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VR vs. Gear VR for Note 4 – Time to Say Goodbye?

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Samsung and Oculus VR’s mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, finally launched for consumers in the US last Friday. It’s been a long journey for the device, which was first announced in September 2014, having seen two Innovator Editions for specific smartphones before arriving at this $99 USD model that supports all of Samsung’s 2015 smartphones. It’s an exciting time to be an owner of one of the first major HMDs, then. That is unless you own the original Innovator Edition of the device. READ MORE

VR vs. Gear VR’s Launch – Is the Timing Right for Mobile VR’s Arrival?

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Oculus VR launches its first consumer virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) this week. But it’s not the Oculus Rift, far from it in fact. While the biggest gun in VR remains on the sidelines for a few more months the VR specialist is launching the Gear VR mobile-based HMD with Samsung in the US this Friday, 20th November. It may not boast the power of the Oculus Rift but the Gear VR is no less promising thanks to its cost, build quality and the past year of support it’s already seen on behalf of the Innovator’s Editions. READ MORE

VR vs. The HTC Vive’s Launch Line-Up – What Can Fans Expect to Play On Day One?

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There’s just over 50 days left of 2015 and, somewhere in that small window, we’re expecting a limited launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). It’s an admittedly strange time for the device, with a release expected so soon and yet VR fans still left totally in the dark as to when it will arrive and how much it will cost. Equally as ambiguous is the kit’s launch line-up of videogames. As limited as this release may be, those lucky enough to secure one will need something to play, and we still don’t know for sure what many of those titles will be. So let’s take a look at what could be on offer later this year. READ MORE

VR vs. Paris Games Week – What to Expect from PlayStation VR and More

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You’d think that the virtual reality (VR) industry has had its fair share of announcements for one year. In the last 10 months Oculus VR has confirmed the release window for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) for Q1 2015, revealed a position-tracked input solution for the device and revealed launch details for the consumer Gear VR. Valve and HTC, meanwhile have introduced the HTC Vive HMD, its ground-breaking SteamVR system and are gearing up for a limited launch this year. Finally, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has renamed its Project Morpheus device to PlayStation VR, revealed a near-final version and announced a H1 2016 launch window. It’s been a hectic year for the tech, then, but it’s not over yet. READ MORE

VR vs. HTC Vive’s Price and Release Date – When Will We See Them?

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A few weeks ago, as part of this very feature series, VRFocus took a look at the lack of release and pricing information for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) after creator Oculus VR chose not to reveal any such details at its Oculus Connect 2 developer conference. With the kit’s Q1 2016 release window fast approaching, it’s anyone’s guess as to when this information might be shared. But the Oculus Rift is far from the only VR HMD in this situation; the same is quickly becoming true of Valve and HTC’s anticipated device, the HTC Vive. READ MORE

VR vs. PlayStation VR’s Possible New Input – Are New Controllers on the Way?


Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) have controllers made specifically for them in the SteamVR controllers and Oculus Touch respectively. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), on the other hand, hasn’t had to create its own controller for the PlayStation VR HMD, as it sort of already has one.  For both better and worse, the company is pushing its PlayStation Move motion controller, a position-tracked device that actually played a big role in the creation of PlayStation VR itself, as its own VR control solution. READ MORE

VR vs. Oculus Rift’s Price and Release Date: When Will We See Them?


“So, we have a huge year ahead.” Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe told an audience of developers and press as well as online enthusiasts at the Loews Hotel 2 weeks back. “Gear VR is going to bring virtual reality to millions, Rift is going to enable true presence, and Touch is going to redefine the way we interact in VR. All the games, apps and experiences that you’re working on have the potential to change the world. And this is just the beginning. Everyone in this room is helping to define the next platform. The next leap forward. I can’t wait to see what we achieve together. READ MORE

VR vs. Trailers: Sony Shows How It’s Done, Samsung Doesn’t


The big takeaway from Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) Tokyo Game Show (TGS) press conference last month was that Project Morpheus, the company’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4, is now known as PlayStation VR. But, within the VR community, SCE also gained some positive attention for the trailer that accompanied the announcement. Seen below, the trailer admirably tackles the resounding issue that VR faces in trying to communicate its effects to a general audience on a 2D screen. READ MORE

VR vs. Oculus Connect 2 – Get Ready for the Main Event

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What a year it’s been. Just 12 short months ago Oculus VR revealed the final prototype for its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), dubbed Crescent Bay. Company CEO Brendan Iribe showcased the kit at the inaugural Oculus Connect developer conference, which itself went down as a huge success. Since that time we’ve finally received word of the full retail version of the Oculus Rift, been promised a consumer Gear VR mobile HMD for 2015 and even seen the prototype for Oculus Touch, the much-touted input solution for VR experiences. READ MORE

VR vs. PlayStation VR – Sony’s New Name is Simply Perfect

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If, like VRFocus, you’ve been following PlayStation’s work in virtual reality (VR) over the past 18 months, then you’re probably used to the name Project Morpheus by now. Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) anticipated head-mounted display (HMD) has gone by that codename ever since its initial reveal in March 2014. But, ultimately, it was just that; a codename. No matter how attached you got to Project Morpheus, it was always going to change, and changed it has. READ MORE