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This VR cycle is dead

At this year’s E3 -- aka the biggest date in the gaming industry calendar -- there was an Oculus-shaped rift where the Oculus-shaped Rift should have been showing off its vision of the future of ele

Here’s how to watch NCAA March Madness in VR

Want to watch March Madness in VR? You're in luck. Six games -- including the Final Four national semifinals and National Championship game -- will be streamed in VR. The games will be available via t

The reality of VR/AR growth

“VR will be big, AR will be bigger and take longer.” What sounded revolutionary when we first said it two years ago has become accepted wisdom. But now the market has actually launched, and we’v

The reality of VR/AR trial

If you haven’t heard about VR/AR by now, your desert island must not have Wi-Fi. But there are millions of folks who know about VR/AR who haven’t seen it yet. User trial is on the critical path fo

Oculus launches social VR hangout “Rooms” and phone calls

Facebook’s power-play to rule social virtual reality has a boring name: the “Coordinated App Launch API”. Like a VR version of Xbox Live or PlayStation network, it lets you gather wi

Xiaomi beefs up its mobile virtual reality push with Mi VR

Xiaomi has added another mobile VR headset to its portfolio: announcing the Mi VR today -- which it says is its first virtual reality headset with an inertial motion controller.

Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality

S. Somasegar Contributor S. Somasegar is managing director at Madrona Venture Group and the former head of Microsoft’s Developer Division. More posts by this contributor Business models will drive t

Digital comics startup Madefire launches its first virtual reality app

When digital comics startup Madefire announced its latest funding round a few days ago, co-founder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme said the company was getting ready to move into virtual and augmented realit

Samsung waiting to see where VR hype cycle lands before moving on standalone headsets, next-gen 10K displays

At a company event today in San Francisco, Samsung President & Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn detailed that the company is actively pursuing both smartphone-focused VR headsets and standalone s

Nokia’s Ozo VR camera now more affordable, heading to China

Nokia has reduced the price of its high end VR camera Ozo by $15,000. The new global price-tag for the teardrop-shaped device, which captures 360° spherical video and 360×360 surround sound to creat

Samsung’s Gear VR headset gets an upgrade

Not quite worthy of the wow factor bestowed upon the new Note 7, but Samsung wasn’t going to get out of this morning’s Unpacked event with another big reveal. The hardware maker is recommitting it

This is (very likely) the new Samsung Gear VR

As Samsung prepares to launch its next-gen phablet extraordinaire, the Note 7, at its special event this upcoming Tuesday, the leaks are continuing to flow. Today, photos of the new Gear VR were leake

Google hires former Samsung VR exec to work on Daydream

Google is forming a rather hefty team within the company to tackle smartphone-based virtual reality. The latest addition to the team is Matt Apfel, a former VP of content strategy for Samsung’

Oculus launching the Rift without the Touch controllers probably wasn’t a great move

The Oculus Rift launch has been a rocky one that hasn't exactly left fans of the highly influential consumer VR platform very happy. Today, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe announced a few things (we're prett

Signs of a new Samsung Gear VR are surfacing

It’s been less than a year since the consumer Gear VR was first shown off and it already seems as though Samsung and Oculus are regrouping to push out a new version of the pre-eminent mobile VR

Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

No more frustrating zoom-in/zoom-out. Facebook finally made a modern way to view panoramas and VR photos with your phone. Its new feature “360 Photos” rolls out tomorrow on iOS, Android, w

What’s the point of virtual reality?

VR needs content if it's to be more than a flash in the early adopter pan. But it's pretty clear that in the short term at least it's not going to have a whole lot of compelling content. And understan

Android N gets a low-latency VR mode

We don't know if Google will launch its own virtual reality headset at its I/O developer conference this year, but Android N, the next version of the company's mobile operating system, will feature a

Starbreeze teams with Acer in its quest to build a better VR headset

StarVR was undoubtedly overshadowed by larger names during its debut at E3 last year, but those who did manage to demo the high-end headset seemed to walk away impressed. Among other things, Starbreez

Facebook will turn panoramas into “360 Photos” for feed and Gear VR’s 1M users

Those panoramas trapped on your phone will finally get a better viewing experience, both on News Feed and the Oculus -powered Samsung Gear VR. Facebook is also releasing Gear VR usage stats for the fi
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