VR Stories June 22

Valve began shipping the latest version of its Knuckles controller to developers yesterday. Since doing so, the company has shared many details about the controller’s new features and also why these features were implemented. expand full story

VR Stories May 14

expiredRecord 360-degree video w/ the Xiaomi Sphere Camera for $230 (Reg. $300)

Amazon is currently offering the Xiaomi Sphere Camera for $229.99 shipped when coupon code 70SCMTTS has been applied at checkout. That’s $70 off the going rate and is the lowest price we have seen. This highly-rated camera is a great way to start recording VR-ready video.

VR Stories January 18, 2017

Google & Verizon are currently offering the Daydream View VR headset from just $49 (Reg. $79)

Google’s Daydream View VR headset is one of the better mobile VR options on the market, but it still undercuts the competition in price just a bit despite bringing a little more hardware to the table. Now, Google is offering a sale on the headset which cuts $30 off the retail price.

VR Stories June 13, 2016

While we’ve already seen Microsoft, EA and Bethesda, just awhile ago Ubisoft took to the E3 stage. As usual with Ubisoft, these trailers have some pretty salty language and are definitely NSFW. The most notable titles in today’s conference were: Ghost Recon: Wildlands, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a new Star Trek VR, and Watch Dogs 2.

Head below for more details and trailers:

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VR Stories May 12, 2016

Virtual Reality has clearly caught the attention of many major players in the consumer retail space. Just recently, GoPro vaguely revealed plans to launch its own VR rig in the near future. Even popular toys of yesteryear have returned with 3D capabilities as some of the hottest kid-focused products on the market. Today, HumanEyes is taking a shot with its new Vuze Camera. This “affordable” alternative to more well-known brands has a pocket-sized design and costs less than a MacBook Air. But without the cache of a GoPro or Samsung, can it survive?

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VR Stories April 21, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: HooToo 3D Virtual Reality Headset $22 (Reg. $35), OtterBox iPhone SE, Commuter Case $10, more

Update 4/21 2PM: The HooToo VR kit and the Mpow Power case for iPhone 6 have both sold out.

As part of the Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the HooToo 3D VR Virtual Reality Headset for $21.99 Prime shipped. That’s about $28 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it by more than $10. This headset works with just about any iPhone or Android smartphone to give you a VR viewing experience. You can download over 300 virtual reality apps on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. Rated 3.8/5 stars by 175 Amazon shoppers. 

More accessory deals:

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 3100mAh Power for iPhone 6/s $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 2400mAh Power for iPhone 5/s/SE  $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

 

OtterBox iPhone SE, 5S, 5 Commuter Case Marine Gray $10 (Orig. $40) | A4C

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • USB C to USB A iOrange-E 10ft (3M) Braided Cable $8 w/ code CMJMMUVN (Reg. $12) | Amazon
  • Aduro AQUA Sound Bluetooth Shower Speaker with Mic and Controls $10 (Reg. $15) | Groupon
  • Bluetooth 4.1 Headphone Lumsing Wireless Headset $16 (Reg. $25) | Amazon
    • w/ code 5F2H3GCB
  • Aduro 2-Outlet USB Surge Protector $10 (Orig. $40) | Groupon

VR Stories March 15, 2016

It has been a big start to the year for consumer drones. Just recently DJI announced the fourth generation of its popular Phantom quadcopter. Back at CES, Parrot detailed a new fixed wing drone with impressive flight speeds. Fast forward to today and PowerUp has opened pre-orders for its FPV virtual reality-enabled kit for paper airplanes. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $500,000, it is now ready for purchase.

PowerUp partnered with Parrot on this DIY kit that brings together today’s technology with the classic pastime of paper airplanes. You can control flight via your phone or VR headset, allowing anyone to take to the skies. With big names like DJI dominating the space, will this alternative be able to contend? More below.

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VR Stories January 28, 2016

expiredGrab Amazon’s best-selling iPhone and Android Virtual Reality kit for $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

Thinkline via Amazon offers DESTEK’s latest 3D Virtual Reality Headset with NFC Pairing for $39.99. Applying coupon code Q3WGT626 drops the final price down to $19.59 Prime shipped. That’s good for a savings of more than 50% off the regular going rate and the best current deal that we can find for this kit.

Jump into the world of virtual reality with this deal on DESTEK’s new kit. It is compatible with iPhone and Android devices up to six-inches in size and uses Fresnel lenses, just like the third-generation Oculus Rift. This is the best-selling 3D VR kit at Amazon, ahead of big names like Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard. Rated 3.6/5 stars by nearly 800 Amazon customers.

VR Stories January 11, 2016

expiredView-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for iPhone/Android: $16 (Reg. $30)

Update (2/9 8:09am): Walmart now offers the Starter Pack for $16.27 with free in-store pick up.

Amazon offers its Prime members the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $17.74 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. Also available at Walmart. This is a savings of 33% off the regular price, a match of holiday pricing, and the lowest current offering we can find.

Forget the days of old 2D viewfinders, Mattel’s retro-inspired View-Master uses your iPhone or Android to bring objects from around the world to life in 3D. Simply insert your device into the viewfinder and fire up the app. From there, you can navigate a 3D world of different locations and landmarks. The starter pack includes a demo reel of available Experience Packs and everything needed to get started. You’ll find more information in our release coverage from October. It is the best-selling toy in its category with a 3.8/5 star rating.

Additional Experience Packs include: Space, National Geographic: Wildlife, and Destinations.

VR Stories October 22, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Aukey QuickCharge 2.0 10400mAh Power Bank $17, Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition $90, more

Update: IF you are quick you can grab a 10,000mAh USB charger from Aukey for $6.99

In this morning’s Daily Deals we have from Aukey Direct via Amazon the Aukey QuickCharge 2.0 10400mAh Portable External Battery Fast Charger for $24.99. When you use the coupon code 6PHZZRAF the price drops to only $16.99 Prime shipped. That’s $8 off the regular sale price and the lowest we can find for it. With Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology, this power bank charges compatible devices up to 75% faster than a standard charger. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.5/5 stars.

More new deals for today:Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6 $90 (Orig. $200) | Best Buy

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VR Stories October 5, 2015

Virtual reality (VR) is no longer an experience reserved for science-fiction movies or training for technical jobs. This technology has seen significant strides in recent years that now allows consumers to have greater access to VR products. This growth has been spurred by companies like Oculus, which has put significant resources into developing consumer-focused products.

Now, Mattel has joined in on this trend to remake its classic View-Master toy into a smartphone-connected virtual reality headset. Make no mistake, this is not the plastic viewfinder you enjoyed as a kid. This updated View-Master, first announced in February, includes top-of-the-line content from National Geographic and others. Trust us, this is guaranteed to hit everyone’s Christmas list this year.

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VR Stories September 24, 2015

Today at Oculus Connect 2, Founder and CEO Palmer Luckey announced that the Windows 10 version of Minecraft would be compatible with the upcoming Oculus Rift Headset. While details are somewhat sparse at the moment, you’ll find everything we know so far.

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VR Stories June 11, 2015

Update (1/04 12:50pm): Oculus has now announced that pre-orders for the 3D Rift headset will go live on its official site as of January 6th at 11AM EST. No pricing information has been released as of yet. “As a reminder, every Rift comes bundled with Lucky’s Tale by Playful, and we’re also including CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie for free with every pre-order!”

Nearly three years after Oculus introduced us to what a VR headset in the home could look like, it has now finally unveiled the version it will be taking to retail. The consumer version of the Oculus VR headset was shown-off just a short while ago at the company’s pre-E3 2015 event, where we got more information on the hardware itself, how it will be integrated with Xbox One, and what kind of content we can expect on day one. expand full story

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