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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...
With the Oculus Connect event underway in Hollywood, Calif., rumors are swirling that an official controller will be announced before the legions of virtual reality enthusiasts head back to the real world. Oculus, which was recently acquired by Facebook, is the maker of a virtual reality headset that puts you inside a life-like world. The Oculus Rift headset for developers. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is at the Oculus Connect event this week. Image Credit (all images): Oculus VR At the moment, you need a third-party controller if you want to have an impact on the world created by the Oculus headset.... Read more...
Metatecture is hopping on the virtual reality bandwagon with a low-cost alternative called AirVR. Similar to the Samsung Gear VR, AirVR is a bring-your-own-hardware affair, that hardware being an iPhone 6 Plus or an iPad mini. Yes, you're going to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous with an iPad mini pressed against your face, but the upside to this design is cost. According to AirVR's Kickstarter page, the headset will start shipping in December for just $49. That's much less than the Oculus Rift Development Kit ($300 for DK1 and $350 for DK2) and Samsung Gear VR ($200), and it's probably the... Read more...
It was two years ago this month that the original developer kit for the Oculus Rift blew past its $250,000 goal on Kickstarter en router to raking in nearly $2.5 million. The headline read, "Step into the Game" with the Oculus Rift being billed as "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games." At the time, few could have predicted that it would be bought out by Facebook, but now that it has, what does the future hold? Will it be a bunch of 3D Candy Crush games? According to Oculus co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe, the headset's future lies in the classroom. "As we were marching... Read more...
It's too bad the sitcom Home Improvement isn't still pumping out new episodes, as star Tim Allen would have been inspired by the announcement that Lowe's is building virtual reality "Holorooms" in select Toronto stores. Could you imagine the trouble the comedian could have gotten into playing around with VR? While that's not going to happen, Holorooms are indeed aimed at home improvement, just not of the sitcom variety. Lowe's descriebs Holoroom as a home improvement simulator. It uses 3D and augmented reality technologies to provide homeowners an intuitive, immersive experience in the room they're... Read more...
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