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
Mixed reality vs augmented reality
Samsung and Huawei may have their eyes set on a folding future with the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, but the Android giants aren’t done with traditional smartphones just yet. Huawei’s first flagship offering for 2019 is the P30 Pro with a quad-lens Leica-branded camera, while the Galaxy S10 Plus is the de facto flagship of Samsung’s S10 quartet. Read more: Huawei P30 and P30 Pro hands-on | Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus reviewThe industry’s largest players have once again stepped up their game, but which phone is the best? Find out in our Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus face-off! Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Specs and features Samsung didn’t mess around for its tenth anniversary Galaxy S phone, delivering a super-powered device jammed with cutting edge technology and top-tier hardware. The P30 Pro is no slouch either, but looking it raw numbers there are a few key areas where it lags behind the S10 Plus specs. Here’s a look at the … [Read more...] about Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Shots fired
If you’ve been holding out for a refresh to the iPad Mini line, you’ll be delighted to hear that Apple has finally gotten around to it. The iPad Mini 4 was released in 2015, so it’s long overdue for an upgrade. At first glance, the incoming iPad Mini 5 looks an awful lot like the outgoing iPad Mini 4, but there are some important changes here. Whether you’re shopping for a new tablet, or looking to upgrade from the older model, you’ll want to know how the iPad Mini 5 measures up. Let’s dig into the specs and see what’s new. Specs iPad Mini 5 iPad Mini 4 Size 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm (8.0 x 5.31 x 0.24 inches) 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm (8.0 x 5.31 x 0.24 inches) Weight 300 grams (10.59 oz) 299 grams (10.55 oz) Screen size 7.9 inches 7.9 inches Screen resolution 1,536 x 2,048 pixels 1,536 x 2,048 pixels Operating system iOS 12 iOS 12 Storage space 64GB, 256GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB MicroSD Card slot No No Tap-to-pay services No … [Read more...] about Apple iPad Mini 5 vs. iPad Mini 4: What’s new in Apple’s long-awaited refresh?
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
There’s a new king in town for smartphone performance – the Snapdragon 855. Unveiled last year, Qualcomm’s high-end mobile platform boasts another generational leap in performance as well as some notable firsts for the mobile industry. Today, we’re going to pit the old against the new in this Snapdragon 855 vs 845 comparison. For a super close look at each of these chipsets, be sure to check out the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 845 deep dives as well.Specs showdown: Snapdragon 855 vs 845 One of the most obvious starting points to compare the Snapdragon 855 vs 845 is the manufacturing process. The Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm’s first 7nm FinFET chip, compared to 10nm FinFET for the Snapdragon 845. This smaller process node means smaller chips and greater energy efficiency, which can be put towards additional performance if desired. The Snapdragon 855 also marks Qualcomm’s first “tri-cluster” CPU design. Rather than a traditional four big … [Read more...] about Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs 845: Worth the upgrade?