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HTC had originally hoped to make its Vive virtual reality headset available to consumers right about now (by the end of 2015) but those plans have changed. Instead, it will make several thousand additional units available to developers in early 2016, followed by a commercial launch in April of next year, the company announced in a blog post today. "We remain committed to delivering the HTC Vive to a broader group of content creators and partners, and remain focused on delivering the very best experience possible for a consumer release.," HTC said. In the meantime, HTC will continue to work with... Read more...
There's little question that VR and AR technologies have the potential to make a major impact across a seemingly endless number of applications and industries. Today we're shown another example as Google and its friends at VISA and Bank Of America step up to showcase another fantastic application for the technology in the burgeoning Virtual Reality market. This time of year, Sunday is game day here in the U.S., with football fans all across the country gearing up to rally behind their teams of modern day gladiators. Constructing tactical offensive strikes with surgical precision or battering ram... Read more...
Despite the fact that we've been hearing about modern virtual reality solutions for quite some time, we're still months out from market availability. While developer kits can be had by those who are truly anxious to jump into the VR world, content is another major component in need of immediate improvement. Fortunately, given the kind of immersive experiences VR can provide, it feels like the wait is going to be worth it when it does explode on the market. That doesn't mean that "first-gen" solutions are going to be ideal, though. Because virtual reality requires super-fast performance and super-low... Read more...
Up to this point, Apple's been quiet on the virtual reality front - no doubt due to the fact that it has some not-so-super-secretive plans to jump into the automotive market soon. Well, it seems now is the right time to show off something VR-related, and to do so, the company has called-upon the help of its favorite band in the world, U2. Apple has worked with U2 quite a bit over the years, and given the band's pull, I'm sure its services are far from being pro bono. Last fall, Apple got into hot water after forcing an iTunes download of the band's latest album to user accounts, which to this day... Read more...
Microsoft held a massive event Tuesday in New York City at which the company unveiled a number of new devices, including the hot Surface Pro 4, new Lumia-branded Windows 10 smartphones with Continuum, and the surprise no one saw coming, the slick Surface Book hybrid laptop. But before any of those new devices were actually shown, Microsoft demoed some exciting new HoloLens mixed-reality technology, dubbed Project X-Ray, that allowed a gamer – named Dan -- to battle holographic robots right on stage, live. During the demo, Dan “held” a holographic gauntlet gun that he used to fire lasers and blast... Read more...
In case it hasn't been noticeable enough, within the next few months, virtual reality is going to hit the market hard. The most anticipated headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are set to come out in early 2016, and it's expected that a bevy of content will stream out to the market at the same time. While there's still much up in the air with regards to pricing and availability, we'll no doubt be learning a lot more about that before the end of the year. To have a good gaming experience in general, a good gaming PC is needed. But when VR is concerned, that reality is amplified. You need... Read more...
Though it's still a bit early, virtual reality has the potential to be the biggest thing to happen to gaming since the advent of 3D graphics. We'll have a better grasp of VR's impact once devices like the Oculus Rift ship, but in the meantime, Epic Games put together a new demo that gives us a glimpse of where we're headed. The demo, called Bullet Train, was unveiled by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney during a keynote by Oculus boss Brendan Iribe at the VR company's Connect 2 conference in Hollywood, California. Epic Games designed the demo to showcase what's possible when storytelling and VR technology... Read more...
Ahead of this year's Tokyo Game Show, which begins on Thursday, Sony has revealed the final name for its "Project Morpheus" virtual reality platform. While "Morpheus" would have undoubtedly been very cool to stick with, the company has instead decided to go with a name anyone could have guessed: PlayStation VR. The revealing of this name signifies the fact that Sony's progress on its VR platform is coming along very nicely; we've come a long way since it was first unveiled last year. Sony notes that many demos will be available on the show floor of the Tokyo Game Show, and there's sure to be a... Read more...
Marriott is putting a new twist on room service by delivering Samsung Gear VR headsets to guests. The new “VRoom Service” features a VR headset and headphones, along with virtual reality travel videos. Fire up the VRoom Service headset and you can explore Beijing from your hotel room in New York.The Marriott VRoom Service headset.“Travel expands our minds and helps push our imagination,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels. “Our guests want to be in inventive spaces that help foster their creativity and thinking. VRoom combines storytelling with technology, two things that are... Read more...
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on HTC’s elusive Vive VR headset, PAX Prime could be your best bet. The Penny Arcade Expo is underway today in Seattle and it’s packed with gaming goodness, including several of HTC’s VR headsets. HTC and Valve will be showing off some new titles for the headset at PAX Prime, and news about the headset’s release date is slowly trickling out.Fantastic Contraption on ViveSadly, the news thus far is that only a small number of Vives will be available before the end of the year. A note on the HTC Vive site reads “Consumer product available holiday 2015,” but... Read more...
One of the coolest things about VR is that it can take us to some incredible destinations, either real or fictional. But from gaming to video, what place could be cooler than outer space? The mere thought of being able to explore space via VR gives me goosebumps; it'd give us an incredible perspective on what goes on up there, as well as just how small Earth is. That's an experience we can all have if SpaceVR has its way. The company has just launched a Kickstarter project that will put its 3D 360-degree camera into space to capture as much as possible for us to enjoy later. If successful, its... Read more...
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...
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...
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