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Google unveils standalone VR headsets – no smartphone needed

Google has announced a new range of "standalone" virtual reality headsets that operate independently of a smartphone. The company said the devices will help to create a new category of VR experience with a simplified setup procedure.

Review: Rock Jaw Resonate — Quality over-ear IEMs with customisable sound

Rock Jaw Audio, known for making high-end budget earphones, has returned in 2017 with a new headset that's aimed at more discerning customers. The Resonate is a pair of premium, customisable in-ear monitors (IEMs) designed for over-ear wearing.

Sennheiser introduces its new flagship gaming headset

Sennheiser has announced the new reference headset for competitive PC gamers around the world. The headset boasts a range of new and enhanced features.

Google cancels Oculus Rift competitor to work on mixed reality

Google is building a high-end mixed reality headset that will combine elements of virtual and augmented reality systems for an immersive experience that extends into the real world. The device is separate to Google's rumoured Oculus Rift competitor.

You can now buy an Oculus Rift and have it delivered this week

Oculus has announced it has finally cleared its large backlog of pre-orders for the Rift. You can now purchase a headset and have it delivered in just a few business days. High demand for virtual reality products has created a long waiting list.

Open-source virtual reality headset wants to beat the Oculus Rift

OSVR, an open-source virtual reality project to rival the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, has announced a new headset with upgraded specifications. The OSVR HDK 2 will retail at a much lower price than its competitors, potentially making it a popular choice.

Microsoft's new VR system runs well on even low-end phones

Microsoft has demonstrated a prototype virtual reality system that runs well on low-end devices without suffering performance penalties. It uses an advanced rendering technique to better cache frames, increasing performance and with it user immersion.

OnePlus wants you to buy its next phone using virtual reality

OnePlus is preparing for the launch of the OnePlus 3. Following last year's OnePlus 2, the company has announced it is giving away 30,000 VR headsets for free in what it claims is the "first global VR shopping experience."

Microsoft combats nausea in virtual reality with some cheap LEDs

Early adopters of virtual reality headsets have frequently commented on the feeling of nausea that VR experiences can induce. Microsoft has developed a quick and low-cost fix for the problem, involving nothing more than some strips of LED lights.

Huawei enters virtual reality market with its own mobile headset

Huawei has announced its own virtual reality headset. The device is designed to work with a smartphone, rivalling Samsung's Gear VR and the LG 360 VR instead of the PC-bound Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It will launch later this year.

Oculus Rift pre-order shipments delayed, company to pay shipping

Oculus has apologised to customers who have pre-ordered its Rift virtual reality headset, acknowledging that shipments aren't currently being delivered as planned. The company will waive all shipping fees for existing pre-orders.

Unannounced 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition' spotted on eBay

A development version of an unannounced Google Glass headset has appeared on eBay and is currently fetching in excess of $8,000. The device is believed to be an example of the 'Enterprise Edition,' a Glass variant that Google has yet to reveal.

Samsung wants VR to be a 'whole body' experience with new headset

Samsung has unveiled a pair of unique headphones that let you "feel" virtual reality content instead of just seeing it. The headset tricks the section of the ear responsible for balance and motion into detecting physical movement in VR videos.

Amazon wading into virtual reality with its own video experiences

An Amazon job listing spotted online has revealed the company is working on building its own virtual reality platform. The video-oriented system will place the retail giant into competition with established brands including Facebook, HTC and Samsung.

HTC sells 15,000 Vive VR headsets in first 10 minutes

The HTC Vive has established itself as one of the most popular virtual reality headsets around. The company confirmed this yesterday as it saw thousands of the $800 kits fly off its shelves when pre-orders opened online.

Microsoft HoloLens now available to developers, costs $3,000

Microsoft has announced that the first version of its HoloLens holographic headset is now available for pre-order by developers interested in making apps for the device. HoloLens starts at $3,000 and will start shipping next month.

Samsung planning to take virtual reality beyond smartphones

Samsung is planning to expand its virtual reality business by deemphasising the role of the smartphone in the emerging technology. The company wants to see virtual reality involved in all areas of life, including business scenarios.

Op-Ed: I have seen the future of entertainment and it's virtual reality

After test-driving a Samsung Gear VR headset for several weeks, I am convinced this technology will soar to eye-bending heights, especially in entertainment fields such as filmmaking and gaming.

Report: Google to release its own virtual reality headset in 2016

Google has a team building its own virtual reality headset to rival devices like the Samsung Gear VR, according to a report today. The company is aiming to launch the headset later this year, stepping up the race to virtual reality.

Apple team of 'hundreds' secretly working with virtual reality

Apple is reportedly building its own virtual reality headset to rival devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The highly secretive team is said to number in the hundreds and has already assembled several prototypes.

Troubled HTC sees virtual reality as its saviour, not phones

HTC has been slipping behind in the smartphone market over the past couple of years. Despite launching truly high-end premium devices, sales have been slipping and profits falling. The company is now turning to virtual reality to save itself.

The Oculus Rift is now open for pre-order, priced at $599

Virtual reality headset creator Oculus has opened pre-orders on its much-anticipated Rift, pricing the device at $599. Shipments will include an Xbox One controller and a couple of free games.

Microsoft HoloLens teams up with Volvo to reinvent selling cars

In another indication of where Microsoft wants to take its HoloLens holographic headset technology, the company has announced it is working with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to reinvent car buying as an interactive and enjoyable experience.

Asus might build its own Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset

Computer manufacturer Asus is reportedly interested in making its own version of Microsoft's innovative augmented reality HoloLens headset. For its part, Microsoft is apparently willing to help as it demonstrates HoloLens is a viable concept.

Review: Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset: Wireless with a magnetic touch

Wireless headphones are the way to go when you want to listen to music in private but a cable gets in the way. With no wire dangling to your phone, Bluetooth headsets like the Inateck BH1001 can provide a low-cost route to a more enjoyable experience.

Microsoft announces Minecraft for Oculus Rift is coming next year

Microsoft has announced that the hit video game Minecraft will be made available for Oculus Rift headsets from next year. Players will be able to build and mine with friends while fully immersed in the VR experience.

Apple's iPhone 7 changes may include a farewall to 3.5mm headsets

A recent Apple patent filing has suggested that the company could be planning to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone 7, replacing it with an ultra-slim 2mm version instead. The change isn't the first time Apple has moved ports about.

Nokia may announce wearables and a VR headset on July 28

Rumours are circulating online that Nokia could be gearing up to enter some product categories it has never dealt with before in just a few days' time. Some think a smartwatch and virtual reality headset may be revealed at a July 28 press event.

Mysterious FCC approval could reveal a new Google Glass

A mysterious FCC approval for a new Google device has surfaced. Details are scarce but it is believed that the product could be the next iteration of the wearable Google Glass headset, showing that the program is not cancelled as some have thought.

BBC experiment lets you change TV channels with your mind

The BBC has announced that it is experimenting with brainwave reading devices that could let you control the iPlayer with only your mind. The broadcasting company has already built an internal prototype that lets you choose a program by thinking of it.
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Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus VR
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Inateck
Samsung s Entrim 4D headset adds a sense of direction and speed to virtual reality content
Samsung's Entrim 4D headset adds a sense of direction and speed to virtual reality content
Samsung
Microsoft and Volvo are working together to use the HoloLens holographic headset in car showrooms
Microsoft and Volvo are working together to use the HoloLens holographic headset in car showrooms
Microsoft
The prototype Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
The prototype Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
Oculus Kickstarter page
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Inateck
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Inateck
Dave Silverberg testing out the Samsung Gear VR headset
Dave Silverberg testing out the Samsung Gear VR headset
Samsung s Entrim 4D headset adds a sense of direction and speed to virtual reality content
Samsung's Entrim 4D headset adds a sense of direction and speed to virtual reality content
Samsung
The headband for the UDrone. The headset has a number of sensors built in. There s an EEG  or electr...
The headband for the UDrone. The headset has a number of sensors built in. There's an EEG, or electroencephalography sensor, which measures electrical activity in the brain. There's an EOG, or electro-oculography sensor that measures eye movements by monitoring the electrical potential between the front and back of the human eye.
Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus VR
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Inateck
Apple AirPods will replace conventional headphone jack headphones on the iPhone 7.
Apple AirPods will replace conventional headphone jack headphones on the iPhone 7.
© Apple, Inc.
HTC Vive headset. Vive is powered by SteamVR  offering room-scale experiences enabled by 360° motio...
HTC Vive headset. Vive is powered by SteamVR, offering room-scale experiences enabled by 360° motion tracking and the chaperone guidance system.
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Marketing shot of the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth headset
Inateck
A visitor to the exhibition wearing a Vive VR headset.
A visitor to the exhibition wearing a Vive VR headset.
The Rift Oculus VR headset in action
The Rift Oculus VR headset in action
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Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
Oculus VR
OSVR HDK 2 virtual reality headset
OSVR HDK 2 virtual reality headset
OSVR
Microsoft and Volvo are working together to use the HoloLens holographic headset in car showrooms
Microsoft and Volvo are working together to use the HoloLens holographic headset in car showrooms
Microsoft

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