Virtual and Augmented Reality

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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.

    ‘Golem’ Gets March Release Date and Fresh Gameplay Footage at PSX

    Golem, a forthcoming PSVR title that’s been in the works since 2015, has resurfaced this weekend at Sony’s PSX event. Developer Highwire Games, an indie studio founded by Bungie veterans Marty O’Donnell and Jaime Griesemer, revealed that the game is due to launch on March 13th and showed new gameplay footage ... Read More

    Studio Behind ‘Rom: Extraction’ Announces Tactical Multiplayer FPS ‘Firewall Zero Hour’ for PSVR

    Firewall Zero Hour is an upcoming team-based, tactical multiplayer FPS for PlayStation VR from First Contact Entertainment, the makers of ... Read More

    ‘WipEout: Omega Collection’ to Get PSVR Support and Exclusive Ships in Free Update – Trailer

    PlayStation’s legendary anti-grav arcade racer is set to get PSVR support thanks to a free update to WipEout: Omega Collection ... Read More

    ‘Vacation Simulator’ is Owlchemy Labs’ New VR Game Slated for 2018

    Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) tonight announced their latest VR title, Vacation Simulator ... Read More

    Apple Manufacturer Quanta Signs Deal to Mass Produce Lumus AR Display Modules

    Quanta, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest original design manufacturers, has signed an agreement to mass ... Read More

    VRX 2017 Hosts Top VR/AR Companies in San Francisco This Week – Road to VR Readers Save 15%

    With the latest amazing innovations in VR/AR, VRX 2017 next week in San Francisco is the place to be to ... Read More

    Black Friday Has Gone but This Incredible Deal on a VR Ready PC & Headset Remains

    There was a time not long ago when just buying the PC required to power a high-end desktop VR headset ... Read More

    ‘Anamorphine’ Takes You on a Surreal Trip Through Depression, Launching Jan. 16 on Rift, Vive & PSVR

    Virtual reality is unique in its ability to allow you to immersively explore the interior of the imagination, including the ... Read More

    HTC: Valve is Still “very committed” to Making its Three Full VR Games

    Back in February this year, Valve confirmed that they were internally developing three “full” VR titles. While there’s still no ... Read More

    Vive Hangs Onto Steam Majority Market Share as Windows VR Headsets Enter the Fray

    According to the just-released November figures from Steam’s Hardware & Software Survey, the HTC Vive has scraped its way back from ... Read More

    ‘Justice League’ IMAX VR Experience to Debut Haptic VR Controller from Tactical Haptics

    The new IMAX VR Centres aim to fuse the best arcade VR games with the best peripherals, for an experience ... Read More

    Exclusive: How NVIDIA Research is Reinventing the Display Pipeline for the Future of VR, Part 1

    Virtual experiences through virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are a new frontier for computer graphics. This frontier state is radically ... Read More

    Rift Core 2.0 Will Bring Updated Oculus Desktop App, Dash Virtual Desktop Feature Requires Windows 10

    Oculus today affirmed plans to launch the ‘Rift Core 2.0’ update in public beta in December. The anticipated updated will ... Read More

    PSVR Black Friday Sales Metrics Reportedly Top Prior 18 Weeks Combined in UK, “On Par” With Launch

    Following the Black Friday shopping period, analysts report strong sales for the PlayStation VR headset in the UK, possibly furthering ... Read More

    The Best Windows VR Headset Deal for Cyber Monday 2017

    The holiday shopping season is here, and VR is getting some sizable discounts to come along with it, making the prospect of ... Read More

    New ‘High Fidelity’ Partnership Makes it Easier to Host Your Own Virtual World

    VR metaverse company High Fidelity recently released an update that allows users to easily deploy their own High Fidelity domains to the ... Read More

    ‘Ghost in the Shell: Arise’ PvP Shooter Comes to Bandai Namco’s VR Zone, Catch the Trailer Here

    Bandai Namco’s Shinjuku-based VR Zone seems to have all the luck; there’s Mario Kart in VR, Dragon Ball Z in ... Read More

    TPCAST Shows Off Oculus Rift Wireless Module, Due Out By Year’s End

    TPCAST announced last month plans for an Oculus Rift version of their wireless module. This week at the SVVR offices ... Read More

    Best VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

    The turkey is in the oven, the cranberry sauce is in the can, and your VR setup is in the ... Read More
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