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    What Is VR and AR?
    Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

    What is an HMD?
    head-mounted display

    Who are the leading manufacturers of HMD's?

    Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR

    When is the expected release date?
    Oculus Rift CV1 releases MArch 28 in the US
    HTC Vive, Playstation VR are TBD

    What is the cost of the Oculus Rift/HTC Vive/PS VR?
    $599 for the Oculus Rift
    $799 for the HTC Vive

    Is their a cheaper alternative?
    Google Cardboard , ZEISS VR ONE, Samsung Gear VR, VR Glasses

    What kind of PC is needed?
    Oculus Rift recommended specs are NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, 8GB+ RAM, Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output, 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port,OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

    Should I upgrade my PC now or wait?
    Its best to wait. Prices for hardware will probably drop and recommended specifications could change!

    Will my laptop handle VR?
    In short NO. Many discrete GPU laptops have their external video output connected to the integrated GPU and drive the external output via hardware and software mechanisms that can’t support the Rift. Note that almost no current laptops have the GPU performance for the recommended spec, though upcoming mobile GPUs may be able to support this level of performance.
    See Also: https://www.oculus.com/en-us/blog/powering-the-rift/

    What OS Is compatible with the Oculus Rift/HTC Vive?
    WIN 7,8,10 for the Rift, HTC Vive unknown.

    What can I do in VR?
    Movies, video games, Education and training, Urban and architectural design. Endless possibilities.

    Is there a list of games/apps that work with VR?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_games_with_Oculus_Rift_support

    Google Docs Spread Sheet
    HTC Vive
    Playstation VR

    Can I use the Oculus Rift/HTC Vive on my PC to just watch Youtube or movies?
    http://www.vrdesktop.net/ will allow you to browse the web, watch movies or even play games on a giant virtual screen.

    Do any of the VR devices include a game/movie?
    Oculus Rift comes bundeled with Lucky's Tail. Eve Valkyrie is free with Pre-Order
    HTC Vive includes Tilt Brush, Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption with Pre-Order

    Do any of the VR devices come with a controller?
    The Oculus Rift includes an official Xbox One Controller.
    HTC Vive includes two wireless, rechargeable controllers with dual stage triggers, trackpad and HD haptic feedback
    PS VR is still TBA

    What is included with the Oculus Rift?
    Built in removable headphones,
    Adjustable eyepieces, Xbox One wireless controller, IR Sensor,
    Games: Luckys Tail, EVE: Valkyrie (Pre-Order)

    What is included with the HTC Vive?
    Vive headset, two wireless controllers, two base stations, link box, earbuds.
    Games: Tilt Brush, Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption

    What is included with the Playstation VR?

    TBA

    Can the PlayStation VR be used as a home screen for watching movies and PS4 games?
    TBA

    How can I Demo VR for free?
    If your in Seattle visit ChronosVR.

    How do I go about getting into developing VR content.
    VR Development discussion
    Chronos Dev School
    IGNISVR
    Beginner VR Oculus Rift Development with Unity3D
    Cardboard Design Lab
    Unreal Engine Quick Start Guide

    Articles on Immersion,Presence:
    http://webstaff.itn.liu.se/~matco/TNM053/Papers/presence.pdf
    http://www.ehrssonlab.se/publications.php

    Thanks to Wikipedia, the Oculus, Vive, and Playstation VR sub reddits. Google, Oculus, HTC Vive, Playstation VR. Virtual Desktop.
     
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