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Windows Holographic Coming to Windows 10 PCs in 2017

At the 2016 Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced during the Keynote presentation that Windows Holographic would be available for all mainstream Windows 10 PCs starting in 2017. It appears that Windows may be targeting this market directly and attempting to take control before other applications gain much more ground. * Read the full article here

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Here’s how Google is planning to tackle trolls in VR

Whenever a new platform opens up, one of the first challenges is dealing with those less-than-friendly users who want to ruin it. In virtual reality, you’re dealing with trolls who aren’t just slinging words on a screen – they’re digital figures in an immersive world. Google has some ideas about how to keep VR safe, as demonstrated in a new set of preview videos for its upcoming Daydream mobile VR platform. The scenario is a virtual poker game, and the characters are cartoon-style dogs. * Read the full article here

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HoloLens points the way to the augmented reality future

Virtual reality is all the rage, with pioneers like the Oculus Rift now facing competition, especially around gaming, from companies like HTC, Lenovo, Samsung, and Sony. So it’s easy to forget Microsoft’s HoloLens, which (like the Meta 1 and Meta 2 devices from startup Meta Co.) does more than show you a virtual world — it lets you interact with it in what’s called augmented reality. * Read the full article here

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These are the Average Gaming PC Hardware Specs (and VR Barely Registers)

PC gaming is usually defined by its ability to chase the most intense hardware capabilities, from multi-monitor super high-resolution gaming through to the most immersive of virtual reality experiences. So it may come as something of a surprise to see that a survey of Steam users – the premier PC gaming platform – reveals the average specs of most PC gamers to be so, well, average. * Read the full article here

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Review: Nvidia GTX 1080; VR for the masses?

The GTX 1080 finally has the power to bring top-quality VR experiences to anyone with the cash to spare. Both the 1080 and the less expensive 1070 dramatically improve the quality of any game you throw at them. Great power management gives you a lot of oomph for a meager 185 watts. Even if you don’t have a 4K monitor, the GTX 1080 can render a scene in 4K then downsample to 1440p or 1080p for a crisper image. * Read the full article here

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