Razer announces new $399 OSVR headset

Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) co-founder Razer has announced a $399 (£280) headset with a visual experience "on par" to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Razer is 'on a mission to democratise VR' and will start shipping Hacker Development Kit 2.0 headsets from July, it said at this week's E3 conference. 

The specs

HDK 2 headsets come with custom designed lenses for clearer images and a 90hz low-persistence OLED...

By Rachael Power, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

HTC launches Vive business edition

With the news that 25% of headsets are predicted to be for business use by 2018, HTC's announced its launching a business edition of the Vive. 

The launch of Vive BE is in response to "the huge demand" from enterprises to use VR, the company said.

It'll be available from this month and includes additional services especially for business environments, including commercial licensing, a dedicated Business Edition customer support line and a 12-month limited warranty. 

The headset...

By Rachael Power, 09 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices.

HTC starts shipping Vive directly from website in shorter timeframe

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In a blow to Oculus’ delayed orders, HTC has announced the Vive is now shipping straight from its website within two to three days.

Oculus has received backlash over its shipping delays in recent months, saying supply chain issues are the problem.

The battle between the Rift and Vive for the best high-end headset has been intensifying, too. Amongst other moves, Microsoft recently...

By Rachael Power, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices.

Samsung offers free VR headset with Galaxy purchase in US for Father's Day

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Stuck for what to get a tech-loving Dad for Father's Day? Samsung are offering a free Gear VR headset to anyone who buys a Galaxy device - but only if you're in the US. 

Sadly, Samsung discontinued its promotion for a free Gear VR headset with the preorder of a Samsung S7 and S7 edge devices in the UK a few months back. 

But those in the US can bag themselves a headset with a Galaxy...

By Rachael Power, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Batman themed S7 and Gear VR headset launched by Samsung

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Samsung's announced a new Batman-themed package, which includes an exclusive black and gold S7 edge phone alongside a black matte Gear headset. 

Warner Brothers, DC Entertainment and Samsung got together on the third anniversary of mobile game Injustice: Gods Among Us to announce the limited edition package. But, it'll only be available in China, Singapore, Korea, Mexico and Russia for now, with other countries to be announced...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Brands, Devices.

ARM to beef up 2017 smartphones’ virtual and augmented reality capabilities

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Smartphones are set to get a VR and AR capability boost in 2017, with ARM announcing its new graphics processing unit and processor.

Nearly all smartphones on the market are powered by ARM processors, and performance of devices has increased 100 x since 2009.

To make way for the advent of widespread adoption of VR - where smartphones will be...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Queen's Brian May launches affordable VR viewer

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Not content at letting the likes of Google dominate the affordable VR market, Queen's Brian May has decided to release his own VR viewer, the OWL Virtual Reality Kit. 

May, who also has a PhD in Astrophysics, is a keen lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast and collector. His OWL product has been around since 2009, focusing on Victorian stereo cards and recently released astronomy and Queen-focused 3D images. 

But after...

By Rachael Power, 27 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

HTC’s looking for VR startups to take part in its accelerators

HTC is looking for VR startups to enter its ViveX accelerator, where accepted applicants will receive a package of mentorship, support, office space and more.

Applications close tomorrow for the Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco-based accelerators and those interested need to fill in a few details online.

Those successful will receive from $50,000 to $200,000 in a convertible note or warrant depending on the stage and location of the...

By Rachael Power, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices, Hardware.