Items tagged with Vive

Virtual reality has an enormous amount of potential, and can deliver an equally enormous amount of fun. Sometimes, though, being plucked entirely from reality isn't ideal. While for some games, using only the wireless controllers is needed, not all VR games need to be played while standing. In those cases, where a keyboard and mouse is still the preferred go-to for control, VR can complicate things by, well, not letting you see those peripherals. Logitech has come to the rescue with a solution, and it's called Logitech Bridge. Note that it's not a brand-new keyboard purpose-built for VR... it's an accessory that works with any Logitech G keyboard, making things way easier on those who happen... Read more...
HTC was once one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, but is now having a hard time competing against the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC has seen its market value decline a whopping 75 percent over the last half decade, leaving it valued at around $1.8 billion. The smartphone maker currently holds less than 2 percent of the global smartphone market. Not all is doom and gloom though; the company is doing well with its Vive VR business and a rumor floating around claims that HTC is considering selling or spinning off this business. A person claiming to be familiar with discussions has stated that HTC is working with an adviser and is considering a strategic investor. The... Read more...
2016's DOOM pulled off what to some seemed impossible: it proved that series reboots can be amazing. The game was well-received on every platform it was released on, so it's no surprise that Bethesda didn't want to waste too much time coughing up another iteration. For VR fans, this latest one is going to taste oh-so-sweet. DOOM VFR is a standalone game, rather than an add-on for last year's release. Fortunately, it's not going to carry the cost of a brand-new game, with the preorder priced at $29.99 USD. We're not quite sure what VFR stands for, but if we had to guess, it could be "Virtual F***ing Reality", in the same vein of BFG (Big F***ing Gun), which heralds from the original DOOM. In DOOM... Read more...
If virtual reality headsets are going to truly break into the mainstream market, there needs to be a lot of content for consumers to devour, and it has to be easily accessible. In recognition of those requisites, HTC's Vive team today announced the global launch of Viveport, its own app store for a variety of VR content and experiences including, education, music, sports, and more. To kick things off, many of what HTC calls "super-hit" titles are available at a discounted rate of just $1 for the next 48 hours. These include Mars Odyssey (normally $7.99), The Music Room Mini (normally $29), Firebird - La Peri (normally $9.99), and theBlue (normally $9.99). There are also a bunch of titles that... Read more...
A few weeks back, we gave you our initial take on the retail-ready HTC Vive virtual reality kit. While we were able to explain the Vive’s specifications, setup, configuration, and give some opinions on the experience, at that point, we hadn’t had the kit long enough to form any solid, concrete opinions. We had experience with multiple versions of the Vive throughout its development cycle, but we thought playing with the retail version for only a few days wasn’t enough time to truly understand it, so we held off on making any final recommendations. We have, however, worked with the Vive for a number of weeks at this point, experimented with a slew of software and applications, and gave a handful... Read more...
Whether or not this latest push for virtual reality resonates with consumers and brings the technology into the mainstream remains to be seen. But it appears that all of the major players in the space, from the GPU manufacturers, to game developers, and VR leaders like HTC, Oculus, Samsung and Sony (among others) are all in it for the long-haul this time around. Some of us here at HotHardware have witnessed everything from the introduction of the Nintendo Virtual Boy to Virtuality pod-laden movie theaters first hand, and can say with certainty that the latest wave of VR technology is head and shoulders above anything that’s come before it and the companies involved are infinitely more optimistic... Read more...
The Oculus Rift hype train is just getting rolling but is already checking its brakes. We reported yesterday about privacy concerns that have been raised by early recipients. Now, it looks like some preorder customers have a little longer than anticipated wait time before delivery. The Rift has already seen a few delays since its original Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. However, as the first preorders are shipping, production hangups are evidently still persisting.  Oculus has been reportedly sending out emails notifying customers of an unexpected component shortage which has impacted shipping dates for some customers. John Cena shirt not included - Credit: Wikimedia The email includes... Read more...
With the Oculus Rift, HTC's Vive and Sony's PlayStation VR soon to hit the market, we're about to enter the modern era of Virtual Reality. We've been talking a lot about various solutions over the past couple of months, as well as other things related to the VR ecosystem. A consistent message we've heard is that to enjoy VR to its fullest on the PC, a powerful system is going to be needed, especially with respect to graphics. As unfortunate as it might be, VR workload is taxing on a system and generally requires more expensive hardware under the hood, in addition to the cost of VR kit with its head-mounted display and cameras. If you're sporting a fairly modern higher-end GPU, you're probably... Read more...
We covered a lot of miles at CES 2016 this year, our fitness trackers often chirping "success" rather early in the day, but we saw a lot of people and a lot of tech gear in our travels. Some of it was hot - damn hot - some of it, not so much. There were some recurring themes this year, as with every year at CES it seems. The hot topics and trends this year were autonomous cars, virtual reality, more thin and light computing and of course more powerful gaming gear. Every Tech Web publication has its own short list of the best products showcased at CES 2016. We're going to run down our top 10 products we saw on display at the show, in no order of importance or preference. However, we will group... Read more...
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on HTC’s elusive Vive VR headset, PAX Prime could be your best bet. The Penny Arcade Expo is underway today in Seattle and it’s packed with gaming goodness, including several of HTC’s VR headsets. HTC and Valve will be showing off some new titles for the headset at PAX Prime, and news about the headset’s release date is slowly trickling out.Fantastic Contraption on ViveSadly, the news thus far is that only a small number of Vives will be available before the end of the year. A note on the HTC Vive site reads “Consumer product available holiday 2015,” but HTC has been getting the word out this week that it will be a “limited” quantity and that customers... Read more...
Today, Qualcomm is announcing full support for a new wireless transmission method that could significantly boost performance on crowded networks. The new standard, MU-MIMO (Multiple User - Multiple Input and Multiple Output) has a clunky name -- but could make a significant difference to home network speeds and make gigabit WiFi a practical reality. MU-MIMO is part of the 802.11ac Release 2 standard, so this isn't just a custom, Qualcomm-only feature -- though we don't know exactly what other implementations will look like, or the degree of cross-compatibility we'll see in market. In order to explain what makes MIMO special, let's first talk about the current system, dubbed SU (Single User)... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, all analog television stations in the U.S. are required to switch to digital broadcast systems by February of 2009. What exactly that means to the millions of TV-watchers with analog only sets, however, isn't quite clear to everyone and the amount of misinformation out there is amazing..."Did my TV screen just shrink? That's the question a lot of people will be asking after installing one of the converter boxes that will keep their older TV sets tuned in to over-the-air broadcasts after February 17, when most stations will switch from analog to digital transmission. The National Association of Broadcasters estimates that 70 million sets are in danger of losing... Read more...
Anybody who has e-mail knows all about phishing scams. As spam filters and firewalls become more potent, and users become more sophisticated and informed about responding to online deceptions, the spammers have had to become more sophisticated in their approach too. One approach spammers now use is to avoid mass e-mailing and tailor their message to a few high-profile targets. They call this approach "whaling." Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country have been receiving e-mail messages this week that appear to be official subpoenas from the United States District Court in San Diego. Each message includes the executive’s name, company and phone number, and commands the recipient... Read more...
Demonoid is back online after being shutdown in November of last year.  Reports are that all trackers on the site seem to be functioning.The only thing not to make the transition is the former admin, Deimos according to the message that greets visitors:“Welcome back!Since a few months ago, Deimos, the site administrator, lacks the necessary time to take care of the website, because of personal matters he's been needing to attend to.  For this reason, he has decided to leave the site staff.Before leaving, he assigned a new site administrator from among his friends to take care of the site.  The old moderator team will continue helping with the site, unchanged.  We will try to keep running everything... Read more...
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