Oculus Founders Explain Why You'll Likely Stay Seated In Virtual Reality

Oculus has a incredible product: a headset that can make you feel like you’re in another world. With its upcoming motion controllers, Oculus Touch, you can even reach out and grab virtual objects. But a competing headset, the HTC Vive, will let you walk around in VR too—and it’ll ship this year, before Oculus can make… » 6/26/15 9:45am 6/26/15 9:45am

20 Alternate Realities Experienced By That VR Guy On The Subway

Last week, a guy boarded the New York City subway, entered a virtual world, and found his way into our hearts. But what could be so enthralling that it might tear VR Guy’s eyes away from the stirring humanity of the L train? We asked our own virtual worlds developers what reality VR Guy was experiencing. » 6/16/15 6:20pm 6/16/15 6:20pm

Sony's Morpheus VR Headset Will Cost "Several Hundred Dollars"

In a Wired report this morning, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, let slip that Project Morpheus, Sony’s entry in the great VR race of 2015/2016, would go on sale for “several hundred dollars” in the first half of 2016. That is a frustratingly vague and dependent on the loose definition of what… » 6/15/15 12:10pm 6/15/15 12:10pm

The Oculus App Store Will Be a Walled Garden, Much Like Apple and Google

“The Rift is an open platform,” said Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, one month ago. “We don’t control what software can run on it, and that’s a big deal.” A day later, dozens of headlines proudly proclaimed that Oculus wouldn’t block virtual reality porn. Sadly, it’s not true. Not the porn part... and maybe not the open… » 6/13/15 12:30pm 6/13/15 12:30pm

Lucasfilm Is Making Amazing Star Wars and Jurassic Park VR Experiences

Now that the Oculus Rift has made virtual reality not suck, countless companies are lining up to produce ground-breaking interactive content. But the most exciting could come from Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects company behind Star Wars, Jurassic World, and countless other blockbusters. » 6/12/15 1:20pm 6/12/15 1:20pm

The Oculus Rift Has An Amazing Controller. Too Bad It's Sold Separately

Were you hoping that Oculus’ big push for virtual reality would include a revolutionary controller? Something that would let you actually touch the virtual worlds? You’ll get it, but not for a while. Instead, the final Oculus Rift is going to ship with a standard Xbox One gamepad. Yawn. » 6/11/15 3:50pm 6/11/15 3:50pm

Giant Leak Shows Us How The Final Oculus Rift Looked in 2014

Sometimes, all it takes is a little digging in a website’s style sheets to find a vein of gold. In this case, an enterprising Reddit user discovered a set of gorgeous high-res images of the final Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a never-before-mentioned game controller—two days before Oculus’s big reveal.… » 6/09/15 1:40pm 6/09/15 1:40pm

The Final Oculus Rift Will Need an $800 Gaming PC

We’ve always known that good virtual reality wouldn’t come cheap. From the beginning, Oculus used beefy gaming PCs to show off its VR headset. Now, the company is revealing the specs you’ll need to get those experiences on the final Oculus Rift—and it looks like you’ll be spending $800+ just for the desktop computer. » 5/15/15 12:31pm 5/15/15 12:31pm

This Is What It Might Be Like to Fly Through a Giant Space Habitat

Want to live in a space city? You can’t move there next week, but artist Micah Ganske has designed an incredible VR experience where you drive a small spacecraft through an O’Neill cylinder, a massive tube-shaped space habitat that spins to create gravity so that people can build cities and farms on its inner surface. » 5/02/15 7:57pm 5/02/15 7:57pm

Explore the World From Your Couch With This Movement-Matching Robot

Games and interactive movies are fun, but modern virtual reality systems like the Oculus Rift also have the ability to let people travel and experience the world without ever leaving their couch. And the DORA telepresence robot, which can perfectly match the movements of someone wearing a headset, will help make that… » 4/29/15 9:10am 4/29/15 9:10am