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Facebook tests showing ads within the Oculus Quest because of course they will

When Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg pledged to keep the photo-sharing app independent. "We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook," he wrote in a statement at the time. Then, following the WhatsApp acquisition in 2014, WhatsApp's co-founder...

Apple’s mixed reality headset could launch with an advanced eye-tracking system

Apple is said to be working on its mixed reality headset and while it won’t launch before 2022, we do have some alleged information about the product.  As per popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company’s upcoming mixed reality headset is going to feature an advanced eye-tracking system. “Apple's eye-tracking system includes a transmitter and a...

Firefox Reality is a new web browser built for Oculus, Viveport, and Daydream VR

While it would appear that virtual reality has fallen off in popularity in recent years, companies are still putting a considerable amount of work into it. We've seen Google working on adding support for multiple controllers in a possible future hardware revision of the Google Daydream, and Qualcomm announced a chip earlier this year directly...

VRidge 2.2 now supports Google Daydream, lets you play PC VR games

VRidge is a very cool tool that allows you to play SteamVR games without needing an expensive HTC Vive headset. Version 2.2 of VRidge makes it possible to play SteamVR games with the Google Daydream View, along with other standalone headsets. Version 2.2 supports the HTC Vive Focus, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Daydream...

Google Daydream could soon support multiple controllers

Google Daydream VR is Google’s virtual reality solution for mobile devices. What started as more of a cool tech demo has turned into a whole lot more, as it's a somewhat popular gaming platform now, too. Complete with Unity support, developers can develop games for it pretty easily. Interestingly, the changelog for the latest version of the...

Test the VR Performance of Your Smartphone Using VRMark for Android

The slew of new device releases with their fancy new processors and ever-changing and ever-improving specifications can often confuse consumers on how well a device is expected to perform. With the recent push in VR and AR, these changing factors can have a significant impact on the user's mobile experience because of the intensive nature...

“Seurat”, Google’s tool to create high-fidelity mobile VR scenes, is now open source

Google has announced the open sourcing of its "Seurat" tool, which they revealed at last year's Google I/O. Seurat is a tool which can be used to create high-fidelity mobile virtual reality scenes, while also reducing the complexity and computing power required to run them. This meant that developers could squeeze more performance out of...

Qualcomm Announces New AI Platform, Snapdragon 845 VR Headset Reference Design, and More

Mobile World Conference, the world's largest gathering of smartphone OEMs, chipmakers, and telecom companies, is just weeks away. Ahead of the festivities, Qualcomm took the wraps off a slew of technologies it'll be highlighting at the show, including a multi-device Bluetooth audio feature for Snapdragon chipsets, a new artificial intelligence platform, a refreshed mobile VR...

HTC Cancels Plans to Release Wireless VR Headset with Google in the USA

HTC's Vive-like VR headset based on Daydream for Android devices is said to have been cancelled for western markets, according to a report from TechCrunch. Supposedly made in partnership with Google and originally slated for a release at the end of 2017, the headset seems to have been dropped entirely, likely due to the changing climate...

Google Launches Resonance Audio SDK for Immersive Virtual Reality Positional Audio

We constantly use sound to help us navigate the world in ways that we often do not even realize, and as a result inaccurate positional audio is often one of the key factors that can break immersion with virtual reality (VR). Today, Google is announcing that they are taking steps to improve the quality and...

Test out new Virtual Reality Features in Google Chrome with this Flag

Basic virtual reality using a Google Daydream VR headset was added to Chrome 61 in the stable branch a few weeks ago without needing to enable any hidden toggles or flags. This meant simply visiting any VR enabled website with a VR device connected would allow you to make use of virtual reality features offered...

Google is Working on a VR Recovery for Standalone VR Headsets

If you've ever dabbled in the world of custom ROMs and kernels, you're probably somewhat familiar with the custom recovery called TWRP. But devices with unlocked bootloaders aren't the only runs that have a recovery mode, in fact, every Android device has a built-in recovery interface, though the options are usually incredibly limited. Even Android...