Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 82): VR Desktop, Windows Versions, and Confusing Elevator Rides with Developer Guy Godin

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 82): VR Desktop, Windows Versions, and Confusing Elevator Rides with Developer Guy Godin

In this episode of the Rev VR Podcast, Guy Godin, developer of the Virtual Desktop, joins me in a fun discussion about his amazing app. After doing a bit of personal tech support, Guy was able to help me get it up and running on my system, and I have to say it is a great way to view your Windows environment in VR. Browsing the web and watching movies, and even coding in my Oculus Rift DK2 is wonderful experience. … Read the full article …

iRacing Season 4 Update Brings Oculus Rift DK2 and SDK 0.4.2 Support

iRacing Season 4 Update Brings Oculus Rift DK2 and SDK 0.4.2 Support

These last few weeks have been the best ever for VR racing fans, with updates to Assetto Corsa and Grid: Autosport both bringing Oculus Rift DK2 support. Now, iRacing, the biggest sim racer out there, has gone live with their latest season update - now also with support for Oculus's second generation VR headset. … Read the full article …

An Inside Look at AltspaceVR’s Shared Browsing Environment, Beta Coming in ‘Next Two Months’ (video)

An Inside Look at AltspaceVR’s Shared Browsing Environment, Beta Coming in ‘Next Two Months’ (video)

While most may know him from his popular, (mostly) weekly live VR streams, Road to VR's "Cymatic" Bruce Wooden is also head of developer and community relations at AltspaceVR, a venture-backed company in Silicon Valley with plans to bring the web experience into a social virtual reality environment. I recently sat down with Bruce at the company's Redwood City, California headquarters to chat about AltspaceVR and explore this new world first-hand. … Read the full article …

Magic Leap Closes $542m Series B Investment, Now Soliciting Developers for Its “Digital Lightfield” Wearable

Magic Leap Closes $542m Series B Investment, Now Soliciting Developers for Its “Digital Lightfield” Wearable

According to a press release revealed today, Magic Leap has closed a $524 million Series B funding round led by Google; the deal had been rumored as of last week. Magic Leap, which has been in stealth since its inception, is being a bit more wordy now that the deal has closed (but hardly less vague). The company is now soliciting developers on its website and says that "under the appropriate non-disclosures, we’d love to talk possibilities." … Read the full article …

Optimizing Games for VR Is About Finding Creative Solutions – Darknet Developer Shares His Insights

Optimizing Games for VR Is About Finding Creative Solutions – Darknet Developer Shares His Insights

E McNeill is a virtual reality developer based in San Diego, California who is working on a cyberpunk hacking game known as Darknet. Originally intended for the Oculus Rift, McNeil is now also porting the game to Samsung's mobile Gear VR headset. Running the game at the required 60 FPS on a cell phone is a challenge that takes creative optimizations; McNeil shares some of his inventive solutions. … Read the full article …

Racing in Assetto Corsa on the Oculus Rift DK2 is a Flawed Revelation

Racing in Assetto Corsa on the Oculus Rift DK2 is a Flawed Revelation

Oculus have prescribed that for this generation of its VR headsets, the target experience is resolutely a seated one. This means that racing games are a match made in heaven for the DK2. And, after a period of drought for VR racers, Kunos Simulazioni's visually sumptuous racer Assetto Corsa was recently updated to RC1 and with it came Oculus Rift DK2 support. … Read the full article …

Riftmax Theater Heads to Kickstarter to Improve the Social VR Theater Experience

Riftmax Theater Heads to Kickstarter to Improve the Social VR Theater Experience

Riftmax Theater is one of the most interesting projects currently underway for virtual reality. The software acts as a theater for both videos and live performances, where users can come together from across the world to watch a film or be part of a live production, all with the immersive power of VR. The developers have been supporting the community with their software since the early days of the Oculus Rift and are now headed to Kickstarter to take it to the next level. … Read the full article …

‘Guided Meditation’ Proves That ‘VR Relaxation’ Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre

‘Guided Meditation’ Proves That ‘VR Relaxation’ Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre

Guided Meditation is a free Oculus Rift DK2 app which transports players to beautiful environments while gentle narration instructs meditative techniques. If we didn't already have enough evidence from serene titles like Eden River HD, Guided Meditation is all the proof we need to see that 'VR Relaxation' will become its own genre. … Read the full article …

‘Cineveo’ VR Movie Theater 0.9.5 Beta Brings File Browser, Support for Latest Oculus SDK, and More

‘Cineveo’ VR Movie Theater 0.9.5 Beta Brings File Browser, Support for Latest Oculus SDK, and More

Cineveo is a virtual reality movie theater for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 that allows users to watch existing 2D and 3D media. The software has been recently updated to version 0.9.5 which adds a much desired file browser, support for the latest Oculus SDK, and several other tweaks. … Read the full article …

‘World of Comenius’ Demonstrates Powerful Educational Interaction with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift

‘World of Comenius’ Demonstrates Powerful Educational Interaction with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift

We recently covered a (at that point unnamed) VR project by developer Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, the mind behind the stunning 'Sightline' VR series of demos. The project fused Leap Motion skeletal hand tracking with Oculus Rift DK2 positional tracking to produce an impressively intuitive VR interface. Now, a new video of the interface  shows impressive progress. We catch up with Tomáš to find out some more about this mysterious VR project. … Read the full article …

‘PHOBOS’ is a VR Therapy Platform for Phobias and Anxiety, Now on Indiegogo

‘PHOBOS’ is a VR Therapy Platform for Phobias and Anxiety, Now on Indiegogo

While virtual reality is a great tool for entertainment, it's about more than just games and movies. It has the potential to assist in treatments during therapies in the medical related fields as well. Even now, researchers are beginning to experiment with the ability of VR to treat phobias and anxiety using recently available consumer-level VR hardware. … Read the full article …

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support

Second Life is one of the biggest, if not the biggest user-generated virtual world. With tens of thousands of players spending time and money in the world at any given moment, it's not surprising that there would be demand for a more immersive way to interact with it. This week, the developers behind Second Life officially updated the game with Oculus Rift DK2 support. … Read the full article …

Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions

Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions

Don Rider is the inventor of the Mad Genius motion controller which caught the attention of the VR community when prototypes of the system were first revealed. Rider has taken his creation to Kickstarter to refine and miniaturize the design for proper manufacturing. The VR community had plenty of questions about the system and we went directly to the source to get them answered. … Read the full article …

‘Sword Art Online’ Fan Prototype Brings Bullet Dodging and Blocking to VR with the Razer Hydra

‘Sword Art Online’ Fan Prototype Brings Bullet Dodging and Blocking to VR with the Razer Hydra

Sword Art Online is a popularly acclaimed modern action-anime based around virtual reality. It's proven inspiring enough for one fan to create an Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra prototype which allows players to dodge and block bullets while firing a pistol, much like the 'gameplay' depicted in the show. … Read the full article …

Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here’s What We Know About Magic Leap

Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here’s What We Know About Magic Leap

Earlier this week, Recode reported that Google is "set to lead a huge investment in Magic Leap." The article cites "sources" which say that Google could be leading a $500 million funding round for the company, possibly including capital from Andreessen Horowitz which previously invested in Oculus. Magic Leap has been in stealth mode since its inception and no one seems to have a concrete idea about what their "Cinematic Reality" tech is. We went digging to see what we could uncover. … Read the full article …