The idea of virtual reality or VR isn't new of course. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently, the technology has broken through some of the long-standing barriers.Enabling access has helped, with devices like Google's Cardboard opening the door for anyone with a smartphone, right up to demonstrating what a fully-fledged premium system like the HTC Vive Pro will be capable of. We now have the power in home computers for lifelike virtual environments and this makes it a much more exciting time for VR.We've listed some of the top VR systems available in this feature. We're expecting to be able to review Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S in the coming months and we'll update this roundup when we do. The best VR solutions we'll be covering include these - prices range dramatically as we cover all bases. Oculus Rift HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro Windows Mixed Reality PlayStation VR Samsung Gear VR Google Daydream View and many more... … [Read more...] about The best VR headsets to buy 2019: Top virtual reality gear
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Consumer-grade virtual reality (and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality) is only a few years old, but it’s already an extremely fragmented market. Wikipedia lists almost 30 distinct VR headsets released by dozens of hardware makers since 2015. Creating a game that works seamlessly with all of these headsets (and their various runtime environments) can be a headache even for the biggest studios. OpenXR is out to change all that. With Monday’s release of the OpenXR provisional specification, Khronos’ open-source working group wants to create a world where developers can code their VR/AR experience for a single API, with the confidence that the resulting application will work on any OpenXR-compliant headset. "By accessing a common set of objects and functions corresponding to application life cycle, rendering, tracking, frame timing, and input, which are frustratingly different across existing vendor-specific APIs, software developers can run their applications across … [Read more...] about How OpenXR could glue together virtual reality’s fragmenting market
As a phablet pioneer with the Note series, Samsung has led the way toward ever-bigger smartphones and it’s responsible for some of the best options out there. Last year’s Galaxy S9 Plus and Note 9 are a pair of big beauties, but the South Korean manufacturer has stepped things up for the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S range with an astounding device called the Galaxy S10 Plus. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, or just shopping for a new plus-sized Samsung smartphone, we’re here to help. We’ll explain the differences between the S10 Plus, S9 Plus, and Note 9, so you can pick the right one for you. Specs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Size 157.6 × 74.1 × 7.8 mm (6.20 × 2.91 × 0.30 inches) 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.21 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches) 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3 x 0.34 inches Weight 175 grams (6.17 oz) 189 grams (6.67 ounces) 201 grams (7.09 ounces) Screen size 6.4-inch Dynamic … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs. S9 Plus vs. Note 9: Supersized smartphone skirmish
As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant a visual interface. These new devices let you watch videos, see the latest photos of friends and family, and give you visuals when you ask questions — but there’s more to it than that. With nearly half of all Google Assistant interactions this year combining voice and touch to get things done, smart displays could be on the rise. So which has the best features? Which is right for your home? In this article we draw on learnings from reviews of the Portal, Echo Show, and Home Hub and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages that each of these smart displays brings to market. Amazon Echo Show The first Amazon Echo Show was a bit meh. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?
Pokémon Go, which is conspicuously missing the ability to go head-to-head with another player. Pokémon Go rocketed to massive popularity in 2016, but interest has waned since then. Players enjoyed using the augmented reality features of the game to find virtual creatures in the real world, but there wasn’t anything to do with the resulting collection. And where’s fun of trapping innocent forest creatures if you can’t force them to fight each other? said the company hoped to have player-vs-player engagements working by the end of this year. message appeared on the official Pokémon Go Twitter saying “Get prepared… Trainer Battles are coming soon to Pokémon GO.” for iOS devices, and for Android as well. Via: TechCrunch … [Read more...] about Pokémon Go player-vs-player battles teased again