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Monday, 6 April, 2020 UTC

Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Apple could be close to buying a virtual reality company focused on streaming immersive sports, music, and entertainment experiences, as the Cupertino firm readies its big tech and content push for VR and AR. Though Apple currently doesn’t have a virtual ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 2 April, 2020 UTC

NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will search for exoplanets with wide orbits

NASA’s talking about a mission called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST. The mission is designed to search for planets outside our solar system where the majority of stars are. Studying the properties of these distant planets will help ... more - slashgear

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 UTC

COVID-19 could’ve ended Pokemon GO; Instead, it’s exploding

At the dawn of pandemic here in the year 2020, Niantic enacted changes to their GPS-centric games, starting with Pokemon GO. COVID-19 quarantine could have ended the reign of the most popular location-based game in the world – but instead, Niantic turned ... more - slashgear

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 UTC

Vive Cosmos Elite headset is getting a standalone release

The Vive Cosmos Elite is HTC’s latest and greatest VR headset, but it’s only available in a bundle with two Vive Base Stations and two Vive Controllers. At $900, that bundle costs a significant amount of money, and it more or less becomes cost-prohibitive ... more - slashgear

Monday, 30 March, 2020 UTC

Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

Facebook has locked up an exclusive supply of smart glasses displays, inking a deal with a microLED specialist that could one day put digital lenses in wearable computers. The agreement with UK display-maker Plessey boxes out rivals like Apple, Google, ... more - slashgear

Monday, 30 March, 2020 UTC

2020 iPad Pro teardown and durability test look very familiar

Despite all odds and talk about delayed or insufficient supplies, Apple launched what may be its biggest change to the iPad Pro line yet. Actually, the biggest change may not be from the iPad Pro itself but from its keyboard accessory. Yes, the 2020 iPad ... more - slashgear

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 UTC

360 YouTube channel brings popular Disney World rides to VR

If you’re growing tired of being stuck at home and looking for a new experience, a YouTube channel called ‘Virtual Disney World’ (which isn’t affiliated with Disney despite its name) has aggregated a huge playlist of 360-degree videos taken on popular ... more - slashgear

Friday, 27 March, 2020 UTC

OnePlus 8 Pro renders reveal a more traditional and classic design

Smartphones today are not only becoming more powerful, they’re also becoming slightly a bit eccentric in their appearance. Never mind the notches and punch-holes on the screen, their backs are becoming visually busier, courtesy of a growing number of ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 26 March, 2020 UTC

Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Today we’re looking at what’s likely an internal testing device made by Apple for the near-future release of AR/VR experiences aplenty. This isn’t the first we’ve seen of this sort of hardware – it’s not particularly unlike hardware used by HTC and Oculus/Facebook ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 26 March, 2020 UTC

Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

Google started the idea of using a smartphone as the heart and soul of a VR headset and others immediately jumped on the prospect of an affordable VR system for the masses. That included Samsung who worked with the makers of the Oculus Rift to launch ... more - slashgear

Monday, 23 March, 2020 UTC

HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

There’s a new VR headset in town – and it might arrive right on time. Here in the late Winter of 2020, we’re all stuck inside on quarantine, avoiding COVID-19, and it might just be the perfect time for VR to catch hold of the masses. Not that VR device ... more - slashgear

Monday, 23 March, 2020 UTC

New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

Half-Life: Alyx is not Half-Life 3, but it is a new Half-Life game. It is a new game from Valve, and it is out and available to play today. Users will find the game released as of the posting of this article. In other words – if you’re reading this, there’s ... more - slashgear

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020 UTC

New iPad Pro official: Magic Keyboard with trackpad plus LiDAR Scanner

Apple has announced a new iPad Pro, adding a Magic Keyboard cover with trackpad, upgrading the processor, and building in a LiDAR Scanner camera for augmented reality. The new iPad Pro looks much the same as its predecessor from the front, but flip it ... more - slashgear

Monday, 16 March, 2020 UTC

Oculus Quest VR system will get major UI redesign later this month

In an announcement today, Facebook’s VR company Oculus revealed plans to release an updated user interface for its Oculus Quest headset. Oculus calls this a ‘major update’ to its system, one that will bring a more ‘flexible and social’ experience for ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 UTC

Valve Index VR kit might be back in stock for less than a day

Although Valve has actually been involved in the virtual reality market for a long time, it has mostly been via its collaboration with HTC’s VIVE system. Last year it finally got its hands dirty with the Index, which may be one of the more expensive PC ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 UTC

An alternate 2019 top 10 phones list: Cheaper still wins

Earlier today we saw some analysis done on sales of smartphone units in the year 2019 from the company called Counterpoint. We learned that the iPhone XR dominated the globe, followed by the iPhone 11 and a few Samsung Galaxy A smartphones. Now we’ve ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 UTC

The 2019 global smartphone sales top 10 list is here

This week the folks at analytical group Counterpoint released their smartphone unit sales numbers for the year 2019. This covers the entire 12 month period of the year 2019, in all regions around the globe. According to Counterpoint, Apple, Samsung, and ... more - slashgear

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 UTC

Facebook acquires VR gaming studio Sanzaru Games

Sanzaru Games, a California-based video game development company, has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced on Wednesday. The studio has produced a number of games over the past decade, the most recent examples including Spyro 3 Reignited and ... more - slashgear

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 UTC

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, ... more - slashgear

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 UTC

HTC VIVE Cosmo Elite pre-orders begin, shipping next month

HTC may be struggling in its mobile business but, at least for now, it is still one of the leaders in the virtual reality market. Next to or even co-equal with pioneer Oculus, the HTC VIVE continues to be a household name in that market and the Taiwanese ... more - slashgear

Monday, 24 February, 2020 UTC

HTC promises to launch some 5G phone sometime this year

Nokia (at least the original company) and BlackBerry have bowed out of the mobile rat race but some pioneers like Motorola, Sony, and HTC refuse to call it quits. The latter, however, is in a bit of a bind because of the limited businesses it has outside ... more - slashgear

Friday, 21 February, 2020 UTC

Valve Index will be in short supply thanks to coronavirus outbreak

As the release of Half-Life: Alyx quickly approaches, Valve has been having a difficult time keeping the Index VR headset in stock. The Index has been consistently sold out in many regions around the world, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like things ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 20 February, 2020 UTC

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for “XR glasses-style” devices “from HTC Vive.” Specs are forthcoming, but we’ve ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 20 February, 2020 UTC

HTC unveils Vive Cosmos Play and Cosmos Elite VR headsets

HTC has taken the wraps off its expanded Vive Cosmos VR headset product family, introducing new models to compete with the Oculus Rift S and its relatively low price tag. The new lineup features the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, Cosmos XR, and Cosmos Play models, ... more - slashgear

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 UTC

JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

Virtual reality head-mounted displays, at least the ones not powered by smartphones, aren’t that easy to make, which is partly why dedicated HMDs are far and few in between, not to mention expensive. In addition to the variety of sensors and cameras required ... more - slashgear

Monday, 17 February, 2020 UTC

Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Although it has repeatedly and publicly professed its preference over virtual reality, Apple has yet to capitalize on augmented reality in a big and long-lasting way. Sure, its ARKit framework has useful applications, perhaps outnumbering Google’s equivalent ... more - slashgear

Friday, 14 February, 2020 UTC

Sony may have a PlayStation VR headset for PS5 in the works

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is coming up later this year, and with its release comes the question of what’s next for PlayStation VR. Sony launched the VR headset this generation as an extension of the PlayStation 4, and the headset seems to have enjoyed some ... more - slashgear

Friday, 14 February, 2020 UTC

Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Web browsers today are a far cry from the early days of the Internet. It is possible, though not really advisable, to even run operating systems in them, if not be an operating system itself. Web technologies have opened up worlds of new experiences and ... more - slashgear

Thursday, 13 February, 2020 UTC

AR Quick Look update tips next moves for iPhone Pro

The near-future for the iPhone has a definite AR component to it – much as expected starting several years ago. The update for what Apple calls “Quick Look” in Augmented Reality has finally reached a point at which the placing of objects in the mixed-reality ... more - slashgear

Monday, 10 February, 2020 UTC

Space Channel 5 VR launches later this month

Space Channel 5 is a game series we haven’t heard from in a long time, but it’s about to get a revival on PlayStation VR. Today, Sega announced the release date for Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!, which will be launching on PS VR at the end ... more - slashgear