VR Weekly Highlights - CES Overdrive - 12th January 2018

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We’re launching a new weekly segment that will roundup weekly highlights of the most important things happening in Virtual Reality.

Each week we’ll take a look at top sources such as Upload VR, VR Focus, VRScout, The Verge, Tech Radar (and more) - condensing the information into bite-size chunks and linking to each story in case you want to find out more.

CES Mega announcements

Kickstarting the year off, tech fans around the world have been treated to many mega announcements from Las Vega's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

It’s been an outstanding week for Virtual Reality.

Highlights include:

 

HTC announces Vive Pro

Image: HTC

As many predicted HTC announced an updated version of the Vive.

The Vive Pro has a resolution of 3K using OLED panels with a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600. This is an improvement over the current Vive which has two 1080p displays (a combined resolution of 2160 x 1200).

View the VR Bound hardware comparison

The Vive Pro also includes built-in headphones (which can be removed), so there is no need to purchase the additional $99 Deluxe Audio Strap.

Source: Upload VR

 

New HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Announced At CES 2018

Image: HTC

HTC has continued to dominate the news with their official announcement of their Intel Wireless Adapter.

The new wireless adapter will work natively with both the Vive and Vive Pro and features Intel Wigig technology that operates in the 60ghz band

The low-frequency band should theoretically provide lower latency.

The Wireless adapter is expected to ship in Q3 worldwide; however, there is no indication of a price yet.

Source: VR Focus 

 

Next VR to bring 6 degrees of freedom to broadcasts

Image: Next VR

Next VR is going to start using its cameras to capture video in a way that allows VR users to move around with 6 degrees of Freedom.

The Startup will be using information from multiple cameras to fill in occluded gaps but will face more significant obstacles the closer something is to blocking the view to the camera.

Next VR is planning the gradual rollout of content captured in this way starting throughout 2018 and into the foreseeable future.

Source: Upload VR

 

Google and Lenovo’s standalone VR headset will ship by mid-2018

Image: Lenovo

Lenovo is the first major manufacturer to announce their version of the Google Daydream headset as a standalone piece of hardware.

Expected to be priced under $400, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is set to be shipped in Q2 of 2018 and will support all daydream titles.

The Mirage Solo will have a play space diameter of 1.5 meters and won’t have fully tracked motion controllers like tethered headsets.

Source: The Verge
 

Google VR180 with YI’s & Lenovo

Image: Google

Google introduced VR180 as a standard for capturing 180 degrees content for VR consumption. YI and Lenovo have separately released their versions for this platform.

YI’s camera can capture up to 5.7k resolution while Lenovo keeps costs down by achieving 4k resolution.

Both headsets shoot in 30fps,  feature live streaming with instant in-device stitching and link directly to Google Photos / Youtube.

Source: VR FocusThe Verge

 

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