DreamWorks Reveals Glimpse of 360 Degree ‘Super Cinema’ Rendering for VR Films (video)

On stage at Samsung's 2014 developer conference last week, Warren Mayoss, Head of Technology Product Development at DreamWorks Animation, spoke about the company's initial work with virtual reality on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Though they've produced several real-time VR experiences, the studio's bread and butter is high-fidelity pre-rendered CGI. But how to bring that level of quality to virtual reality? One approach may be pre-rendered 360 degree 3D CGI footage which the company calls … Read the full article …

Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ Performance is Jaunt VR’s First Publically Available Cinematic VR Content

Jaunt VR, the company creating tech for capturing 360 degree 3D VR experiences, has today finally revealed their first publically available content: a performance taken from Sir Paul McCartney's recent Candlestick Park gig in San Francisco earlier this year. … Read the full article …

South Park Takes on the Oculus Rift

South Park's episode last week, Grounded Vindaloop, has zeroed in on the beloved Oculus Rift, along with some longstanding fears surrounding virtual reality. The episode, which dives into a meta virtual reality, also pokes fun at outsourced customer service. If you missed the episode, it's available in full right here. … Read the full article …

DODOcase Sells More Than 65,000 Cardboard VR Kits, Now Kickstarting New Version and Open-source VR Tools

DODOcase is probably known by most for their phone and tablet cases, but the San Francisco-based company jumped on an opportunity to get Google Cardboard VR kits into the hands of a VR-hungry public. To date, the company has sold more than 65,000 of the kits and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to spur what they're calling a "DIY Virtual Reality Open Source Future," which includes open software components for VR web development and a newly designed version of Cardboard that has a Leap … Read the full article …

VRLA #4 Heading to House of Moves on December 13th, Big Names in the VR Scene Exhibiting

The VRLA Meetup is holding its forth event come Saturday December 13th. To be hosted at House of Moves, a well known motion capture firm based in Los Angeles, California, 26 exhibitors will be present at the event, including many big names from the VR scene: CastAR, Sixense, Jaunt, Samsung, Unity, and Epic Games among them. … Read the full article …

Sixense Shows off STEM Tracking With Impressive Ping Pong Demo

Sixense, creators of the tracking technology in the Razer Hydra, have been hard at work over the last year developing Hydra's successor, STEM. The company has also recently announced that STEM will be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR for both positional tracking and motion input. The company's latest demo, a ping pong experience, shows off the accuracy and latency of the motion input system. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Palmer Luckey Wins at the 2014 World Technology Awards

Oculus has caused a stir in the technology world, a statement riddled with understatement perhaps. The company and it's founder Palmer Luckey have walked away with countless industry awards since the appearance of it's Oculus Rift DK1 in late 2012. Now, the company can add one more to it's trophy cabinet, the World Technology Awards for Entertainment. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Preview 3 of Jaunt’s VR Cinema Shorts (video)

Jaunt has been busy shooting several made-for-VR experiences which the company says will be released for VR in trailer form "imminently." Road to VR has the first look at three of Jaunt's forthcoming cinematic VR experiences. … Read the full article …

Play ‘The Worst VR Game Ever’ and Support a Great Charitable Cause

It's not the moniker most developers would relish being attached to their work, but in the case of  the developers at Shiny Shoe, creators of Desert Bus VR, it's entirely appropriate. … Read the full article …

First Impressions of Project Beyond, Samsung’s 360 3D Camera for VR

  In a surprise announcement at SDC, Samsung revealed Project Beyond, a 360 degree 3D camera for filming virtual reality content. We got to take a look at the unit first hand and experience the VR video that it captures. … Read the full article …

SDC 2014: The Human Perceptual System in Virtual Reality – LiveBlog @1pm PDT

"This talk will focus on the human component of VR: your perceptual system. Virtual reality systems like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR replace the visual input to your brain in a way technology never has before; for better or worse, this raises unprecedented opportunities and challenges. I will give a brief, high-level overview of some key perceptual system functions, some interesting phenomena that occur in VR, and the importance of understanding them all for building comfortable … Read the full article …

Beautiful Hi-Res Images of Samsung’s ‘Project Beyond’ Surface, Along with New Video

Think Tank Team, the alias given to Samsung's 'Research America' group have launched a website celebrating the research, design and engineering that went into Project Beyond, Samsung's newly announced 3D 360 VR Camera tech. … Read the full article …

VR Dungeon Crawler ‘Crystal Rift’ Launches Kickstarter Campaign

It's interesting to see genres and themes returning in an entirely new and yet familiar form. Grid-based dungeon crawler Crystal Rift is built from the ground up for virtual reality, yet draws on some very traditional game mechanics. The two-man development team behind the game have now launched a Kickstarter campaign. … Read the full article …

SDC 2014: Oculus Launches Mobile SDK for Android Development on Gear VR—Breaking

Oculus has just released their long awaited mobile SDK for Android development on Samsung's forthcoming Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …