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Microsoft: ‘All virtual reality platforms will converge to mixed reality’

SAN FRANCISCO – Virtual reality is just a stepping stone for augmented reality.<p>This was a conclusion a group of panelist reached during a breakout session discussion about the future of video games at GamesBeat 2015. Game developers today may still be trying to figure out how best to integrate …

Virtual reality? Not for me. Then I turn into Wonder Woman and fly over New York

Photograph: Stanford VR Lab<p>Screenshot from the virtual city that Elizabeth Day flew around in.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/10/7/1444217445011/b0ce25ca-192d-452e-ae54-79125e8dcec8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Stanford VR Lab<p>Screenshot from the virtual city that …

It sucks when virtual reality games don’t acknowledge your existence

One of the worst things that a virtual reality game can do is ignore you.<p>Facebook’s Oculus VR repeatedly touts the importance of having a sense of presence, which means tricking your brain into thinking you’re actually in another world when you put on a VR headset like the Oculus Rift. But when …

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Preview: 'Machine VR' is an Awe-inspiring 360 Fractal Trip

Produced by Dutch visual effects artist Julius Horsthuis, <i>Machine VR</i> is the newest installment of a line of contemplative fractal 360 videos—this time …

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VR Will Never Be The Same For Me: StarVR Has Shown Me The Future

The 2015 Immersed Toronto Conference kicked off on October 4 with a free public VR experience day at the Ontario Science Center. Among the companies …

Former Oculus Engineering VP Teases 'Reverse Lighthouse' Tracking System That Can Fit in a Smartphone

Jack McCauley worked as VP of Engineering at Oculus, joining the company in the early days back in 2012. No longer with the company but continuing on …

First Look: The 'Elite: Dangerous' Experience on HTC Vive is the Best Yet

EGX 2015 was seemingly over flowing with virtual reality headsets this year and interestingly, with the exception of a handful of Playstation VR demo …

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This is what it's like to watch Netflix in virtual reality

Oculus launched the official Netflix app for Gear VR today, and it's prominently featured on the virtual app store. I grabbed my Gear VR and spent around 15 minutes exploring the application, curious about what it's like to stream video from within virtual reality.<p>What's fascinating about the …

Inside Epic’s incredible first attempt at real VR gaming

Epic’s VR war room is a small office space strewn with prototype equipment: an HTC Vive, a small stack of Oculus Rift cases, even an old Razer Hydra controller. It’s also nearly deserted. After a week of late nights, the team has just locked down a near-final build. They’ve got another two days of …

Oculus’ New $99 Samsung Gear VR Makes Serious Virtual Reality Affordable

At half the price of its last mobile VR headset, the new $99 Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR is cheap enough to unlock virtual reality for the mainstream. Revealed today at the Oculus Connect conference, it works with the whole 2015 line of Samsung Smartphones including the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 …

Watch Disney Animation legend behind Aladdin and Ariel draw in VR

Chances are Glen Keane has made an impact on you. As an animator at Disney, he brought to life iconic characters like Aladdin, Ariel from <i>The Little Mermaid</i>, and everyone's favorite furry grump, Beast from <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>. But after spending nearly four decades at the house of Mickey Mouse, …

We Killed Zombies at Melbourne’s Virtual Reality Game Centre—And It Was Crazy

Nothing can prepare you for what you’re about to experience upon entering this fairly inconspicuous warehouse space in North Melbourne...<p>Last month, Australia's first virtual reality game centre opened in Melbourne; the first in the world to offer a free-roam multi-player capacity. Naturally, we …

Project 'impacto' is Designed to Let People Really Feel Virtual Reality

The lab of Human Computer Interaction at Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute has developed <i>impacto</i>, a wearable, wireless device designed “to render the …

Interactive Narrative 'Sherlock Holmes: The Wagner Ritual' Coming to Gear VR

<i>Sherlock Holmes: The Wagner Ritual</i> is clever VR adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘<i>The Adventure of Musgrave Ritual</i>’, and illuminates the text …

Oculus CTO John Carmack Will Demo His 'VrScript' Environment at Connect

John Carmack is something of a legend in the programming world with a history that’s intertwined with the early gaming industry. Now at Oculus as …

How VR Productivity Apps Could Make Us As Smart As Sherlock

In the first of a new regular series of reports, Noah looks at how virtual reality could use fictional ideas like Sherlock Holmes’ ‘mind palace’ as …

Epic Showdown Cinematic Virtual Reality Experience Made Available For Free (video)

Epic has this week made available its Showdown interactive virtual reality demonstration to download for free including the complete Unreal Engine …

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I Went to School In Virtual Reality

It’s easy to pooh-pooh current VR, but the inaugural class at what claims to be the first school in the world to be entirely dedicated to VR development training was transcendent.<p>I'm skipping through a gallery of monsters when suddenly I'm confronted by a facehugger, straight out of <i>Alien</i>, bursting …

I tried the world's first virtual reality theme park, and it was better than anything I could've imagined

At first, The Void seemed too good to be true. I've tried countless virtual reality experiences from some of the biggest companies working in the …

Bubl’s Spherical Video Camera Gets Samsung Backing

Canadian startup Bubl, maker of a 360-degree camera for capturing spherical panoramas, has closed a $3.5 million (CDN$4.6 million) seed round, led by Samsung Ventures and J-Tech Capital, with other unnamed investors also participating in the round.<p>The company has been beavering away at spherical …

This augmented reality GPS could solve one of the biggest problems with driving

WayRay<p>In 2009, there were an estimated 2.2 million car accidents in the US. Vitaly Ponomarev was one of them.<p>Ponomarev, CEO of the tech company …

Merge VR brings mobile virtual reality for just £50

Gallery: Merge VR brings mobile virtual reality for just £50<p>Gallery: Merge VR brings mobile virtual reality for just £50<p>+ 6<p>+ 5<p>+ 4<p>With consumer level …

Job Simulator's new level shows just how fun VR can be

Virtual reality can be a lot of things, it can affect, it can impact, it can educate, it can inspire. But perhaps virtual reality is at its absolute …

'Virtual Reality is inevitable' - Palmer Luckey tells us about the future of gaming

“A lot of people dismiss Virtual Reality out of hand because they’ve never tried it.” So says Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR and creator of …

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Preview: The Gallery: Call of the Starseed on HTC Vive

Virtual reality (VR) is at its best when it catches you off guard. The Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) really …

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Virtual Reality’s Biggest Weakness Could Make It The Next Nintendo Wii

Looking silly might not be VR’s achilles heel, but a path to acceptance.<p>The internet had a good laugh when Palmer Luckey appeared on the cover of <i>Time</i>, looking joyous and fantastically awkward. (I still think every bit of that cover was an intentional, self-aware embracement of the inherent …