The Proto Awards Submission Deadline Extended to September 2nd

The Proto Awards are being held by the Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by the founding members of VRLA. The organization has extended the deadline for submissions to September 2nd and encourages "all developers to submit their VR experiences, even in an unpolished state." … Read the full article …

News Bits: Birthday Celebration for Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Included in Connect Conference Schedule

Oculus VR hosts its inaugural Connect developer conference in September. The company has remained quiet about the schedule until recently posting the initial itinerary which features keynotes from John Carmack (CTO), Michael Abrash (Chief Scientist), and Brendan Iribe (CEO), along with a birthday toast for Palmer Luckey (Founder) on the conference's opening day.  … Read the full article …

Leap Motion’s Next-gen ‘Dragonfly’ Sensor is Designed for VR Headsets

Leap Motion creates a gesture camera for hand tracking input. The company has been progressively pivoting their technology toward virtual reality, and now appear to be going all-in on the emerging industry with a tease of a next-generation sensor, codenamed 'Dragonfly', along with a VR Mount for the Oculus Rift and VR-focused updates to the company's SDK. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Positional Tracking “adds Significantly to the Sense of Immersion” in Second Life with CtrlAltStudio Viewer Update, Official Support on the Way

David Rowe continues to develop the unofficial CtrlAltStudio Viewer, the first viewer to bring Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 support to Second Life. The latest alpha release of the viewer supports positional tracking on the Oculus Rift DK2, which Rowe says "adds significantly to the sense of immersion." Today Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg also confirmed that DK2 support is in the works for the official Second Life viewer. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Homido Launches VR Smartphone Adapter and Sleek App for VR Video with Web Browser on iOS and Android (video)

Today Homido is launching a new VR smartphone adapter along with a sleek app designed to play 360 degree, cylindrical, 3D, and 2D videos in a virtual reality format on iOS and Android smartphones. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Comes to the Philly VR Meetup Wednesday, August 27th

The VR Philly Meetup is holding its second gathering tomorrow, August 27th, the group's first meeting since the launch of the Oculus Rift DK2. The new headset will be on display at the Meetup, along with guest speakers and community networking time. … Read the full article …

Jaunt Raises Additional $27.8 Million in Series B Funding Round

Jaunt VR, a company dedicated to creating a platform for the production of cinematic virtual reality content, today announced that it has closed a series B funding round, raising $27.8 million, led by Highland Capital Partners with participation by Google Ventures. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Netflix Prototype for Oculus Rift Built in Less Than 24 Hours During Company’s Hackathon

Netflix Hack Day is a recurring event at the popular video-streaming company where employees spend 24 hours building cool experiments for the platform. One such experiment is 'Oculix' a virtual reality version of Netflix which supports the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion gesture controller. … Read the full article …

$227,000 Worth of Oculus Rift DK2s Sold on Ebay Despite Oculus VR Prohibiting Resales

As with any free-market system, the law of supply and demand will drive prices up when supply is short and demand is high. The Oculus Rift DK2 is a hot commodity, and even with the company pumping out the popular VR headset as quickly as possible, some folks are willing to pay a huge premium to get one without waiting. … Read the full article …

Immersion-Vrelia Aims 120 Degree ‘Pro Blue Sky’ VR Headset Toward the Commercial Entertainment Sector

While the Oculus Rift is poised to invade the homes of gamers, we're increasingly seeing the DK1 and DK2 used in promotional 'out-of-home' venues. Immersion-Vrelia have announced a new division dedicated to developing a VR headset designed for out-of-home use in venues like arcades and theme parks. … Read the full article …

Preliminary Oculus Rift DK2 Support Comes to Second Life and OpenSim

David Rowe, the developer behind the unofficial CtrlAltStudio Viewer for Second Life and Open Sim, has released a preliminary build to give Oculus Rift DK2 users their first glimpse into the popular virtual world. … Read the full article …

Gamescom 2014: Morpheus Interview – Sony Had Prototypes Earlier Than You’d Expect

At Gamescom 2014, Road to VR Editor Paul James got to sit down with Anton Mikhailov who works in Sony's 'Magic Lab', an R&D division tasked with creating innovative experiences for PlayStation. Mikhailov revealed that the company has had prototypes of the Morpheus VR headset for a year and a half prior to revealing the public developer kit at GDC 2014 back in March. He further expounds on his work on Morpheus' vision tracking and Sony's desire to create a calibration-optional experience. … Read the full article …

Oculus: “We Have [VR] Experiences Running Even on Cellphone Devices Right Now…”

Despite announcing that the Oculus Rift would support Android all the way back during the company's 2012 Kickstarter, Oculus VR has been quite secretive about their forthcoming Android SDK. In an interview at Gamescom 2014 last week, the company alluded that work is still underway on bringing virtual reality to mobile. … Read the full article …