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Given the fervent hype surrounding the technology, virtual reality is going to be a big part of our future. Of course the same thing was said about 3D content, and we all know how popular that is nowadays, but VR is quite different. Unlike 3D, it actually manages to immerse you in the content, and when a good solution is used, the effect can simply be amazing. But, with all good things, there must be some caveats, and similar to 3D once again, one of those caveats with VR is the potential dizziness or similar symptoms in some users. But according to Stanford researchers, who... Read more...
We use a bevy of benchmarks here at HotHardware to measure everything from computational power to SSD speeds to the graphical prowess of $1000 video cards. I employ 3DMark's Fire Strike software on a near-daily basis for my GPU testing and find that, while it can't perfectly mirror in-game performance, it's a pretty accurate representation of a graphics card's -- and by extension your PC's -- gaming chops. But as we collectively rush toward the proliferation of Virtual Reality hardware and games in 2016 and beyond, we lack a standard for testing how well our systems can handle VR. Enter Crytek... Read more...
Autodesk is no stranger to 3D animation and professional software. The company offers several design tools for developers, including Maya, 3ds Max, Fusion 360, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and the list goes on, though up until now, one thing you wouldn't find in Autodesk's portfolio is a game engine. That changes today. Announced at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe 2015, Stingray is Autodesk's entry into the game engine business. It's built on the data driven architecture of the Bitsquid engine, which Autodesk scooped up in 2014, and supports a bunch of industry standard game development workflows.... Read more...
Virtual reality has captured the hearts and minds of consumers and developers alike with systems like Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR, but what if you want to capture your own VR content? Nokia has you covered. The company announced a funky looking camera with an equally funky name -- OZO. While it looks like one of the orbs that shot energy bolts at a blindfolded Luke Skywalker during his Jedi training, it's actually a purpose-built camera designed for professional content creators. OZO came out of the minds of Nokia's R&D facilities in Tampere, Finland. It's a work in progress, though it's... Read more...
It's beginning to look like everyone wants to get in on VR. The latest is Starbreeze, developers of the super-popular PAYDAY series. Its product is called the StarVR, and where it seems the company wants to compete is on the tech specs front. StarVR supports a super-wide 210 degree field-of-view and boasts a monstrous resolution of 5120x1440 (2560x1440 per eye) through dual 5.5-inch displays. For the sake of performance, many VR companies are opting for more modest resolutions, but Starbreeze apparently wants to cater to the high-end folk -- those who don't mind splurging on multiple high-end GPUs.... Read more...
The one real knock against Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is that it's only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, leaving owners of every other handset sitting on the sidelines to watch in envy. Everyone except for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners, that is. Samsung has designed a new model specifically for owners of its latest flagship Galaxy phones, and it's available to pre-order from Best Buy's website. While Best Buy gets exclusive dibs on pre-order sales, you'll be able to buy an updated "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6," as it's called, online at Samsung.com/GearVR and BestBuy.com... Read more...
Best Buy last month gave Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset a test run by demonstrating the wearable in 100 of its locations scattered throughout the United States, giving customers an opportunity to experience what most have only read about. Apparently pleased with the response, Best Buy is getting ready to sell the headset in its stores tomorrow, March 27.This will be the first time that Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition will be made available to purchase in physical store locations. Up until now, it's only been available online -- Best Buy has a product listing on its website, and... Read more...
Of all the experimental, “Skunkworks” projects that Google is currently working on; Project Tango is perhaps one of my favorites. Project Tango offers a new way to interact with our world through the use of 3D motion and real-time depth sensing. Combined with custom software and hardware sensors, Project Tango devices are capable of performing over a quarter million 3D measurements per second to create a 3D model of the world we see. There are endless possibilities with Project Tango, as Google clearly notes. “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your... Read more...
The Game Developer Conference in San Francisco is underway and virtual reality (VR) is getting plenty of love from big names in gaming. One of them is AMD, which announced today its LiquidVR SDK that will help developers customize VR content for AMD hardware. “The upcoming LiquidVR SDK makes a number of technologies available which help address obstacles in content, comfort and compatibility that together take the industry a major step closer to true, life-like presence across all VR games, applications, and experiences,” AMD said in a statement.The winners in the virtual reality war are going... Read more...
Valve has a slew of products it's planning to showcase at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, next week. Among the items it will bring to GDC is a previously unannounced SteamVR hardware system, presumably one that's not part of the Oculus Rift ecosystem, which at one point could have been a possibility.The two companies had a pretty tight relationship a year ago when Valve developed a virtual reality prototype that, at the time, was intended for VR research that it would share with Oculus. Minus a minor announcement here and there, it doesn't appear the two are doing... Read more...
Beyoncé is going to be an Oculus Rift modder. So will you and everyone else who eventually dons the virtual reality headset, or so that's the future Facebook envisions for its $2 billion venture. Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox talked a bit about his company's vision for Oculus Rift at the Code/Media conference, and it involve apps that will allow you to create expanded experiences. Cox talked about some of the film demos that are available on Oculus Rift, like riding in a Blue Angel fighter jet. "You realize, when you’re in it, that you’re looking at the future, and it’s going to be awesome,"... Read more...
Your options for bringing virtual reality into the home keep expanding, with the latest effort being a new take on an existing product.  It's by LG Electronics, one of two South Korean electronics makers showing interest in VR (Samsung being the other), which just made a plastic version of Google Cardboard called VR for G3. Whereas most head-mounted VR solutions come with their own processors and displays, the VR for G3 taps into the smartphone's electronics to make the magic happen. On its own, the headgear is really just a lightweight plastic housing with lenses. "While still in... Read more...
Quite literally, virtual reality is set to make a major play in mainstream courtesy of Samsung and Best Buy. Beginning tomorrow, February 8, 100 select Best Buy locations scattered throughout the United States will begin demoing Samsung's Gear VR headset, allowing curious customers to try it and see what all the fuss is about.Up until now, VR has mostly lived and breathed online -- it's not like you can march into a Walmart and pick up an Oculus Rift. Part of the reason is because the technology has only recently been aggressively focused on home consumers, so there aren't that many worthwhile... Read more...
After a long stretch without major innovation in the display sector, PC screens are getting interesting. Affordable 4K displays started showing up at CES last year, so you can expect to see even better pricing on the screens announced this week at CES. HP unveiled its lineup today, touting 5K resolutions, curved displays, and a virtual holographic screen that lets you explore 3D models with a stylus. HP Pavilion 27cCurved displays reduce the reflection of ambient light, making for better viewing. HP launched several curved screens, including the 27-inch EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c.... Read more...
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