Billionaire ‘Shark Tank’ Investor Mark Cuban Flip-flops on Virtuix Omni, Joins $3 Million Investment

After initially shunning the product during an appearance on ABC's investment reality show, Shark Tank, billionaire investor Mark Cuban joins other venture capitalists in raising $3 million in seed funding for the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill. … Read the full article …

DIY Guide: Build a Smartphone VR Headset That Plays Oculus Rift Games and More for $20 (iOS or Android)

Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn't mean they can't experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you'll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset. … Read the full article …

First VRLA Meetup is a “Big Success,” Watch Keynote Presentations Online

The first VRLA Meetup was held last week and drew some 160 virtual reality enthusiasts to Digital Domain's motion capture stage where the event was hosted. Videos of the VRLA keynote presentations are now available online for your viewing pleasure. … Read the full article …

New Oculus Rift SDK v0.3.1 Preview: John Carmack’s Timewarp, Improved Distortion, and More

Oculus VR has launched a preview build of their latest Oculus Rift SDK, v.0.3.1. The new SDK adds initial support for the Oculus Rift DK2, improved distortion quality, John Carmack's 'Timewarp' technique to reduce latency, and much more. … Read the full article …

Two New Game Engines Support Oculus Rift: TouchDesigner and CopperCube

More game engines with Oculus Rift support means more choices for developers! Recently, TouchDesigner and CopperCube have updated their engines to work with the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Darknet Demo Now Available for Oculus Rift

We were lucky enough to get an early glimpse of Darknet last week. Now, developer Ed McNeil has made the demo available to Oculus Rift users everywhere to try. … Read the full article …

GameFace Labs Has the First VR Headset on the Block with a 2.5K Display—And It’s Mobile

GameFace Labs may very well be the furthest along in the quest to create a mobile VR headset. Based on Android, GameFace Labs has been working hard to iterate on their prototypes, their latest is the first VR headset (mobile or tethered) to include a 2.5K display, with 78% more pixels than 1080p based VR headsets like the Oculus Rift DK2. And they've got even more surprises up their sleeve. … Read the full article …

What’s the Mystery Port on the Oculus Rift DK2? (Update: Mystery Solved, But More Questions Arise)

The Oculus Rift DK2 includes a number of upgrades over the DK1, one of those being a conveniently placed USB port for people who want to experiment with other devices attached to the Rift, like depth cameras. Next to the USB port is another port with an unidentified function. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Will Go Mainstream, But Here’s a Little Perspective

Virtual reality, with Oculus Rift as the industry front-runner, is poised to become the 'next big thing,' but it isn't there just yet... in fact, there's a long way yet to go. … Read the full article …

Oculus Founder on Facebook Buyout: ‘It lets us greatly lower the price of the Rift’

Palmer Luckey has been open and communicative with the VR community since founding Oculus VR Inc. Tonight he spent time responding to questions and concerns regarding Facebook's acquisition of the company. Among other bits of info, Luckey confirmed that the deal could significantly lower the price of the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …