Scott Hayden

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An American expat based in Italy, Scott learned at a young age to revere the power of science fiction, becoming a figurative stained glass window through which he viewed the world. Throughout his childhood he was force fed countless reruns of Star Trek TNG, Quantum Leap, Sliders, (among many others) and lived by The Evil Dead triology and Saturday mornings watching MST3K with the rest of his sci-fi-freak family. Like every card-carrying dweeb who grew up in the ’90s, Scott spent uncountable hours in front of a TV and various consoles, but even longer wishing inside his head that the fantasies played out in games and movies would someday become a reality. After following VR casually since its entrance into the public psyche, he decided to investigate further by the only way he knew how: by writing about it. He believes that VR will start a revolution of the mind, helping to give ineffable ideas form and increasing humanity’s ability to relate to one another through free expression.
A recent survey conducted by Touchstone Research, an online marketing research firm, suggests that kids and teens between the ages of 10–17 know what VR is, and when they see it in action they think it's "off the charts cool." Touchstone...
Just before nearly doubling their Kickstarter funding goal of $250,000, Fove introduced a new and improved design for their eye-tracking VR headset, making it lighter, smaller, and more ergonomic. Fove calls their new industrial design "refined and enhanced" with the addition of a...
VR: The Movie is an in-depth documentary film that follows virtual reality from its mid-1900s past to the VR technology of today. The documentary features interviews with designers, scientists, engineers and several industry professionals to help illuminate virtual reality's legacy. VR: The Movie was conceived by...
Oculus and OTOY have today announced the winners of the second round for Render the Metaverse, a three-month long contest to find the most compelling 360-degree stereo-panoramic still images rendered by OTOY's OctaneRender software. OTOY and Oculus have named the winners of this month's...
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios, recently revealed that Sony won't be producing or funding any first-party "non-gaming content" for Project Morpheus. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Yoshida revealed his thoughts on 360 videos, and their place within the...
FlyInside FSX, a project that brings VR support to Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006), has been successfully funded in its first week on Kickstarter with 23 days left in the campaign. It's been quick ride for Daniel Church, the mind behind FlyInside. Only having launched...
Magic Leap recently announced that Rio Caraeff, former president and CEO of Vevo, has assumed the role of the company’s Chief Content Officer. Like many recent hires at Magic Leap, the first order of business is usually to explode somehow. Rio...
Sphericam 2 is a 360-degree camera offering 4K video capture in a very small package, and aims to deliver immersive video specifically targeted at VR headsets. The Czech Republic based team calls their geometric crystalline camera "no bigger than a tennis ball,"...
FOVE's Kickstarter campaign to bring the first VR headset with eye-tracking to market at a consumer price-point is coming to a close in less than 24 hours. Potential backers take note: Lighthouse 'room scale' tracking is coming. FOVE, the eye-tracking VR...
In a recent episode of Gunter's Universe, a weekly VR panel show that takes place in the VRChat social space, an interesting melange of newly revealed information about The VOID came to light. For one, the Salt Lake City location is considering itself is a...
The most recent 'State of the Industry' survey from Europe's Game Developers Conference (GDC) has shed some light on current trends in VR gaming. Although many European devs haven't put VR games on the drawing table just yet, a majority say...
Southern California's very own VR conference and expo (SoCal VR) is bringing together devs, content creators, and VR enthusiasts of all stripes to take part in a celebration of all things virtual on the 12th of July. Supported by a number of...
FlyInside FSX aims to put Microsoft Flight Simulator X into VR with its Oculus Rift DK2-compatible plugin. Did you know that becoming a commercial pilot requires a minimum of 250 hours of flight time? And they don't even let you crash once....
With a recent update to the Android YouTube app, Google Cardboard-compatible smartphones can now view 360-degree video in side-by-side configuration. The video streaming giant quietly rolled out VR support for their 2D 360-degree videos earlier this month, with no official mention...
The official Team Coco app, which has previously offered up 360-degree Conan clips and behind-the-scenes footage from late night host Conan O'Brien, has added VR support for their 360 videos for Google Cardboard and other smartphone VR viewers. Compatible iOS or Android smartphones can...
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