Virtual Reality

If You Talk To This Story, The Characters Will Listen

A new wave of virtual reality video games offer incredible tactility, but Untethered considers another layer of immersion: talking.<p>I’ve flown starships. I’ve fired grenade launchers. I’ve won NBA championships. And I’ve played more than my fair share of Solitaire. But as video games make their way …

Gaming

Oculus lawsuit may undercut VR industry, not just Facebook's bottom line

Expert says they might be able to stop Rift sales<p>The January trial that pits the creators of games like <i>Doom</i> and <i>Dishonored</i> against Facebook is about more than a potential $2 billion payout.<p>If ZeniMax wins its case against Facebook and Oculus, the company could seek an injunction against the Oculus …

John Carmack

The VR game we need right now was already made 23 years ago

After plenty of pomp and much circumstance, virtual reality finally became a thing last year -- at least, for the first time since the last time it became a thing, or the time before that. But, hoopla aside, the new, breakout generation of VR headsets don't seem to be breaking out as dynamically as …

Star Wars

Inside IMAX’s Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR

The best place on the planet to watch a movie is almost certainly from the center seat in the second-to-last row of the David Keighley Theater at …

United Arab Emirates

You can tour the lost stone city of Petra without ever leaving your chair

Why it matters to you<p>Google's virtual tour of Petra is the latest in the company's attempt to bring culture and history to the masses.<p>The concrete …

Ancient History

Oculus' elusive founder tells court: We didn't steal anything

The hit game Doom didn't just change the computer industry when it debuted in 1993. It's also become the center of a lawsuit in 2017.<p>On the stand Wednesday, the wunderkind founder of the Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, denied that early prototypes of his virtual reality headset were reliant on technology …

John Carmack

Lawyer: Luckey not smart enough to create Oculus

CLOSE<p>Consumers interested in the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be able to try them out at select Best Buy stores starting May 7. USA TODAY<p>SAN FRANCISCO — When you sell your first company to Facebook at age 21 for around $3 billion, it's admittedly hard to get people to feel sorry for you.<p>…

Oculus Rift

VR porn now comes with smells

VR porn long ago mastered the sights and sounds of sexy times, but now you can finally experience the smells.<p>A new device called the OhRoma promises to infuse your nose with up to three different sensual aromas at once as you get to virtual business.<p>The OhRoma is a standalone gadget that works with …

Humor

Get Ready to Love Math With This Sweet VR Calculator

<i>“Our universe isn’t just described by math, but it is math in the sense that we’re all parts of a giant mathematical object.” – Max Tegmark</i><p>I knew …

Mathematics

VR "smell mask" lets you sniff things you may regret

For over a century creative entrepreneurs have been trying to find ways to incorporate scents and smells into multimedia experiences. In the early …

You'll Die (and Be Reborn) Inside the Virtual Reality 'Doom Room' | The Creators Project

<i>Images courtesy the artists. Photo: Michella Bredahl</i><p>Virtual reality is a place where the usual rules or limitations of the physical, fleshy world no longer apply. You can, much like a video game character, die and respawn. This concept is the basis for a new VR film—which also includes …

Calling All Pixel Owners: Google Daydream View Now Just $49

Calling All Pixel Owners: Google Daydream View Now Just $49<p>It's less than half the price of Samsung's Gear VR.<p>Google slashed the asking price of its …

Google

Virtual Reality Smell Porn: Get A Big Whiff Of The Future

“There are a lot of guys who watch my shows who tell me, ‘God, I wish I could smell you.'"<p>Think porn already stinks? It’s just got a lot bit smellier thanks to the miracle of virtual reality.<p>Adult entertainment company CamSoda is introducing a gas mask designed to enhance its online sex shows by …

Facebook CEO on VR: ‘It’s Going to Take 5 or 10 More Years’

While testifying in a civil trial about the company’s Oculus VR unit, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered some revealing thoughts about the future …

Fortune 500

Facebook, Oculus Founders Testify in Ongoing ZeniMax Trial

Chief executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey both took the stand recently as part of the ongoing trial led by …

Gaming

Palmer Watch Day 117: It's Over

Our watch has ended.<p>After 117 days basically in hiding, Oculus VR founder and former Facebook golden child Palmer Luckey has been spotted in the …

Facebook

Montrealers help Barack and Michelle Obama give a White House tour

He might not approve because it wasn’t made in the U.S.A. but before he moves in Friday, Donald Trump can take a virtual tour of the White House …

Quebec

MIT Launches New Accelerator for Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality Startups

Bayview Labs, Seraph Group and MIT Game Lab are creating Play Labs to accelerate startups in augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Acquires Simplygon to Accelerate 3D Strategy

Simplygon at a VR conference in December. Image source: Simplygon.<p>What happened<p>Software giant <b>Microsoft</b> (NASDAQ: MSFT) has made another targeted acquisition to kick off 2017, following its purchase of artificial intelligence start-up Maluuba just last week. Microsoft has acquired Sweden-based …

Investing

I Love The Google Daydream VR Controller

The Google Daydream is a brilliant piece of VR hardware. Its head-mounted display (HMD) is wrapped in a comfy fabric texture, with squishy foam on …

Google Pixel

CES 2017: OSSIC Virtual Reality Headphone

The OSSIC X virtual reality headphone made a big splash last February when its $100,000 Kickstarter ask turned into a $2.7 million dollar bonanza. I …

Headphones

Best Google Pixel Accessories

Although the Pixel and Pixel XL have been out on the market for a little while now, Google’s flagship family remains one of the best smartphone choices on the market right now. Unlike the Nexus family before it, the Pixel line not only appeals to techies but also to more casual users as well, as …

Consumer Technology

Backup Your Oculus Data Anytime with vrBackupper

Oculus Rift has been very popular since it was developed, but there is no product to solve the problem of moving, backing up and restoring its …

Will augmented reality or virtual reality win?

By<p>Augmented and virtual reality are growing into multi-billion-dollar businesses that will transform how users shop, work and communicate. Intel, HTC, Lenovo and Alphabet showed their latest innovations at CES in Las Vegas.<p>Posted January 18, 2017

Mixed Reality

What is the total cost of an HTC Vive?

How much does an HTC Vive cost when I buy all accessories?<p>With the recent unveiling of a few new pieces of their virtual reality setup at CES 2017, …

HTC

I Experienced "Virtually Real" 3D-Printed Art, Made in Virtual Reality | The Creators Project

<i>Installation view of “Virtually Real” at Royal Academy of Arts, courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts. © Red Photographic</i><p>My friendly virtual reality guide—a smiling lady in an HTC Vive t-shirt who told me she handled PR for VR—helped put on my gear. Once kitted out in headset and headphone, with …

3D Printing

Get a Google Daydream View for $49

<i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys on the</i> <i>CNET Deals page.</i><p>Sorry that printer sold out so quickly yesterday! I suspected it would happen, as Staples …

Google

Create Your Own VR Controller With Just A Piece Of Paper

<b>Save some cash and print your own personal VR controller for next to nothing.</b><p>It’s no secret that virtual reality ain’t cheap. The budding industry is …

Amazon Job Offer Hints at Plans for Virtual Reality Shopping Apps

Amazon wants to build apps for virtual reality headsets to start selling its products through the new medium, if a new job offer is any indication. …

Amazon

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for January 18

Chelsea Manning will walk free this year, Mark Zuckerberg maintains that Oculus didn't steal ZeniMax tech<p>Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Chelsea Manning will walk free this year, Mark Zuckerberg maintains that Oculus didn't steal ZeniMax tech, Amazon has patented new technology for the …

Chelsea Manning