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Will virtual reality finally break out in 2020?

The hardware is cheap, the games are promising, and virtual reality could finally be ready for the mainstream. Or at least, the slightly more mainstream.

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Oculus Link beta impressions: Connecting Oculus Quest to PCs negates the Rift

With Oculus Link, the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset gives you the performance of a PC headset when you want it, and mobility when you don't. It's not perfect, but it's the future.

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Hands on with Marvel Dimension of Heroes: Fun, frantic though repetitive AR gameplay

Lenovo and Disney team up again with its second AR experience, starring several of the Marvel Avengers. While the augmented-reality gameplay is fun and well-crafted, it's ultimately somewhat repetitive.

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Oculus Connect 6: Significant Oculus Quest upgrades could render the Rift obsolete

Facebook didn't announce any new hardware at Oculus Connect 6, but it revealed key Oculus Quest improvements and a big-budget Medal of Honor VR reboot.

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Hands-on: Respawn's Medal of Honor revival for Oculus Rift nails WWII, but lacks little VR extras

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a VR rebirth for the WWII shooter, will be 50 levels long when it lands on Oculus Rift.

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Valve Index Controllers review: These revolutionary VR controllers need patience to hit full potential

Valve's Index Controllers have the potential to be a huge leap forward for motion-tracked controls and virtual reality, but it'll take patience—and a lot more developer support.

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Valve Index impressions: An eye-opening headset that pushes enthusiast VR further

Valve's new VR headset makes huge FOV improvements, but its finger-tracking controllers are going to take some brain retraining.

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Microsoft's augmented reality Minecraft tease is a reminder of its world-shattering HoloLens demo

Microsooft ends its Build keynote with a teaser of what looks like an augmented reality version of Minecraft. In a sense, we've already seen it, as part of Microsoft's killer HoloLens demo a few years ago.

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Valve's $999 Index VR headset promises 'high-fidelity virtual reality' with revolutionary controls

Valve's Index VR headset is loaded with cutting-edge tech designed to appeal to virtual reality enthusiasts.

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Magic Leap hands-on: Magic, sure, but augmented reality is still a long way away from mass consumption

Next week Magic Leap One devices will start showing up in select AT&T stores, but at more than $2,000 this very-much-prototype tech is hard to recommend even to early adopters.

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5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'

AT&T, Ericsson, and a number of companies showed off streamed VR to headsets, using 5G to minimize nausea-inducing latencies while keeping the resolutions high.

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Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses

The overhauled Oculus Rift S keeps pushing VR towards the mainstream by sticking to a wallet-friendly price and reasonable resolutions.

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HTC reveals two new VR headsets, the untethered Vive Cosmos and gaze-tracking Vive Pro Eye

Only the HTC Vive Cosmos seems worth your attention, though.

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HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price

The Vive Focus is coming stateside with a $599 price tag, and that's too much for what HTC's offering.

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HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset is coming to the U.S. for $600

HTC's no-PC-needed Vive Focus headset is coming stateside after a Chinese debut, but it costs $200 more than the rival Oculus Quest.

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Oculus Quest impressions: This no-hassle wireless VR headset could be a breakout hit

The Oculus Quest offers true standalone wireless VR, complete with handtracking that actually works. Most of the time.

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The $399 Oculus Quest is a premium VR headset with no wires—and no PC required

The $399 Oculus Connect VR headset will break free of PCs this spring.

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TimeRide VR offers Gamescom visitors a fascinating virtual tour of Cologne's imperial age

TimeRide VR's tour of prewar Cologne drives home how effective the medium can be in educational circumstances.

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