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Virtual reality desk claims another victim

Last week, my friend and colleague Ben Kuchera posted a video on Polygon about the hidden danger of virtual reality: leaning on a fake desk and falling on your tuchus. I admit, I still giggle at the image of a grown man wearing an expensive virtual reality headset, tethered to a loudly humming computer, dropping to the floor and bruising his tushie. But I’ve wondered, since I watched the video, just how common this problem is — or how common it will be when virtual reality headsets  ...

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Facebook will soon let you Like and share 360-degree videos in the Gear VR

If you’ve got a Samsung Gear VR, you can soon connect your Facebook account to "Like" and share 360-degree videos from inside it. There are already Facebook 360-degree clips in the Gear VR’s video app, but next week, Oculus Video will start letting users sign into Facebook and get a personalized feed based on pages and people they follow. In the "coming weeks," they’ll also be able to add reactions to the videos or share them while inside VR. Aside from  ...

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The Brookhaven Experiment is your endless, inevitable virtual reality death

The Verge’s New York offices now have an official virtual reality room. The library for its HTC Vive Pre holds a bunch of experiments and demos for full games we won’t see for weeks or even months. But there’s too much cool stuff to ignore. So for the next few weeks, we’re putting our writers, editors, artists, and videographers through some of the best that VR has to offer. Here’s what we think. One of the very first games I played in virtual reality was  ...

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The making of PlayStation VR

Across multiple departments and offices around the world, including help from external partners, Sony’s PlayStation VR team spans one of the widest swaths in the game industry. Someone who works on the 3D audio may never meet someone on the display team, or someone in legal, marketing, business development, hardware design or any of the other groups contributing to the headset. PlayStation executive vice president Masayasu Ito estimates that of PlayStation’s more than 7,000 employees  ...

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This phone’s packaging doubles as a Google Cardboard VR viewer

Most companies encourage you to recycle the packaging their products ship in, but Alcatel has figured out a way to let its smartphone box be reused as something even cooler: a virtual reality viewer. According to VentureBeat, which reports seeing leaked information about Alcatel’s upcoming OneTouch Idol 4S smartphone, the 4S will ship in a plastic box that doubles as a Google Cardboard-compatible VR viewer. All that really means is that there are two eyepieces on the inside, a slot to  ...

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Nintendo is exploring VR again, 20 years after the Virtual Boy flop

Nintendo is reportedly exploring a return to virtual reality, with the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima describing VR as "interesting technology" in a recent earnings calls. According to a report from The Financial Times, the Japanese firm says it’s researching virtual reality but has no specific plans to launch any products any time soon. Nintendo famously released one of the first ever commercial VR devices in 1995, but the Virtual Boy (above) was a significant  ...

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‘Adventure Time’ Game Coming Soon to All Major VR Headsets

Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games is a whimsical Gear VR 3D platformer featuring all of your favorite characters from the show. Fans of Adventure Time better keep their eyes peeled in the coming months though, as the game is ‘coming soon’ to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. If you watch Adventure Time, you know Magic Man is a big jerk – always turning people into things and prancing around like a big magic bully. Using Finn’s sword and and Jake’s stretchy powers to battle the  ...

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New Samsung ‘Unpacked’ Event Teaser Puts the Spotlight on Gear VR on Feb 21st

Samsung has today announced an ‘Unpacked’ event in a teaser that puts both Gear VR and “the Next Galaxy” phone in the spotlight. The event will take place on February 21st in Barcelona, one day ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). Samsung has thrown Gear VR in their 14-second teaser that communicates one thing for certain: VR is cool. But exactly where the mobile VR headset fits in the company’s new unveiling of the Galaxy S7 series phones, we just can’t say. Last year’s MWC  ...

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Hands-on: ‘Budget Cuts’ Inventive Locomotion is a Lesson for VR Developers

Budget Cuts is a stealth-action virtual reality game in development for the HTC Vive. The polished experience has the player avoiding humanoid robots and attacking from the shadows with throwing knives and crossbows. The game’s portaling locomotion system is a lesson for VR developers. Budget Cuts impressed me with its polish and playability when I stepped inside using the HTC Vive Pre at Valve’s SteamVR Developer Showcase. Developed by a tiny indie team at Neat Corporation, the game is one  ...

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