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Google and LG inch closer to virtual reality displays indistinguishable from real reality

Strap a virtual reality headset to your face and you can be transported to faraway or fantastical places, play interactive games, or explore 360-degree videos. But the realism is a bit tempered by today’s display technology: your field of view is more limited in VR than in the real world, and sometimes it can feel […]

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HTC introduce Vive Pro virtual reality headset (with higher-res display)

Today’s virtual reality headsets aim to offer an immersive experience thanks to a combination of motion tracking, spatial audio, and special lenses that make tiny screens seem like huge displays. But when you get a really, really good look at the 2160 x 1200 pixel displays on a device like the original HTC Vive and […]

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Japan display unveils 803ppi LCD for virtual reality, sets sights on 1000ppi

It’s not hard to find a smartphone display with over 500 pixels per inch (ppi). But put that display into a virtual reality headset and you can see a bit of a “screen door” effect. Since headsets include lenses that zoom in on the display, you can actually see the lines between individual pixels, which […]

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Samsung unveils 858 ppi display for virtual reality

Samsung’s Gear VR headsets may be designed to turn the company’s phones into virtual reality displays. But even phones with full HD or higher-res displays can suffer from a bit of “screen door” effect when viewed through lenses that magnify the screen so much that you can see the lines between pixels. The Samsung Galaxy […]

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JDI unveils 651 ppi display for virtual reality applications

The Google Pixel XL smartphone has a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display with 534 pixels per inch (ppi). When you’re holding it in your hands, it’s tough to see where one pixel ends and the next begins. But stick it into a Daydream View VR headset and the lenses change the focal distance […]

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$399 OSVR virtual reality headset dev kit launches in July

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality systems started shipping recently, but virtual reality is still in its infancy, and some games or VR experiences that work with one headset may not work with another. So it’s interesting to see another option called the Open Source Virtual Reality project, or OSVR. An early launched in 2015, […]

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Zotac Mobile VR stuffs a gaming PC in a backpack for virtual reality on the go

High-end virtual reality systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift need high-powered PCs to work, which makes them a bit less portable than a Google Cardboard-style system that just uses your phone’s screen and processor. But Zotac figures there’s a way to use premium VR kits on the go: stuff one of the company’s […]

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Android N preview 2 includes hints of Force Touch support and Virtual Reality mode

Google recently launched the second developer preview of Android N with support for the Vulcan graphics API, Unicode 9 emoji (with options for emoji that look like people rather than little yellow blobs), and launcher shortcuts. But there are also a number of thing in Android N Developer Preview 2 that Google didn’t officially call attention […]

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Mozilla wants to bring virtual reality to the web

Virtual Reality is all the rage these days, with 15,000 pre-orders of HTC’s new $800 headset having been placed in 10 minutes, millions of Google Cardboard headsets already shipped to date, and even McDonald’s getting in on the action. Right now there are probably more people using smartphone apps for VR and immersive experiences than just […]

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Would you buy a virtual reality device from Nintendo?

Nintendo is “looking into virtual reality” again… about 20 years after launching the ill-fated Virtual Boy. During an investor briefing, Nintendo officials mentioned they’re looking at VR, according to game consultant @serkantoto. In 1995, Nintendo was ahead of its time in terms of virtual reality. The Virtual Boy console allowed users to play games in stereoscopic 3D. […]