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Lilbits 310: Google protects Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a platform for turning your smartphone into a virtual reality headset using a folded piece of cardboard and a few lenses to adjust the focal distance. It’s probably the cheapest way to experience VR, assuming you’ve already got a phone. A growing number of mobile apps let you do everything from explore […]

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View-Master VR headset now available for $30 (compatible with Google Cardboard)

Toy maker Mattel has brought the classic View-Master into the 21st century. Earlier this year the company announced plans to launch a Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality headset that lets you drop a smartphone into a case, hold it up to your eyes, and explore virtual environments. Now it’s available for purchase for $30. And while […]

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Samsung Gear VR headset coming in November for $99

Samsung’s virtual reality headset which uses your smartphone as a display will be available this fall for $99. If you’ve been keeping track of these things, you’ll know that you can already buy a Samsung Gear VR, but the version that’s already on the market is an “Innovator Edition” model which had a higher price tag […]

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Most HTC Vive virtual reality headsets won’t ship until 2016

HTC is partnering with Valve to launch the first virtual reality headset designed in conjunction with the company behind the Steam gaming platform. The HTC Vive was unveiled earlier this year with the promise that it would be available by the end of 2015. Now HTC and Valve say only a small number of units will […]

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Oculus Cinema to make VR more social: watch movies with friends

It’s hard to imagine something more antisocial than strapping a virtual reality headset to your face, blocking out the outside world, and watching a movie. But VR pioneer Oculus thinks it may have a solution for folks that want to watch movies together. The company already has a video app called Oculus Cinema, which is […]

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Nokia rumored to enter the virtual reality market

Nokia Technologies, the development company left behind when Microsoft acquired the phone-related portion of the business, is hosting a special VIP event in Los Angeles next week. Rumor has it that Nokia Tech will unveil a virtual reality product at the event. According to Re/Code, sources familiar with Nokia’s plans claims the company is set […]

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OnePlus is giving away Cardboard VR headsets (for your phone)

Smartphone maker OnePlus plans to reveal its second phone on July 27th, and the company is holding an unusual press event: the whole thing will be streamed live over the internet in virtual reality. But what if you don’t have a VR headset? No problem… OnePlus is giving them away. Well, kind of. OnePlus designed […]

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Meet the Oculus Rift VR headset… and its Oculus Touch controllers

Oculus is getting ready to launch the commercial version of its virtual reality headset in the first quarter of 2016. The company announced new details about the upcoming VR device at an event about a week before the upcoming E3 game show. Thethe company still hasn’t revealed how much Oculus Rift headset will cost.   The Rift will […]