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Samsung’s next smartphone display was designed for VR

It’s becoming more and more clear that virtual reality is going to the be the driver to push the spec race in smartphones to the next level. This week, Samsung demonstrated a new smartphone display designed specifically for VR and likely headed to a future Samsung smartphone. According to a report from UploadVR, the 5.5-inch panel packs 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, making it a 4K class screen. It has a staggering 806PPI, 350 nit brightness level, and can reproduce 97 percent of the  ...

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HTC Vive review

One month ago, I tested a virtual reality headset called the HTC Vive Pre. The Pre was a development kit created by gaming behemoth Valve and smartphone maker HTC, and it was one of the most exciting new pieces of hardware I’ve had the pleasure of writing about — a device that offered full-body, room-scale VR. The headset above is not the Vive Pre. It’s the final consumer edition Vive that’s coming out today, although it looks almost identical — the branding is new, and the small focus rod  ...

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Virtual Reality Startup Jaunt Builds Sales Team to Become the ‘Netflix for VR’

Jaunt, a startup that makes applications and hardware for virtual reality, has hired a fleet of sales executives to cajole more media companies and advertisers into building content for VR. That fleet includes Julie Uhrman, the former founder and CEO of the Android game console company Ouya, who joins as Head of Platform Business Development. Beth Greve, the Chief Revenue Officer for YouTube network AwesomenessTV, is coming on as a “senior consultant” focused on the revenue strategy. Two  ...

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Kevin Spacey is a virtual reality hypebeast

Kevin Spacey is a great actor and theater director, but I’m a bigger fan of Kevin Spacey the breathless tech evangelist. When Spacey likes a trend, he invests his time, money, and celebrity. Streaming services are the future? Spacey becomes the star of the first breakout streaming TV series. Video games are the future? Spacey stars as the villain in the most popular franchise of this generation. Virtual reality is the future? Spacey becomes an advisor at a VR startup. Tech evangelist  ...

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The Oculus Rift has started shipping

Oculus VR will make good on a promise that’s been years in the making: starting next week, the first consumer versions of the company’s Rift virtual reality headset will begin arriving at preorder customers’ doors. CEO Brendan Iribe today tweeted out a photo of a boxed Rift bundle to commemorate the event, saying deliveries begin on Monday, March 28th. For the VR enthusiasts and gamers that have been following Oculus since its Kickstarter went live in August 2012, this is  ...

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Here’s why Google’s Tilt Brush may be virtual reality’s killer app

This is pure magic Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube Tilt Brush is amazing. It’s magical. It’s a bunch of stuff that sounds like hyperbole when you write about it. We created the above video to describe why it’s so special before more people are able to try it when the HTC Vive launches in April of this year. For the video we used a combination of my own doodling, the built-in work from the showcase in the application and drawings from artists like Tipatat  ...

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PlayStation VR Launches October 2016 At $549.99 CAD

More than 230 Developers and Publishers on Board And Over 160 Diverse Titles in Development for PS VR Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next level of immersion, will launch from October 2016 in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia, at manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $549.99 CAD, 44,980 yen, $399 USD, €399 and £349*1. “Ever since we unveiled PS  ...

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Virtual reality’s future is being charted this week in San Francisco

The Game Developers Conference doesn’t have the marketing of flashy video game conferences like E3, Gamescom, or Tokyo Game Show, but it’s no less important. For 27 years, the event has been a place for people and the games industry and the press to meet, mingle, and learn from one another. As it’s grown, GDC has also become a popular place for large game creators to show the cutting edge and avant garde creations of the medium. This year, the event is practically buried beneath the  ...

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Desktop Theater Mode will let you play any Steam game with your Vive VR headset

Like any piece of new technology, virtual reality needs a legacy mode to handle content not designed for VR. Soon, the HTC Vive (and other Steam VR headsets) will have just that, with "Desktop Theater Mode." Unfortunately, we don’t have any images of the feature yet, but it’s safe to assume it will be very similar to the YouTube "Virtual Movie Theater" for Google Cardboard and Oculus Video, designed for the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Both project a traditional  ...

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