2016

Oculus Nearly Matched The Original ‘Gears of War’ Budget To Fund Epic’s ‘Robo Recall’

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Oculus is one of the most prolific stimulators of virtual reality content in the industry today. The Facebook-owned company has been funding VR games and projects for years now through Oculus Studios.

HTC Vive Exec Makes Predictions for the Next 2 Years of Virtual Reality

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HTC’s China Regional President of Vive, Alvin Wang Graylin, took to the stage at the Unity Vision Summit in Asia this week and made a series of bold predictions for where we’ll see VR in the next two years.

Google Earth Lets You Explore the Planet in Virtual Reality

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Google Earth is now available for the HTC Vive. If you have access to a Vive, try Google Earth VR for yourself before reading any further. It’s free. A team of engineers and filmmakers worked together on a cinematic introduction that I’ll never do justice. Go in blind. Feel all the feelings.

United Nations endorses peace walkway with AR and VR Technology

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The United Nations has endorsed a unique way for people to celebrate art monuments and heroic world peacemakers with the latest AR and VR technology. On September 4, the United Nations invited peace walkway artist Paul-Felix Montez to speak at the U.N. in New York City for World Peace day.

HTC Announces $1.5 Billion VR Investment Fund and Research Institute in China

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HTC is making yet more moves in China today, announcing a partnership with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to kick off two new initiatives. The first of these is a new China VR Research Institute.

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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 11/20/16

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It’s encouraging to see bigger brands tackle VR like the actual NBA with their NBA 2KVR Experience, but the new release gets completely outshined by a game obviously better-built for virtual reality even in early access: Nothin’ But Net.

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Exclusive: HTC Vive Goes Wireless With $220 Add-On, Pre-Orders Start Friday

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Oculus may be be closing out 2016 with a bang with the launch of its Touch controllers, but HTC is going to kick off 2017 with something special: a peripheral that makes its Vive headset wireless.

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HTC to Offer Wireless Vive Upgrade Kit, Pre-orders Start Friday

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HTC plans to offer a wireless upgrade accessory for the Vive created by TPCAST. Launching in early 2017 with pre-orders starting Friday, HTC claims the device will eliminate the direct connection to the PC without any noticeable difference in latency or gameplay.

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VR Headsets from ASUS, Dell, HP, and More Coming in 2017, Will Run on Intel Integrated Graphics

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Today at the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, the company announced that VR/AR (mixed reality) headsets from top manufacturers are due to hit the market in 2017.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300.

The Gigantic List of Augmented Reality Use Cases

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Everyone says that augmented reality (AR) will be bigger than virtual reality (VR): analysts , investors , technologists , and futurists alike.

Dealing With Harassment in VR

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Editor’s Note: The below post is written by Aaron Stanton and Jonathan Schenker, the developers of QuiVr. Their multiplayer VR game was recently mentioned in a post titled “ My First Virtual Reality Gropin g ” that has reverberated beyond the gaming community.

Jaguar Just Showed Us The Future of Car Launches

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The VR reveal for the company’s first-ever electric car blew our minds. During a press event at Milk Studios in Los Angeles Sunday night, Jaguar revealed the I-PACE, the company’s first-ever electric car.

IMAX Virtual Reality Coming in Q4 2016

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IMAX screens are big, very big. But Virtual Reality can be better, period. That is why the folks at IMAX are teaming up with Starbreeze to bring their 210-degree field of view (FOV) headsets to select IMAX locations starting in Los Angeles, followed by London, New York and Shanghai.

‘Vivepaper’ Is HTC’s Immersive Reading Experience That Mixes AR With VR

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Based on our recent talk with VP of content, Joel Breton, HTC has plenty of experiences in the works for its Vive VR headset across a wide range of categories. Though you probably wouldn’t have guessed it, one of those categories is virtual reading.

WiGig’s Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Could Make Wireless PC-Based VR Viable

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Standalone VR headsets may well be the future of the industry, but they’re a long way off from packing the power of today’s modern PCs. The ultra-fast 60GHz wireless standard WiGig might offer a compelling workaround.

Google Launches Earth VR on HTC Vive, A Breathtaking New Way to Know Our Planet

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Today Google launches Earth VR for the HTC Vive for free, giving us a whole new perspective on the world. I remember, back in 2001, how amazed I was to see Google Earth for the first time. I remember huddling around the computer monitor with friends shouting “go to New York City!”

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The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This

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Today’s VR systems are both fantastic and restrictive: they blow you away, but it’s clear how far they have to go.

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Oculus Chief Scientist Predicts the Next 5 Years of VR Technology

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The annual presentation at Oculus Connect by Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist at Oculus, is always a highlight of the company’s annual developer event, projecting a forward-thinking and ever inspirational look at the future of virtual reality.

Facebook Plans to Launch Social VR App “As Soon As Possible”

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Facebook, parent company of Oculus, is beginning to flex its virtual reality arm. The company wants to use the technology revolutionize how social interactions happen across the web, and we may see the first stages of that plan earlier than expected.

First Look at Valve’s New VR Controller Prototype

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Today at the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Valve is showing off brand new prototypes of its Steam VR controllers. Today’s HTC Vive controllers are bulky compared to what’s coming.

Valve’s Answer To Asynchronous Timewarp Arrives (UPDATE)

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Update: Valve released an update to its SteamVR beta today with initial support for asynchronous reprojection. The feature does not support AMD GPUs in its current version. With NVIDIA, an updated driver is required.

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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WebVR is gaining significant momentum; last month the biggest players in the browse space came together to discuss the future of VR on the web at the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality.

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Deepak Chopra Hopes You’ll Find Your True Self in VR

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I’m in a vast open space under a beautiful Bodhi tree, the green-leafed branches stretching towards the heavens. I am calmed immediately, welcomed by chirping birds and nature sounds.

Forget online dating, Virtual Reality Dating is the new thing

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With the likes of Match, Tinder, and the various dating sites out there, dating is big business. But why go through all the hassle of contacting a girl online, emailing a bunch times, and then meeting him/her only to find they are 40lbs and ten years older than their pictures?

Virtual Reality Helps Legally Blind Man See Clearly For The First Time

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New VR Dev Kit From Occipital Turns iPhone Into Room-Scale VR

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Tilt Brush Multiplayer Prototype And Other Experiments Revealed By Google

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‘Tilt Brush’ Is Being Used to Prototype Levels in This Superhero VR Game by Dream On VR

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We’ve seen Tilt Brush , Google’s Vive-exclusive 3D painting application that’s bundled with all new Vive purchases, be used for all manner of creative projects. When we first got our hands on with the released product, we were blown away.

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Nvidia Touts 15 Million VR Ready PCs Sold As PS4 Pushes Past 50 Million

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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might offer a superior VR experience to PlayStation VR, but there’s one very big reason the latter is poised to perform better on the market, at least in the short term.

Exclusive: ‘The SoulKeeper VR’ Is a Glimpse Into The Future of Gorgeous Virtual Reality RPGs

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It doesn’t take a whole lot to catch my interest on a personal level. If you ever see me at an event, walking down the street, or on Twitter, just mention a video game and I’ll probably have something to say about it.