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WEVR Bringing TheBluVR: Encounter to HTC Vive


Virtual reality (VR) fans may have heard of TheBluVR before. Originally developed for Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD), a few changes have been made to this upcoming underwater experience. Followers may well have guessed as much when the logo for developer WEVR, formerly Wemolabs, appeared on a list of partners working with HTC and Valve on the newly-announced Vive HMD at the former’s press conference earlier today. As it turns out, WEVR is actually bringing TheBluVR: Encounter to the new device. READ MORE

Gear VR Getting Commerce Store in US Later This Month


Today saw Samsung announce a new version of its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), supporting the newly-revealed Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. The kit was announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain ahead of Mobile World Congress (MBW) this week. A handful of details were confirmed at the time but now Oculus VR, the VR specialists that worked with Samsung on the device has followed up with more details.  Specifically, the company has finally revealed when a commerce store for Gear VR will launch in the USA. READ MORE

Convrge Hosting Leonard Nimoy Tribute Today


Last week saw social virtual reality (VR) platform Convrge open its new theatre area, allowing those that use the software to meetup online and watch videos together using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A week on and the platform will now be used to honour actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away earlier this week at age 83. READ MORE

Gear VR for S6 Features USB Port for ‘extended usage time’


The HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) might be stealing headlines thanks to a partnership with Valve, but Samsung also had an exciting update to share today for its Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. The company revealed that it would be releasing a new version of its kit to support its newly-announced handsets, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Outside of new compatibility, few changes are expected for the device. One important update that is being add to Gear VR for S6 however is USB compatibility. READ MORE

Opinion: Is HTC Vive Really Valve’s VR HMD?


Earlier today VRFocus reported on a rumour that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was soon set to reveal its very own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The report was hardly surprising given that many companies have offered low-cost, smartphone-based HMDs in the past year and that HTC was set to host a pre-Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference in Barcelona, Spain later on in the day. As that conference drew to a close, it began to look like such an announcement might not happen. Then came the twist; not only was HTC working on a HMD but it was doing so in partnership with Valve, the company behind Steam and the developer of Half-Life. READ MORE

Epic Games on HTC Vive: Stay Tuned


Tomorrow marks the start of a long week for virtual reality (VR) as both the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Mobile World Congress (MWC) kick off. Even before either of these shows can start there’s been huge news for the technology, namely that smartphone maker HTC has partnered with Valve to reveal the HTC Vive, a new head-mounted display (HMD). A long list of companies has been announced to be working on the device, though a notable omission is Unreal Engine 4 creator Epic Games. However the studio has hinted that a collaboration may be in the works. READ MORE

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S6 and Edge Compatible Gear VR


As expected, electronics giant Samsung has today revealed a new version of its smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the Gear VR. The company made the reveal at its Unpacked press event in Barcelona, Spain, ahead of both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week. However this isn’t the next iteration of the device with new features but instead a simple variation that features support for the company’s newly-announced flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. READ MORE

Cloudhead Bringing The Gallery: Six Elements to HTC Vive


Last week VRFocus reported on a teaser from indie developer Cloudhead Games in which the studio suggested that it had new hardware to showcase with its virtual reality (VR) videogame, The Gallery: Six Elements. That teaser has now been revealed in full; Cloudhead Games is working on bringing its anticipated title to the newly-announced HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD). The developer will be showcasing The Gallery: Six Elements running on the new HMD at next week’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. READ MORE

Steam VR Uses ‘base stations’ to Track Physical Location


When Half-Life developer Valve announced that it would be showcasing new virtual reality (VR) technology with its Steam VR system at next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), excitement quickly built up. As it turns out, the first details about Steam VR have been revealed today as Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has revealed its new VR head-mounted display (HMD), HTC Vive, which has been created in partnership with Valve. According to HTC, the HMD will be working with a pair of Steam VR ‘base stations’. READ MORE

HTC Vive Dev Kit Detailed, Release Revealed


Today sees the announcement of the HTC Vive. The Taiwanese smartphone maker lifted the lid on its new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC), surprisingly revealing that it had partnered with Valve to produce the device. Traditionally the announcement of a VR HMD is followed by years of speculation about a consumer release, but HTC has already confirmed when various versions of the HTC Vive will be shipping, as well as the first specs on the developer kit for the device. READ MORE