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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.

    Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

    Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts ... Read More

    Vive Pro Bundle With 2.0 Base Stations & Controllers Now Available at $1400

    HTC today started selling the long-awaited Vive Pro headset and SteamVR 2.0 base station hardware bundle, making it the first ... Read More

    ‘COMPOUND’ Creator Drops Details on Upcoming Update and Early Access Launch

    COMPOUND is an intriguing VR hobby project from developer Bevan “NotDead” McKechnie which drops players into a “rogue-lite, free-roaming shooter” for ... Read More

    42 Hours in ‘Skyrim VR’ – The Latest World Record Attempt for Longest VR Marathon

    Andreas Hauber, a German VR enthusiast, claims to have just beat the Guinness World Record for longest VR marathon, a ... Read More

    Steam & Viveport Spring Sales Feature Big Savings on Top VR Titles

    If you’re still rebounding from Steam’s Winter sale a few months ago, well, your wallet is in for some ‘Spring ... Read More

    ‘Psychonauts In the Rhombus of Ruin’ for PC Review – a Veritable Saturday-morning Cartoon in VR

    Psychonauts In the Rhombus of Ruin takes place between the events of Psychonauts (2005) and the upcoming Psychonauts 2 due out later ... Read More

    ‘Serentiy VR’ Fan Project Lets You Step Aboard The Most Famous Firefly-class Ship

    Serenity, the firefly-class spaceship from cult TV show Firefly (2002) and film Serenity (2005), is now full explorable in VR. With many ... Read More

    ANTVR to Launch $500 ‘Mix’ AR Headset on Kickstarter in May

    AntVR, the Beijing-based company known for their 2014 VR headset Kickstarter, is launching a new crowdfunding campaign soon focusing on ... Read More

    Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

    Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution ... Read More

    Firmware Update Brings Vive Pro Audio Improvements, HTC Looking into Reports of Screen Issues

    Following a small rash of reports from new Vive and Vive Pro users, HTC says they’re looking into issues regarding ... Read More

    17 Minutes of Sci-fi Adventure ‘Downward Spiral: Horus Station’, Gameplay Video Here

    Downward Spiral: Horus Station is an upcoming sci-fi adventure set in the lost and forgotten Horus space station. Created by ... Read More

    Oculus Studios’ New Title ‘Defector’ Aims for High-octane Set Piece Action and Branching Narratives

    Oculus Studios today revealed their latest Rift exclusive, Defector, a high-action first-person adventure from Twisted Pixel, the studio behind Wilson’s Heart ... Read More

    Kat Walk Mini Pre-orders Start Tomorrow at $1500, Full Price Set at $3000

    KatVR, the China-based company behind the 2015 Kickstarter-funded KAT Walk VR treadmill, announced last month that a new mini-version of ... Read More

    Social VR App ‘vTime’ Closes $7.6M Series A Investment, AR Experience to Come in 2018

    vTime, the social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $7.6 million (£5.4 million) Series A funding round led by ... Read More

    Group Behind JPEG Unveils New ‘visually lossless’ Compression Standard for VR/AR and More

    This week at NAB Show in Las Vegas, the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), the international committee behind the titular image ... Read More

    VR Horror Mystery ‘Dead Secret’ to Arrive on PSVR April 24th

    Studios Frame Interactive and Robot Invader today announced Dead Secret (2015), the Gear VR title that later landed on PC VR ... Read More

    The Yang and the Yin of Immersive Storytelling with Oculus’ Yelena Rachitsky

    The future of VR storytelling will be immersive and interactive. Yelena Rachitsky is an executive producer of experiences at Oculus, ... Read More

    Steep Weekend Discounts on VR Sim Racers: ‘Project Cars 2’, ‘Dirt Rally’ & ‘Assetto Corsa’

    Interested in jumping into the VR racing scene? This weekend you can snag discounts up to 80% on some of ... Read More

    Steep Weekend Discounts on VR Sim Racers: ‘Project Cars 2’, ‘Dirt Rally’ & ‘Assetto Corsa’

    Interested in jumping into the VR racing scene? This weekend you can snag discounts up to 80% on some of ... Read More
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