Oculus Working With Qualcomm on Wireless Rift, Slashes Price in Half

Oculus Working With Qualcomm on Wireless Rift, Slashes Price in Half

A new report claims that Oculus is working with Qualcomm to design a headset that won’t require tethering to a PC or phone, and will sell for as little as $ 200. This standalone headset would be a huge step forward for the industry, and it couldn’t come at a better time for Oculus. Oculus may have first demonstrated the VR’s ability to generate community excitement, thanks to its fabulous Kickstarter debut. But the company…

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New Logitech Mouse Pad Offers Wireless Charging for Supported Mice

New Logitech Mouse Pad Offers Wireless Charging for Supported Mice

I’ve never been all that interested in wireless mice for gaming. While they work great for traveling with a laptop, I’m one of those people who frets about battery life in my devices — call it “click anxiety” instead of range anxiety. Wireless charging has been supported in a variety of devices over the last few years, but nobody apparently thought to combine the use of a wireless charging pad with the hardware that could…

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AMD buys into wireless VR: Is it the start of something bigger?

AMD buys into wireless VR: Is it the start of something bigger?

It’s no secret AMD has had its struggles in both the CPU and GPU markets, and has been left behind by Nvidia when it comes to the booming area of GPGPU (General Purpose computing on GPUs). AMD is aiming to change things up by focusing heavily on the emerging VR and AR markets. It has been working hard over the last several years to become a dominant supplier of GPUs for use in VR and AR,…

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MIT hopes to cut the VR cord with ‘millimeter wave’ wireless headsets

MIT hopes to cut the VR cord with ‘millimeter wave’ wireless headsets

Every VR demo on a PC I’ve seen begins with someone apologizing for the tether. At least with hosted demos, there is someone to manage the cord. Once you set up your own system, you’re left to trip over it shortly after you immerse yourself in your favorite VR game. Currently, the only way around having a tether is by using an expensive, special-purpose, backpack VR PC. Those aren’t all that much fun, either. Researchers at MIT’s Computer…

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HTC Vive goes wireless with expensive VR add-on

HTC Vive goes wireless with expensive VR add-on

Given the massive investment in VR, it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to get rid of one of its biggest limitations — the tethering cord. Whether you’re using an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or one of their lesser-known competitors, they all rely on a cable to relay high-resolution video, and sometimes other information, in real time. Startup TPCAST is changing that, with a $ 220 wireless accessory that will…

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