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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.

    Capcom: Don’t Expect VR Mode for ‘Resident Evil 2’ Remake

    It looks like the UK’s Daily Star had the opportunity to reveal a little more behind why Capcom’s horror-adventure Resident Evil 2 remake, slated to release in early 2019, most likely isn’t getting a VR mode after all. Before the E3 2018 Sony showcase reveal, many VR fans theorized that the long-awaited remake ... Read More

    Oculus Announces First Retail Bundle: Rift + ‘Marvel Powers United VR’

    Oculus today announced plans to launch a new retail bundle which adds the upcoming Marvel Powers United VR to the usual ... Read More

    Niantic Acquires Seismic to Help Create AR Games & Upcoming AR Platform

    Seismic Games, the studio behind Google Daydream’s Blade Runner: Revelations (2018), has been acquired by Niantic, the force behind popular location-based games Pokémon ... Read More

    Deal: Refurbished Acer VR Headset & Controllers for $150

    While you can find steep deals on brand new Windows VR headsets, if you’re not afraid to buy refurbished you ... Read More

    Microsoft Now Hosts Free HoloLens Demos Across US & Canada

    Haven’t been able to make it to any of the big gaming expos (or you don’t know anyone with the ... Read More

    ‘Seeking Dawn’ to See “huge” Content Update Closer to Launch on PSVR

    Multiverse Entertainment, the studio behind VR sci-fi shooter Seeking Dawn (2018), recently announced their 10+ hour title is due for a ... Read More

    ‘Rick & Morty VR’, ‘Coco VR’, ‘Blade Runner 2049 VR’ & More Nominated for Emmys

    The 70th Annual Emmy Awards are nearly here, and the nomination list is out. Seven pieces of VR content have ... Read More

    ‘Beat Saber Arcade’ Coming Soon for Sanctioned Use in VR Arcades

    Beat Saber, the acclaimed VR rhythm game, is soon to get a special version, Beat Saber Arcade, which will offer officially ... Read More

    Magic Leap Reveals Developer Demo, Confirms NVIDIA TX2 Hardware

    Today during Magic Leap’s developer livestream the company offered the first details on the compute hardware that’s built into the ... Read More

    Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

    Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. While Steam ... Read More

    ‘Luna’ is a Beautiful Introduction to VR for Gaming Novices

    A little while back, Oculus issued a $15 credit to many Rift users after an issue which prevented the headsets ... Read More

    10 Projects That Have Us Excited About the Next Generation of VR & AR

    With leading high-end VR headsets debuting in 2016, we’ve had about two years to see what the first-generation VR experience ... Read More

    Update: ‘The Unspoken’ VR League Final is Back on & Coming to Oculus Connect 5

    The Virtual Reality League is an ESL Gaming organization partnered with Oculus that oversees eSports tournaments for online VR multiplayer ... Read More

    Play High-flying Ninja Sim ‘Sairento VR’ on Rift for Free This Weekend

    Mixed Realms is bringing its action-packed cyber ninja simulator Sairento VR (2018) to Rift users for free this weekend, which includes a ... Read More

    PSVR Horror Game ‘Stifled’ Coming to Vive, Rift & PC Next Week

    Stifled (2017) originally launched last year as a PSVR exclusive, but now Singaporean studio Gattai Games is bringing the echolocation-based horror ... Read More

    Magic Leap Promises to Show a Real Demo and Share Specs Next Week

    Following the company’s last session of ‘Magic Leap Live’, wherein the company had promised that viewers would get to “meet Magic ... Read More

    ‘CalcFlow’ Studio Partners with HTC to Bring VR STEM Tools to Libraries Across California & Nevada

    Nanome, the studio behind CalcFlow, the 3D visualization tool for math concepts, has partnered with HTC to bring their STEM-focused ... Read More

    ‘Waltz of the Wizard’ Studio Aldin Raises $1M to Fuse VR & AI in New Title

    VR veterans Aldin, the indie studio behind Waltz of the Wizard and other early and innovative VR titles, has announced the ... Read More

    Watch a Complete ‘Space Junkies’ Closed Beta Match

    Space Junkies, Ubisoft’s upcoming VR arena shooter fro Rift and Vive, is now in closed beta, which goes until July 2nd ... Read More
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