HTC's stand alone VR headset to be named Vive Focus?

Back in July, HTC introduced a new standalone version of its Vive VR headset at the ChinaJoy trade show. The headset doesn’t need to be connected to a computer, and is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset that you will find powering today’s high-end Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Originally named the Vive Standalone, that might be too much of a mouthful to spit out when you’re ordering the device.

A couple of new trademark applications that HTC has filed might have outed the real name that the manufacturer plans on using for the VR headset. Last week, HTC requested …

Samsung Gear VR (for Note 8) hands-on

When you grow a few inches and can’t fit into your usual stuff, then it’s time for a brand new wardrobe. That’s exactly where the just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 finds itself, as it’s longer length and slightly wider waistline doesn’t allow it to fit the most recent version of the Samsung Gear VR – the “new” one released alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier in the year. Knowing that, it means that we’re being introduced to yet another, newer version of the Samsung Gear VR.

Visually, it doesn’t deviate from the same design language as before with its plastic …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ finally get Daydream VR support

It’s been months since Samsung and Google promised both Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships would receive Daydream VR support. A couple of US carriers (T-Mobile and Verizon) pushed updates that pledged to bring the new functionality to these smartphones, but global availability was out of the question.

Luckily, things have just changed today, as Google confirmed Daydream VR support is now rolling out to both Galaxy S8 and S8+. Since this is a server-side update, you won’t exactly know when you can use the new VR functionality.

One way to make sure that you get Daydream …

New Verizon Galaxy S8/S8+ update brings Daydream VR support, hide nav bar button and more

A new update has started rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners who got their unit through Verizon. After installing, the software upgrade should bump the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQG4, or G955USQU1AQG4 for the S8+. 
There are some new features aboard the latest patch – Verizon has added support for Google’s Daydream VR platform and the corresponding hardware.  While we can’t help but wonder as to how many people will choose Daydream VR over Samsung’s own Gear VR headset and controller, …

Lenovo and Disney teaming up for immersive Star Wars VR experience

At a company event, Disney unveiled a VR system it has been developing with Lenovo to create an immersive Star Wars experience. For example, you can be playing HoloChess with movie characters, or engaging in lightsaber battles using a dedicated controller peripheral – that kind of cool stuff!

The Star Wars Jedi Challenges system comprises a special VR headset, a lightsaber controller, and apps ran on your smartphone. The headset is of the type where your smartphone is mounted in the front, so nothing too revolutionary here. But then again, this would help for a manageable price …

T-Mobile says Daydream VR capability is now live on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it's not

Google and Samsung have promised to bring Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this year. Unfortunately, since the announcement doesn’t contain any explicit timeframes, it’s almost impossible to guess when Daydream support will arrive on Samsung’s flagships.

However, it appears that U.S. carrier T-Mobile jumped the gun on the matter and confirmed that the last week’s update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ added Daydream VR support. It’s the same update that blocked Bixby remapping apps and added June security patch.

Sadly, Daydream support on T-Mobile’s …

ESPN and Samsung team up for a VR stream of extreme sports

ESPN is among the biggest sports networks in the world, and it’s always striving to push the boundaries of media and deliver a little extra to gain the edge over its competition. This time, the sports network has decided to stream the X Games – an extreme sports competition – in VR.

This is hardly the first time sports events get official VR streams. Both the NBA and the NCAA have already streamed some of its games in VR, and the PGA Tour made a single hole of The Players Championship available to watch in virtual reality.

Similar to other sports events before …

Nokia and Xiaomi sign a mystery patent exchange agreement, hint at future partnership in AR and VR tech

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might have heard a fresh rumor that upcoming Nokia devices could be equipped with a Xiaomi-designed Surge chipset. But this isn’t the only recent piece of news regarding Xiaomi and Nokia, as the two companies have just announced a strategic partnership, consisting of the latter licensing a number of patents to the former, buying others, the two collaborating on building network equipment, and also opening up to the possibility of future partnerships in areas such as augmented and virtual reality.

…Which is a completely misleading …

The Gear VR successor's technology revealed, includes eye tracking and hand recognition

Thanks to Korean firm Visual Camp, we get our first glimpse at a reference variant of the Samsung Exynos VR III head-mounted display – a standalone unit with built-in displays that connects to a smartphone through the USB port. This is considerably more sophisticated technology than the Samsung Gear VR, which requires mounting the entire smartphone in the headset’s front.

Visual Camp boasted about having their eye tracking technology integrated in Samsung’s HMD. The system is designed to sharpen the resolution of the part of the display being viewed by the user’s eyes, while reducing the …

New type of magnetic controller for VR headsets detailed in Samsung patent application

Samsung is already a major player in the developing mobile VR space, as the tech giant has sold more than 5 million units of its Gear VR headsets. The popularity of the gadget can be attributed to the fact that it’s relatively affordable and Samsung’s love for bundling it alongside its flagship smartphones. 
Although a solid product, the Gear VR currently lacks positional tracking and its controller is nowhere as advanced as some of its popular competitors such as the HTC Vive, PSVR, and Occulus Rift. 
It …