Strap on a HoloLens and Step Into the AR Conference Room

Strap on a HoloLens and Step Into the AR Conference Room

The second version is sold to enterprise customers—entities ranging from Airbus to automakers to the US Army (which has been a source of some controversy ).If mixed-reality headsets are ever going to be used more widely, a couple of things are going to have to happen: They’ll need killer apps, and the hardware needs to be something that people will actually want to wear on their faces.

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

Silicon Valley sees the creation of virtual worlds as the ultimate free-market solution to a political problem.To play Alyx, those headsets need to be wired to a high-end gaming PC.

A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple's AR Future

A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple's AR Future

But it’s not really about the iPad Pro. Apple put a lidar scanner in a tablet to prepare, almost certainly, for when it puts one in a pair of AR glasses.

HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC unveiled a new slate of virtual reality headsets today: the Cosmos, Cosmos Play, Cosmos Elite, and Cosmos XR.The four new devices are the successors to last year's PC-driven Vive Cosmos headset, and they share much of the same technology found in the original Cosmos.

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology.

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

When Rec Room launched in the summer of 2016, it didn't feel like a platform for social virtual reality as much as it did a collection of mini-games.

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Star Wars Battlefront 2 —Xbox One—for $8 ($17 off): This story-driven shooter game already offered a lot of bang for your buck, even before this discount.

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

They're self-contained, so you're not attached by a cable to a computer or game console; they track themselves in space, obviating the external sensors required on earlier systems and freeing you to move about in VR just as you move in real life, with a range limited only by your physical environment; and they extend the headset's “six degrees of freedom” to the hand controllers as well, allowing for realistic use of virtual objects like swords and flashlights.

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

It was expensive ($599 at the time), required a high-powered PC to run it (another $1,000 or more), lacked hand controllers (the Oculus Touch would come out later that year), and delivered immersion at the price of external sensors that needed to be set up just so around the room.

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, wearing the HoloLens 2 Quinn Russell Brown Whether the $3,500 headset provides more out-of-box value is a call for its commercial customers to make.

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the company announced the Vive Focus Plus, a new headset that seems to have it all—but is aimed squarely at the enterprise market.

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.