virtual reality

Google is looking for testers to JUMP into its VR camera rig

Google is looking for testers to JUMP into its VR camera rig

Let the puns commence. Virtual Reality is really only as good as the content that's available for that particular experience. With is new found VR push, with the likes of YouTube 360 and Cardboard, Google has very little choice but to help creators stitch up their video masterpieces, hence the introduction of JUMP. Now it is on the hunt for for those creative minds who are willing to make the leap into VR and take its camera rig for a spin. But considering the hardware that's involved, getting in isn't going to be easy.

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FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX Sports is jumping into VR head first and it will be trying to make it big. Riding on the VR hype train, FOX has announced a partnership with virtual reality specialists NextVR to bring the US Open, which starts today, to the land of virtual reality. It will be first for many reasons. It will be the network's first time to broadcast the USGA event and it will be the first time that the sport will be livestreamed in this rather nascent, or resurging, medium.

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Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images has announced that its 360 degree content will be available on the Oculus Rift. This will give users a large library of 360-degree imagery to use with the VR platform, and especially a more immersive way to check out content from notable moments in recent times and the past. The collection for Oculus is called “360 View by Getty Images”, and presently it can be used with the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones and the Galaxy Note 4. It will also be available for use with the Oculus Rift.

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Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

It was the mic-drop of Microsoft demos, Minecraft coming to life in augmented reality on the HoloLens headset, and it unsurprisingly stole the E3 keynote. Given Microsoft's previous hints about just what it had in mind for HoloLens, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, the idea of a special version of the brick-building game shouldn't have come as a surprise. Nonetheless, the sight of a table suddenly overcome with virtual blocks proved more than enough for us to temporarily forget HoloLens' big issues.

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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StarVR 5K 210-degree VR headset reborn

StarVR 5K 210-degree VR headset reborn

The first experience you're going to have on the 5K-toting StarVR might well be the most terrifying. This headset was previously called "InfinitEye" before the company was acquired by Starbreeze AB. This week Starbreeze Studios have announced that this headset would be renamed "Project StarVR." The acquisition of one company by the other means that InfinitEye is now part of Starbreeze, and that the two are more powerful and far more well suited for the quickly expanding VR ecosystem than they were apart.

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Start saving “several hundred dollars” for Sony’s Project Morpheus next year

Start saving “several hundred dollars” for Sony’s Project Morpheus next year

With E3 officially kicking-off today, and Sony's presentation for all things PlayStation just a few hours away, we're about to be overwhelmed in new game previews and release dates. But if there's going to be one big thing for Sony this year, it's going to be Project Morpheus, the company's virtual reality headset. An in-depth report from Wired has just revealed the two details that PS4 gamers are dying to know: the VR headset will launch in the first half of 2016, priced at "several hundred dollars."

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Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

The folks at Industrial Light and Magic, the creators of the special effects and the entire look of Star Wars, have created a new experience lab. This effort is called ILMxLAB, and it's really made up of the efforts of ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm's story group. Together, the crew will create immersive experiences - augmented reality and virtual reality - for the first generation of market-ready VR devices. This means Oculus Rift, it means Valve's HTC VIVE, and it means everything in-between.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

While we're not allowed to actually play with the Oculus Rift 2016, the first Oculus consumer product, we have gotten up close and personal with it. Not only that, we're having a peek at the newly revealed Oculus Touch, the new must-have virtual reality controller - or controllers, if you prefer. This headset is largely similar to that of the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype we got our hands-on earlier this year, but here it's a whole lot smoother. A whole lot more finalized than before.

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These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

You can’t just launch a virtual reality headset and then sit back, and so Oculus is already talking up its games roster ahead of Rift’s release in Q1 2016. Though there’s a long list of studios already developing titles for the 3D wearable, Oculus brought three on-stage at its Rift reveal event in San Francisco today: the developers behind titles like EVE Valkyrie, Chronos, and Edge of Nowhere. Each is designed especially to take advantage of the benefits virtual reality brings to immersive gaming.

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Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Today Oculus founder Palmer Luckey introduced Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers for the virtual reality environment. Made with the virtual reality universe in mind, Oculus Touch will be working in demos at E3 2015, but won't necessarily be available with the first release of the Oculus Rift consumer headset in Q1 2016. In this handset set - two controllers - are capacitive touch, gesture recognition, and a set of traditional inputs as well. Whether or not these controls will work with anything other than Oculus Rift is yet to be seen.

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