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Flying Into NirVRana

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Using immersive tech for therapy and meditation is becoming more popular, but can Healium really make us forget the misery of long-haul flying?

Oculus Rift + Touch Now Permanently Priced at $350

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After Oculus’ big Black Friday sale, which saw Rift & Touch temporarily cut from its regular price of $400 to $350, Oculus now says they’re permanently dropping the price of the bundle to just $350.

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CES 2019: Audi Dreams Of VR In The Backseat Of Every Car

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Holoride technology turns your everyday commute into a location-based VR theme park.

Audi-founded Startup to Bring VR to Passengers Looking for Relief from Boredom & Motion Sickness

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Using VR in the car sounds like a great way to kill some time on long road trips, but there’s a few factors that may stop you from strapping a headset to your face while in the passenger’s seat—namely motion sickness, unexpected turning, and lack of compelling content.

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Rec Room Reaches Over One Million VR Headsets

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Rec Room is ringing in the new year by celebrating its successes in the old one. In a post on its official site , developer Against Gravity revealed its app had been installed on over one million VR headsets by the end of 2018.

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Pimax Showing Production Headsets, Controllers, and More at CES

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At CES 2019 this week, Pimax is showing off the production versions of their “8K” and “5K” Plus headsets, their upcoming Knuckles-style controllers, as well as hand-tracking and eye-tracking modules.

CES 2019 Preview – Population: One Is A Thrilling VR Battle Royale Shooter

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The VR gaming landscape at the start of 2019 is extremely diverse and competitive. With reportedly over four million PC VR headsets in the wild, the market for high-quality and immersive VR games is large and constantly expanding.

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Oculus Rift Price Officially Cut Again, Now $349

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Facebook confirmed to UploadVR that the Oculus Rift’s price is being officially cut to $349. The regular price was previously $399. In an email, the company told us the price cut is occurring “across all countries where we currently sell” This brings the price to $150 lower than the HTC Vive (the Rift’s main competitor). It’s also closer to the Windows MR headsets, which sell for as low as $199.

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Dell Found a Cool Way to Use Your Smartphone in VR, But Only on Specific Dell Computers

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Dell launched Mobile Connect this time last year, letting some Dell & Alienware PC users view and interact with their phone’s notifications and apps on traditional monitors. Now, the company has unveiled a way to bring that same functionality to VR too in a pretty big way.

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CES 2019: HTC Vive Cosmos Is A ‘Tethered’ VR Headset, Not A Standalone Like Quest

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Yesterday at HTC’s CES 2019 press conference, the company revealed not one but two brand new VR headsets known as the Vive Pro Eye and the Vive Cosmos along with a slew of other announcements. After the conference was over we got an up-close look at the Vive Cosmos and got the chance to chat with Dan O’Brien, General Manager at HTC, about the newly announced headsets and more.

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Vive Cosmos: Everything We Know About HTC’s New Headset

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CES 2019 was a busy one for HTC Vive. It’s biggest announcement was undoubtedly Vive Cosmos , a new PC VR headset. It’s not a sequel to the original Vive, but it is a consumer product unlike the Vive Pro and newly-announced Vive Pro Eye. Confused yet? Well don’t worry.

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CES 2019: Pimax Displays Knuckles-Like Controller Prototype

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Pimax is showing off its latest VR hardware at CES 2019 with Knuckles-like controllers “ designed to free your hand for an open-palm immersive experience.” ” We scheduled an appointment to see Pimax hardware later today but a lack of clarity in the company’s press release leaves open the question of whether these controllers — either the thumbstick or touchpad versions — will actually be shown with hands-on time at CES this year.

Vive Pro Eye: Everything We Know About HTC’s New Headset

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Vive Cosmos wasn’t the only new VR headset introduced at HTC’s CES press conference this year. The company also debuted Vive Pro Eye , an update to last year’s Vive Pro. As the name suggests, it comes with a key new feature: integrated eye-tracking.

Oculus Rift Finally Gets Facebook Livestreaming, Public Homes Today

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Fresh off of the news that the Oculus Rift is getting a $50 price cut , the headsets first platform update arrives today. It packs some long-requested features. Chief among them is Facebook Livestreaming. Oculus’ mobile VR headsets, Gear VR and Go, have been able to do this for a while.

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CES 2019: Tpcast Air Wants To Turn Oculus Quest And Go Into Streaming PC VR Headsets

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TPCast’s second generation wireless VR solution wants to turn Oculus Quest into a streaming PC VR headset. TPCast Air was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas today. Whereas the Chinese company’s original products made the HTC Vive and other PC VR headsets wireless via streaming, this new device will beam high-end VR content into less powerful standalone headsets. The company says it’s starting out with streaming to Oculus Go.

Oculus Headsets Lineup Explained: Should You Wait For Oculus Quest?

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Facebook’s line-up of VR headsets is steadily growing. What’s the difference between the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go ? What’s the Oculus Quest ? Which should you buy? Read on for our rundown of the current Oculus line-up. Oculus Rift. The Rift is a positionally tracked VR headset which is powered by your gaming PC. It’s the flagship product of the Oculus lineup. It’s priced at $399 and comes with Touch controllers , which represent your hands in VR.

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CES 2019: HTC Vive Pro’s Eye Tracking Is Supplied By Tobii

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Tobii announced today that it is the supplier of the eye tracking technology for HTC’s new Vive Pro Eye VR headset. HTC announced the Vive Pro Eye durings its special press event yesterday. The company highlighted use cases such as more authentic avatars in social VR and gaze based UIs. More importantly however, HTC states it enables foveated rendering.