virtual reality

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

This week the folks at Samsung are pushing the details on the release of their next Virtual Reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6. This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge's version of the Gear VR, bringing a slightly more dense display to the virtual reality arena than the Galaxy Note of the first wave. This headset will be brought to Best Buy online and in physical store locations and to Samsung online starting on the 15th of May.

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VR hack lets you play GTA V on Oculus

VR hack lets you play GTA V on Oculus

Hot on the heels of Grand Theft Auto V's release for PC, player communities are finding ways to play in virtual reality using Oculus. These players are hacking the game by assembling basic VR mods for Oculus Rift. The tool behind this VR hack is VorpX, a tool that has been used to force VR rendering for a few games out there like BioShock: Infinite. VorpX's tools can be used to create mods generating full VR modes for first-person games and virtual 3D cinema mods for non-first-person games.

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“Works with Cardboard” formalizes Google’s DIY VR program

“Works with Cardboard” formalizes Google’s DIY VR program

It was an inevitable development. Given how many Google Cardboard variations there are out in the wild, things could quickly get out of hand, and it wouldn't be good for Google's reputation, however indirect it may be. So it feels almost natural that Google would tighten the reins on the DIY VR headset hype of its own making and initiate a more formal program called, what else, "Works with Cardboard". In a nutshell, this program will guarantee users that they will get, more or less, the same quality VR experience in any certified app using any certified headset.

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MergeVR Goggles: like NERF with a Wii controller

MergeVR Goggles: like NERF with a Wii controller

This week the folks at MergeVR have created a VR headset that allows you to insert the iPhone 6 Plus to experience virtual reality. Wait a second, you might be saying - isn't this the same thing as Google Cardboard? Sort of - but in this case, you've got what the company calls "the world's most comfortable VR Goggles" as well as a VR Motion Controller to boot. This headset is set to be available in the United States first this summer, complete with its own app launcher.

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Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

The creators at Verdom IT Projects have updated an app that, up until now, was only sort of immersive. This app was and is called Roundme, and it's just been given a new version fully prepared for virtual reality for the iPhone. How might you use this app with the iPhone to create a virtual reality experience, you might ask? With Google Cardboard, of course. While this app is not yet available for Android, Roundme is prepared to be a fully functional virtual reality tour experience - and community - for the iPhone.

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Impression PI VR headset offers gesture control and position tracking

Impression PI VR headset offers gesture control and position tracking

Augmented and virtual reality headsets are booming right now with several different devices on the market trying to separate geeks from their money. Another VR headset has turned up called the Impression PI and it has some interesting features. The Impression PI is wireless and has 3D gesture control, position tracking, and combines VR and augmented reality into one device.

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Mike’s Surprise VR Proposal: Cardboard Cuteness

Mike’s Surprise VR Proposal: Cardboard Cuteness

Mike Rios had a really good idea. It involved a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, a Moto 360 smartwatch, and his then-girlfriend Maggie. He wanted to ask her to marry him, and he wanted to do it in as special - and unexpected - a way as possible. To do this, he needed to transport Maggie to a virtual realm, one where her friends and family - and a mariachi band - were able to help make this marriage proposal with a truly next-level set of plans and execution.

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LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

The first thing I said to myself when I placed the "VR for G3" against my face was "ouch."* This piece of equipment is made of hard plastic, and is the beginning of something much bigger for LG and the Virtual Reality universe. They say so, in fact. "This is just the beginning," they print on a card in the box - "Want to be the first to hear about what's next from LG," they ask, "sign up now" to find out more. Meanwhile we're fairly sure we're a bit early to the game as the URL we're direct to launches a VR for G3 first announcement sort of presentation.

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LG G3’s Google Cardboard VR tandem comes to the US

LG G3’s Google Cardboard VR tandem comes to the US

Jealous of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's, and soon Galaxy S6's, VR bent but more of an LG kind of user? Well, no reason to be jealous anymore. At least if you still haven't gotten the company's 2014 flagship. As revealed last February, LG will be offering a free Google Cardboard manufactured specifically for the LG G3, but getting one might not be as easy as it first seems. While this VR promotion has finally landed on US shores, it isn't going to last forever.

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Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Not only does Google Cardboard provide a platform for Android smartphones to enter virtual reality, they're a fabulous platform for art as well. Using the original Google Cardboard unit as canvas, artists from across the country were asked to design, modify, and decorate. The "Dreams Incarnated" show took place on April 1st (no jokes, no pranks) at SERVICE in Portland Oregon. These viewfinders will be put up for sale on the 2nd of April to raise cash for the nonprofit known as p:ear.

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John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

Today you can watch the entirety of the super-packed massive session "The Dawn of Mobile VR" as presented by Oculus VR's John Carmack at GDC 2015. This VR headset talk was a whopping one hour and 30 minutes long, including a question and answer session - and it really jammed in deep with the virtual reality ecosphere, especially in mobile applications. Developers jammed themselves in person-to-person for this talk during GDC 2015 in a hall that was capped to capacity - now you can watch it all from the comfort of your own home.

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Valve’s HTC VIVE headset going free to developers (at first)

Valve’s HTC VIVE headset going free to developers (at first)

While competing developer kits in the virtual reality headset market go for hundreds of dollars, Valve and HTC are taking a different approach. The first wave of HTC VIVE VR headsets are going to be free. For developers. And not just any developers - developers hand-picked by Valve. This headset is also being developed as a consumer virtual reality headset which will be released for a standard price (which we do not know at this time) at some point in the future - closer to the end of the year 2015.

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