UK consumers think VR headsets are too expensive, survey says

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Oculus Rift launches in the UK this week, but the price may be a barrier to consumers adopting the tech, according to a survey by IT market analysis firm CONTEXT.

While 23% said they would see themselves using a headset once or twice per month, 40% said VR headsets are too expensive.

About a third of the 2,500 consumers surveyed said they would pay about £100 to £200 for a headset, and 21% said they’d pay under £100.

Rift’s price tag of £549 - and...

By Rachael Power, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Hardware.

Microsoft 'exploring virtual reality options' for Project Scorpio

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Microsoft said it’s exploring virtual reality options for its Project Scorpio console, due out during “holiday season” 2017.

In an interview with USA Today, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis said the games for the console, which will support VR, will also be able to render at 4k.

“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the...

By Rachael Power, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Microsoft.

UK startup develops 'wafer thin' virtual reality tracking sensors for headsets

A UK based startup that’s only been around for under a year has developed a tech that tracks facial expressions in virtual reality devices.

Emteq, based in Brighton, uses artificial intelligence  (AI) and tiny sensors to read the electrical signals generated by muscle movement.

This in turn allows someone’s digital avatar, for example, to respond to the changes, without the need for face-tracking cameras.

The tech - or Faceteq, as the company’s calling it - is being developed with an...

By Rachael Power, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hardware.

Alcatel launches standalone virtual reality headset and new 360 cameras

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A standalone virtual reality headset has just been announced by budget smartphone maker Alcatel.

The VISION headset doesn’t need a computer or smartphone to work and comes with 17 millisecond latency - the lowest available, as well as a 120 degree field of vision.

There’s no price just yet but Alcatel says it’ll be “entry-level” and affordable, with CNET quoting around...

By Rachael Power, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Updated Samsung Gear VR headset starts shipping

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The new and improved Samsung Gear VR has started shipping this week alongside the Galaxy Note 7, with several new games and experiences launching on the Oculus Store.

The Gear VR has had some improvements made to its existing design, including a better field of view, being made lighter and more comfortable, a larger touchpad, an Oculus button and interchangeable micro-USB port and USB-C support.

This opens the...

By Rachael Power, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

HTC Vive 'most talked about headset' on social media, says Adobe report

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The HTC Vive has overtaken Oculus Rift as the most ‘talked about’ VR headset online, according to a new Adobe Digital Insights report.

In the 2016 Gaming report, the stats showed a decrease in online mentions of the Microsoft Hololens, Playstation VR and Oculus Rift - but a 115% increase in people talking about the Vive.

The research analysed 20 million social mentions on sites like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter,...

By Rachael Power, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware.

Fundsurfer seeing rise in companies asking about VR/AR investment

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The current major players in the VR headset and software space are slowly creeping worldwide. With Oculus Rift’s launch in Europe and Canada this autumn, Intel and Microsoft’s announcements to make VR experiences available on mainstream PCs and more, it’s clear access to the tech will open up for a wider net of the global population.

And where there’s enterprise, there are startups and companies wanting a slice of the action. The major players aren’t the only pieces...

By Rachael Power, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hardware.

You can start demoing Oculus Rift in the UK very soon

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Oculus Rift is coming to the UK, and from 20 September you may be able to demo it potentially at a local Curry’s PCWorld, GAME, John Lewis or Harrods.

It’s not known which stores and cities the Rift will be demoed, but Oculus did say it would add more locations to its list in due course.

The company announced back in May that it would roll out demos to Europe and Canada, as it offered places in Best Buy stores...

By Rachael Power, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Intel announces new 'merged reality' project and Microsoft partnership

We've had virtual, augmented and mixed reality so far, but now Intel are throwing their own buzzword into the ring: merged reality.

The computing giant announced Project Alloy at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) yesterday, an all-in-one VR solution created from the ground up.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that the headset will have computer and sensors integrated directly into it. It'll leverage the recently updated 

By Rachael Power, 17 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

NVIDIA's new graphics tech is good news for mobile VR

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When OSVR's Yuval Boger spoke to VR Tech News about virtual reality gaming on affordable PCs a few weeks ago, we didn't realise it was a possibility that's just around the corner.

Top-spec and expensive gaming PCs have been the way forward for most when it comes to high-end VR headsets and experiences; but now NVIDIA is promising something more: VR on the go.

It's...

By Rachael Power, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.