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Activision Blizzard recently announced that it would be laying off 800 workers, even though it had generated a near record in quarterly revenue. The company noted that despite the big revenue for the quarter, it hadn't lived up to its potential. Another company in the gaming segment has announced layoffs, albeit on a much smaller scale: Valve. Valve has announced that it will shed 13 workers, some of them working in its virtual reality segment. Valve has acknowledged the layoffs and stated that the workforce reduction doesn't mean that the company is planning any drastic changes in direction. Valve's spokesperson told Variety that it was not abandoning virtual reality. The spokesperson noted... Read more...
The first hints we get that new products are incoming frequently surface in software updates for existing products. A recent software update for the Oculus devices for PC users has dropped a hint that Oculus has a new headset in the works called the Rift S. Rumors suggest that the device will have better resolution than the current Oculus Rift and feature an inside-out tracking system akin to what is used on the coming Oculus Quest headset. When perusing the PC software, Upload VR says that it found a setting in the user interface code that allows PC users to select between 50Hz and 60Hz room lighting along with an option for auto-selecting between the two. The description for the setting read... Read more...
Qualcomm has unveiled a new virtual reality development kit at GDC 2018 that should help usher in better performing headsets and devices for mobile use. The new VR development kit includes a wireless, standalone VR head mounted display and a new SDK. The hardware the VR dev kit leverages is the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. "In virtual reality, content is important to an immersive experience, so we’re excited to grant developers access to our new Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform through development kits that will help them create truly immersive experiences," said Hiren Bhinde, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We built the new Snapdragon 845 Virtual... Read more...
Owners of the Oculus Rift VR headsets who tried to play a game yesterday found that the headsets weren't working. The reason for the non-functioning devices was unknown at the time. The error that users were seeing on their headsets stated, "Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service." Oculus admitted there was an issue not long after complaints started rolling in and stated that it was working on a fix. It turns out that the problem was that Oculus forgot to renew its security certificate. That expired security certificate caused the Rift app to crash and prevented access to the VR software. The fix involved the issue of a new security certificate from the Oculus Rift website that wasn't expired. Oculus... Read more...
If you have been kicking yourself for missing out on the deals that were offered on the PlayStation VR during the holiday season, you can make it up to yourself this weekend. Sony has announced that it will be offering $100 off the price of the PlayStation VR standalone headset, Doom VFR Bundle, and the Skyrim VR Bundle. The sale will start on Sunday, February 18 and will run through Saturday, March 3, giving you a couple weeks to cough up the dough and get into VR gaming on the PS4. The PS VR standalone headset will sell for $199.99. Note that price is the headset only. If you want a fuller package you will need to spend the $299.99 price for the PlayStation VR Doom VFR Bundle. That bundle includes... Read more...
Black Friday is tomorrow, the day when people around the country scurry around to buy stuff at a discount. If you want to get someone on your Christmas list or even yourself into VR gaming as cheaply as possible, the Oculus Rift just got a new price cut that might be appealing. Back in July the Oculus Rift with touch controller got a price cut to $399 for a limited time, making it much more affordable but this Black Friday sale cuts another $50 off that price. The deal can be had directly via the Oculus store from now until November 27 and you will get the Oculus Rift, Oculus Touch controllers and two sensors for the price. There is a "while supplies last" caveat, but third-party retailers... Read more...
Sony has been offering PlayStation 4 gamers who want to get in on virtual reality action one of the more affordable headsets out there courtesy of the PlayStation VR. It has announced that an updated PS VR headset is in the works and the new device will have model number CUH-ZVR2. The design of the new version has been updated to enable stereo headphone cables to be integrated into the headset and a slimmer and more streamlined connection cable. The updated Processor Unit supports HDR pass through so that users can watch HDR-compatible content on their TV without having to disconnect their Processor Unit that lives between the PS4 console and the TV. The headset does have to be turned off for... Read more...
If you were one of the Intel fans looking forward to the Project Alloy VR headset that was to be an open reference design from Intel, the project has been officially cancelled. The reason cited by Intel for not pursuing the project any further was lack of partner interest. If you missed the hubbub about Project Alloy, it was first announced back in August of 2016. Project Alloy was to be an untethered, merged reality headset with its own compute power, graphics, and RealSense modules integrated. The entire headset would have been self-contained needing no smartphone or computer to operate. Think of it as an Intel-flavored Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and you get the general idea. One big plus for... Read more...
As more and more people move to adopt virtual reality (VR) for gaming, the hardware market is beginning to heat up. In July, the Oculus Rift VR headset was slashed from $599 down to $399. HTC also chopped the price of the Vive VR headset by $200, bringing the cost of entry to a permanent $599. Sony is used to being one of the cheaper points of entry for the VR world with the PlayStation VR headset, and now the company has announced a price cut on the device. With the price cut in place, the PS VR headset and PlayStation Camera can now be had in a new bundle for $399 in the U.S. and $499 CAD. Sony says that the move essentially throws in the PlayStation Camera at no charge, and this will... Read more...
KFC has a new employee training tool in the works that locks trainees, who want to learn to fry up chicken with the secret recipe in a room, and doesn't let them leave until they learn the process. The good news for trainees is that the room is virtual, but it is still doesn't make it any less weird. KFC released a trailer for the virtual training experience called "The Hard Way: A Virtual Reality Training Experience" and the fast food joint says that this will actually be used to train new workers. The training experience is said to be high on production value and more like a game than training. However, it does outline the basic steps for frying chicken. The trailer gives a horror/survival... Read more...
Now that the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are here, virtual reality is finally starting to spread. Let's cross our fingers that ocular herpes doesn't follow suit. We're not pulling that worry out of thin air—Twitter user @Drfit0r posted a screenshot of VR developers having a conversation with a game studio about ocular herpes "going around VR headsets" at events where people demo them. Public events where people share gadgets and gizmos are breeding grounds for germs, which is one reason why you often see people carrying around little bottles of hand sanitizer. But just as germs can spread from game controllers, smartphones, and other handheld items, they can also hitch a ride on VR headsts and land... Read more...
A few weeks back, we gave you our initial take on the retail-ready HTC Vive virtual reality kit. While we were able to explain the Vive’s specifications, setup, configuration, and give some opinions on the experience, at that point, we hadn’t had the kit long enough to form any solid, concrete opinions. We had experience with multiple versions of the Vive throughout its development cycle, but we thought playing with the retail version for only a few days wasn’t enough time to truly understand it, so we held off on making any final recommendations. We have, however, worked with the Vive for a number of weeks at this point, experimented with a slew of software and applications, and gave a handful... Read more...
The Oculus Rift hype train is just getting rolling but is already checking its brakes. We reported yesterday about privacy concerns that have been raised by early recipients. Now, it looks like some preorder customers have a little longer than anticipated wait time before delivery. The Rift has already seen a few delays since its original Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. However, as the first preorders are shipping, production hangups are evidently still persisting.  Oculus has been reportedly sending out emails notifying customers of an unexpected component shortage which has impacted shipping dates for some customers. John Cena shirt not included - Credit: Wikimedia The email includes... Read more...
We've been hearing about modern virtual reality (VR) for what seems like forever, but with some leading headsets soon to launch, 2016 is shaping-up to be a pivotal year for the technology. That being the case, if you think you've been hearing about VR quite a bit up to this point, to quote Bachman Turner Overdrive, "You ain't seen nothing yet." The biggest concern most VR enthusiasts have currently is the lack of content, or at least the lack of high-quality content. It's hard right now to find the great stuff amongst all the lackluster demos and use cases, although the situation will of course improve as time goes on and the technology matures. One start-up, Wevr, wants to make sure that... Read more...
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