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Valve has come a long way since the days of Half-Life, which was revolutionary to gamers of a certain age when it was released in the late 90s. These days, Valve has its hands in many cookie jars including the Steam Store and Index VR headset. Gabe Newell was on hand at the Index launch event to taunt Half-Life fans about Half-Life 3, yet again. Newell was addressing the people gathered for the launch event and spent some time talking about what a breakthrough the Valve Index headset is. During the talk, Newell started in about how one thing leads to another. He said Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, Source led to Source 2, TeamFortress 2 led to Dota, and Artifact is why they were able to do Underlords.... Read more...
HTC has revealed some more details about its forthcoming Vive Cosmos virtual reality (VR) headset. We now know that it will have a much sharper resolution than the original Vive, along with half a dozen inside-out tracking cameras and a vented front design to increase airflow and, in theory, allow users to stay immersed in VR for longer without fatigue. The Vive Cosmos is one of two VR headsets that HTC announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the other being the high-end Vive Pro Eye. It is a consumer headset that initially will connect to a PC, though HTC hinted at the time that a mobile version might also be in the cards. "We found that over 85 percent of... Read more...
Valve has just launched a brand-new virtual reality (VR) system that will supersede the Vive family that was produced by HTC. Called the Valve Index, in many ways this headset is even more compelling than the HTC Vive Pro.  The full-blown Valve Index Kit will set you back $999 and includes the headset, two wireless controllers, and two Lighthouse base stations. However, Valve will also let you purchase the components piecemeal, with the Index headset itself going for $499.  Speaking of the Index, it is still a tethered setup with an included 5-meter cable that plugs directly into your gaming rig. Valve is focused on high-fidelity VR experiences and thus has included dual 1400x1600... Read more...
VR headsets haven't taken off with the boom that many game developers and publishers expected. In fact, VR headsets have proven to be more popular with companies than consumers; for instance, Walmart grabbed 17,000 Oculus Go VR headsets for employee training. Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S. Oculus' co-founder Nate Mitchell has said on Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers shipped with bizarre Easter Egg messages hidden inside on internal hardware that are privacy related. Since the messages are inside on the hardware, you won't see them when using the controllers. The messages on final production hardware say “This Space... Read more...
Valve is launching its own virtual reality headset called Index, presumably to go up against models like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (and Vive Pro). When exactly users will be able to order one has not been known, up until now—preorders for the Index will open on May 1, 2019, followed by a retail launch about a month and a half later. This is a big launch for Valve, though whether it will be successful depends on its ability to execute, pricing, and the overall interest in VR. Valve's advantage is that it fields the most popular digital distribution platform for games, a little storefront you may have heard of called Steam. However, that did not help much with Valve's failed Steam Machine... Read more...
Years ago many expected virtual reality (VR) headsets and games to have a much bigger following than they do today. Adoption has been rather slow on the VR front for gamers; businesses users have found more use for VR headsets in many instances. To that business end, HTC announced its Vive Focus aimed at enterprise use that will launch April 15 priced at $799. Valve has now started teasing a new VR headset that is called the Valve Index. It's a bit odd to see a new headset being teased only a few weeks after Valve laid off 13 people in its VR division. Valve did state at the time that it wasn't vacating the VR market and with the tease for the Index, that is clear. The official launch for the... Read more...
Last month HTC officially announced the new Vive Focus Plus VR headset and gave up most of the details at that time. HTC bills the Focus Plus as a professional-grade, portable VR solution for enterprise applications. The headset is designed to be easy to deploy in environments where multiple headsets will be in use and easy to manage. We're not being given an exact launch date and pricing on the headset. HTC will launch the Vive Focus Plus on April 15, and the headset will sell for $799. HTC hails the Focus Plus as an enterprise-focused standalone VR headset. That means it needs no external computer to function. Controllers for the Focus Plus offer 6-degrees of freedom to support VR navigation... Read more...
Facebook’s Oculus was one of the pioneers with respect to modern virtual reality (VR) headsets with the original Rift, and now the company is ready to deliver an evolutionary successor in the form of the Rift S. The Oculus Rift S represents a mixed bag on the specs front compared to its predecessor and was developed in conjunction with Lenovo. This time around, the maximum resolution has been bumped up slightly from 1080x1200 per eye to 1280x1440 per eye. In addition, lens quality has been improved for better optics (and less eye strain/fatigue). Pupillary distance is no longer a manual adjustment; it is now down in software according to Oculus. Interestingly though, the refresh... Read more...
Hardware and game makers thought years ago that the next big thing for gamers was virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming. That has failed to happen, but adoption in the business sector is coming along much faster. Microsoft unveiled its Hololens 2 at MWC 2019 and aimed it at enterprise users. The software giant signed a big contract with the U.S. military to provide Hololens headsets for training in a deal that is worth $479 million, something some employees were against. Despite a recent patent application from Microsoft that showed an AR app for smartphones, a company executive has now admitted we are years away from consumer adoption of the tech. Microsoft's director of communications,... Read more...
Activision Blizzard recently announced that it would be laying off 800 workers, even though it had generated a near record in quarterly revenue. The company noted that despite the big revenue for the quarter, it hadn't lived up to its potential. Another company in the gaming segment has announced layoffs, albeit on a much smaller scale: Valve. Valve has announced that it will shed 13 workers, some of them working in its virtual reality segment. Valve has acknowledged the layoffs and stated that the workforce reduction doesn't mean that the company is planning any drastic changes in direction. Valve's spokesperson told Variety that it was not abandoning virtual reality. The spokesperson noted... Read more...
Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset at MWC 2019, and as cool as the hardware is, it is aimed at the commercial market and carries the price tag to go with it. Consumers aren't the market Microsoft's fancy new headset targets, but a new patent filing shows how the software giant plans to bring virtual and mixed reality to the consumer masses via an AR smartphone app. Credit: Microsoft via USPTO A patent application has surfaced that outlines part of what Microsoft plans to do for consumers with mixed reality technology on smartphones. The patent document states that in a virtual reality experience, virtual imagery is displayed in the field-of-view of the user, to provide... Read more...
The 2019 Mobile World Congress kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona, Spain but several companies have already introduced a wide variety of products. Many consumers are eagerly awaiting the announcement of mobile devices like foldable or 5G smartphones. However, after several months of heavy-handed hints, we have finally seen what Microsoft plans to do with their offering in mixed reality technology. The Redmond company just unveiled their HoloLens 2 at its press event today. The HoloLens 2 builds upon the original HoloLens, a mixed reality headset that was released by Microsoft in 2016. According to Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, the HoloLens assisted... Read more...
HTC on Thursday announced an upgraded version of its standalone Vive Focus headset for virtual reality applications. Aimed at the enterprise market, the new Vive Focus Plus ups the ante with support for dual ultrasonic six degrees for freedom (6DoF) controllers so that users can interact with the virtual environment in the same manner as PC VR headsets like the Vive and Oculus Rift. The Vive Focus Plus comes with two 6DoF controllers featuring an analog trigger with pressure-sensitive input. HTC envisions developers running with the functionality to create more immersive experiences, though we will obviously have to wait and see how it actually pans out. This is a standalone headset, meaning... Read more...
The first hints we get that new products are incoming frequently surface in software updates for existing products. A recent software update for the Oculus devices for PC users has dropped a hint that Oculus has a new headset in the works called the Rift S. Rumors suggest that the device will have better resolution than the current Oculus Rift and feature an inside-out tracking system akin to what is used on the coming Oculus Quest headset. When perusing the PC software, Upload VR says that it found a setting in the user interface code that allows PC users to select between 50Hz and 60Hz room lighting along with an option for auto-selecting between the two. The description for the setting read... Read more...
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