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Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 UTC

Microsoft is bringing ‘Windows Volumetric Apps’ to Meta Quest headsets

Screenshot by Sean Hollister / The Verge You can already beam your flat Windows desktop and its VR games onto your Meta Quest headset — but what if Windows could send HoloLens-like 3D apps and digital objects to the headset, too? At Build, Microsoft ... more - theverge

Monday, 20 May, 2024 UTC

Meta and LG’s headset partnership is on the rocks

LG CEO William Cho and home entertainment company president Park Hyoung-sei met with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in February to discuss the collaboration. | Image: LG LG is reportedly pausing its partnership with Meta to develop an extended reality (XR) ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 14 May, 2024 UTC

Blink and you missed it: Google has a new pair of prototype AR glasses

I thought Google killed its augmented reality glasses after they couldn’t live up to the promise of real-time translation. I thought Project Iris was vaporware after the company shed its AR leaders and downsized the division that was reportedly facing ... more - theverge

Monday, 13 May, 2024 UTC

The Pixel 8A and the camera you have with you

You know, normal backyard nighttime stuff. Sometimes you travel thousands of miles from home to see something amazing. And every once in a while, that something appears right in your backyard. That’s what happened on Friday. “What’s the aurora forecast ... more - theverge

Sunday, 12 May, 2024 UTC

The rise of the audio-only video game

Image: Samar Haddad / The Verge Not all video games need video. Over the years, games that exist only in audio have taken players into entirely new worlds in which there’s nothing to see and still everything to do. These games have huge accessibility ... more - theverge

Friday, 10 May, 2024 UTC

Did Stanford just prototype the future of AR glasses?

Stanford’s holographic AR glasses prototype. | Image: Andrew Brodhead / Stanford A research team at Stanford is developing a new AI-assisted holographic imaging technology it claims is thinner, lighter, and higher quality than anything its researchers ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 8 May, 2024 UTC

Marvel is bringing a mixed reality edition of What If…? to the Vision Pro

Who watches the watcher watching The Watcher watching them? | Image: Marvel / Disney The Vision Pro is about to get what sounds like an honest-to-goodness mixed reality video experience from Marvel Studios and ILM Immersive, something the platform sorely ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 1 May, 2024 UTC

The next Batman: Arkham game is a Meta Quest exclusive

Image: Meta Today, Meta has announced that the next entry in the iconic Batman: Arkham series will be Batman: Arkham Shadow , a VR game that’s exclusive to the Meta Quest 3. Iron Man VR developer Camouflaj and Oculus Studios are developing the game, ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 30 April, 2024 UTC

Maybe go look at Google’s AR animals before they enter the grave

The shark still looks fake. | Image: Wes Davis / The Verge Remember Google’s AR search, which can make augmented reality bugs, dinos, neat objects, and buildings appear atop the real world through the lens of your phone? Now might be a good time to take ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 23 April, 2024 UTC

Apple reportedly cuts Vision Pro production due to low demand

Demand for Vision Pro is falling. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple is reportedly cutting its Vision Pro headset shipment forecast for the rest of the year due to cooling demand. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that Apple cut orders ... more - theverge

Monday, 22 April, 2024 UTC

An Xbox VR headset is on the way, but it’s a ‘limited edition’ Meta Quest

How Meta envisions an Xbox-branded VR headset. | Image: Meta Microsoft is teaming up with Meta to create a limited edition Meta Quest VR headset that’s “inspired by Xbox.” While both Microsoft and Meta aren’t sharing full details on this VR headset, ... more - theverge

Friday, 19 April, 2024 UTC

The Meta Quest 2 gets a permanent price cut to $199

The Meta Quest 2 and its bundled controllers. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The Meta Quest 2 has been on sale for nearly a month, and today, Meta’s making that price permanent — $199 is the new sticker price for the virtual reality headset, ... more - theverge

Monday, 15 April, 2024 UTC

Meta is making it easier to bring Quest headsets into the classroom

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Meta is launching a new hub for Quest headsets later this year that should make it easier for educators to use them in schools. In a blog post on Monday, Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, writes that the ... more - theverge

Thursday, 11 April, 2024 UTC

Dyson’s AR app shows you where you’ve vacuumed

Dyson wants to make cleaning fun again, but I was already having fun letting the robots do it. | Image: Dyson Dyson has developed a new feature that uses your smartphone’s augmented reality sensors to virtually paint over areas you’ve vacuumed, so you ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 10 April, 2024 UTC

Microsoft is bringing its Xbox dashboard to the web with party chat and more

Illustration: The Verge Microsoft is previewing a new Xbox Cloud Gaming interface today that includes the social features and UI you’d normally find in the Xbox dashboard. The new interface includes access to a web version of Xbox party chat, so you ... more - theverge

Monday, 8 April, 2024 UTC

WWE went big on AR at WrestleMania 40

Photo by WWE / Getty Images AR effects have become a key part of entrances and other aspects of WWE TV over the last several years — far outlasting the company’s experiments with VR. Continue reading… ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 2 April, 2024 UTC

How Meta’s global head of safety approaches online age verification

Illustration: Nick Barclay / The Verge “The ability to know somebody’s age and try to protect privacy at the same time can be challenging,” says Meta’s Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis. Meta has been advocating for app store operators like Apple ... more - theverge

Monday, 25 March, 2024 UTC

The creators of 3 Body Problem want to have ‘a back and forth’ with the book

3 Body Problem executive producers Alexander Woo, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss. | Image: Ed Miller / Netflix Between its expanded, more ethnically diverse cast and its more advanced take on virtual reality gaming, Netflix’s new 3 Body Problem series ... more - theverge

Saturday, 23 March, 2024 UTC

3 Body Problem VR headset review: magical tech in need of more apps

Image: Netflix Arthur C. Clarke famously said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and that’s never been more true than with the 3 Body Problem VR headset. It’s so far ahead of everything else on the market that ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 19 March, 2024 UTC

Ubisoft let me actually speak with its new AI-powered video game NPCs

“Passion. You can feel it, can’t you?” begins Bloom, an AI NPC from Ubisoft in collab with InWorld, and Nvidia. | Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge For the past three months, ever since I spoke to the AI NPCs in Nvidia’s cyberpunk ramen shop, I’ve ... more - theverge

Monday, 18 March, 2024 UTC

Sony is reportedly pausing PSVR2 production to clear excess inventory

Sony’s PlayStation VR2. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge After producing in excess of two million units of its latest virtual reality headset, Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is hitting pause on production to try and shift its unsold inventory. ... more - theverge

Friday, 15 March, 2024 UTC

PC games start at just $1 in Steam’s spring sale

From AAA blockbusters to indie cult classics, there are tons of games up to 95 percent off. | Valve / Steam You’d think most gamers would have indulged enough over the long winter season that they wouldn’t want to spend the first moments of spring doing ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 13 March, 2024 UTC

DJI Avata 2 drone leaks are out — and its goggles have cameras

Leaks of the DJI Avata 2 drone show it with a sleeker battery housing and updated triple-bladed propellers. | Image: @Quadro_News DJI’s unannounced Avata 2 drone and Goggles 3 have leaked, showing some exciting updates over their predecessors — such ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 6 March, 2024 UTC

Headspace XR made me forget how much I hate meditation tech

I’m the most shocked that I enjoyed the app. | Image: Headspace, Meta I am not a chill person, but I would like to be. It’s why I keep trying various meditation tech, breathing in and out as abstract graphics or disembodied voices guide me to a higher ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 5 March, 2024 UTC

Meta’s Quest 2 and Pro headsets now have a lying down mode

Image: Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Owners of Meta’s Quest 2 or Pro headsets can turn on a setting that allows their headset to work while lying down, thanks to the v63 software update that’s starting to roll out. Meta tested lying down mode in ... more - theverge

Friday, 1 March, 2024 UTC

Meta says it’s deleting all Oculus accounts at the end of the month

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge If you still haven’t migrated your Oculus account to a Meta one, you might want to do that soon. In an email sent to users, the company says it will delete Oculus accounts on March 29th, 2024, preventing you from reactivating ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 28 February, 2024 UTC

Honda’s ‘extended reality’ is a mash-up of VR and motorized wheelchairs

It’s me, living my best life. | Image: Honda Honda announced a new “extended reality” experience that combines virtual reality with personal mobility devices like the automaker’s self-balancing Uni-One wheelchairs. Honda said it will show off its technology ... more - theverge

Wednesday, 28 February, 2024 UTC

The Vision Pro isn’t destroying your eyes, but maybe get some eye drops

The 20-20-20 rule and some eye drops can help if you’re feeling eye strain. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge We’ve all heard that screens aren’t good for your eyes. So it might not be too surprising to hear that many Vision Pro users have complained ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 27 February, 2024 UTC

Meta might demo a pair of ‘true’ AR smart glasses later in 2024

The Orion smart glasses would be a totally different product from the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses pictured above. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge It’s been long rumored that Meta is working on a pair of augmented reality smart glasses — ... more - theverge

Tuesday, 27 February, 2024 UTC

Sony is laying off 900 PlayStation employees

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Sony says it’s laying off around 900 employees of its PlayStation division, a reduction of its global headcount of around 8 percent. Sony’s layoffs are the latest in a wave that has been impacting the gaming and ... more - theverge