GameFace Labs announced its own alternative to the Oculus Rift headset line, which will offer Android users a chance to get involved in the VR fun.The company showcased its hardware at CES 2014 in Las Vegas last week, but Engadget produced a report on the device last night.Dubbed the ‘GameFace Mark 4,’ the VR headset on show was a 3D-printed proof of concept model without a final product name. It was said to have worked wonderfully with Madfinger’s Dead Trigger and a paired DualShock 3 controller, displayed on an internal 1,920 x 1,080 LED screen, sitting at 5.2 inches.GameFace Labs is looking at creating its own Android store, specifically tailored to VR-enabled titles.You can get watermarked images through the Engadget link. Let us know what you think./Via Polygon. … [Read more...] about GameFace VR headset offers Android alternative to Oculus Rift
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Microsoft announced a new line of virtual reality headsets today which are much more affordable than others on the market. The headsets will come from Microsoft's partners including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, and will start at just $299. The announcement came during the Microsoft Windows 10 event today, and the headsets will be the first to ship with "inside out six degrees of freedom sensors." What this means is that there won't be any need for any cameras or laser tracking systems. Not much information was given about the headsets today, but they appear to use a similar technology to Oculus' Santa Cruz prototype. The headset itself looks to have a headband with the visual part attached to the front, much like Sony's PlayStation VR headset. Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update recently, and you can use this in conjunction with a headset to create, share, scan, and print in 3D. In a demo we see an image created in Paint 3D and viewed in a virtual world. … [Read more...] about Microsoft announces a VR headset for $299
This may be the best way to control virtual realityWhile virtual reality headsets are going through a renaissance period, VR controllers are still stuck in the Wild West. Many companies are trying to find the best ways to allow you to interact in these virtual worlds, but unfortunately, there is no clear great way to do it quite yet. To be fair, coming up with a solution that allows people to reach out into virtual worlds to pick up things with their hands is no easy task, but if anyone’s got a fighting chance at solving the puzzle, it’s Sixense .If the company’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Sixense teamed up with Razer back in 2011 to develop the Wii remote–like Razer Hydra motion controller . While the device failed to make a big splash when it first launched, once the Oculus Rift development kit units started rolling out, the Razer Hydras quickly flew off shelves. They are now no longer in stock and go for a pretty penny on eBay.The main … [Read more...] about Hands-on with the Sixense Stem VR Controller
The recent Microsoft event in New York last October has provided Microsoft users highlights of what they can expect in Windows 10 Creators Update. Although there's no official announcement has been made regarding its release date, users can now see the potential of using this update with their passion and to boost their business. Windows 10 Creators Update 3D Tool For Images Microsoft unveils its plan on pushing its major Windows 10 Creators Update to the said software users with new features that will definitely be useful to everyone. Expectations are now higher for this upcoming update, since it will give a different experience in using the Windows platform. With Microsoft's tagline from their website, "Bring your ideas to life in 3D," the latest Windows 10 Creators Update will expand the creator's tool where they can design and share their ideas in 3D. An application called Paint 3D can be used in creating a new design or manipulating an existing design and making it … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Creators Update Release Date & Features: Microsoft Offers Different Kind Of 3D Experience, Creativity, Business With Its New Innovation!
Bomb defusal, like adult entertainment, is one of those jobs you'd like to be able to say you do, without having to deal with the grim reality of it. Sure, you get a t-shirt that you can - nay, must - wear at your student union. But look, even Female Body Inspectors get those these days, and they don't have to worry about eviscerating their coworkers with a lapse in concentration. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a VR bomb defusal co-op game from Ottowa-based Steel Crate Games, lets you live that dream in a safe environment. And of all the Oculus Rift titles I've experienced throughout my exploration of VR, this is far and away the most enjoyable. There are plenty of explosions in our best PC strategy games. You like those, right? Yeah, you love an explosion. Actually, not even a VR headset. Although KTANE is designed for VR, it isn't a requirement. The core idea is that one player is the defuser, controlling the game and describing what they see to the defusal … [Read more...] about Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the best VR game out now – if you have friends
G2A, the videogame key marketplace, are developing their own virtual reality game. Entitled Blunt Force, it’s a shooter set in World War II, but there's a twist: its wartime story will overlap with a peaceful exploration game set just before the war. Splashed on a headset but don't know what to play? Check our list of the best VR games on PC. Blunt Force boasts a storyline developed in collaboration with screenwriter Mark Bristol, who has worked on Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Edge of Tomorrow, Saving Mr Banks and Battlefield 1, among others. In the pre-war timeline, there is little or no shooting, and players will explore the world looking for clues and secrets. During the war, they'll shoot lots of Nazis. Naturally. We got to try a demo of Blunt Force at G2A’s media day earlier this month, and had lots of fun throwing whisky glasses at a bartender during peacetime before the pub melted into a bombed-out husk and a pistol appeared on our table instead of a … [Read more...] about G2A are developing their own VR game, Blunt Force, and it’s a time-bending WW2 shooter
Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, in the wake of the Oculus Connect conference and all its many reveals about the Facebook-owned side of virtual reality, we’re talking VR. We’re a few years into what some say is gaming’s next big leap, but it’s still all sweaty plastic faceboxes and a great uncertainty as to whether headspinning and handwaving can sustain their merriment across the course of what we snootily call Proper Games. Are the Oculus Rift, the Valve Vive, the GearVR and the rest of ’em really the future of games? We definitely sort the matter out once and for all below. Definitely.Alec: Are any of you absolutely certain that you are not a pair of eyeballs in a jar with a VR headset strapped to it, a GeForce Titan XXXXX … [Read more...] about Is VR The Future Of Gaming?
Pity me. I have two different VR headsets in my house, so my PC is a mess of cables, USB hubs and strained video output adaptors. My suffering is unimaginable. I have swaddled myself in wires and made my forehead sweat for your benefit, however: to try and give you some sense of how the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive compare to each other in daily practice. While many of the baseline specs are all but identical, there are a raft of smaller differences between the two, even once the matter of the Vive’s room-scale support is discounted. I do, somewhat reluctantly, now have one headset I recommend over the other at this point in time, but with important caveats.Against this is that the Rift’s image suffers from some ghosting, particularly around text – a slight doubling of edges. Oddly, this disappears if I remove the foam faceguard, but then I’ve got the lenses pushing right into my eyeballs and ow. I also tried an awkward, delicate hybrid – using the … [Read more...] about What Is The Best VR Headset? Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive
God only knows where they get the money from, but hardware firm Razer are a reliable source of massively optimistic gaming tech that it’s hard to believe will ever quite take off despite how it appealing it sounds on paper. Hands up who owns a Razer Hydra? Or a Razer Edge Pro? Or is planning on a Project Christine? Well, maybe this one will hit the big time: OSVR, an attempt to essentially make games which support one type of VR headset play nice with any type of VR headset.While Oculus Rift has a bit of a march on rival virtual reality goggles by dint of having a bank account full of Facebucks, it’s far from the only VR effort out there. VR’s current futures are either one firm having a monopoly or the vote being split between dozens of different headsets, each of which only works with some games. One size fits all middleware is a great idea, presuming it’s possible. (I guess the stereoscopic side of things is, given it’s plastic lenses over an LCD screen … [Read more...] about Healing The Rift: Razer Aims To Democratise VR
I arrived at the University of Pennsylvania's Levine Hall on the same day as a major AR / VR vendor, the week before the 2016 Game Developers Conference. I wasn't told what vendor this was — though I'm told the company has NDAs signed with eight separate vendors and, if you count up the companies active in the space, there aren't too many. We were there to see a product from a company called Tactai that promised to solve one of the space's most pressing issues: the absence of touch.Why UPenn? Because Tactai's technology is based on the work of Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, a tenured associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the Ivy League university, whose research on haptics and touch made her an expert in the space years before virtual reality would give it new purpose. See, for example, this profile from Popular Science that listed Kuchenbecker in its "Brilliant 10," or this 2012 TED presentation titled "The Technology of Touch." "This work is … [Read more...] about On eve of VR launches, hands-on with a new haptic ideal