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Posts tagged “virtual reality”

Facebook is locking some Oculus Quest 2 owners out of their headsets

By all accounts, the Oculus Quest 2 is a lovely bit of kit. Resident hardware buff Katharine reckons it's the best low-budget VR headset you can get your hands on in her Oculus Quest 2 review, with the caveat that you don't mind creating a Facebook account for it. Turns out, that last part may be more of a dealbreaker than first thought, with some…

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Rhythmic VR workout Beat Saber now has multiplayer

Until now, your only foe in VR sword-slasher Beat Saber was the music. A fight to the death against floating blocks hurled through the void in time to some boppin' tunes. While you'll still be decapitating cubes, the latest update for Beat Games' virtual, musical fencer adds multiplayer, letting you test your moves against up to five other humans making fools of themselves in their…

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Feature: A worthy if divisive successor to the Oculus Rift S

Oculus Quest 2 review

When I tested the Oculus Quest earlier in the year, it was one of the most freeing VR experiences I've ever had. It was also one of the most uncomfortable. Ditching the cable for wire-free VR is definitely the way forward as far as I'm concerned, but not when the headset in question crushes my nose, pinches my cheeks and makes me feel like I…

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Oculus Quest 2 will start at £299 when it launches in October, replacing the Rift S

Facebook have confirmed that the Oculus Quest 2 will start from £299 / $299 when it launches on October 13th, which is a full £100 / $100 less than the original Quest. Sadly, the arrival of the Quest 2 also signals the death of our current favourite VR headset, the Rift S, as Facebook also announced they'll be focusing on standalone VR headsets going forward,…

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Facebook have leaked the Oculus Quest 2 early

Facebook have accidentally leaked the Oculus Quest 2 after a pair of videos detailing the new VR headset emerged on their Blueprint training site yesterday. The successor to the standalone Oculus Quest is due to be officially announced tomorrow during Facebook's Connect developer conference on September 16th, but you can watch both videos right here to get an early sneak peek. Boasting a display with…

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Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account, and that sucks

Oculus plan to make Facebook accounts mandatory for all of their VR headsets, starting with new users from October 2020, Oculus announced last night. The move comes as part of the VR giant's plans to end support for existing Oculus accounts on January 1st 2023 and shift everyone over to the same system as their parent company, Facebook. The idea is that it will "make…

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Oculus Go is going away this December

Oculus have announced they're ending sales of the Oculus Go this year, just two years after it first launched. The all-in-one Oculus Go was the precursor to the now wildly popular Oculus Quest, offering an untethered VR experience that didn't rely on you on having a particular kind of phone or a powerful PC. It also cost a fraction of the price, with 32GB models…

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The Oculus Quest is finally back in stock for UK buyers

The Oculus Quest is a great VR headset if you don't want to be wired in to your PC all the time, but trying to get hold of one has been increasingly difficult these past few months, as stock levels have been pretty patchy to say the least. Still, after returning to US stores last month, the UK has finally received the same treatment.

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HP’s Reverb G2 looks an awful lot like the Valve Index

After teasing their new VR cybergoggles earlier this year, HP have now fully unveiled their new Reverb G2 headset, and it looks an awful lot like the Valve Index. That's probably because it's been designed in collaboration with Valve, and uses the same lenses and speakers that they created for the Index. However, HP's Reverb G2 takes things even further with a higher resolution display…

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Feature: Should have been called the Google Clipboard if I'm honest

I played Half-Life: Alyx on a Google Cardboard (sort of)

I've been flitting between lots of different VR headsets over the last month or so, in my quest to find the best VR headset of all. But who needs to spend upwards of 400 quid when the £12 / $15 Google Cardboard can also be used to play big SteamVR games like Half-Life: Alyx? Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to the magic of VRidge,…

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Feature: It's expensive, but the Valve Index is the best VR headset by a country mile

Valve Index review: the gold standard for VR headsets

When the Oculus Rift S offers a pretty darn great VR experience for £399 / $399, is there really any reason to spend upwards of a grand on a headset like the £919 / $999 Valve Index? Probably not if, like the rest of us, you don't have a spare mattress full of cash squirrelled away in your back bedroom. However, if you do fall…

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Feature: Quest for perfection

Oculus Quest review: a better buy than the Rift S?

Unlike the Oculus Rift S, the Oculus Quest doesn't technically need a PC in order to play VR games. Instead, it's a standalone VR headset that you can play completely wire-free without having a great big gaming PC at your disposal. Naturally, this means it's not quite as powerful as a PC-based headset, and the games you can play on it are limited to what's…

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Feature: Second only to the Valve Index

Oculus Rift S review: the best VR headset for the masses

When Oculus launched their original Rift headset back in 2016, I was one of those people who was firmly in the HTC Vive camp. Back then, I just couldn't see the appeal. The Rift didn't do proper room-scale VR, it didn't come with any motion controllers, and it was just as much of a faff to set up due to its external sensor. Fast forward…

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Feature: An improvement on the regular Cosmos, but man alive it's way too expensive

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite review: standing in the shadow of the Valve Index

When HTC first announced that their new Vive Cosmos headset had a modular faceplate design that would let you update it for "different VR needs in the future", it wasn't entirely clear what those needs would actually entail. Would it be the faceplate equivalent of their Vive Tracker doodad for bringing real-world objects in VR? Or would it somehow introduce eye-tracking like their Vive Pro…

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Feature: But it struggles to stick the landing

HTC Vive Cosmos review: the modular VR headset with all the right ideas

VR headsets have always been quite an expensive proposition for a lot of people. Oculus may have been slowly driving down the price of VR over the last couple of years with their PC-based Rift S headset and standalone Oculus Quest, but HTC's Vive headsets have remained firmly at the higher, more prohibitive end of the VR gaming pool ever since the very first Vive…

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Oculus Quest is back in stock in the UK and US

Good news for VR fans this morning, as the Oculus Quest is finally back in stock over on Oculus' website. The standalone VR headset doesn't technically require a PC in order to play VR games, but thanks to the recent launch of Oculus Link which is currently in beta for the Quest, you can indeed now play Oculus Rift games on the Quest as long…

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Feature: Every VR headset tested for comfort, visuals and experience

What’s the best VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx?

Half-Life: Alyx may have been built from the ground up to support Valve's super expensive Index headset, but as you may have seen from my Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs article, you can actually play it on any VR headset that supports SteamVR, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift headsets and any Windows Mixed Reality headset. Heck, you can even play Half-Life:…

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