At this point, you're probably getting tired of hearing about our (and other media outlets') event demo impressions of the big VR headsets. After three years worth of this, we're all pretty much to the "release the damn things already!" stage. And we're almost there. But as final forms become apparent and content continues to fill up, we have some new thoughts on the Oculus Rift – and why it's the best VR headset right now.
A little over a year ago, we strapped on a Gear VR, sat on a stationary bike and waxed philosophical about a future where virtual reality helps people forget that they're exercising. Apparently we weren't the only ones with the idea, as VirZoom is one of at least two companies demoing VR-based exercise products at CES. We took VirZoom for a spin and the result was the coolest spin class we've ever taken.
The highlight of Samsung's CES 2016 announcements was a 2-in-1 that combines the light and thin form factor of Samsung's Galaxy Tab series with software that allows it to be a legit work machine. The Galaxy TabPro S looks like a promising Surface Pro 4 rival – and one less reason to bother with an iPad Pro.
For the third straight CES, we sat down with Avegant, makers of the Glyph personal theater. With the Avegant Glyph just about set to start shipping to the public, what we found was a much more polished headset, about to launch in a world that may need some time to warm up to it.
High-end PC gaming has never been a cheap endeavor, and the same goes for high-end, PC-based virtual reality. Oculus Rift pre-orders kicked off today, and the headset is priced at the upper end of our prediction window, for a healthy US$599.
If you want the very best virtual reality, that's probably going to mean using one of the Windows PC-based headsets. There you're going to have two major choices right out of the gates: the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. While the Rift is gearing up for its consumer launch, we got a look at the new HTC Vive Pre dev kit today.
It's easy to forget, but the Oculus Rift began as a Kickstarter project more than three years ago. Though backers who pledged a minimum amount received the Rift dev kit they were promised years ago, Oculus is honoring its first supporters by also giving them a free consumer version of the Rift.
VR hasn't really gotten off the ground yet, so it's a little premature to say that controlling your movement with a game controller is a "problem." But for virtual reality to become more lifelike, it will need more lifelike ways of moving around. Perhaps a small step in that direction is 3DRudder, a pressure-sensitive foot controller for VR gaming.
CES is full of products claiming to be the world's first something. Make the description specific enough and you can be the first anything: world's first 3D-printed, Bluetooth-connected, GPS-enabled smart peanut butter jar, anyone? Well, today at CES Unveiled we stumbled upon a company claming to have the world's first, ahem, smart shoe.
We already knew that Oculus' Touch controllers, which give you hands inside virtual worlds, wouldn't be shipping alongside the Rift in Q1, but today the Facebook-owned company announced a delay in the ship date for the wireless accessories.