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Qualcomm launches new 5G-enabled VR, AR reference design

Telco equipment firm Qualcomm has launched a new reference design for its virtual reality and augmented reality platform. Qualcomm said that the reference design provides a rough outline for building headsets for the 5G-enabled Snapdragon XR2 chipset. As per the XR2, the design includes support for 5G networks, which Qualcomm claims to be a first […]

Panasonic shows off lightweight UHD VR eyeglasses

Panasonic has revealed what it claims to be the world’s first HDR-capable UHD VR eyeglasses. Unveiled at CES, Panasonic is very particular in describing the device as eyeglasses as opposed to VR devices’ typical descriptor of ‘headset’. And this is for good reason, with the as-yet-unnamed product being closer in resemblance to a pair of […]

NBA extends partnership with NextVR

American sports league the NBA has extended and expanded its agreement with VR firm NextVR. From October 26, NextVR will feature one game a week in virtual reality to subscribers of the NBA League Pass streaming service within the NextVR app. This will expand to feature weekly game broadcasts, full game replays, highlights and other […]

British Airways to trial VR on flights  

Airline British Airways has announced a trial of VR entertainment on select first class flights from London Heathrow and New York’s JFK.  Until the end of the year, the company has paired with VR eyewear specialist SkyLights (an alumni of British Airways’ parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up scheme) to enjoy a range of films, […]

SK Telecom launches 5G, AR, and VR Services for esports

South Koeran telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of three separate services dedicated to esports.  The 5G, AR and VR services have been launched with a view to “offer a more realistic and immersive experience when watching esports games”. The first, ‘Jump AR’’ is an augmented reality service provides users with a ‘virtual portal’ […]

Amazon launches VR video app

Amazon has launched its first dedicated Prime Video VR app. Prime Video VR is available for Oculus Quest, Go, Rift and Gear VR devices, and comes at no extra cost for Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK and US. The full library of Prime Video content, including titles such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Good […]

AR and VR headsets return to growth

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets saw an upturn in Q1 2019, following a year of decline. According to IDC, shipments of the headsets reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year.  This growth is thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered […]

Oculus Quest will launch with YouTube

A native version of YouTube will be available on the Oculus Quest VR headset when it launches on May 21. As announced by the company in a blog post, the app will offer both traditional 2D and 360-degree videos. Google has historically taken its time in launching YouTube on third-party hardware. That Quest will have […]

BBC launches Doctor Who VR experience

The BBC has released a brand new Doctor Who virtual reality experience that allows fans to step inside the TARDIS. Launched on May 16, Doctor Who: The Runaway is a free short that is available on a range of VR headsets. Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whitaker reprises her role, and the experience features new original music […]

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 headset

Microsoft has unveiled its second-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft said that the HoloLens 2 has double the field of view of its predecessor, contains a new display system and eye-tracking sensors, and enables “direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use […]

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