Google Cardboard goes open source (as Google moves away from smartphone VR)

Folks who attended the Google IO conference in 2013 got a free Chromebook Pixel worth $1,300. A year later, Google gave attendees a piece of cardboard… But Google Cardboard was a surprise hit of Google IO 2014, because when you followed the company’s instructions to fold up the cardboard, insert glasses, and then put your […]

Lenovo’s ThinkReality headset takes on HoloLens in enterprise augmented reality

Lenovo introduced its first “mixed reality” headsets since 2017, but like most devices designed to use Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, the Lenovo Explorer was really more of a virtual reality headset that blocked out the real world and replaced it with a virtual one. The company’s new ThinkReality A6, meanwhile, is a true augmented reality […]

Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is also coming May 31 for $399

Facebook is launching two new VR headsets. As mentioned earlier today, the Oculus Rift S is an updated headset that plugs into your PC and which features a higher-resolution display, inside-out position tracking, and a more comfortable design. And the Oculus Quest is a new standalone headset that doesn’t require a computer at all. They’re both […]

Oculus Rift S VR headset up for pre-order for $399 (ships in late May)

jThe Oculus Rift S is a virtual reality headset with a higher-resolution display than the original Oculus Rift, support for inside-out position tracking (so you don’t need to place sensors around the room), and a more comfortable design. First announced in March, the new headset is up for pre-order from the Microsoft Store for $399, […]

Magic Leap One augmented reality headset heads to (some) AT&T stores starting April 1st

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is an expensive piece of technology that’s not really aimed at consumers yet… but which could help pave the way for the future where wearable devices blur the lines between the physical and digital worlds. Maybe. Kind of. Anyway, the folks at Magic Leap began selling the headset to […]

Oculus Rift S is a higher-res VR headset with inside-out tracking (for $399)

The Oculus Rift was arguably the headset that really kicked off the modern virtual reality boom. But it’s been nearly three years since the original Rift started shipping. Now the Facebook-owned Oculus has partnered with Lenovo to design a new model called the Oculus Rift S. It’s designed to be more comfortable. It supports inside-out […]

SteamVR motion smoothing aims to make VR bearable on cheaper PCs

A high-end gaming computer can easily cost thousands of dollars by the time you’ve outfitted it with the latest high-performance components. But you don’t necessarily need an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics to play games — there are thousands of games that are perfectly playable on older or less powerful […]