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SteamVR

5 months ago

SteamVR Input aims to unify the fractured new frontier

With every mega-corporation and their mega-dog throwing fat sacks of cash at Virtual Reality right now, and a multitude of headsets available, it's easy to forget that nobody really has any idea what they're doing right now. While consensus on how to advance headset technology seems to be fairly universal, every company seems to have their own idea of how to control things in virtual…

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7 months ago

1 year ago

Microsoft’s cheaper, lower-spec VR initiative Mixed Reality launches October 17th

Arriving late to virtual reality, Microsoft have rebranded it Windows Mixed Reality et voila, the revolution will begin anew on October 17th. Microsoft have announced that Mixed Reality support will hit Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update on that day, launching their VR initiative alongside headsets from several companies. Windows Mixed Reality is a term that supposedly will one day encompass both virtual reality…

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3 years ago

HTC Insists Vive Deliveries On Track Despite Complaints

Lately there's been no small amount of worry that folk who pre-ordered Valve & HTC's future-goggles weren't likely to get them at the predicted time - which, for the first-wave of adopters, should be any day now. With reports of payments being automatically cancelled, deliveries being delayed and express shipping add-ons defaulting back to economy, folk were getting shaky - especially as the more definite…

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Play Non-VR Games With SteamVR Desktop Theater

Are you sold on VR yet? While there are a few upcoming games I think look spectacular - such as Universe Sandbox 2 - not to mention a few that I've played and have enjoyed, I'm not completely there yet myself. Valve's in-development SteamVR Desktop Theatre Mode isn't quite the golden ticket to bypassing my skepticism, however it does seem pretty interesting. Essentially, it's a…

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Cyber-Ready? Valve Release SteamVR Performance Test

2016 is the year when the wealthy shall ascend into virtual reality, leaving the rest of us behind to refill their tubes of nutrient paste, massage their feet, and empty their buckets. The Oculus Rift is launching in March for $600/£500, while the HTC Vive coming in April for $800 (plus, probably, tax and shipping), and they demand a hefty PC to power 'em too.…

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Valve Time Strikes Again: No SteamVR / HTC ‘Til Spring

It wasn't that many months ago that I had fondly but confidently dreamed I would be spending Christmas in a VR wonderland. Those tykes at Valve seem always able to convince me that this time, this time they're going to meet a mooted release date. Of course they're not going to! It is completely, absolutely their thing to not do it! Would they even still…

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4 years ago

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SteamVR: A Chat About What Worked And What Didn’t

Alec and Graham have both had a go on SteamVR, aka the HTC Vive (as described here and here). Yes, aren't they glorious, beautiful, shining examples of humanity? You can touch them if you like. No, not there. And not for that long. What are you.. ew, no, no, get off. Actually, just stand over there and avert your eyes while they have a big…

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Feature: Body-on With The HTC Vive

12 Observations About SteamVR

Through a series of fortunate events, I found myself in a backroom at EGX Rezzed last week, wearing a plastic box on my face, clutching a wand-shaped controller in each hand and walking around digital worlds. I was trying out SteamVR, aka the HTC Vive, and it was... well, in the longer term I need to go and have a hard think about how to…

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Valve’s Vive VR Prototype Is Better Than The Oculus Rift’s

I've used the Oculus Rift DK1, HD and DK2 for hours and hours and enjoyed my time with each of them immensely, but on each occasion, I'd feel some sense of relief upon taking the headset off. Relief that my head could cool down, relief my eyes could relax, relief that I hadn't thrown up. When my twenty minutes with Valve and HTC's Vive came…

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Job Simulator: A Peek At One Of SteamVR’s First Games

"There were once places beyond reach," explains the chap hired to provide grandiose gravelly vocals on the overblown launch video for Valve's virtual reality system, Vive. "Sights unseen," he adds as some guy dramatically takes an entire cosmic dustcloud to the face. "They called to us and let us hear. A world within ours - wild and without end. Welcome to a new reality." That…

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So Valve’s Virtual Reality Thinger Got Announced…

...Please don't do these sorts of things on a weekend, big companies. My heart can't take it. So: the 'Vive!' The first time Steam VR has broken cover! A hardware partnership between Valve and HTC! Dual 1200 x 1080 displays with a 90 frames per second refresh rate! All kinds of apparently super-precise head-tracking with no jitter! But that's not the half of it. Add…

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5 years ago

Steam In Your Eyes: Big Picture Now For VR Headsets

Years of only seeing the "VR" suffix in fiction has made it feel futuristic and unreal, but now it's popping up everywhere. Valve have just quietly slipped support for virtual reality into Steam, letting you use their Big Picture interface while wearing a headset. It's called SteamVR of course, and it's in beta.

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