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    Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting), and simulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “…a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body”[1][2] or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”.A person using virtual reality equipment is typically able to “look around” the artificial world, move about in it and interact with features or items that are depicted on a screen or in goggles. Most 2016-era virtual realities are displayed either on a computer monitor, a projector screen, or with a virtual reality headset (also called head-mounted display or HMD). HMDs typically take the form of head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes. Programs may include audio and sounds through speakers or headphones.

    Advanced haptic systems in the 2010s may include tactile information, generally known as force feedback in medical, video gaming and military training applications. Some VR systems used in video games can transmit vibrations and other sensations to the user via the game controller. Virtual reality also refers to remote communication environments which provide a virtual presence of users with through telepresence and telexistence or the use of a virtual artifact (VA). The immersive environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience or it can differ significantly from reality where gamers can use fictional powers.

    PlayStation Plus Members Can Save up to 75% Off on 100+ PSVR Titles & DLC This Week

    That $60 yearly membership to PS Plus is definitely paying off for US-based PSVR owners this time around, as this next batch of discounts is putting over 100 PSVR items on sale including games and DLC. The sale lasts until February 27th Notable titles coming in hot with at least 70% ... Read More

    Survival Game ‘Island Time VR’ Strands You on a Deserted Island, Launching Spring 2018

    From Flight School Studio, the creators of Manifest 99 (2017), comes a new survival game that maroons you on a small deserted ... Read More

    Magic Leap Job Posting Reveals the Company is Preparing to Enter the Retail Space

    According to a recent update to Magic Leap’s massive list of job postings, the company revealed it definitely has plans to enter ... Read More

    VR Tour App ‘MasterWorks’ Uses Photogrammetry to Bring You to 4 Fully Explorable Heritage Sites

    MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018) is a new app for Oculus Rift and Gear VR that takes you on a guided tour ... Read More

    VR Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Raises $1.7 Million With Participation from Wacom

    Gravity Sketch, a concepting & design tool made for VR, has raised $1.7 million in venture capital. Gravity Sketch, which allows VR ... Read More

    Viveport Subscription is Getting a $2 Per Month Price Hike, Developers to Earn 22% More

    Viveport Subscription, the monthly service that lets you play 5 games per month from a curated list, is getting a little more ... Read More

    ‘Sin City’ Director Robert Rodriquez to Debut VR Action Series ‘The Limit’ This Summer

    Robert Rodriguez, the director of films such as Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007), and the Spy Kids franchise, just wrapped production ... Read More

    Magic Leap to Partner with NBA to Bring Basketball to AR, Shaq’s Massive Head Fits in Headset

    Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz took the stage at the Code Media conference last night to talk a little bit more ... Read More

    ‘Fantastic Contraption’ 2.0 Update Brings New Content and Features, Lower Price

    Fantastic Contraption (2016), the building puzzler from indie studio Northway Games, is getting its first big update since launch, which includes ... Read More

    Arcade Boxer ‘Knockout League’ to Land on PSVR February 13th

    Sony has finally released word on when PSVR owners will be able to get their hands on the popular VR ... Read More

    AR & AI Storytelling Innovations in ‘TendAR’ from Studio Tender Claws

    Tender Claws, the creators of the award-winning interactive VR narrative Virtual Virtual Reality, premiered a new, site-specific, interactive AR narrative ... Read More

    Apple, Valve, and LG Invest in OLED Microdisplay Maker eMagin

    According to documents filed last month with SEC, a new stock issuance of some $10 million by OLED microdisplay maker eMagin ... Read More

    How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in VR

    The 2018 Winter Olympics is about to kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea today, and this year you’ll be able ... Read More

    ‘ARK Park’ to Launch March 22nd on PSVR, Vive & Rift

    ARK Park, the VR multiplayer adventure game based on the world of ARK:Survival Evolved (2017), was originally slated for a December release ... Read More

    ‘Accounting+’ for PSVR Gets New ‘Waterpark’ Level in Latest Update

    Squanch Games (formerly Squanchtendo) and partner studio Crows Crows Crows have just added a new level to their PSVR game Accounting+ ... Read More

    Walmart’s Tech Incubator Store No. 8 Acquires VR Startup Spatialand

    Wal-Mart, the big-box retail giant, unveiled its Store No. 8 tech startup incubator last year with the aim of researching and ... Read More

    Preview: ‘I AM A MAN’ Puts You at the Heart of the Civil Rights Struggle

    I AM A MAN is an upcoming interactive VR experience that lets you participate in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike ... Read More

    Hands-on: Roguelike Bow-shooter ‘In Death’ is Divinely Inspired & Devilishly Fun

    In Death is a roguelike bow-shooter from Sólfar Studio, the developers behind Everest VR (2016). Now in Early Access on Steam and Oculus ... Read More

    Former Mozilla WebVR Pioneers Launch ‘Supermedium’ VR Browser

    Supporting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Supermedium is a new, fully VR browser from the creators of VR web framework ... Read More

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