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We've been hearing rumors of a cheaper, standalone wireless VR headset on the way from Oculus for quite some time. Today, Facebook revealed to the world what it has been working on, and it is called the Oculus Go. As expected, Oculus Go is a self-contained headset that doesn't require a physical connection to a smartphone or PC. And more importantly, it's wireless, so you don't have to worry about tripping over cables when the action starts heating up in your VR games. Given its wireless nature, don't expect the Oculus Go to provide the same type of immersive experiences that you would get with... Read more...
Despite all of the hype and excitement surrounding virtual reality over the past couple of years, the market for VR has not grown at the pace Nokia had anticipated or hoped it would. As a result, the company has decided to 'optimize' its investments in VR, starting with halting development of Ozo, a 360-degree VR camera that debuted at $60,000 before receiving a price cut to $45,000. The company is also reducing its workforce as it pivots to digital health. "Nokia Technologies is at a point where, with the right focus and investments, we can meaningfully grow our footprint in the digital health... Read more...
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Every Star Trek fan in the world has been waiting for a real-life Holodeck to emerge. NVIDIA has gone and built one and is now inviting designers and developers to test it out. Well, sort of. NVIDIA unveiled an intelligent virtual reality platform that is capable of delivering photorealistic visuals and real-world physics, all simulated in a VR environment. Called Holodec, NVIDIA is essentially offering developers the necessary tools to build and immerse themselves into a virtual design lab. "NVIDIA Holodeck empowers designers to bring peers, partners and customers along the design journey to explore... 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... 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... Read more...
If you want in on some virtual reality action, one of the cheapest ways to do it is by getting a headset that holds your existing smartphone. Google has just such a headset with the currently available Daydream View that began shipping back in December of last year. It appears that Google is soon set to drop an update to that original headset. The new headset is said to still be called the Daydream View and like that original, this one will hold your smartphone rather than being a standalone VR headset or needing a PC to operate. While the original Daydream View was covered in a material that felt... Read more...
Do not hold your breath waiting for Nintendo to fully embrace virtual reality gaming. Along with augmented reality and mixed reality experiences, VR has captured the attention of hardware makers and developers who believe that we are on the verge of a revolution in gaming. Not everyone is buying into it, though, and certainly not Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The problem with VR is that there aren't a lot of experiences that are truly fun," Fils-Aime said at Variety's Entertainment and Tech Summit Presented by Twitch.Image Source: Flickr (Jeff Dlouhy) It is not surprising to... Read more...
While VR is the big thing for gaming, there is another similar tech that PC makers and software giant Microsoft really want to take off in a big way and that is mixed reality. VR and mixed reality are similar in that both have virtual constructs in them, but in VR everything that the user of the tech sees is virtual whereas mixed reality overlays virtual objects with your real world environment. Mixed reality has big potential to revolutionize industry with the ability to help train new workers and to bring gaming into your home in a new way. Microsoft writes, "A little over ten months ago our... 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.... Read more...
Virtual reality could very well end up being the future of gaming. Or it could not—it is just too early to tell at the moment. No company wants to be left behind, however, and it appears as though Nintendo may have baked support for some kind of VR technology into its dual-purpose Switch game console. A peek at the source code reveals a reference to a mysterious "VrMode," leading to speculation as to what Nintendo is cooking up. Have a look: Just found this while looking at IPC interfaces on the Switch. Iiiiinteresting! #reswitched pic.twitter.com/J3QoKrJWKN — Cody Brocious (@daeken) August 27,... 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.... Read more...
HTC was once one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, but is now having a hard time competing against the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC has seen its market value decline a whopping 75 percent over the last half decade, leaving it valued at around $1.8 billion. The smartphone maker currently holds less than 2 percent of the global smartphone market. Not all is doom and gloom though; the company is doing well with its Vive VR business and a rumor floating around claims that HTC is considering selling or spinning off this business. A person claiming to be familiar with discussions... Read more...
Researchers from the Université de Montréal have published a study that found certain types of video games resulted in the loss of grey matter in the brain, while other types of video games resulted in an increase. Specifically, the study claims that gamers who frequently play first person shooter type video games like Call of Duty, Killzone, and Borderlands 2 lose grey matter mass in their brain. Researchers say that in FPS gamers, the grey matter mass loss occurs in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that the scientists say is critical to healthy cognition. On the other hand, the study... Read more...
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