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Grab a full year of PlayStation Plus for only $27

PlayStation Plus is available for both PS4 and PS5 owners. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you managed to get your hands on a PS5 — or you own a PS4 — and you want to renew your PlayStation Plus membership, Eneba is offering a great deal, with an added discount to readers of The Verge. Now until Sunday, April 11th, if you’re in the...

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Chromebook is $100 off for the first time

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Samsung’s latest Chrome OS laptop, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, came out a couple of months ago. If you are looking to buy this laptop at a more affordable price, Best Buy and Samsung have multiple configurations on sale for $100 off. My colleague, Monica Chin, thinks this laptop is the best midrange...

Humble Bundle’s latest offer packs in over $150 worth of VR games for $15

Job Simulator, HTC Vive Humble Bundle has launched its latest bundle of games that collects proceeds and sends them to a charity of your choosing. This one’s full of nothing but VR titles, and the minimum contribution required to get everything in the bundle is just $15. Of course, since it’s for charity, spend more if you feel compelled...

Facebook says it’s no longer replenishing Oculus Rift S supplies

Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge Facebook says Oculus Rift S headsets “generally” won’t be replenished as they disappear from store shelves, marking the end of the virtual reality system’s life span. As UploadVR reported yesterday, Facebook has confirmed that “generally speaking, as channels sell out of stock, they won’t be replenished moving...

Rec Room rides uptick in users during the pandemic to become a VR unicorn

Rec Room Gaming platform Rec Room is now a unicorn, valued at $1.25 billion during a recent funding round of $100 million. It appears to be one of the first, if not the first, virtual reality-focused startup to achieve unicorn status, a notable feat since Facebook’s landmark acquisition of Oculus VR for $2.4 billion in 2014 helped established...

Half-Life: Alyx is 40 percent off for the first time

Image: Valve Valve is celebrating the anniversary of its launch of Half-Life: Alyx by offering the best price yet on the VR-exclusive game at Steam. Normally $60 (and worth every penny), you can snag it for $36, totaling a 40 percent discount that lasts until Wednesday, March 31st. If you’re looking for a new VR game to sink your teeth into,...

Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset will reportedly weigh less than an iPhone

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset could weigh less than 150 grams, which would make it much lighter than many other headsets on the market, according to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by 9to5Mac. That lighter weight might mean Apple’s headset could be easier to wear...

Amazon’s Echo Show 8 smart display is over 40 percent off at several retailers

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon’s Echo Show 8 is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for $75 right now. While this is not its lowest price ever (the previous best price was only $5 less), it is still an incredible deal on the normally $130 smart display. The Echo Show 8 includes a slightly larger display than the Echo Show 5...

Microsoft reiterates ‘VR for console is not a focus for us’ following localization bug

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft has once again reiterated that VR support for Xbox was not a focus for the company, following reports earlier today that hinted it was working on a VR headset compatible with the Xbox Series X / S. The rumor first surfaced after IGN Italy reported that some Italian Xbox users received messages,...

Almost a fifth of Facebook employees are now working on VR and AR: report

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Facebook has nearly 10,000 employees in its division working on augmented reality and virtual reality devices, according to a report in The Information based on internal organizational data. The number means the Reality Labs division accounts for almost a fifth of the people working at Facebook...

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