Oculus Used These Optical Illusions to Prove Everything We Know Is Wrong

Virtual reality isn't ready yet. Oh, it's damn good—but it can't quite fully convince you that you are someplace you're not. But how sure are you of the "real world," anyhow? Today, Oculus guru Michael Abrash used these kickass optical illusions to show how fake our reality can be. » 3/27/15 9:46am 3/27/15 9:46am

Virtual Reality Is Happening, But Like For Real This Time

Virtual reality is a lot like the flying car: It's always juuuust a few years off. But recently—just this week—the VR hype has reached a fever pitch. And let me tell you this is no Virtual Boy bullshit. When we look back at the past through rose-colored VR headsets, we'll see that this is the moment it took off. » 3/06/15 10:10am 3/06/15 10:10am

So This Is What It's Like to Get Burnt to a Crisp By Smaug the Dragon

Yesterday, I stepped into the world of The Hobbit. I stood in Smaug the Dragon's cavernous lair. I cowered as the gigantic beast towered over me. The chance to go face-to-face with one of the most impressive CG creatures ever created, rendered using the most advanced graphics card in the world, is a pretty… » 3/05/15 3:50pm 3/05/15 3:50pm

NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta. » 3/02/15 12:20pm 3/02/15 12:20pm

The future of humanity in one photo

Someone posted this photo on Reddit with this title: "So I got a glimpse of the future this morning..." And indeed, we are going to see this more and more in a near future. I am a big fan of virtual reality that can really fool your brain. I want to live in other worlds, but the consequences are not going to be pretty. » 1/29/15 2:01am 1/29/15 2:01am

Reese Witherspoon Stared Into My Soul and Showed Me the Future of Films 

She sits down on a rock, just a few feet away from me. She's tired, so completely drained that she doesn't even notice me here. Or maybe she doesn't care. We're just two travelers crossing paths in the wilderness. Maybe I should say something, I half-think. And then, without warning, Reese Witherspoon is looking at me. » 1/07/15 3:09pm 1/07/15 3:09pm

Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear. So why am I writing this post? The company has added 3D positional audio to its already mindblowing Crescent Bay demo, and it's even better than before. » 1/06/15 5:28pm 1/06/15 5:28pm

New trailer for Star Citizen shows our space dreams come true

Star Citizen's new trailer claims all the footage is taken from the in-game engine, no pre-renderings, but it is so amazing, so detailed and beautiful, so impossibly complex, that I just can't believe it. If it is really this way, I will buy a PC, an Oculus Rift, and disappear forever from the face of the Earth. It is… » 12/23/14 7:10am 12/23/14 7:10am

I want to live in this cool spaceship from Star Citizen

This is the Anvil Industries' Carrack, a 403-foot (123-meter) ship and a maximum crew of five. It is not real, but it feels real because every detail in its interior has been designed as if it were a real vessel. It's one of the ships from Chris Roberts' Star Citizenpersistent alternative universe, where I'm sure I… » 12/17/14 5:29am 12/17/14 5:29am

The Next Version of the Oculus Rift Might Let You See Your Hands

It happens every time I strap on the Oculus Rift. Whether the amazing head-tracking wonder that is the DK2 unit or even the earlier model, I'm completely sucked into a new virtual world. Then I look down and my hands and...nothing. Oculus VR seems to understand the frustration and is taking steps toward developing… » 12/11/14 6:19pm 12/11/14 6:19pm