The best VR headsets and accessories for dorms

We’ll be the first to admit that a virtual-reality session isn’t terribly conducive to bonding with new friends in the dorm. But, hey, a few of us here at Engadget are introverts, so you don’t need to explain to us the value of strapping on a headset and momentarily blocking out the stress of classes and meeting new people. Included …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

‘Arms’ is the successor to ‘Punch Out’ the Nintendo Switch needs

The original Punch Out may be heralded as a classic 8-bit NES game, but it’s one I didn’t play until I was in college. I’d heard it mentioned as I grew up but always dismissed it out of hand. Sports games, particularly those with celebrity endorsements, meant nothing to me as a child. When I eventually picked up a battered …

Games like ‘Augmented Empire’ are why Gear VR needs a controller

If you’ve ever used a Samsung Gear VR before, you’ve probably found yourself awkwardly tapping the side of the headset to issue a command, or fumbling with its four-way touchpad to make a selection in a menu. This inelegant, embedded touch control is a necessary evil — a compromise that allows the headset to be a self-contained VR experience free …

This was the year of VR, until AR stole it

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality, but barely had 2016 started when Microsoft threw a spanner in the works with the announcement of HoloLens. Rather than taking us to a virtual world, Microsoft’s headset pulls virtual objects into our own. Microsoft calls these objects Holograms, much to the chagrin of hologram enthusiasts, but most people know …

Oculus’ Touch controllers are well worth the wait

The Oculus Rift proved that high-end VR has a place in your home, but so far it’s lacked one major feature: motion controls. That’s something both the HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR offered from the start, and it’s gone a long way toward helping those platforms deliver more immersive virtual-reality experiences. Now with the long-awaited $199 Touch Controllers, Rift …

The Oculus Rift earbuds are surprisingly comfy

Headtracking, motion controls and visual fidelity usually dominate the conversation about what makes for an “immersive” virtual reality experience, but great sounding audio is every bit as important — that’s why the Oculus Rift ships with built-in headphones. The on-ear speakers are more than adequate for a good VR experience but at Oculus Connect 3, the company announced an alternative …

Oculus’ next headset is a cross between the Rift and Gear VR

Virtual reality is kind of stuck between two markets right now: an extremely mobile but lower quality, phone-powered experience, and an very high end, expensive, wired PC experience. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says neither is really good enough for the future of the platform. Virtual reality needs to be high quality, wireless and mobile. Today at Oculus Connect 3, Zuckerberg announced …