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Banned from visiting Palestine by Israel? There's an app for that

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:59 PM

A new virtual reality application is launched to give everyone the chance to tour specific sites in the Palestinian Territories

PALESTINE VR. Salem Barameh, executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, watches a video on the computer for 'Palestine VR,' a new application allowing users to virtually visit key Palestinian sites with local tour guides, on October 10, 2019 in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

A passion for virtual reality: VR Philippines and growing the niche

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Rappler talks with Cristopher David of VR Philippines about virtual reality and augmented reality technology and the passion that's put into breaking it out of niche status

VIRTUAL REALITY. A delegate enjoys a virtual reality experiences at a stall on the sidelines of the NASSCOM Technology Leadership Forum 2019, in Mumbai on February 20, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Virtual reality makes splash, but it's not ready for prime time

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Even with impressive visuals, virtual reality appears to be in the slow lane toward mass adoption, according to analysts and industry attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show

VIRTUAL REALITY AT CES 2019. Attendees take a virtual reality tour at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Southeast Asia's first Bandai Namco VR gaming facility in Manila

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:10 PM

VR gaming and choice food options in one spot? Sign us up.

Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Into The Void: hyper-real 'Star Wars' VR makes you the hero

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The virtual reality simulation costs about $30 to $35 for 10 minutes, and lets players see, hear, smell, and feel the world of 'Star Wars'

VR JEDI. Clients of the VR attraction, The Void, put on their 3D head sets in Anaheim, California on July 19, 2018. Photo by Veronique Dupont/AFP

Recapping Sony's PlayStation Showcase at E3 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from the Sony Playstation E3 showcase at this year's E3

Apple developing AR, VR capable headset – report

Apr 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The headset is currently in development and is expected to arrive in 2020.

APPLE. This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows the Apple logo displayed on a screen at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. File photo by Barielle Lurie/AFP

The new PS4 and PS VR games shown off ahead of Paris Games Week

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Here's a quick roundup of the new PS4 and PS VR titles shown off ahead of the main PlayStation show at Paris Games Week

PLAYSTATION IN PARIS. Screen shot from YouTube video

Sony announcing 7 new PS4, PS VR games at Paris Games Week

Oct 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Sony's pre-event livestream at 11:00 pm Manila time will feature 21 game updates, with 7 new titles meant for the PlayStation 4 and the PS VR

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS. Sony is set to announce 7 new PS4 and PS VR games. Image from https://blog.us.playstation.com

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The new Go headsets will be priced at $199, a price point that Facebook believes should help them eventually reach a billion VR users

OCULUS GO. The new VR headset doesn't require a phone to use. Photo from Oculus

Asus eyes AR, VR, and AI, says CEO Shen

May 30, 2017 - 2:16 PM

One Asus product the Zenfone AR – the first phone to support both Google s AR and VR platforms – supports the executive s statements

NEW TERRITORIES. Asus CEO Jerry Shen (center), like several other tech executives, believes that tech's near future lies in AR, VR and AI. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler

VR guru Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Mar 31, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The co founder of Oculus Facebook s VR acquisition in 2014 is out of the company

IMPERFECT VISION. Facebook's virtual reality arm, Oculus, has seen some legal hurdles in 2017. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ace Combat 7’s VR mode is an absolute adrenaline rush

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The flight simulator s VR mode will have you picking up that PSVR headset again

Zuckerberg to testify in $2-B lawsuit involving Oculus

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

One lawyer calls the case one of the biggest technology heists ever

Facebook co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks at an Oculus developers conference while wearing a virtual reality headset in San Jose, California on October 6, 2016.  Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

30 days with the PS VR: great potential, many problems

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

It s a great device but currently lacks a definitive experience to be labeled a must have

Porn seeks seat at the tech table

Jan 09, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Adult entertainment returns to the Consumer Electronics Show after more than a decade long absence

Adult video company Naughty America provides a gander at virtual reality content during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

The Year In Tech: Fake news, burning phones and mixed realities

Dec 10, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Pokemon GO virtual reality s emergence the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology – these are among the 10 that make this year s list of best and worst of tech in 2016

The Year In Tech: Tech toys we wanted in 2016

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:25 PM

These cool gears and gadgets made the trying year a far more colorful place

Unboxing the PS VR

Dec 05, 2016 - 2:02 PM

We unbox Sony s new virtual reality device

Jackal Assault pits you in VR dogfights in outer space

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:22 PM

This VR demo at ESGS is for anyone who s ever dreamed of becoming an ace space pilot

VR game Ace Banana is a sleeper hit in the making

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Despite the cartoony graphics this PlayStation VR launch title packs serious fun

NOT YOUR ORDINARY PRIMATES. It's great to see more VR games that do attempt to create more cartoony worlds as opposed to extreme realism. Screengrab from Sony

What virtual reality racing on the PlayStation 4 feels like

Sep 19, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Crashing into a wall felt real enough that my body went rigid for a split second before I realized this wasn’t real

TEST DRIVE. Driveclub VR will be coming out this year but the specific month hasn't been published yet. Photo by Michaela Nadine Pacis/Rappler

PlayStation VR in the Philippines: What it is, where to pre-order

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Here s what you need to know about the PlayStation VR ahead of time in case you re interested in trying out virtual reality gaming

PlayStation VR heading to PH in October

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The PlayStation VR unit will cost P22 900 and there will also be a bundle with the PlayStation Camera for P25 290

Video game makers finding their way in virtual worlds

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:36 AM

Virtual reality games get real at E3 this year as studios show off titles tailored for the Rift HTC Vive PlayStation VR and Galaxy Gear VR headsets

VIRTUAL REALITY. Attendees react as they use Samsung Galaxy smartphones to take a virtual reality (VR) simulated ride at Six Flags during the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 14, 2016. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Believe the hype? How virtual reality could change your life

Jun 02, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Some say virtual reality is not just a passing fad and it will eventually go beyond entertainment

epa05338301 A visitor wears an HTC Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset during the COMPUTEX, the largest computer show in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan, 31 May 2016. The COMPUTEX computer show runs from 31 May to 04 June 2016 and gathers 1,602 exhibitors from 30 countries with 5,009 booths to display their latest products and to sign orders with foreign buyers. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

What to look forward to at E3 2016

May 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM

E3 is one of the biggest annual events in gaming which top companies use as a platform to present the games and hardware that the industry and its fans can expect from them Here s what you can look forward to at E3 2016

E3. Gamers test new video games on display at the Microsoft Xbox - Playstation area on the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2015. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

New possibility: Watching DOTA 2 games in virtual reality

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:25 PM

A teaser video on Valve s Steam VR webpage shows off an exciting possibility: augmented spectator viewing of video games

SPECTATOR MODE. Steam VR shows off a potential new feature: an augmented spectator mode for watching DOTA 2 matches. Screen shot from video.

Virtual reality porn and the future of loneliness

Apr 05, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Virtual reality as a concept has existed in science fiction as far back as the 1940’s but it’s only been in the last 5 years that it’s come within reach of average consumers Porn however appears to be leading the charge

VR ANYWHERE. The author tries on the Samsung Gear VR while in a coffee shop.

Virtual reality girds for test in marketplace

Mar 17, 2016 - 3:30 PM

With the Oculus Rift PlayStation VR and other virtual reality equipment coming soon demand is expected to be huge

epa05133326 A gamer wears a Virtual Reality (VR) game console during the 2016 Taipei game show in Taiwan, 29 January 2016. This year's game show highlights Virtual Reality (VR) games to public consumers. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Mar 16, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Around 50 games for PlayStation VR are also expected to be out by the end of 2016 says Sony

A man tries out a PlayStation VR video game at a Sony press event March 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Sony on March 15, 2016 said it plans to make virtual reality mainstream with the October release of PlayStation VR headgear priced at $399. / AFP / GLENN CHAPMAN

Virtual reality is next as smartphone sales slow

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Virtual reality headsets are a hit at the 2016 Mobile World Congress and analysts see many opportunities

epa05175903 People experience skiing using virtual reality (VR) technology at Samsung Electronics booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 22 February 2016. The South Korean tech firm has been concentrating on VR as one of its next growth engines. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Oculus Rift VR headset pre-orders open

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:34 AM

The Oculus Rift package is priced at 599 and comes with two games

OCULUS RIFT. Screen shot from Oculus Rift website.

Plug-and-play is PlayStation VR's 'biggest advantage' – Sony Deputy President

Nov 14, 2015 - 12:12 PM

Sony s Hiroyuki Oda says that aside from their core gamers the Playstation VR can attract even casual gamers and non gamers because of its technology and simplicity

HIROYUKI ODA. Photo by Nadine Pacis

Playroom VR brings the party to Playstation VR

Nov 14, 2015 - 8:30 AM

At GameStart Asia PlayStation VR users can try out the assorted minigames of Playroom VR

PLAYSTATION VR. A player dons the VR headset for some lighthearted play. Photo by Nadine Pacis.

Facebook launches 360 Video for iOS, Gear VR

Nov 13, 2015 - 7:55 PM

Will you share 360 video content more than a photo?

360 Videos on iPhone. Photo by Facebook.

Sony to wow fans with games, Playstation VR at GameStart Asia

Nov 13, 2015 - 8:44 AM

GameStart Asia in Singapore is set to have a huge lineup of titles for gaming fans

SONY AT GAMESTART ASIA. Hidetoshi Takigawa, showing off the PS4 games fans can play at their booth during GameStart Asia

2015 TGS: Taking a peek at the future of gaming

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Aside from highly anticipated titles the Tokyo Game Show showcased upcoming virtual reality games

PlayStation VR preview: Taking gameplay to new heights

Sep 24, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Aside from giving players a new way of moving around and shooting your enemies the PlayStation VR lets you experience spatial awareness that’s not normally available in video games

PLAYSTATION VR. Image from Sony.

First Look: PlayStation VR

Sep 23, 2015 - 6:35 PM

As amazing as the prototype is right now there are still some gameplay issues that need to be fixed

Nokia Lumia 930 camera review (TechRap)

Aug 19, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Samsung announces the Galaxy Alpha Facebook app permissions explained Nokia Lumia 930 camera review

Samsung, Oculus to launch Gear VR headset

Jul 09, 2014 - 2:38 PM

The headset called the Gear VR will reportedly be announced in September at IFA 2014

Samsung working on virtual reality headset

May 23, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The tech giant is rushing to get its product to the market before rivals Oculus and Sony

Facebook to buy Oculus virtual reality company for $2B

Mar 26, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Facebook calls virtual reality a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform and picks up Oculus VR as a result

OCULUS RIFT. Facebook will acquire Oculus VR, the makers of the Oculus Rift, for US$2 billion. Screen shot from YouTube.