In the near future, virtual reality will be used in a wide variety of everyday tasks, like painting. As many already know, standard virtual reality systems use either special headsets or multi-projected environments to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual environment. An artist who goes by “Anna dream brush” online shows us the surreal paintings that ensue when you combine virtual reality with art. Read more for a video and additional information.
HTC’s VIVE Virtual Reality System is being offered for the lowest priced yet, and you can pick one up for $480.41 shipped, today only, originally $500. Using the included headset and wireless controllers, you’ll be able to explore and interact with VR experiences, apps and games that blur the line between imagination and reality. From blockbuster games to unforgettable experiences, there are over 2500+ titles available for VIVE currently. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
HBO partnered exclusively with VIVEPORT to launch an immersive VR experience based on the massive hit show “Game of Thrones”, and it’s finally here, only on Viveport Infinity. “Beyond the Wall” transports players to the northern border of The Seven Kingdoms to fight and defend The Wall where they can test their sword-fighting skills against a terrifying undead polar bear and hoard of wights. “VR is the perfect pairing for Game of Thrones fans who can now step onto the battlefield of Beyond the Wall as part of Viveport Infinity. Beyond the Wall gives you the first-hand experience of joining the Night’s Watch and protecting the realms of men with your flaming sword from the army of the dead,” said Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport. Read more for a trailer video and additional information.
Yes, there’s a real pastor who performs baptisms in virtual reality, and YouTuber Syrmor recently documented this phenomenon for internet users to see. DJ Soto, a Christian pastor, wants everyone to be able to experience baptisms regardless of their situation, whether they be in a wheelchair or are recovering drug addicts, and also reach people who may not be able to attend traditional church service. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ubisoft announced today that their VR Escape Room experience, called “Beyond Medusa’s Gate,” has launched at more than 100 location-based entertainment centrers across the US and Europe. This virtual reality adventure that is designed as a co-operative multiplayer VR experience where players are transported to the world of Ancient Greece where they must team up in order to solve a series of complex puzzles that include various activities, including interaction with ancient objects, climbing, shooting arrows, and more. Read more for a teaser trailer, additional pictures and information.
Unlike its predecessors, the Oculus Quest is a stand-alone virtual reality headset that uses motion controllers similar to the Rift’s Oculus Touch and features displays with resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye with an option to adjust the lens spacing. The headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile chip, thus making it possible to move around without restrictions. It officially launches on May 21, priced at $399 USD. Read more for a review and another hands-on video.
Valve Index is the latest virtual reality headset set to hit the market, and the official release date as well as price have been revealed. Featuring two 1440 x 1600-resolution RGB LCDs running at 120Hz, with an experimental 144Hz mode, built-in speakers, and an IPD slider to adjust for the distance between your eyes. It costs $499 by itself and will also be sold in a bundle with the new trackers / Knuckles controllers for $999, with pre-orders begining tomorrow in the United States and European Union – shipping by July 1. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Apollow of “Disrupt”, a popular YouTube channel, wanted to experience the future of gaming firsthand. So, he loaded up VR Minecraft on his PC and spent 24 hours inside the game, and then turning the recorded footage into a documentary for the world to see. For those who don’t know, Minecraft’s day-night-cycle is shorter than the real world, as 24-hours in the real world equals 72-days in-game. During this time, he did take 3 short sleep breaks with the headset and headphones on. Read more to see exactly what went down.
First announced at the first ever PlayStation State of Play, Marvel’s Iron Man VR is hitting PlayStation VR exclusively this year, and it takes virtual reality to the next level. This game has you taking control of genius inventor Tony Stark, who confronts ghosts from his past—powerful forces that seek to ruin him and everything he stands for. Players will come face-to-face with iconic allies and Super Villains as they jet around the globe on a heroic mission to save not only Stark Industries, but the world itself. “We’ve set our sights on not only giving the player thrilling moment-to-moment action. But also a deeply personal, and appropriately funny, narrative that puts players in Tony Stark’s armored shoes,” said Camouflaj director Ryan Payton on the PlayStation Blog. Read more for a hands-on video impression and additional information.
Here’s a first look at ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal, which is currently being demoed at the Star Wars Celebration Event using the Oculus Quest headset. This Star Wars VR Series transports fans to the dark lord’s home turf of Mustafar, and with a lightsaber in hand, puts them at the center of an original Star Wars story. The canonical immersive adventure takes place between Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, and is set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s award-winning location-based virtual reality experience. Read more for two videos and additional information.