Exclusive: Enter the World of Spirits in the Spirited Away Boiler Room Oculus Rift Demo (download + video)

Developer Nick Pittom has spent the last few weeks recreating a small scene from Spirited Away, one of Japan's most successful films. From the outset, Pittom wanted to produce a faithful recreation of this beloved film for enjoyment in the Oculus Rift. Road to VR is pleased to be the first to share this excellent demo. … Read the full article …

CES in VR: Hands-on with CastAR and Avegant Glyph at CES 2014

Cymatic Bruce here with more videos from my 'CES in VR' series; side-by-side 3D videos meant to be viewed in VR using VR Player. These videos feature hands on impressions of two devices that recently concluded successful Kickstarters: the Avegant Glyph and CastAR! Avegant Glyph Watch without a Rift: Click the gear icon in the YouTube player and set 3D to Off. Watch with the Oculus Rift:  Download VR Player and the configuration preset for this video. In VR Player go to Tools > Load … Read the full article …

Watch VR Presentations from Michael Abrash, Palmer Luckey, and Joe Ludwig at Steam Dev Days

Last month's Steam Dev Days saw developer Valve committing to and promoting virtual reality in a big way. Now all of the virtual reality talks from the conference are available for your viewing pleasure. … Read the full article …

Virtual Grocery Stores, Giant Chickens, and CAVEs at Miami University’s Virtual Reality Lab [video]

You never turn down the opportunity to play with millions of dollars of VR equipment. When Eric Hodgson, 3D Visualization Director at Miami University in Oxford, OH invited me to come play with his toys in his Virtual Reality Lab, I couldn't resist. … Read the full article …

CES 2014: PrioVR Virtual Reality Motion Input Suit Interview and Hands-on [video]

At CES 2014 Road to VR caught up with YEI Technology, the company behind the PrioVR virtual reality motion input suit. We interview Paul Yost, head of development at YEI, to get the latest on this exciting system. PrioVR will be re-launching a Kickstarter next month. … Read the full article …

Palmer Luckey and Nate Mitchell Interview: Low Persistence ‘Fundamentally Changes the Oculus Rift Experience’ [video]

At CES 2014, Road to VR had the opportunity to meet with Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus and inventor of the Oculus Rift, and Nate Mitchell, VP of Product at Oculus. We got our hands on the much anticipated 'Crystal Cove' Oculus Rift prototype and sat down to have the dynamic duo answer our curious inquiries. … Read the full article …

Interview: PrioVR is “too good for us to give up on” — VR Gloves, Vests, and Post-Kickstarter Plans [video]

After having checked out the first PrioVR prototype the other week, I had a chance to sit down with YEI Technology's Head of R&D, Paul Yost, to learn more about the VR motion tracking system. Yost talks VR gloves, vests, and Post-Kickstarter plans. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Star Wars? Skim the Death Star Trench with New Oculus Rift Demo

Fancy re-living one of the most iconic scenes in Cinema history? Author Boone (of Rift Coaster fame) has released video of new Star Wars inspired demo for the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Video of 2 Year-old Using the Oculus Rift Raises Some Interesting Questions [Update: Video Removed]

Beyond the question of safety (Oculus' official recommendation is that children under 10 not use the Oculus Rift) and the fact that the child's IPD is probably too low to properly see through the Rift, one has to wonder what psychological impact virtual reality might have when used from an early age. … Read the full article …

Watch Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift GDC Presentation and Q&A Here

At GDC 2013, Oculus VR Inc. gave a series of presentations on virtual reality. The company has now posted Palmer Luckey's talk, 'Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming' online for your viewing pleasure. Palmer Luckey's Oculus Rift GDC 2013 Presentation, 'Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming' "For years, developers have strived to make immersive virtual worlds, and gamers have spent countless billions on the systems that play them best. Software, hardware, and input devices have all … Read the full article …

90 Year Old Grandmother Tries on the Oculus Rift

User Paul Rivot from YouTube posted this video of his 90 year old grandmother taking a virtual reality trip to tuscany thanks to the Oculus Rift. She seemed very impressed with the graphics and at 1:16 quite adorably asks, "originally were these taken in tuscany?" regarding the scene around her. To her credit, when I was very young I thought that some games were so realistic that they must have been made of individual frames of real life photography.... On reddit, Rivot remarked on the span … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift ‘Virtual Cinema’ Explored, Plus an Interview with Its Creator [video]

Ever wanted a full-size movie theater of your very own? A new Oculus Rift compatible project promises to grant your wish, and then some. We talk to Christer-Andre Fagerslett (aka namielus) the author of a new 'Virtual Cinema' project which leverage's the immersive power of the Rift and aims to provide the ultimate movie viewing experience. … Read the full article …

10 Oculus Rift Demo Reactions from GDC 2013

At GDC 2013, people waited upwards of two hours in line to try the Oculus Rift developer kit. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the hype? I interviewed 10 people right after they stepped out of the demo. I was expecting to hear people mention the lower than desirable resolution and perhaps the ghosting, but I came away very surprised to find out how much everyone -- many of them non-developers -- said they enjoyed the experience. To be clear, I didn't leave out any interviews or cut any … Read the full article …

Interview With Forth Dimension Displays CEO: Now is “the best opportunity ever to get consumers wearing head mounted displays”

At GDC 2013, I sat down with Greg Truman, CEO of Forth Dimension Displays, for a chat about the future of VR. Truman believes that the time is right for virtual reality. He told me that right now is "the best opportunity ever to get consumers wearing head mounted displays." Forth Dimension Displays works primarily in high-end microdisplays for military and research industries which come with a suitably high-end price. The company was not really at GDC 2013 to sell their product. Instead, they … Read the full article …