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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.

    New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Debuts as Release Buzz Builds

    Ready Player One, the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, is getting turned into a movie by none other than Steven Spielberg, who is directing the film. As the movie’s March 2018 release date approaches, a new trailer, ‘Dreamer’ debuted this week. Ready Player One follows the story of Wade Watts, an ... Read More

    ‘Payday 2 VR’ Exits Beta, Now Available as Free DLC to Main Game

    Payday 2 (2013), Overkill’s 4-player bank heist co-op shooter, has offered a VR mode in beta for the past few ... Read More

    ‘Bigscreen’ Coming to Mobile VR in Q2, Gear VR Alpha Test Starts Today

    Bigscreen is a unique social VR application which lets users bring their desktop screens and all the capabilities of their ... Read More

    Sixense CEO: STEM Could Be Close to Production Following Manufacturing Fix

    Sixense, the company behind the much-belated positionally tracked STEM controller system, just released an update stating the company is “getting close ... Read More

    HTC Vive Pro to Arrive With Redesigned Link Box Featuring DisplayPort and Power Button

    HTC Vive Pro, the company’s higher resolution VR headset targeted at prosumers, isn’t on sale yet, although developers have been ... Read More

    Google to Feature High-resolution VR OLED Display for Wide FOV Headsets at SID 2018

    Google announced at last year’s Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week that the company was actively working on a ... Read More

    Oculus Artist’s ‘Quill’ Shorts Show the Incredible Potential of Illustrating & Animating in VR

    Quill, Oculus’ VR painting and drawing tool, recently saw a major update which added animation tools to the software, allowing ... Read More

    Oculus to Show Brand New Game Demos at GDC, Detail What’s Ahead in 2018

    GDC, hosted later this month in San Francisco, has long been an important event for Oculus. This year the company ... Read More

    ‘Moss’ Breaks into February’s Top 10 PSVR Downloads After Only 2 Days on Store

    Moss (2018), a puzzle platformer for PSVR that follows the ridiculously cute mouse Quill, has broken through to the top ... Read More

    7 Official ‘Ready Play One’ VR Experiences to Debut at SXSW, Soon Available for Home Download

    HTC today announced it’s bringing 7 VR experiences inspired by Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Ready Player One to its official South by ... Read More

    Magic Leap Raises $461M in New Funding Led by Saudi Arabia’s Investment Arm

    Magic Leap, the augmented reality headset manufacturer, has added another couple hundred million dollars to its Series D investment round, ... Read More

    HTC Announces 2018 Viveport Developer Awards Nominees, $50K First Prize up for Grabs

    Last year marked HTC’s very first Vive Developer Awards (VDAs), which saw tens of thousands of dollars go to VR app developers across ... Read More

    ‘Yahoo! MAP’ for iOS Now Has AR Navigation Mode in Japan

    Yahoo! Japan just updated their iOS-based Map application to include a new experimental AR mode which superimposes a blue pathway onto ... Read More

    Hardware Developers Are Now Receiving SteamVR 2.0 Base Stations

    It was only a few weeks ago that we saw our first SteamVR 2.0 base station in the wild, shown ... Read More

    Creators of ‘Myst’ & ‘Obduction’ Announce VR Steampunk Adventure ‘Firmament’

    Cyan, the studio behind Myst (1993) and Obduction (2017), announced they’re working on a new steampunk adventure game called Firmament. The studio ... Read More

    Oculus Rift Surpasses HTC Vive in Steam Majority Market Share for the First Time

    According to Valve’s February Steam hardware and software survey, the Oculus Rift is now the most used VR headset on the Steam ... Read More

    Facebook VP Teases Company’s ‘biggest AR/VR news to date’ Coming to F8 Conference

    Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, won’t be here until May, but with registration opening today, Facebook and Oculus is teasing ... Read More

    Varjo Announces AR Pass-through Capability for Its ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

    Varjo, the Finland-based headset manufacturer, today announced the company’s upcoming high resolution VR headset will have AR pass-through capabilities powered ... Read More

    ‘Hatsune Miku VR’ Rhythm Game for Rift & Vive to Launch March 9th, Teaser Trailer Here

    Hatsune Miku, the impossibly saccharine anime pop vocaloid, is coming to SteamVR headsets in a new rhythm game from creators Degica ... Read More

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