Games exclusivity is common place for consoles. Master Chief is on Xbox and Nathan Drake is on PS4. That’s the way it is. But for VR, many fans and developers want things to be more open, so gamers can able games on any headset they want. Today, Oculus’ latest update removes a perviously controversial DRM rule, making…
In the VR future, less is more.
At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to show off. New smart home gadgets! New all-powerful AI bots! New VR goodies! Next-generation messaging apps! Dad jokes and hijinks! Whoa.
When it released the Rift DK1 in 2012, the Oculus team was seen as the little startup darling that could finally make virtual reality an actual reality—and it was going to do it with a community-based effort. When it was snatched up by Facebook, founder Palmer Luckey made it clear “a million times” that Oculus wasn’t…
I looked into my girlfriend’s eyes as I reached out to gently touch her face. In that moment, I felt something. A rush of warmth from my head to my toes. Comfort. Contentment. It should be noted that my girlfriend was, at the time, a floating ball robot.
The Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s most maligned console flop, is getting a new lease on life thanks to some modern VR technology. Reddit user The King of Spain has modified an Android emulator so that you can play Virtual Boy through Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or other cheap virtual reality setups.
Being a parent, fun as it can sometimes be, is also incredibly difficult.* And for a parent who can’t be there for everything—because of work, travel obligations, divorce or separation, or other circumstances—it can be even harder.
Formula E is F1's less noisey, more obscure cousin. But one place it really shines is the video highlights, which let you ride on board with the drivers as they somehow avoid crashing.
With Oculus Rift out in the wild, Facebook is giving us our first look at its design for a 360-degree video camera.
This year, virtual reality is finally hitting the mainstream. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the first high-end VR machines that people can actually buy and setup in their homes. But they don’t come cheaply. Both headsets will set you back a couple of hundred dollars ($600 and $800 respectively), which makes it a…
Virtual reality has always been an expensive hobby. Even in 1995, when the only VR option was the Nintendo Virtual Boy, it was hard to justify spending money on the device. It was uncomfortable to wear. It didn’t have any good games. And it was a little ahead of its time. Fast forward to this week, and after spending…
I’ve played a lot of VR games this week, but the best thing I’ve done in virtual reality wasn’t a game at all. It was just my computer desktop, blown up into immersive 3D.
Buying secondhand tickets online has always been a crapshoot, but eBay spinoff StubHub has been working for years to make the experience less painful. The latest idea: VR seat previews, so you can see in advance exactly how much your view will suck.
When I was 13, I picked up the first issue of a new Australian games magazine called Hyper. Inside was a story—predicting the ways we’d all “soon” be having virtual sex—that has lived with me to this day.
Virtual reality has never really convinced me it’s worth the hassle. The roughly developed attempts so far never seem to justify the awkward hardware or the stomach queasiness. Even after strapping on one of Oculus’ early development headsets and seeing something really cool, I was out of there within twenty minutes…
It’s been four years since Oculus Rift fired up its first Kickstarter, but the long wait is nearly over: Rift headsets will start landing in the hands of real-life customers on Monday.
An immersive experience is the name of the game in virtual reality, but how far are you actually willing to go? Samsung thinks making you feel seasick by electrocuting your inner ear is a good idea, and actually, it might be onto something.
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Yesterday, I stood on Tatooine, under two suns, and watched the Millennium Falcon land. This was the first-ever demo of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, the new virtual reality “experience” from Industrial Light and Magic’s ILMxLab. It was awesome—and then I got to swing a lightsaber.