Qualcomm unveils new standalone VR reference design based on Snapdragon 845

Amidst Qualcomm’s latest spree of new product and feature announcements, one shines brighter than the others. That’s nothing but a new reference standalone VR platform based on the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The main pillars that the new VR platform stands are low latency, high frame rates, and smooth head tracking performance, Qualcomm says, ticking all important boxes for immersive virtual reality experience.

One of the more intriguing features of the platform is a new functionality dubbed Adreno Foveation, which tracks the users eyes and concentrates the highest graphics …


How to watch the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic games live on your Android/iPhone or in VR

The Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are currently the biggest sports event in the world and this won’t change until the closing ceremony of the games that will take place on February 25. Until then, however, the Olympics will be one of the hottest topics in town. But how to watch the interesting events and disciplines while you are away from home and want to cheer for the 244 athletes that make up the U.S. Olympics Team or your local representatives on the games?

Well, as you likely know, NBC has the exclusive live rights to the major sports event in the US, …

Apple, LG and Valve invest in a firm that will offer OLED microdisplays for VR and AR headsets

According to a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple, LG and Valve are teaming up to invest $10 million in a firm called eMagin. The company produces microdisplays used in the healthcare, military and industrial businesses. However, the SEC filing includes a statement from eMagin that gives us a clue for the interest by the three aforementioned companies.

In the statement, eMagin says that it is in talks with “multiple Tier One consumer product companies” to develop and design microdisplays for headsets that would be used on consumer devices. These could include …

Smart speakers will be the fastest growing new category in 2018, outpacing wearables, AR and VR

Smart speakers will be the fastest-growing new category of technology in 2018, according to research by analytics firm Canalys.
Smart speaker sales will beat sales of wearables, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, three of the commonly named technologies previously said to grow fast in a maturing smartphone market.
Total smart speaker sales are expected to reach a whopping 56.3 million units in 2018, with Google and Amazon expected to lead the way with their Google Home and Alexa speakers. …

Deal: Samsung Gear VR (2017) headset and controller are down to $54, the lowest price to date!

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If you’re an owner of a Samsung phone who wants to enter the trendy VR niche, you might want to check out Daily Steals’ latest offer for the 2017 Samsung Gear VR and controller combo.

The e-commerce site has the bundle on sale for just $54.99. Amazon has also discounted the set, but prices for …

Huawei's Daydream VR headset very close to unveiling, here are some pictures of its controller

Google kind of jumped the gun on Huawei’s Daydream VR back in January, but the year is almost over and the accessory is nowhere to be seen. Although the Chinese company doesn’t have too many Daydream-ready smartphones available on the market, its VR headset will most likely work with other brands as well.

Currently, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are the only smartphones that have been certified to support Daydream VR. Also, the newly launched Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro could soon be certified as well.

Well, it appears that Huawei’s Daydream VR …

Samsung offers a free Gear VR or DeX Station with any Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchase

If you plan to buy a high-end Samsung smartphone, there are plenty of offers that you can take advantage of, not to mention that you’ll most certainly be getting better deals on Black Friday if you wait until the end of the month.

Samsung is now running a promotion that would allow customers who purchase one of its 2017 flagships to get some free stuff in the process. The deal is only available in the United States via Samsung’s online store.

While the South Korean company does mention that this is a limited time offer, it doesn’t say when it will end. In …

Sony's new PlayStation VR headset is a little nicer than the last one

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When it came out in October 2016, the PlayStation VR did not exactly wow us: It looked nice and modern, but its tracking system and Move controllers left a lot to be desired. 

Now, Sony has a new version of the headset which improves on the original in several ways, but only fixes one of the bigger issues — and only for those that have an HDR-capable TV. 

The new model, unsexily called CUH-ZVR2, has a slightly updated design, integrated stereo headphone cables, and an updated Processor Unit with HDR passthrough, meaning you no longer have to disconnect the unit when you want to view HDR content on a TV.  Read more…

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Alcatel Idol 5 & UNI360 VR hands-on

We checked out the Alcatel Idol 5 not too long ago in Berlin for IFA 2017, but the one we’re talking about here is for the US market. Specifically, it’s a Cricket Wireless exclusive and will be available starting on October, alongside with a new VR headset dubbed the UNI360 VR Goggles. For those looking to experience mobile VR on the cheap, this might be a solution that’s perfect for you.

Interestingly enough, while this version of the Idol 5 looks very much like the European model we checked out, one that looks and feels premium for its price point thanks …

LG V30 US pre-orders will come with all-new Daydream VR headset, release could be in mid-October

The LG V30 is already on sale in Korea, but we still don’t know when exactly it will hit the shelves in the US. However, there are certain clues which indicate that the manufacturer is preparing to unleash a barrage of incentives for consumers in the North American country. 

A video released by AT&T (was subsequently deleted) revealed that LG will be offering a two-year limited warranty for its high-end phablet, which is twice the usual amount. Now, reliable tipster Evan Blass has stumbled upon a promotion that is even more intriguing. 
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