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Virtual reality justifies those ludicrous 17-inch ‘portable desktops’

Gaming laptops are a consumer-electronics category that don’t make a whole lot of sense anymore. They’re expensive, bulky, and hot as hell. That’s why companies like Razer are rethinking these products. But the age of virtual reality is starting to reveal some new reasons to own a massive laptop with insane graphics capabilities. Soon after getting the […]

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Hover Junkers is virtual reality’s best multiplayer game

While the rest of the industry is figuring out virtual reality, I’m going to continue enjoying an HTC Vive game that already knows how to use immersion, motion controls, and vulgar hand gestures to bring its action to life. Hover Junkers is a $35 launch game for the Vive virtual reality headset from HTC and […]

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Watch how HTC Vive’s Windlands will have you swinging like Spider-Man in VR

Developers and designers are still figuring out movement in this crazy virtual reality thing. Some early games have you walking around in a space no bigger than a small room, others have you teleporting, and some even turn you into a virtual camera while controlling a character from the third person. But what about some […]

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Here’s how hard it is to make a mixed-reality trailer for HTC Vive VR games

Virtual reality is a difficult technology to demonstrate to people, but mixed reality is changing that. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing to pull off, though. To promote the launch of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption for the HTC Vive VR headset, videographer Kert Gartner has helped those developers create videos that show real […]

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VR headsets to generate $895M in revenue in 2016

Market researcher Strategy Analytics said it expects global virtual reality headset revenues will reach $895 million in 2016. About 77 percent of that value will be accounted for by newly launched premium devices from Oculus, HTC and Sony. These three brands however will only account for 13 percent of volumes in 2016 as lower priced smartphone-based […]

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HTC Vive is experiencing shipping problems, and the company is finally talking about it

Virtual reality tech finally works and consumers are buying into it, but the biggest hurdle now is figuring out shipping logistics. The HTC Vive VR headset is the latest device to suffer delays, and the Taiwanese manufacturing company has taken to its blog to answer some questions that its frustrated customers are asking. In the update, […]

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My first VR injury was painful and all my fault

If you get a booboo in virtual reality, you get a booboo in real life. During my 7.5-hour virtual reality livestream yesterday, I sustained my first injury while wearing a head-mounted display. I booted up the game Unseen Diplomacy, which is an excellent room-scale experiment that developer Tirangular Pixels originally built for the National Videogame […]

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The HTC Vive offers the best consumer VR experience for now — but it needs better games

The HTC Vive begins shipping today to people who preordered the virtual reality headset based on Valve’s Steam VR technology. HTC and Valve hope that it will be the beginning of a VR renaissance that immerses us all with a feeling of “presence,” or the feeling that you are transported to another virtual place. This […]

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Watch us play dozens of HTC Vive games

Let’s play far too many virtual reality video games. HTC and Valve released the Vive VR headset today. The first wave of people should start receiving their preorders this morning. To help you figure out what the hell this is all about, we’re streaming a list of VR games live on YouTube. Click play on the video […]

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How to get Oculus Rift working with SteamVR right now

Oculus Rift now works with Steam. Valve, the company that owns and operates the world’s most popular digital-distribution portal for PC games, has updated its SteamVR software to work with Oculus VR’s Rift virtual reality headset. Next week, Valve will release its Vive head-mounted display along with hardware partner HTC, but the company has always […]

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The DeanBeat: How long will we have to wait before VR delivers our technology Renaissance?

My former boss, Jerry Ceppos, once said he worried that the San Jose Mercury News was covering the tech industry without enough scope or context, as if we would have covered the Italian Renaissance by measuring how many cans of paint were sold. At the time he said this, Silicon Valley was going through its […]

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HTC Vive’s wallpapers put you in Star Trek’s holodeck, Rocket League’s stadium, and more

Virtual reality is out. It exists. You can buy at least one of the major headsets. Unfortunately, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are nowhere near the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but you can simulate being in that simulator. The Vive, which HTC built with Steam owner Valve, runs on the SteamVR software […]

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Audioshield is the best virtual reality game I’ve played yet

I never owned a lot of music. As a kid, everyone around me would talk about their latest CD purchases, but I preferred engaging with the new tracks and classic hits when artists would combine them with other media like music videos, film, and — eventually — video games. The classic Nintendo rhythm game Elite Beat […]

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Valve uses one of its most beloved games to introduce HTC Vive owners to SteamVR

Virtual reality is a strange place where anything can happen, and this has led Valve to come up with a fun way to acclimate people to the new technology. Valve, the company that operates the Steam digital-distribution platform for PC games, has updated its SteamVR software that powers the upcoming Vive headset from HTC. One of […]

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Watch me set up the HTC Vive for room-scale virtual reality

Oculus Rift is out today, but maybe you’re waiting for some virtual reality that enables you to get up out of your chair to walk around. For that, you’re gonna need the the HTC Vive and SteamVR. GamesBeat has messed around with the Vive Pre headset (from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC and Steam operator Valve Software) over […]

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How to bypass the Oculus Store and play SteamVR games on Rift

Oculus VR has its own store for the Rift virtual reality headset, but you don’t have to use it. The first wave of Rifts are heading out today to people who preordered and backed the crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, and the device has launched with 30 games that you can buy through the Oculus Store […]

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ILMxLab had to fake a 24 frames-per-second lightsaber in 90hz virtual reality

In the world of games, many of us have come to the conclusion that a faster framerate is always better. But it can sometimes ruin the look of something as iconic as lightsaber from Star Wars. Hollywood visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic is hopping into the world of virtual reality with the HTC Vive Star […]

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Virtual Desktop for Oculus Rift enabled me to spend an entire day in VR without enraging my boss

Most virtual reality experiences are over after about 20 minutes, so of course I just spent six hours doing my job inside of a simulated computer environment. Virtual Desktop is an upcoming PC program that will enable anyone with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset to emulate their desktop inside of a VR world. […]

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VR Sports, Ninja Trainer reveal VR’s potential for destruction

I hit a man last week. Actually, I hit him three times. Now, these were not deliberate acts of violence. No — they were accidental moments of virtual reality havoc. If you remember the early days of Nintendo’s Wii motion-controller console, you can probably recall people breaking their televisions because they were flailing their arms […]

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