Announcing the Virtual Reality Awards Event, Coming Live to Riftmax Theater November 28th

Devs, start your engines. Now that the Oculus Rift DK2 is reaching the hands of excited developers around the globe, the VR media community is ready to unveil the Virtual Reality Awards, coming live to Riftmax theater. … Read the full article …

News Bits: ‘Aliens, Trolls and Dragons’, 12 Minutes of Oculus Rift Enabled Action Adventuring (Video)

Virtual Reality is still and emerging (perhaps re-emerging) technology and gaming platform. As such, new surprises and interesting uses of the technology are never far away right now. 'Aliens, Trolls and Dragons' is an Action Adventure game with native Oculus Rift support that offers VR enthusiasts an over-the-shoulder 3rd person view on the the gameworld. Lucky's Tale blew some minds at E3, not necessarily because it looked particularly world shattering in terms of either gameplay or … Read the full article …

News Bits: Get DOSBox in Virtual Reality with DOSCulus

So to continue the retro / nostalgia theme that started with the release of MemoRift, we bring you news of somewhat more hardcore retro and emulation option for those wanting to try and bring their enjoyment of retro PC games and software into the virtual realm on their Oculus Rift VR Headset. DOSCulus is a port of the popular DOSBox PC and DOS emulator ('Disk Operating System', Microsoft's first operating system prior to Windows) . Many older PC games that were written for older IBM … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 69): Binaural Audio, ASMR Videos, and VR Content with Ally Maque

A friend recently sent me a video of a gal whispering into her microphone and tapping her nails on a coffee mug, with the message, "You have to talk to her about VR!" I invited Ally onto the Rev VR Podcast, and she explains how her videos are going to contribute to the growing VR space. … Read the full article …

Hands-on: Kor-FX Haptic Gaming Vest Doesn’t Pack Enough Punch for VR

At E3 2014 I had the chance to try out the $150 Kor-FX gaming vest which has far exceeded its Kickstarter goal with 31 days left in the crowdfunding campaign. The vest seeks to add immersion to gameplay by rumbling appropriately with events happening in the game world around you. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 68): Zombies on the Holodeck at Survios Headquarters

When the guys at Survios invited me over to check out their setup, I had no idea that it would turn into an epic podcast that felt more like a recorded party than an interview. … Read the full article …

‘Petal’ is a Virtual Reality Fan (no, we’re not joking), now on Kickstarter

As we approach the point where companies involved in virtual reality start to solve the first wave of hard problems associated with virtual reality and more people immerse themselves in VR, it's clear that for many, merely seeing their virtual world isn't going to be enough. They want to feel it too. Whilst we're potentially years away from convincing haptics for the entire body, an enterprising group of developers have come up with a solution to a problem you may not have realised existed. A … Read the full article …

E3 2014: Sony and Oculus and Valve are Working Together To Make Great Virtual Reality

  One of the defining and ingratiating aspects of Oculus VR as a company is their openness in sharing their progress and gathering knowledge  from places other than their own offices. Their engagement with the community and their willingness to demonstrate new hardware and software at every possible opportunity is, I think, an enormous differentiator for them and one of the reasons they've been so successful at accelerating the push for great virtual reality into the consumer … Read the full article …

Hands-on: Killing Zombies with the Survios Prime 3 Prototype is a Blast [video]

Survios, formerly Project Holodeck, continues to work to create a fully immersive virtual reality environment. I got my hands on their latest prototype hardware, dubbed the Prime 3, to slay Zombies on the Holodeck once again. … Read the full article …

Overview of Positional Tracking Technologies for Virtual Reality

Positional tracking is very important towards achieving immersion and presence in virtual reality. There are many ways to achieve positional tracking, with pros and cons for each solution. This article presents an overview of positional tracking technologies which could be used for virtual reality. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 65): Post SVVR Conference & Expo Breakdown with Forest Gibson

I’ve been home for a week, but I am still riding the high from the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference & Expo.  There are so many wonderful experiences to talk about, so I invited a fellow attendee, Forest Gibson, to join me for a chat. … Read the full article …

How Two Indie Devs Snuck a Concealed Oculus Rift and Laptop onto a Roller Coaster for the Ride of a Lifetime

It's an overcast morning at an undisclosed theme park in the UK, the temperature is just right—wearing a sweatshirt won't be conspicuous. Good thing too, lest security find the device strapped around Edmond O'Driscoll's chest. … Read the full article …

Umbra Software Positions Occlusion Culling Tech for 120 FPS VR Gaming

One of the challenges facing virtual reality gaming is hitting key performance benchmarks which help increase presence and reduce simulator sickness. Umbra Software, a company that makes middleware for game development, says their technology can help developers of VR games hit the 120 FPS threshold. … Read the full article …

Go On Safari with the Award Winning Cyberith Virtualizer, Kickstarter Campaign Coming (video)

Cyberith has released a new video demonstrating its unique omni-directional treadmill being used to go on safari on the wildlife rich plains of Africa. Plus, hints of an incoming Kickstarter campaign. … Read the full article …