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” 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.
Sony Japan Studio today announced a new platform action game for PSVR starring the cute little robots made famous in Sony’s The Playroom (2013) and The Playroom VR (2016). Called Astro Bot Rescue Mission, you take control of Astro, the Bot captain of a ship on a mission to rescue its lost crew, who are scattered ... Read MoreThe Forest (2018), a first-person open world-survival game from Endnight, launched out of a four-year stint on Steam Early Access last ... Read MoreRec Room, the free multiplatform social VR app, is getting a new multiplayer battle royale shooting game soon. Starting June 7th, ... Read MoreNextVR, the VR video streaming platform the brings live events to headset users, is introducing the 2017-2018 season NBA MVP ... Read MoreGoogle is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication ... Read MoreHumble Bundle just started their big Spring Sale, which is now offering between 10-75% off on over 20 top VR ... Read MorePimax today updated their “8K” headset Kickstarter page to announce that pre-production units of the 200 field of view headset, ... Read MoreSUPERHOT (2016), the massively successful slow-mo shooter for PC and console, already has a built-for-VR version for Oculus Rift, HTC ... Read MoreCOMPOUND is a rogue-lite VR shooter from indie developer NotDead Games that looks to bring back some of the classic feel of ... Read MoreAhead of its launch later this month, we got a chance to dive into the beginning of Red Matter, an upcoming ... Read MoreWhen we saw the news that JDI, the Japanese display conglomerate founded by Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, were developing a ... Read MoreOnward (2017) is a military-style VR shooter with some of the most ardent players who regularly engage in a sort of amped-up ... Read More Beat Saber is a rhythm game that plays like an embodied puzzle game which creates a visceral connection to 10 ... Read MoreFor new computing technologies to realize their full potential they need new user interfaces. The most essential interactions in virtual ... Read MoreDon’t abandon ship just yet, because Ubisoft is pushing out its first DLC for Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017). If ... Read MoreAparna Chennapragada, VP of Product for AR/VR at Google, took to the stage at Google’s I/O developer conference today to ... Read MoreMicrosoft appears to be seeing strong traction with HoloLens in the enterprise space, and the company continues to expand its ... Read MoreVive Focus, HTC’s standalone VR headset which first launched in China back in January, is gearing up for its Western release ... Read MoreVive Focus dev kits are headed outside of China today to international developers looking to create for the company’s standalone ... Read More
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