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You'll never play 'Super Mario' like this
June 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

You have a lot of Super Mario games to choose from, but you'll probably never be able to play one of the most fun versions out there. That's because it was created as an unofficial augmented reality game by developer Abhishek Singh for the Microsoft HoloLens. It's a first-person AR game, to be exact, so…

Will the Vive 2 be cheaper? HTC makes its biggest hint yet
June 23, 2017 at 7:50 am

HTC is developing new virtual reality products at different price points and a new Vive virtual reality headset. “We’re always developing new products. So, yes,” Marc Metis, Global Head of Vive X at HTC Vive, told TechRadar when asked whether the company is working a new Vive headset. “We’ll continue to evolve the current Vive…

The E3 2017 Recap for CE Retailers
June 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

A handful of major product announcements out of last week's E3 video game show should draw interest from the CE retail community.

YouTube proves that VR isn't the head turner it should be
June 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

Whether your VR set up is a dedicated Oculus Rift room or just a web browser and a mouse, one of the best places to find 360-degree video content is YouTube, and the platform just rolled out some new features to give uploaders better feedback on their clips. YouTube is introducing heatmaps in VR that…

Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB, sources say for $5.5M
June 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves inheadsets and devices to shoot content will give it a stronger position in the space as (and if!) it continues to expand to more applications and users. Now TechCrunch has learned that as part of that effort, it’s also made an acquisition.…

Virtual reality tech may make ‘going shopping’ in real life a thing of the past
June 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

High street shops are well-established online these days and provide new opportunities for interaction between shop and shopper. Consumers have become accustomed to shopping using a range of devices and the immense popularity of smartphones and mobile devices has led to the rise of mobile or m-retailing, with new communication and distribution channels created with…

Apple enters the augmented reality fray with ARKit for iOS
June 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

Apple sung the praises of Pokemon Go as it talked about changes being made to the company’s App Store at today’s WWDC event, but it also showed off a new set of APIs that will allow developers to bring even more augmented reality apps to iOS devices. This has really been the year of augmented…

Oculus software now fully supports three-sensor roomscale tracking
May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

Oculus has a new update out for its PC software that brings roomscale tracking with three sensors out of beta, making it an officially and fully supported way of tracking a VR user in 360 degrees. The app update also adds improvements to multi-sensor tracking, including two-sensor 360, though that mode is still classified as…

How I lost the first national VR gaming tournament, but saw the future of esports
May 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

My hands are shaking. But I know that these kinds of events are driven by sugar and adrenaline, so I ignore my nervous muscle twitches and stuff a couple more Oreos into my mouth, one package of many on a table laden with pizza, sugary drinks, and various packaged sweets. Familiar foods to fuel the…

Virtual Reality Hits the Gym
May 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

Johannes Scholl is betting virtual reality can keep people excited about working out. Scholl’s startup, Munich-based Icaros GmbH, has developed a VR exercise machine that delivers a core workout by making it seem like users are flying and deep-ocean diving. About 200 gyms and entertainment centers from London to Tokyo have installed the machines, which cost…

Gaming beat the Supreme Court — now it’s time to defend AR and VR
May 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

The gaming industry has successfully fought off critics and their moral panics for decades, and now it’s time to look ahead to the next battle. Two of the people who helped games find First Amendment protection revisited that battle today while also discussing how those lessons could stave off similar legal challenges to the emerging…

Asus’s tiny, VR-ready gaming PC is now on sale
April 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

The Asus VivoPC X, which is a compact console-like PC designed to blend nicely into a living room environment while being powerful enough to tackle VR gaming, is now on sale over in the US for $799 (around £625, AU$1,055). And, for those who wish to use the machine to get started with virtual reality…

Google has a new 17-in-1 camera for shooting 360-degree footage
April 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

Back in 2015, Google launched a program called Jump to promote and simplify the process of creating VR and 360-degree content. With the immersive entertainment space hotting up, it’s no surprise that the company is keen on building new hardware for it. It teamed up with Xiaomi-backed Chinese hardware maker Yi to create the Halo,…

Get ready for augmented reality *everything*
April 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to ... well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple's doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well. AR…

Facebook just teased how the wireless Oculus headset works
April 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

Although Facebook didn’t come right out and say it today, it appears as though the wireless, room-scale virtual reality headset you’ve been dreaming of might be a reality in the next two years. The headset you’ve been wishing for is called the Oculus Santa Cruz headset, and while it’s still in prototype form right now,…