Google Has a Surprising Plan to Make Cheap VR Better

Good virtual reality is coming, but it isn’t here yet. That’s worrying. What if someone buys a cheap smartphone adapter, has a bad experience, and writes off VR as a fad? But Google, the company providing the cheapest solution of all—Cardboard—may have an answer. An answer that involves not strapping them to your head. » 4/16/15 1:00pm Thursday 1:00pm

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

Magic Leap Claims This Kickass Reality-Bending Raygun Game Is Real

Remember Magic Leap, the elusive Google-funded company promising to make virtual objects look like they exist in the real world? The one whose technology we've never actually seen? The secretive startup just released this incredible video filled with robots, retro rayguns, and a holodeck-like user interface. » 3/19/15 3:35pm 3/19/15 3:35pm

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

Silly Virtual Reality Headphone-Goggles Are Almost Ready for Primetime

The Avegant Glyph is a strange headset we tried back at CES. It's close to virtual reality, but it's not true VR. It's a sort of semi-immersive video experience paired with high-quality audio. We tried the newest prototype and, even better, the new Jellyfish headset based on the same Glyph tech. It was fun as hell. » 3/04/15 11:00am 3/04/15 11:00am