William Gibson After Trying VR: "They Did It"

After years of speculating about possible futures in his writing, William Gibson recently tried out one the world's contemporary science fictions come true. At TED, he strapped on a Gear VR headset. » 3/27/15 1:27pm Friday 1:27pm

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 Friday 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

The Neuroscience of Why Virtual Reality Still Sucks

The faceputer ads say virtual reality is coming and it's gonna work this time. But here's some real talk: There are still many ways virtual reality cannot fool the human brain. And it has little to do with the tech itself. Instead, it's about neuroscience and our brain's perceptual limits. » 3/18/15 3:05pm 3/18/15 3:05pm

YouTube's Ready To Blow Your Mind With 360-Degree Videos

We told you that YouTube would support 360-degree videos. Now, they're here: as of today, Google's streaming video service now serves up videos that let you look in any direction—not just where the camera is pointing. Needless to say, this could be a Big. Freaking. Deal. » 3/13/15 2:00pm 3/13/15 2:00pm

​This Virtual Reality Snorkel Sounds Like A Great Way To Drown

I've used a lot of VR headsets, but the tagline of Nautilus VR's new Kickstarter project scares the hell out of me: "Virtual Reality Underwater." Call me crazy, but that sounds dangerous. And yes, also a little awesome. » 3/12/15 11:55pm 3/12/15 11:55pm

I Tried VR Porn, And It Was Weird

"Have you ever tried VR porn?" Vander Caballero asked me. The video game developer was trying to convince me of VR's potential to revolutionize intimacy. "Do you want to try it right now?" » 3/06/15 9:00pm 3/06/15 9:00pm

Android Is Coming to Virtual Reality, WSJ Says

Well, if Google's small cardboard-based foray into virtual reality last year wasn't a big enough hint, a new report from the Wall Street Journal says that Google is about to get even more serious about VR—by trying to become the standard OS for headsets everywhere. » 3/06/15 8:41pm 3/06/15 8:41pm

A Scent-Blasting Face Mask: Because Virtual Reality Isn't Weird Enough

When you're hacking your way through a sweltering jungle in virtual reality, wouldn't you like to feel as disgustingly hot and humid as your video game character? To smell that distinctive jungle scent? No? Then you'd sure as hell better not pay $250 for the Feelreal this summer. » 3/06/15 3:20pm 3/06/15 3:20pm

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

Valve vs. Sony: Who's Got The Better VR Experience?

Ladies and gentlemen, we've got two front-runners in the virtual reality race. Sony's Project Morpheus and the HTC Vive are the best VR we've ever seen. Both let you actually reach out and grab objects, unlike the Oculus Rift. But which of these two technological marvels is the most promising? » 3/05/15 6:20pm 3/05/15 6:20pm

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

5 Ludicrous Controllers That Help You Touch the Virtual World

Virtual Reality is a really neat idea but it's also problematic. The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Galaxy Gear VR all let us see new, virtual worlds but none of them let us touch it. How do you physically feel what's not really there? Maybe with one of these batshit crazy controllers. » 3/05/15 3:15pm 3/05/15 3:15pm

​Here's What Valve's Virtual Reality Controllers Look Like

The First Oculus Comes Out This Year—But It's a Phone, Not the Rift

Oculus isn't waiting for virtual reality to be perfect. It's coming this year. Oculus tech guru John Carmack just revealed that—barring calamity—the next Samsung smartphone will double as the first consumer version of the Oculus VR experience. » 3/04/15 2:48pm 3/04/15 2:48pm

HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That's So Damn Real I Can't Even Handle It

I saw the future today. I mean that. I got the chance here at MWC to try the new VR headset that Valve and HTC are developing. Is it good? It's absolutely incredible. This thing is just...my god you guys I can't even. » 3/04/15 1:00pm 3/04/15 1:00pm

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

Hands On: Sony's New Morpheus Is The Best VR Headset Yet

I just survived a shark attack. I just stole a priceless diamond in an upscale London heist. I did it with Sony's new Project Morpheus headset. It's the best I've ever tried. » 3/03/15 9:21pm 3/03/15 9:21pm

Sony's Project Morpheus Headset Will Go On Sale In 2016

At Mobile World Congress this weekend, HTC and Valve threw down the virtual reality gauntlet; their VR is shipping this year. Now, it looks like Sony is following as fast as it can. It's shipping its Project Morpheus and bring the PS4 into VR-land in the first half of 2016. » 3/03/15 6:25pm 3/03/15 6:25pm

I Heard the Future of Sound Technology While Björk Weirded In My Ear

First launched as a Kickstarter back in 2013, Dysonic's RondoMotion's 3D head-tracking technology is now being used to power trippy acoustic effects in Björk's MoMA retrospective. It's true 3D listening in your earbuds. That and also Björk. » 3/03/15 4:35pm 3/03/15 4:35pm