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Google Launches Earth VR on HTC Vive, A Breathtaking New Way to Know Our Planet

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Today Google launches Earth VR for the HTC Vive for free, giving us a whole new perspective on the world. I remember, back in 2001, how amazed I was to see Google Earth for the first time. I remember huddling around the computer monitor with friends shouting “go to New York City!”

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Jaguar Just Showed Us The Future of Car Launches

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The VR reveal for the company’s first-ever electric car blew our minds. During a press event at Milk Studios in Los Angeles Sunday night, Jaguar revealed the I-PACE, the company’s first-ever electric car.

OTOY Is Building One of VR’s Most Important Technologies

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Last week I had the chance to interview OTOY’s CEO Jules Urbach about their recent announcements and future roadmap. We talked Unity, open standards, the metaverse, and more, but the general thread pointed to OTOY as one of THE pivotal companies in the VR space.

TPCAST Brings Wireless Add On to HTC Vive

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Fed up with tripping over the HTC Vive cable, or not interested in strapping the whole computer to your back with the likes of the MSI backpack ? Then you are in luck. TPCAST have put up for pre-order an addon allowing any HTV Vive to be 100% wireless. The headset will last for around 1.5

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Top 10 Most Downloaded PlayStation VR Games So Far

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PlayStation VR launched just last month, and now Sony has shared which games players have downloaded the most so far.

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Google Earth Lets You Explore the Planet in Virtual Reality

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Google Earth is now available for the HTC Vive. If you have access to a Vive, try Google Earth VR for yourself before reading any further. It’s free. A team of engineers and filmmakers worked together on a cinematic introduction that I’ll never do justice. Go in blind. Feel all the feelings.

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MSI VR ONE Backpack for untethered VR Available for pre-order

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The MSI backpack is now available for pre-order. The MSI backpack allows the most hardcore of VR fans to strap a computer to your back and allow you to walk around untethered. The backpack is now up for pre-order from Newegg for the starting price of $1,999.

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VR-optimized Forward Renderer Comes to Unreal Engine 4.14, Said to Be 22% Faster

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Epic Games touted their VR-optimized forward renderer as the reason why their forthcoming Robo Recall game looks so crisp in VR. Now the tech is available to all Unreal Engine developers in version 4.14 released today.

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VR Hygiene: Can VR Headsets Give You Herpes or Eye Infections?

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The fact a virtual reality headset can often be worn by over 100 people in one day at a convention has heightened concerns of catching eye diseases among the VR community.

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How To Make Money As A VR Game Developer

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As we start to move out of the novelty phase of the VR boom and into a real industry, every game developer is asking the big question: How do I make a business out of this?

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Oculus Announces Drawing App Quill for FREE with Oculus Touch

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Oculus announced today that it will be releasing Quill for FREE on December 6 alongside the launch of Oculus Touch motion controllers. Quill was originally built as a custom tool for Art Director Wesley Allsbrook to assist in creating the Oculus Story Studio original film, Dear Angelica.

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SteamVR to Get Linux and Mac OSX Support Within “a Few Months”

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Valve is planning to introduce beta versions of its SteamVR platform for Mac OSX and Linux users within a few months.

Snapchat’s Augmented Reality Vending Machines are Marketing Gold

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Editor’s Note: VRScout was able to independently verify valid re-sale permits for Snapchat’s Bot in the states of Nevada, Texas, Washington and Hawaii.

VR Sales Analysis: Rift and Vive to Sell Under 500,000 in 2016, PS VR to Top 2 Million

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The age of high-end, commercially available virtual reality began on March 28 with the launch of the Oculus Rift. Since then the HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View have all entered the arena.

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Linda Kellie is back at work!

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Finally, in these dark and tumultuous times, some good news — Linda Kellie is back, and creating new content. Outside of the core developers themselves, Linda Kellie is the most valuable member of the... Features Metaverse Linda Kellie

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Oculus Earphones Review and Comparison with Ultra High-end Earbuds

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Announced at Oculus Connect 3 and launching alongside Touch, the Oculus Earphones were touted as a noise-isolating, more immersive alternative to the standard headphones. After days of using and testing the Earphones, I’ve been able to judge how good they really are (spoiler: very).

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Watch Conan O’Brien Get His Mind Blown in VR

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He mostly wanted to know about virtual porn. This may be our favorite VR reaction video yet. In a recent segment of Conan on TBS, the television host and comedian visited the YouTube Space in New York to get a taste of VR and mixed reality with the HTC Vive.

HTC Announces $1.5 Billion VR Investment Fund and Research Institute in China

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HTC is making yet more moves in China today, announcing a partnership with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to kick off two new initiatives. The first of these is a new China VR Research Institute.

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SPEED DEVIL IN VIRTUAL REALITY! | VR Luge (Playstation VR Gameplay)

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VR Luge let’s you step into the shoes of an illegal street racer. With the PSVR you will be able to thunder down a beautiful road, only inches off the ground in a position that only Virtual Reality can put you in.

More Details Surface on Wireless Vive Upgrade Accessory, Global Orders May Be on the Way

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Earlier this week it was revealed that HTC would be offering a wireless Vive upgrade kit made by TPCAST. More details have surfaced on the device ahead of its Q1 2017 launch.

Qualcomm Is Launching a Chinese VR ‘Innovation Center’

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The Chinese branch of smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm has joined forces with internet services company Tencent to build an “innovation center” in China focused on accelerating R&D for next-gen virtual and augmented reality systems in mobile devices.

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PlayStation VR’s Star Wars: Rogue One VR Experience Dated

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It’s just a few weeks now until the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 15th, but the anticipated tie-in VR experience from DICE is even closer than that.

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TOO MUCH WEIRD | Accounting (HTC Vive Virtual Reality)

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Some beautiful minds got together and made Accounting, one of the weirdest and funniest VR games! Subscribe to jacksepticeye for more great content! Gameplay jacksepticeye YouTube Players

Sony Pictures Plans to Use Nokia’s OZO to Make VR Content

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Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Nokia to create 3D 360 content using Nokia OZO , the company’s professional-quality 360 degree camera platform. Sony has said they’ll be using OZO to create both special 360 content and to livestream their own events.

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How VR Can Help Solve This Eye Disorder

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I started wearing glasses when I was 5 years old. Sticking my fingers into my eyeballs and putting in my contacts is the first thing I do every morning.

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 11/13/16

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This week marks the arrival of one of the pivotal VR gaming experiences, EVE: Valkyrie , on HTC Vive. Valkyrie is an immersive, visual feast with intense combat that you shouldn’t miss out on, despite the high price tag.

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VIRTUAL REALITY PLUMBER SIMULATOR | PipeJob VR (HTC Vive Gameplay)

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PipeJob is the next generation Plumber Simulator for the HTC Vive. In this silly VR game you need to fix pipes in a bathroom while you are getting attacked by poop from your neighbours. Check it out: [link]. Did you like this video? Subscribe Nathie! link]. Gameplay Nathie YouTube Players

Tactical Haptics Raises $2.2 Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit

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Tactical Haptics , a company pioneering a novel form of haptic feedback which can create compelling sensations that go far beyond rumble, announced today it has raised $2.2 million to create a development kit of a haptic VR controller as a stepping stone to an eventual consumer product.

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Google Bringing VR to One Million UK School Children

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement in his first visit to Britain since becoming chief. Since Google launched their educational Expeditions Pioneer Program, millions of students from around the world have already taken VR trips in the classroom.

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New PlayStation VR Releases For The Week Of 11/13/16

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This week we’re going underwater, into space, and over to Mars with PlayStation VR. It’s been a solid seven days for Sony’s headset with a handful of interesting new experiences that cross a range of genres. If you missed last week, you can see those new releases here.

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