HTC Vive Launches $599 Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset in North America, Europe

HTC’s Vive Focus virtual reality (VR) headset is finally making its way to markets outside of Asia: HTC Vive announced during a press event in San Francisco Thursday that the standalone headset is coming to 37 new markets in North America and Europe. The headset will sell for $599 in the U.S., with HTC Vive offering a $749 enterprise “Advantage” […]

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Disney-Backed VR Startup Jaunt Lays Off Significant Portion of Staff, Refocuses on Augmented Reality

San Mateo, Calif.-based virtual reality startup Jaunt XR is laying off a significant portion of its staff as it shifts its focus to augmented reality, the company announced Monday. “Today we had to make some difficult decisions in an effort to realign Jaunt for continued success,” the company said in a statement sent to Variety. “We are restructuring the company, […]

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Location-Based VR Startup Nomadic to Open First Location in Florida

Bay Area-based virtual reality (VR) startup Nomadic is getting ready to open up its first VR center in Orlando, Florida this fall. Nomadic is opening its first space at the Pointe Orlando mall with an adaptation of “Arizona Sunshine,” a zombie VR shooter that’s already popular on in-home VR systems as well as in VR arcades. Nomadic worked with Vertigo […]

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Disney-Backed VR Startup The Void Quietly Replaces CEO

The Void, a startup specializing in location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences, has a new CEO: Craig Watson, who has been chairman of The Void’s board of directors, stepped into the CEO role last month, a company spokesperson confirmed this week. Watson replaced Cliff Plumer, who had become CEO of the company in early 2017. “Cliff Plumer has stepped down as […]

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Samsung Prepping Launch of New Odyssey+ VR Headset

Samsung is looking to launch a revised version of its high-end virtual reality (VR) headset, if a new FCC filing is any indication. The regulatory filing, which is partially redacted, mentions a new VR headset called the Samsung HMD Odyssey+. A Samsung spokesperson declined to comment. Samsung first launched the original Odyssey headset in October of last year. The headset […]

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Future of Imax VR Uncertain After Company Closes Two Centers

Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Toronto: When Imax opened up virtual reality centers in a handful of cities around the world last year, the company painted it as a first step toward a possible massive global initiative. The iconic brand was looking for a chance to expand beyond cinemas and become a major player in the nascent market for location-based […]

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Disney Animation’s First VR Film, ‘Cycles,’ Set to Premiere

Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut its first virtual-reality short film next month, marking a new experiment by a major studio to use the power of VR to enhance storytelling. The short film, “Cycles,” is directed by Disney Animation lighting artist Jeff Gipson, marking his VR directorial debut. It centers around the true meaning of creating a home, inspired by […]

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Virtual reality could cure your fear of heights

Fear of heights can be beaten by using virtual reality to simulate being perched on a 10th-floor balcony, a study claims. Psychiatrists at Oxford University tested the therapy on 100 volunteers who had the phobia for an average of 30 years. They put on VR headsets and were “taken” to an office building, where they started low before gradually getting […]

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Oculus to Stream Select World Cup Matches in VR

Facebook-owned Oculus is going to stream a handful of Word Cup matches in virtual reality (VR), for free: Starting with Sunday’s face-off between Mexico and Germany, Oculus will stream four games via its recently-unveiled social co-viewing app Venues. Other matches to be streamed via Oculus Venues include Portugal vs. Morocco on June 20, Brazil vs. Costa Rica on June 22 and England vs. […]

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