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Oculus Go is the all-in-one VR headset you’ll beg Santa for

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The Oculus Go is the easiest way to dive into VR.

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“Oculus Go
$199
The Good

Supremely easy to use • Effortless setup • High-quality lenses for a sharp image • Comfortable to wear • Affordable

The Bad

Light leaks from nose cutout • Charges over microUSB • Takes 3 hours to fully charge

The Bottom Line

The Oculus Go is the first VR headset that truly makes it easy to dive into VR without the hassle of connecting a phone or PC.

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I can’t think of a more messy and complicated technology in the last decade than VR.

I’ve tried just about every major VR headset released in the last few years. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Windows Mixed Reality headsets — you name it, and I’ve strapped it on.

The problem isn’t that there’s no one single killer VR app that blows people away — there are now thousands of unbelievably immersive apps and games to pick from across the many different VR platforms — but that VR headsets are too much of a pain in the ass to set up and wear.

Running high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive means you also need powerful gaming PCs or laptops that are by no means cheap. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Gear VR, previously one of the best ways to get started with VR, is still cumbersome since you’re constantly attaching and detaching a smartphone and dealing overheating issues (since the phone is working overtime to bring you VR images with as little lag as possible).

It’s been years in the making, but the Oculus Go, is a major turning point for VR. The all-in-one VR headset doesn’t need a PC or a smartphone. 

SEE ALSO: Oculus Go is the most important VR creation yet

To start shooting virtual zombies, watching Netflix on a giant screen, or any of thousands of other virtual experiences, you literally just put on the Oculus Go and, ahem, go into the virtual world.

Just as attractive as the Oculus Go’s simplicity is how much it costs: The headset starts at $199 for the headset with 32GB of storage and $249 for 64GB. Both come with a wireless controller. You can run the numbers yourself, but I’ll save you some time: The Go is cheaper than a Nintendo Switch and way lower than the price of a Gear VR or Daydream VR experience (factoring in the required phones, of course).

Just strap on and go

Fun fact: The Go headset is manufactured by China’s Xiaomi. Yep, the same Xiaomi that still doesn’t sell phones in the U.S.

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There’s nothing I hate more than unboxing a new gadget and having to read instructions to get started. A well-designed gadget is one that shouldn’t require much figuring out and the Oculus Go couldn’t be simpler.

Everything you need to get started in VR is included in the box. The headset’s gray color is neutral and doesn’t feel…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/01/oculus-go-review/

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Tyler Perry & BET Partner Up For Streaming Service Offer

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“There are reportedly over 200 streaming services in the United States alone, and now Tyler Perry and BET want a piece of the pie. The media mogul and the popular urban network are planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called BET+. According to Deadline, they will offer TV shows and films from fellow Viacom flagships MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. It’s believed that Perry will begin plugging the service and the forthcoming BET Awards.”

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ hits Disney+ in December

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That subscription just got so much more tempting.

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“Disney’s first major move in the streaming wars comes with a super-sized punch.

Announced Wednesday, Avengers: Endgame will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+ starting December 11 — a little less than a month after the new streaming platform debuts on November 12.

For dedicated Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu subscribers with a love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that may mean adding another service to their monthly entertainment bill this winter.

At the time of launch, Disney+ will carry an initial subscription price of $6.99 per month — as well as be available at a discounted offering of $69.99 per year.

While it was anticipated that Disney would corner the market on streaming Marvel films, the exclusive streaming of Avengers: Endgame will likely prove a massive draw for customers.

At present, Endgame has made $2.27 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing film of all-time, after Avatar — and continues to climb towards that #1 spot. Disney+ is primed to make the most of their winning film, lining up a number of Marvel spin-off series for streaming exclusivity as well.

Viewers looking to own Endgame (and possibly see it sooner) can turn to Amazon, where it is already available for pre-order. While no official digital release date for Endgame has been announced, it is anticipated to arrive sometime this summer as its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, shared a similar release date and hit the digital shelf on July 31, 2018. ”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/avengers-endgame-disney-plus-streaming/

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Disney Plus: Everything we know about Disney’s new streaming service

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“Disney Plus packs Star Wars, MCU, and The Simpsons too — all for $7 per month

 Disney Plus (also known as Disney+) is intended to compete with industry leader Netflix and the various other direct-to-consumer streaming video platforms currently in use and in development. It will also include some high-profile exclusive content and (eventually) every movie in Disney’s expansive library, including a number of previously hard-to-find animated features.
Here’s everything we know about Disney Plus so far………………………………………………………………”

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