‘PHOBOS’ is a VR Therapy Platform for Phobias and Anxiety, Now on Indiegogo

While virtual reality is a great tool for entertainment, it's about more than just games and movies. It has the potential to assist in treatments during therapies in the medical related fields as well. Even now, researchers are beginning to experiment with the ability of VR to treat phobias and anxiety using recently available consumer-level VR hardware. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Invades IndieCade 2014

The gaming world is pivoting towards virtual reality as more and more conferences and festivals begin playing with VR. This momentum was extremely prevalent at this year’s IndieCade in Southern California as about a quarter of the booths contained virtual reality headsets. … Read the full article …

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence in Immersive Augmented Reality

In a paper published by the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, it is demonstrated that stylized rendering can help blur the boundary between real and virtual when it comes to immersive augmented reality applications.  … Read the full article …

Michael Abrash: “If Palmer Luckey Hadn’t Prototyped the Rift, VR Wouldn’t Be on the Verge of Taking Off”

Michael Abrash, Oculus' Chief Scientist, whose expertise in the world of computers could not be done justice in the space of this sentence, is also an excellent orator, consistently delivering enthralling presentations with lessons far beyond the scope of VR alone. In a must-watch keynote presentation from Oculus Connect, Abrash shares insights on the 'myth of technological innovation' and 'existence proofs'. … Read the full article …

John Carmack’s Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes ‘off Message from the Standard PR Plan’

There are two sorts of people in this world: those that have listened to John Carmack talk and those who are unenlightened. One of the key minds behind Doom and Quake is a most unlikely orator, but one who has the ability to hold the attention of a room full of geeks like no other. Anyone who's witnessed his unscripted, unprompted streams of consciousness from his legendary Quakecon keynotes will know this, and for his inaugural talk as CTO of Oculus at their first developer event, 'Connect', he … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect: Elevating Your VR – Live Blog @ 4:45pm PDT

"How to recognize what elevates VR from good, to breathtaking, and practical steps on how to get there. In this presentation, we explore how to recognize the levels of excellence to aspire to in VR, and how to take the quality of your product to greater heights. Drawing on our own experience, and our findings as we help developers large and small, we identify common issues and inadvertent shortfalls, give trouble-shooting advice and share ways to enhance your VR experiences to the best they can … Read the full article …

VRTGO 2014: RSI – ‘Supporting VR in Star Citizen’, Live Blog @14:00 GMT

Star Citizen is of course the space combat game funded by a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, which has pledged support for the Oculus Rift. With VR still a developing technology, many games may opt to support VR rather than build solely for it from the ground up. Star Citizen is attempting to do just this and this talk covers the wins, pitfalls and lessons learned from this approach. Speaker: Jon Dadley, Designer, Star Citizen Paul James will be live blogging the talk direct … Read the full article …

Enthusiast Opts for $2200 Laser Eye Surgery to Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

The buzz surrounding virtual reality continues to grow and now at least one enthusiast is so convinced by the technology that he has opted for laser eye surgery, after 30 years of wearing glasses, to enhance the Oculus Rift experience. … Read the full article …

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 …