elite Dangerous, Eve Valkyrie, Star Citizen, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Farm Simulator. Logitech claims that they have even see Saitek fans in their own forums. Second, Logitech believes... Read more...
There's no denying that modern virtual reality can provide one of the most interactive experiences on the planet, and can transport you to another universe like nothing else. However, VR can be expensive and very disorienting for users. If we're talking about mobile VR, such as with Samsung Gear VR, the cost-of-entry is minimal, but the experiences are also not quite on par with full-fledged systems like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It's for that reason that many believe AR, or augmented reality, has the brighter future. We've seen proof from Pokémon GO that the world is ready to... Read more...
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