The problem with virtual reality devices is that controllers can only be used for interacting with objects, but Microsoft has a wrist-worn haptic device that will let you feel them. Called the Haptic PIVOT, this device renders virtual objects into the user’s hand on demand, consisting of a single actuated joint that pivots a haptic handle. This means that objects can be moved in and out of a user’s hand, giving them the sensation of grasping, catching, or throwing an object. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
As many already know, Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality first-person shooter set between the events of Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004). Players take control of Alyx Vance who is on a mission to seize a superweapon belonging to the alien Combine. This latest mod lets you enter the world of BioShock Rapture in virtual reality, if you’re brave enough that is. Called “Return to Rapture,” the mod is focused on Andrew Ryan, the founder of Rapture, who holds a suitcase with the key to ADAM (a genetics-manipulating chemical) and BioShock’s iconic plasmids. Read more for two gameplay videos and additional information.
Always wanted the virtual reality experience to be bit more immersive? If so, then look no further than the Virtuix Omni One, an innovative omni-directional treadmill that enables players to walk or run in any direction through their favorite games as well as other virtual environments. It’s compact enough to fit inside a standard living room and very easy to fold up for storage, while giving players unmatched freedom of movement, including crouching, kneeling, and jumping. Read more for a video and additional information.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 developer Asobo announced this week that sign-ups for its forthcoming VR closed beta have opened, and is set to begin later this month or early November. In addition to the game, participants are also required to have a compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset. Should you pass those steps, you’ll then have to submit your DxDiag to help Asobo pick the players most suited to each wave of its closed beta, and then agree to Microsoft’s NDA. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Oculus Quest 2 will be released in just a few short weeks, and to show the possibilities of the virtual reality headset, Facebook created an “Infinite Office” video. Put simply, they want to show that productivity can exist in both the virtual and real worlds, especially with many people working from home until 2021. Some may not have a large workspace for a multi monitors setup, but by placing them virtually, space does not become an issue. Read more for a video and additional information.
After an early leak, Facebook has officially unveiled Oculus Quest 2, a next generation all-in-one virtual reality headset that’s priced even lower than its predecessor at $299 USD. Featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Platform, 6GB of RAM and a new display with 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, the company’s highest resolution display yet. Thanks to the increased graphics processing power, this new display is now capable of supporting 90 Hz. Read more for a video, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
Ubisoft has revealed Far Cry VR: Dive into Insanity, a new location-based experience developed in collaboration with Zero Latency VR, takes a group of up to eight players back to the Rook Islands, the setting of the third game. Captured by Vaas and his henchmen, players will traverse the island and fight for survival together. They’ll also be provided with props and plenty of space to move around, allowing them to become fully immersed in the adventure. Read more for a video and additional information.
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It’s been rumored for quite some time, but today, we get a possible first look at the next-generation Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. No accompanying information has been revealed, but from the image, we can see that the headset’s tracking cameras have been moved slightly, possibly offering a wider field of view. Plus, there’s no interpupillary distance slider (IPD) – the distance between your eyes – that can be found on the current model, suggesting that it could be using just a single display, like the Rift S. Read more for a video and additional information.
Marvel’s Iron Man VR is now available, and early reviews have already begun rolling in. This is a PS VR-exclusive title where nearly every major aspect of the game was designed to best utilize the PSVR headset and PlayStation Move motion controllers. Flying around may take some practice, so this is why the game’s first 1-2 hours is designed to help you learn this technique so you don’t feel compelled to quickly progress the game’s story-based campaign. Read more for a video review and additional information.
The problem with all current VR headsets is that they can’t be worn like you would sunglasses, that is unless…you’re talking about the new holographic glasses from Facebook Reality Labs. That’s right, these new glasses make use of holographic film, enabling the lenses to have a total thickness of less than 9mm. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.