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CliffyB: Valve's VR demo is 'pure magic', 'next level stuff' and more

GDC 2015 - Valve has been showing off its VR headset to various members of the press and industry, but ex Epic Games God and now boss of Boss Key Productions, Cliffy "CliffyB" Bleszinski, has used it and taken to Twitter with his impressions.

 

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CliffyB had nothing but good things to say, where he tweeted: "Valve's VR demo is a religious experiecne. I was nearly in tears at one point. Pure magic. Next level stuff. Mind blown. Also, funny too". I don't think there's anything else to know at this point - but VR is going to really change things. For it to be referred to as a "religious experience" and that it's "pure magic" and "next level stuff" and that he had his "mind blown" we are beginning to turn the dial up on our excitement meter.

NVIDIA announces GRID will stream 1080p 60FPS games to you soon

GDC 2015 - NVIDIA is live at the Game Developers Conference with its "Made To Game" event where we've just been told that the company has made its GRID service a game-streaming service, which will start streaming games to users very soon.

 

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NVIDIA's GRID will be streaming games at 1080p at 60FPS, which will be under its Premium service. The standard service will be streaming games at 720p 60FPS, but the Premium service is where the gamers are going to want to hit.

Sony's VR headset for the PS4 will ship in 2016 with a 1080p display

GDC 2015 - Sony has detailed its PS4 headset during GDC 2015, which is much better than the one that they've shown off a few times now. Project Morpheus will ship in the first half of 2016, but we don't have any pricing just now.

 

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The latest version of Project Morpheus features an OLED-based 1920x1080 display with options for the framerate between 60FPS and 120FPS. Inside of the PS4 exclusive VR headset it a 5.7-inch panel with 360-degree tracking, with Sony teasing that it has super-low latency, which is under half of what the previous prototypes of Project Morpheus has had until now.

 

Sony has said that you'll be able to wear glasses underneath Project Morpheus, which is designed to have a single band that goes over your head. Sony will be detailing Project Morpheus in more detail at E3 2015 in June.

LG's new Watch Urbane is a seriously slick piece of smartwatch

MWC 2015 - LG teased its new Android Wear-powered Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE not long ago now, but we have spent some time with it at MWC 2015, in our video below.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane features a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz, and a 410mAh battery. The Watch Urbane replaces LG's Watch R as the flagship wearable from the South Korean electronics giant.

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AVG reveals eyeglasses that make you invisible to facial recognition

MWC 2015 - Security software maker AVG has shown off a pair of concept glasses at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that can get around even the most advanced facial recognition technology.

 

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In the image above, Facebook's facial recognition technology can detect a face on the left, but when the infrared LEDs are switched on, it cannot detect a face at all. The infrared LEDs are positioned around the nose and eyes, which emit light at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, but to camera sensors, they are very bright and disruptive.

 

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Better yet, the glasses have a retro-reflective material on their rim, something that bounces light back to where it came from. If a wearer of these glasses from AVG is hit with flash photography, the retro-reflective material will bounce back most of that light into the camera's sensor. This is purely a proof of concept right now, but it's an interesting thing for AVG to be showing off at MWC 2015.

Early Steam VR impressions has people saying it's 'utterly phenomenal'

MWC 2015 - The Game Developers Conference is beginning to kick off, where we should find out much more about HTC's Vive, Steam VR and everything Valve + VR related. But, one of the more exciting tidbits to come out from the show is that VP of Content at Jaunt, Scott Broock, has played around with Steam VR at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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Broock posted to Twitter after he had used HTC and Valve's VR solution at GDC 2015, where he tweeted: "Just experienced HTC and Valve's VR solution at #MWC15. Utterly phenomenal. The controller solution is intuitive and precise". While we've been briefly introduced to the VR headset, we don't know much, if anything at all about the controller.

 

GDC 2015 kicks off this week in San Francisco, where you can be sure we'll be delivering you the hottest content around.

LG details its Watch Urbane smartwatch in its latest video

MWC 2015 - LG detailed its new Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE smartwatches at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the new Watch Urbane isn't so different from the current Watch R from LG.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane has some external changes against the Watch R, with a thinner unibody case. Both of the smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, with a heart rate monitor on the back of the watch. On the front, we have a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz and a 410mAh battery. LG is promising around 30 hours of battery for normal use.

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Samsung announces new Gear VR for the new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

MWC 2015 - After announcing the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, Samsung has teased that it has a new Gear VR Innovator Edition coming.

 

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The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, taking advantage of those beautiful new Super AMOLED panels and their QHD resolutions. The new Gear VR is 15% smaller than the original Gear VR, has a USB port on it, redesigned straps which give it "better weight balance" and mechanical ventilation that will make wearing the Gear VR for longer periods of time more comfortable.

Acer leaps into wearable game with Liquid Leap+ and multi-OS support

MWC 2015 - The wearables game is heating up with Mobile World Congress now kicking off, with Acer announcing its next-gen Smart activeband products, starting with the new Liquid Leap+.

 

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Acer's new Liquid Leap+ supports multiple operating systems, with Android, iOS and Windows being supported. We have a 1-inch OLED touchscreen that gets slapped onto your wrist, with the wristband coming in many different colors giving you some personalization. The Liquid Leap+ tracks users' steps, running distance, and calories burned.

 

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The Liquid Leap+ is a wearable that can be worn day and night thanks to its waterproof certification (rated IPX7). Music controls are also provided, where you can play, pause, previous, and next song through your favorite tunes. The Acer Liquid Leap+ is powered by Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and uses Acer Leap Manager to communicate between your Liquid Leap+ and iOS, Android and Windows.

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HTC surprises with a new VR headset 'Vive', partnering with Valve

MWC 2015 - HTC has surprised the world, giving me goosebumps in the meantime, by announcing at Mobile World Congress that they've partnered up with Valve on a VR headset.

 

 

HTC's new Vive headset will feature a room-scale experience, features 70 sensors, full 360-degree tracking where you can walk around your environment, 90Hz refresh rate, and it will come with two wireless controllers. HTC's Vive headset will be compatible with Valve's SteamVR service, too.

 

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We don't know the resolution of the display yet, but I could guarantee we're looking at a minimum of 1920x1080 (or 1080p). Now, HTC has three letters in its name - 3 letters - Half-Life 3 confirmed?!?!

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