HTC plans to enter the mobile VR arena

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With its handset business continuing to falter, HTC is banking on making a success of mobile VR to improve the company’s outlook.

HTC is best known for its smartphones, but their recent flagships have failed to stand out amid tough competition from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and LG. Last year, HTC’s profits dropped almost 80 percent ahead of their next flagship release.

Where HTC has managed to carve itself a place is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

The outlook for VR in 2017: Hardware, content, and going beyond gaming long term

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Having worked through 2016 with businesses and investors on the opportunities and risks of VR, it is clear to me that we are still in the foothills of the eventual impact of VR on a range of industries and business models.  Whilst fully realising the potential of VR will take years, even decades, I can make four predictions that are likely to be true in 2017:

Computer games will be a big winner in the short term

VR in computer gaming is an attractive theme for investors because this...

By Nick Field, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Ecosystems, Gaming, Hardware.

Christmas stressing you out? Here's four VR apps to help you chill

Virtual reality has made quite a comeback in 2016. Thanks to Oculus, HTC and Sony, consumer friendly VR is finally rolling out and now everyone and their grandma has tried a roller coaster ride on a smartphone strapped to their face.

But VR can do more. Much more. As VR can cut us out from boring ol' reality and immerse us in something we can control (and desire), it is the perfect tool to help us overcome stress, among other issues like anxiety, fears and psychological trauma. So...

By Parth Misra, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Qualcomm and Lionsgate announce Power Ranger VR experience

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If you were a child of the 90’s, chances are you’ll have had an argument with your friends about which Power Ranger you were.

One thing’s for sure though, whether you were pink, green or blue, we’ll be you didn’t imagine the Rangers and their baddies in VR.

But the coloured ones will be making their way to a headset potentially near you in the coming year, as Qualcomm has joined forces with Lionsgate to - ahem - power - a...

By Rachael Power, 19 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Oculus announces 53 'made for VR' games for Touch

Oculus Touch is being released this week, along with a whole host of made-for-VR titles that will work with the controllers.

Touch controllers were delayed from the release of the Oculus Rift so the company could make improvements to them, it said in an earlier blog.

However, they are now set to go on sale from 6 December for £189.99 from retailers including Amazon and GAME. You still have a day to preorder it if you want...

By Rachael Power, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Ex-Pixar specialists launch Gary the Gull for VR

Growing up watching Pixar movies is definitely a hallmark of a 90’s child. Even if you’re not, chances are you’ve seen - and maybe cried at - Up, Finding Nemo and Wall E.

In the dawning age of VR, bringing that kind of emotive animation inside a headset is a very powerful thing indeed, but not as simple as it sounds.

That’s why we were interested in a recent Steam and PlayStation VR release based around a lovable, Pixar-esque character: Gary the Gull.

By Rachael Power, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Clash of Clans launches short 360 battle experience

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Fans of the popular mobile game Clash of Clans can now embark on a 360 experience that seats them on the back of a Hog as it goes into battle.

The game, estimated to have 30 million plus daily active users, is produced by Finnish company Supercell.

The 360 Hog Rider experience matches a similar ‘battle’ 360 experience it launched around the same time last...

By Rachael Power, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Have you tried Doom 3 on the HTC Vive yet?

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A newly released mod now means you can play Doom 3 on the HTC Vive with its motion tracking controllers.

This only applies to the Doom BFG edition and is based on OpenVR, and there are numerous Reddit threads explaining how to give it a shot on your Vive.

One in particular, from AerowynX, tells players how they can use a good texture pack, provides step-by-step...

By Rachael Power, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Neutron VR wins UK small business award for 'best use of tech'

Newcastle-based commercial VR company Neutron VR has beaten hundreds of other small businesses to win an award for the Best Use of Technology at this year’s Nectar Business Small Business Awards.

This is the first time a virtual reality based business has won a Nectar award.

The VR business was commended for its creative use of technology and impressed the judging panel, including Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willingham.

Neutron VR uses gaming technology to improve other companies' enterprise and...

By Rachael Power, 25 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

How to hide from reality with this Hillary Wins VR experience

Waking up to the US presidential election results earlier this month, the first thing I thought was: “No, this can’t be real”.

Fingers poised over my Samsung keyboard, I hesitated at the thought of adding my views to a timeline that was already full and filling with shocked reactions.

But one idea quickly popped into my mind: an alternate world. Virtual reality.

Without thinking, I typed a quick quip:

By Rachael Power, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.