Tag: VR

The VR headset market is about to get way too crowded and confusing

Once, there was a single VR headset. Today there are quite a few, and within months, there will certainly be too many in the marketplace for most people to count. Consumers are about to enter the most confusing time in VR’s history. There are already four tiers of decidedly different devices to choose from, and throughout […]

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Oculus Rift S versus Oculus Rift: the spec comparison chart

After months of rumors and a somewhat damning leak, Facebook’s Oculus division today made the Oculus Rift S official as its follow up to 2016’s Oculus Rift. The Rift S is solely for use with Windows 10 PCs, and we have tons of additional details and insight in our announcement story and Oculus interview. As […]

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Sony VR patent points to a pricier but wireless PSVR2

Patent filings alone don’t guarantee new products, but there are times when a patent is so specific that something tangible is likely to follow. A newly discovered Sony wireless VR patent strongly suggests that big changes are coming to the next-generation PlayStation VR headset — the latest indication that the company is preparing to push […]

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HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited VR service will cost $99 per year

Back in January, HTC announced an all-you-can-consume VR subscription service called Viveport Infinity, but a key detail — pricing — was left ambiguous. Today, the company announced that the service will launch on April 2 with $99 annual or $13 monthly price tags, but deals will be offered to entice early subscribers to the platform. […]

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VR and cloud gaming frenzy seizes MWC as 5G hype builds

With 5G networks rolling out, the telecom industry and its partners are trying to identify use cases that will justify the trillions of dollars they are spending on this infrastructure. MWC Barcelona 19 this week left little doubt what many believe to be the answer: virtual reality and cloud gaming. Across the sprawling showroom floors […]

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Qualcomm’s 5G XR Viewers will stop the wave of mediocre AR headsets

Companies have used the term “Extended Reality” (XR) to describe both virtual reality and augmented reality hardware, but consumers think of VR and AR as completely different things; for a variety of reasons, the former is popular, and the latter is not. Analysts predict the VR/AR balance will remain heavily in VR’s favor for years, […]

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Qualcomm says it’ll work with OEMs to build tethered AR/VR headsets for smartphones

Qualcomm thinks premium smartphones have the power to supercharge virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, and it’s putting its money where its mouth is. Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it detailed XR viewers (short for “Extended Reality”) designed to be paired with high-end handsets from the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus, […]

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Walmart will set up VR-enhanced DreamWorks gift shops in parking lots

Walmart’s cavernous stores apparently aren’t large enough to hold the Hidden World in DreamWorks’ latest How to Train Your Dragon film. Instead, the retailer announced today that it will use its parking lots to host free five-minute VR dragon riding experiences — and the expected significant lines of people — in an effort to spur […]

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AR/VR Pioneer, HoloLens Co-Creator Avi Bar-Zeev Left Apple in January, Was Reportedly Working on AR Glasses

Apple sees augmented reality (AR) as the next major tentpole for the company, but what that looks like beyond ARKit on iOS devices remains to be seen. And whatever it does evolve into will apparently not include the continuing work of an augmented reality/virtual reality pioneer. According to a report on Monday from Variety, Avi […]

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Docomo creates first 5G-ready streaming system for 8K stereoscopic VR

Cellular carriers and chipmakers have promised that high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G networks will enable smooth live streaming of events to virtual reality headsets — assuming someone assembles all the technologies needed to actually make it happen. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo announced a major step forward today: the “world’s first 8K 3D virtual reality system” for live 5G […]

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NextVR will offer 3D hockey highlights, starting with NHL All-Star Game

Best known for its virtual reality videos of live events, NextVR today announced a partnership with the NHL to deliver 3D highlights from the hockey league’s “marquee events.” According to NextVR, the post-game highlights will include everything from matchups and goals to big hits, using stereoscopic VR footage that lets viewers feel like they’re in the arena. […]

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Disguised Apple Employees Met AR Suppliers at CES 2019

An AppleInsider report claims that over half a dozen Apple representatives met AR waveguide suppliers at CES 2019. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was attended by a number of companies developing AR hardware including DigiLens, Lumus, Vuzix, WaveOptics, and more. Waveguide technology is primarily used in AR glasses to route information from one source to […]

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SuperData: VR grew 30% in 2018 thanks to PSVR, Oculus Quest will be 2019’s hit

After floundering in 2017, virtual reality hardware actually outperformed optimistic sales expectations in 2018, SuperData Research said today, with annual VR revenues reaching $3.6 billion — higher than the Nielsen-owned firm’s late 2018 forecast of $3.3 billion. That’s a 30 percent year over year increase in revenues, a particularly noteworthy improvement given holiday price drops on […]

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Microsoft opens AI and VR incubator in China

Despite its struggles in some countries, virtual reality has steadily grown in popularity throughout China over the last few years, so Microsoft — better known for its augmented reality headset HoloLens than its VR initiatives — is getting in on the action. As reported by China’s Xinhua news agency, the company today launched the Nanchang City […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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ThreeKit raises $10 million to turn static images into ‘3D experiences’

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what about a three-dimensional rendering? Ask ThreeKit — it’s in the business of creating 3D renderings for clients such as Crate and Barrel, Steelcase, and CIROC. The Chicago startup’s product configuration and visualization platform enable brands to create interactive three-dimensional “experiences,” such as product tours and comparison tools. And in […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye hands-on: Gaze into VR’s future with foveated rendering

Unexpectedly announced at an early CES media event, HTC’s latest and highest-end VR headset is the Vive Pro Eye — an upgraded version of the already premium Vive Pro with integrated eye tracking hardware. The eye tracking can be leveraged for in-app controls, analysis of user attention during training sessions, and enabling foveated rendering. If you’re […]

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Realmax Qian is a light, fully wireless AR/VR headset with a 100-degree FOV

Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. And unlike so many of the devices shown each year at CES, Qian actually contains some compelling differentiators: It’s lightweight, tetherless, and offers a […]

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Pico ups standalone VR ante with high-resolution G2 4K headset

Virtual reality headset maker Pico Interactive isn’t well known outside of Asia, but its all-in-one Pico G2 is a top seller in China — one of the world’s leading adopters of VR technology. Today, Pico revealed the Pico G2 4K, a standalone VR headset that will use a higher-resolution display to challenge upcoming all-in-one rivals […]

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Skeptics be damned, these early 5G devices are worth watching in 2019

Back in January, a CES panel of cellular insiders correctly predicted that 2018 would be remembered as the “road to 5G” — a year of laying the foundation for ultra-fast fifth-generation cellular devices to launch in early 2019. Hundreds of 5G announcements have followed since then, some more significant than others, and a few companies have […]

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