virtual reality

EVE Valkyrie: Oculus Rift’s first exclusive launch title

EVE Valkyrie: Oculus Rift’s first exclusive launch title

Virtual reality gaming appears to have picked up some momentum today as the creators of EVE Online and DUST 514 have revealed that they will be the first to reveal an AAA game designed exclusively for Oculus Rift. Having worked with Oculus since they first happened upon the original Kickstarter campaign, a "small, passionate team" from within CCP Games has stepped forward with the game Valkyrie.

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Sony PS4 VR head-mounted display tipped to take on Valve’s VR headset

Sony PS4 VR head-mounted display tipped to take on Valve’s VR headset

Sony is no stranger to the HMD (head-mounted display) industry, and we've seen many varieties of these devices from the company over the years: the HMZ-T2 in 2012 and the updated model in 2013, for example. It has been anticipated a PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset is in the works, and according to a source that has cropped up, such an offering will go toe-to-toe with Valve's VR headset.

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SteamVR protoype device demoed at Dev Days, won’t make you sick

SteamVR protoype device demoed at Dev Days, won’t make you sick

There’s a bit of chatter surrounding the Valve event series going on this week inside the virtual reality landscape, starting with what’s called SteamVR. This system was introduced in beta just before Steam Dev Days began, and has since been shown by Programmer Joe at Valve to be working in full Beta mode in Steam Big Picture mode with the Oculus Rift developer device. There’s also a Valve-made device being shown at Dev Days for developers to try out for themselves.

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Virtuix Omni eyes-on: Oculus Rift’s virtual best friend gets an upgrade

Virtuix Omni eyes-on: Oculus Rift’s virtual best friend gets an upgrade

When your Kickstarter takes more than seven times its goal amount, you know you've probably got a hit on your hands, but the team behind the Virtuix Omni hasn't rested on its laurels. Instead, the latest version of the Omni hardware - which allows you to physically run through a gaming environment in the comfort of your living room - has made its debut at CES this week, swapping the Kinect-based motion tracking of the original for a far more accurate capacitive sensor system.

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Oculus VR Publishing aims for developer influx

Oculus VR Publishing aims for developer influx

In a power move by the creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the team has hired on former senior vice president of EA, David DeMartini. The exec will be starting a publishing arm for Oculus VR, a piece of the puzzle that's thus far been all but missing, with DeMartini hoping to attract developers to the virtual reality universe.

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“Sweetie” virtual child takes down 1000 pedophiles in 10 weeks

“Sweetie” virtual child takes down 1000 pedophiles in 10 weeks

Technology is directly involved in our daily lives, making it more convenient, more efficient, and more entertaining. There's another side to technological advances that we don't see on the daily, however, and it is arguably the most important of them all -- the ability to prevent crimes that otherwise would slip under the radar. Such is the case with "Sweetie," a virtual 10-year-old girl created to lure in pedophiles who are subsequently identified and handed over to law enforcement.

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castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

There's a team of creators out in the wild this week showing off a pair of augmented reality / virtual reality glasses called castAR, a pair of glasses that's set to make Star Wars a reality. The inspiration for this wearable piece of technology comes directly from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in a scene where the droids are playing a 3D chess game with Chewbacca. In this scene, the pieces for the chess game, (called a Djarik hologame, for you hardcore nerds), are standing projected above the board in 3D - this inspiration pushed the creators of castAR to make a pair of glasses that uses a mix of augmented reality and projection to make a whole new environment for the user.

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