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VR vs. HTC Vive Launch Details – Will Mobile World Congress Reveal All?

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The Oculus Rift launch is old news. Virtual reality (VR) fans waited nearly 4 years to find out when the biggest head-mounted display (HMD) would finally launched and for how much for. No sooner than these details were announced, however, was everyone looking forward to the next big thing; launch details for the HTC Vive. Valve and HTC’s Rift rival will be going up for pre-order later this month and arriving in April 2016, but fans are still yet to find out how much it will cost and what the final, consumer-ready kit looks like. READ MORE

VR vs. Valve’s HTC Vive Showcase: What to Expect at This Week’s Show

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January has been kind to virtual reality (VR) fans. Years of waiting has pulled off in the space of the first month of 2016 as we finally have a release date and price for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and a much clearer picture of when the HTC Vive will launch and what it will look like. But Valve and HTC, the creators of the latter device, aren’t done just yet. Later this week on 28th January Valve itself will be hosting a content showcase at its offices in Seattle, Washington. Journalists will be coming in to sample the latest content for the device and get an idea of what everyone will be playing later this year. READ MORE

VR vs. Fragmentation – Is PlayStation VR Set to Suffer?

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Owlchemy Games broke some fascinating news this week. Virtual reality (VR) fans already knew that the developer’s debut VR title, Job Simulator, would be coming to the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) along with the HTC Vive for which it was first announced. But the developer has now revealed that it is implanting a dramatic new feature for all three versions of the title: 180 degree environments. READ MORE

VR vs. CES 2016 – Unpacking VR’s Biggest Week Yet

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The last three months of 2015 were painful. Bar a few new videogame announcements, Oculus VR had already said all it was going to say about the launch of the Oculus Rift at its developer conference in September, while fans tortured themselves as they speculated over the situation with the then-MIA HTC Vive, which was delayed into 2016 a few days after many had expected it to actually launch albeit in a limited fashion. But the agonising wait for news on both of these HMDs paid off in spades last week as the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) got underway. READ MORE

VR vs. Oculus Rift Pre-Orders – Everything You Need to Know Before You Pick One Up

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Anyone that’s been following the virtual reality (VR) industry for the past three or four years has been here before. A new release from Oculus VR quickly becomes the most talked about, anticipated event within the community. The best example of this to date was the launch of pre-orders for the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), which saw the entire industry descend into months of frantic email checking for shipment updates and a glorious period of deliveries. All of that, however, is nothing compared to what will take place later this week. READ MORE

VR in 2015: PlayStation VR – Strong Line-Up Makes Up for Lack of Release Info

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PlayStation VR had a lot to prove in 2015. Though Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) had hit the ground running with solid tech and a demonstration of the desire to do right by it in 2014, this year it would have to keep up with Oculus VR, now backed by Facebook money, and show that the PlayStation 4 was capable of providing worthwhile virtual reality (VR) experiences. Overall, the company did its device proud, despite the fact that PlayStation VR will likely be the last HMD to launch as we head into 2016. READ MORE

VR in 2015: Gear VR – An Encouraging Start Before 2016’s Uphill Battle

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How quickly things can change. Coming into 2015, we’d just been introduced to the Innovator of the Gear VR, Samsung and Oculus VR’s exciting new mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Now, at the end of that same year, that initial kit is looking dated, replaced by an impressive new consumer set. It’s testament to just how rapidly the VR industry is moving forward, and a hopeful sign that 2016 should be even bigger for the first consumer HMD. READ MORE

VR in 2015: Oculus Rift – Another Year of Patience Will Soon Be Rewarded

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Wrapping up 2014 this time last year, VRFocus had this to say on the Oculus Rift: “It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind of a year for Oculus VR. No, the consumer kit isn’t yet available, but in its absence the company has only strengthened the belief that VR is here to stay this time and that this will be the company to bring it into the mainstream. 2015 will no doubt be another eventful year, even if that fabled consumer release still isn’t confirmed. As VR grows in popularity, Oculus VR isn’t going anywhere.” READ MORE

VR vs. HTC Vive’s ‘big breakthrough: Just What is the Big Surprise?

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You don’t have an HTC Vive right now. You were anticipating that you would do. That’s the promise both HTC and Valve made all the way back in March when it first revealed one of the most anticipated virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) on the horizon. Sadly, there are still another four months to wait; the HTC Vive is now expected to arrive until April 2016. HTC, however, insists that there’s a very good reason for this delay: a ‘very, very big breakthrough’ that lead the company to revise the first edition of the device. READ MORE