With this year’s headset announcements mostly set, we’re beginning to get a better sense of the 2016 VR market.

Here’s what you should know:

News

HTC Vive to sell for $799: It’ll come with hand controllers and the ability to receive text messages and phone calls. At this price, the HTC will cost $200 more than the Oculus Rift. HTC Vive pre-orders begin in one week (Feb. 29th).

MWC features lots of VR buzz: The Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona this weekend was full of VR news. Apart from the HTC announcement, LG announced their own headset, which will be foldable and a third lighter than other headsets. UploadVR has more.

Samsung announces 360 Camera: We weren’t lying about loads of stuff coming out of MWC. The Verge has the details.

Facebook, Zuckerberg vying for VR’s future: Zuck is teaming up with Samsung to give away free Gear VR’s to those that buy Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge phones in the next three weeks. He also said he has a team at Facebook strictly dedicated to solving social in VR, one of the platform’s big hurdles for mainstream adoption.

TED gives 1,200 people simultaneous VR experience: History was made. But what does this really mean? We’re still not sure.

Leap Motion wants to bring finger level precision to VR: So far VR technology can track hand movements, but what about fingers? Leap Motion wants to change that.

Wevr raises $25 million to become YouTube of VR: They won’t be the only ones. Digital Trends has more.

Sports & Virtual Reality

Fox Sports and NextVR agree to 5 year deal: Fox Sports has seen enough. The time is now for sports in VR. This is the biggest industry deal yet. The two will host many of Fox Sports offerings, including the Daytona 500.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition…in VR: Forget 2d pages, the SI Swimsuit models come to life in VR for the first time.

LiveLike wins Super Bowl themed Tech Crunch award: Congrats to our fellow Sport/VR evangelists! Watch more here.

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