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The problem for gamers who try and play VR games in their living room is that the immersion factor means furniture in the home becomes a hazard. Microsoft has a new patent application that has surfaced that shows what it is thinking about to help define the VR playing area to make play safer. The patent application is titled "virtual reality floor mat activity region." The patent outlines a system that would reduce the likelihood of someone walking into furniture. Microsoft's system has special markers that would allow a VR headset to recognize the size of the play space on a mat and adjust the play area accordingly. The assumption is if your mat is a 6x12 space on the living room floor, that... Read more...
VR devices have greatly improved over the years and the next generation of headsets is better than ever. HTC will release its new Vive Cosmos headset on October 3rd. The Vive Cosmos features inside-out tracking, easy set-up, and new mods. HTC originally unveiled the Vive Cosmos at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but recently revealed more about the device’s specs. The HTC Vive Comos includes dual 3.4 inch diagonal screens, a resolution of 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye or a combined total of 2880 x 1700 pixels, and a 90Hz refresh rate. This is nearly double the amount of pixels of the original. The real RGB panels offer “40 percent improved lens clarity” over the HTC Vive... Read more...
Nintendo has already brought somewhat of a VR experience to its Switch console with the Labo VR kit (as shown above), but if you are hoping for a somewhat better implementation, you might be in luck. Well, maybe. A recently published patent design by Nintendo shows a design for a VR accessory that appears to slightly different than the Labo VR kit. It's also somewhat similar. Nintendo applied for the patent in February 2018, and it was published on August 22, 2019. The patent application describes a "3D image display system and 3D image display device," and there are accompanying design images. Here's a look at some... The images above depict a design whereby the user does not strap the VR accessory... Read more...
Oculus CTO and legendary game developer, John Carmack recently went on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he talked about the state of augmented and virtual reality. Carmack talked a bit about Facebook's recent suggestions that the future of Insight and Guardian motion-tracking technologies is all-day wearable augmented reality glasses. He underscored that future isn't immediately on the horizon. Carmack also talked about other companies in the AR and VR space, such as Magic Leap. He said that Magic Leap has been underdelivering on its early hype. He says that technology hasn't advanced to the point yet where AR glasses can be made small enough for users to wear all day, and that Oculus could... Read more...
Sony is apparently in the giving mood, as some PlayStation 4 owners on Reddit can attest. How so? Apparently the electronics company has given a away a bunch free copies of Astro Bot Rescue Mission to registered PS4 owners, with "no strings" attached. The reason why, however, is not immediately clear (though we have a theory). "No catch, not strings... we're just giving you a free PlayStation VR game. Download the award-winning Astro Bot Rescue Mission... and blast off on an epic adventure to save Captain Astro's missing crew-bots. Use your exclusive voucher code at PlayStation Store now," the email reads. What makes this surprise gift so nifty is not just that it's an out-of-the-blue freebie,... Read more...
Valve has come a long way since the days of Half-Life, which was revolutionary to gamers of a certain age when it was released in the late 90s. These days, Valve has its hands in many cookie jars including the Steam Store and Index VR headset. Gabe Newell was on hand at the Index launch event to taunt Half-Life fans about Half-Life 3, yet again. Newell was addressing the people gathered for the launch event and spent some time talking about what a breakthrough the Valve Index headset is. During the talk, Newell started in about how one thing leads to another. He said Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, Source led to Source 2, TeamFortress 2 led to Dota, and Artifact is why they were able to do Underlords.... Read more...
HTC has revealed some more details about its forthcoming Vive Cosmos virtual reality (VR) headset. We now know that it will have a much sharper resolution than the original Vive, along with half a dozen inside-out tracking cameras and a vented front design to increase airflow and, in theory, allow users to stay immersed in VR for longer without fatigue. The Vive Cosmos is one of two VR headsets that HTC announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the other being the high-end Vive Pro Eye. It is a consumer headset that initially will connect to a PC, though HTC hinted at the time that a mobile version might also be in the cards. "We found that over 85 percent of... Read more...
Valve has just launched a brand-new virtual reality (VR) system that will supersede the Vive family that was produced by HTC. Called the Valve Index, in many ways this headset is even more compelling than the HTC Vive Pro.  The full-blown Valve Index Kit will set you back $999 and includes the headset, two wireless controllers, and two Lighthouse base stations. However, Valve will also let you purchase the components piecemeal, with the Index headset itself going for $499.  Speaking of the Index, it is still a tethered setup with an included 5-meter cable that plugs directly into your gaming rig. Valve is focused on high-fidelity VR experiences and thus has included dual 1400x1600... Read more...
VR headsets haven't taken off with the boom that many game developers and publishers expected. In fact, VR headsets have proven to be more popular with companies than consumers; for instance, Walmart grabbed 17,000 Oculus Go VR headsets for employee training. Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S. Oculus' co-founder Nate Mitchell has said on Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers shipped with bizarre Easter Egg messages hidden inside on internal hardware that are privacy related. Since the messages are inside on the hardware, you won't see them when using the controllers. The messages on final production hardware say “This Space... Read more...
Valve is launching its own virtual reality headset called Index, presumably to go up against models like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (and Vive Pro). When exactly users will be able to order one has not been known, up until now—preorders for the Index will open on May 1, 2019, followed by a retail launch about a month and a half later. This is a big launch for Valve, though whether it will be successful depends on its ability to execute, pricing, and the overall interest in VR. Valve's advantage is that it fields the most popular digital distribution platform for games, a little storefront you may have heard of called Steam. However, that did not help much with Valve's failed Steam Machine... Read more...
Years ago many expected virtual reality (VR) headsets and games to have a much bigger following than they do today. Adoption has been rather slow on the VR front for gamers; businesses users have found more use for VR headsets in many instances. To that business end, HTC announced its Vive Focus aimed at enterprise use that will launch April 15 priced at $799. Valve has now started teasing a new VR headset that is called the Valve Index. It's a bit odd to see a new headset being teased only a few weeks after Valve laid off 13 people in its VR division. Valve did state at the time that it wasn't vacating the VR market and with the tease for the Index, that is clear. The official launch for the... Read more...
Last month HTC officially announced the new Vive Focus Plus VR headset and gave up most of the details at that time. HTC bills the Focus Plus as a professional-grade, portable VR solution for enterprise applications. The headset is designed to be easy to deploy in environments where multiple headsets will be in use and easy to manage. We're not being given an exact launch date and pricing on the headset. HTC will launch the Vive Focus Plus on April 15, and the headset will sell for $799. HTC hails the Focus Plus as an enterprise-focused standalone VR headset. That means it needs no external computer to function. Controllers for the Focus Plus offer 6-degrees of freedom to support VR navigation... Read more...
Facebook’s Oculus was one of the pioneers with respect to modern virtual reality (VR) headsets with the original Rift, and now the company is ready to deliver an evolutionary successor in the form of the Rift S. The Oculus Rift S represents a mixed bag on the specs front compared to its predecessor and was developed in conjunction with Lenovo. This time around, the maximum resolution has been bumped up slightly from 1080x1200 per eye to 1280x1440 per eye. In addition, lens quality has been improved for better optics (and less eye strain/fatigue). Pupillary distance is no longer a manual adjustment; it is now down in software according to Oculus. Interestingly though, the refresh... Read more...
Hardware and game makers thought years ago that the next big thing for gamers was virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming. That has failed to happen, but adoption in the business sector is coming along much faster. Microsoft unveiled its Hololens 2 at MWC 2019 and aimed it at enterprise users. The software giant signed a big contract with the U.S. military to provide Hololens headsets for training in a deal that is worth $479 million, something some employees were against. Despite a recent patent application from Microsoft that showed an AR app for smartphones, a company executive has now admitted we are years away from consumer adoption of the tech. Microsoft's director of communications,... Read more...
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