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Here’s what video games I ‘d be playing if National Computer game Day was a genuine vacation

Here’s what video games I ‘d be playing if National Computer...

Oh wow it’s National Video Game Day again already? I couldn’t care less, and neither could you unless you’re selling something. It’s a stupid, nonsense holiday. But what if it wasn’t? What if we lived in a parallel universe where NVG Day was a universally revered high holy day? I might finally have a chance to…
HTC Vive Universe VR: We have the cost, release date, and very first hands-on

HTC Vive Universe VR: We have the cost, release date, and...

Say hello to the Vive Cosmos, HTC's first PC-VR headset with inside-out tracking. Sam Machkovech Dummy head not included with the $699 retail price. Also not included: any extra lighthouse tracking boxes. It's all inside-out tracking! Sam Machkovech That inside-out tracking is fueled by an array of six built-in lenses. You can see four of…
Current Valve VR upgrade consists of covert Half-Life demonstration code

Current Valve VR upgrade consists of covert Half-Life demonstration code

Enlarge / Decompiled code does not make for very exciting visual imagery, so this picture from a fan-made Half-Life-style VR demo will have to suffice for now. Remember when Valve didn't just perpetually rake in Dota 2 money and instead made games for a little franchise called Half-Life? It has been well over a decade…
British Airways screening VR headsets for superior guests this year

British Airways screening VR headsets for superior guests this year

Enlarge / Ars editor Sam Machkovech donning an Oculus Go headset. This isn't the headset British Airways will use, but it serves a similar function. Plane travel can be a hassle at best and a panic-inducing experience at worst. But passengers who get anxious around takeoff may have a new option to calm those nerves.…
Embodying taller avatars in VR can make us more positive in reality

Embodying taller avatars in VR can make us more positive in...

The high immersive capacity of virtual reality is often acknowledged as its main virtue when compared to other media and communication technologies. It is indeed a defining virtue. However, when it comes to the virtue that could really position VR as a powerful positive technology in the market, we have to look at another key feature: avatar…
Pornography business desires $10 K to shoot you screwing in VR prior to you’re too old to be appealing

Pornography business desires $10 K to shoot you screwing in VR...

“Yes, time travel is finally possible.” As someone who’s written extensively about quantum physics, the arrow of time, and other wacky aspects of our amazing universe, I’ve waited my entire career to see that sentence pop up in my inbox. I just never expected it would be VR Bangers, a pornography company, that sent it.…
Evaluation: The Insta360 EVO is amongst the very best VR video cameras under $500

Evaluation: The Insta360 EVO is amongst the very best VR video...

Insta360’s EVO is a nifty little 360 cam that transforms into a 180-degree VR camera. It’s not the first device out there capable of shooting in both modes, but it’s one of the few that can be had for less than four figures. And, thanks to its diminutive size and ease-of-use, I’ve had more fun…
TNW’s mid-2019 guide to virtual truth hardware

TNW’s mid-2019 guide to virtual truth hardware

Virtual reality is a booming technology. Like artificial intelligence and blockchain, it’s on a meteoric rise and every big tech company on the planet wants in. But there’s more to VR than market value and technical specifications. Hardware such as the Oculus Quest and games such as Beat Saber are bringing VR into the mainstream,…
Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the very best virtual truth system to purchase in 2019?

Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the very best virtual truth system to...

Enlarge / Front row: PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, Valve Index, Oculus Rift S. Back row: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pro. (Only headsets from the front row made our recommended-in-2019 list.) Sam Machkovech Virtual reality as a consumer-grade tech isn't going anywhere if the PC gaming titans at Valve Corporation have anything to say…
Evaluation: Penn & & Teller’s VR experience is amusing, wonderful, and extremely harsh

Evaluation: Penn & & Teller’s VR experience is amusing, wonderful, and...

Gearbox today launched Penn & Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, & Underhanded. Anyone who remembers the old boxed magician‘s tool-kits from yesteryear (amaze and astound your friends!) will feel right at home with this hilariously cruel VR experience. P&T: VR isn’t a game so much as it’s a performance aid, tool for pranksters, or…

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