Welcome to virtual reality Release date: October 13 Price: £349.99/$399 Format: PS4It's finally time. The PlayStation VR release date of October 13 is fast approaching and we've been hands on with the headset for over a week. We've tested as many games as our eyesight would allow and discovered how virtual reality gaming actually works on a day-to-day basis in your home. We've seen everything VR has to offer in its current form, from shark attacks, to suiting up as Batman, to the very real hazards of tripping over wires in your living room; and the perils of 'VR blindness' caused by immersing yourself in a headset as the virtual world interferes with the actual. We also address the physiological effects facing many potential VR players and the experiences that made us feel nauseous. Finally, we offer our thoughts on whether you should invest in virtual reality right now… or wait. Read on for our definitive PlayStation VR review. The PlayStation VR … [Read more...] about PlayStation VR review: “The leading VR headset in the ways that matter most”
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Vrvana, the Montreal-based company formerly known as True Player Gear, today launched a crowdfunding campaign for its previously announced virtual reality device, Totem (working title). The company has bold plans for the headset--already in its fifth iteration--CEO Bertrand Nepveu told me in a recent interview. But to get the project off the ground and compete against Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, Vrvana first needs to raise CAD $350,000 ($317,000) on Kickstarter.Totem is described as a "premium" VR headset, and it will offer a 90 degrees field of view, a 1080p OLED screen, and the ability to connect to any HDMI source (computer, console, tablet, and so on), means it's an investment that extends just beyond one input. Setting it apart from competitors like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are its two onboard cameras, a patent-pending hardware acceleration feature, and "reverse AR," which lets you see a virtual representation of your hands. Totem also features 3D passthrough vision … [Read more...] about 1080p Oculus Rift Alternative VR Headset “Totem” Has Bold Plans, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
Samsung today showed off its latest iteration of the Gear VR, its phone-powered headset. This new version, due out April 21, has once more been slightly tweaked to make it lighter and more comfortable.Most importantly, though, the new headset now comes with a controller. You can pick up a bundle for $129.99 or, if you have one of the earlier headsets, you can get the controller on its own for $39.99.Samsung had the duo on hand at its Unpacked event in New York City today. But they took a backseat to the bigger news of Samsung’s next flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.The S8 does away with hardware face buttons and wraps the screen seamlessly around the edges, eliminating the bezel on the sides. It’s faster, it’s slicker, it’s more powerful than any Samsung phone that has come before it. But most importantly, the company promises that you can trust it will be reliable (read: won’t explode).The show, which ran for about an hour inside a hall at … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S8’s VR headset delivers refined graphics, so-so controller
Samsung and Oculus released the "Innovator Edition" of the mobile virtual reality platform Gear VR in 2014, a first draft of the hardware that was intended for enthusiasts and developers.Today, the retail version is available. This is Gear VR, and it's the version of the hardware that's meant for a wide audience, or at least anyone with a Note 5, S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge Plus. The final version of the Gear VR costs only $99.99, which is a $100 price reduction from the Innovator Edition.Samsung and Oculus had a year to improve the product's fit and finish, software and game selection, and they put that time to good use. The Gear VR is supposed to be a mass market product, and is in fact the first retail VR headset to be released in the modern wave of VR enthusiasm.So how is it?It's light, not cheapGear VR is a virtual reality headset that depends on your phone for its computing power and screen. Your $99.99 goes towards the optics and the sensors that provide a much smoother experience … [Read more...] about This is the first VR headset you should buy
The PlayStation 4 Pro is a system with many improvements and a few baffling omissions, and owners of 4K televisions are likely going to flock to the hardware to take advantage of the higher resolutions and upgraded visual effects. One of the bigger questions about the hardware is how much improvement it brings to virtual reality games. If you have a PlayStation VR, is it worth it to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro? What developers are doing with the power Battlezone is one of the PlayStation VR games that has already been patched to take advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro. I reached out to Rebellion to find out what that meant. “We had to make a number of compromises about how lighting worked in the cockpit because frankly, with all the missiles exploding around you, we didn’t have the raw GPU power to accurately render all those light sources,” Jeb Mayers, the game’s engine programmer, told Polygon during a phone interview. That’s the largest change … [Read more...] about Should I buy a PlayStation 4 Pro for my PlayStation VR?