Virtual Reality

VR Mario Kart

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The HTC VIVE system is cool enough by itself, but pair it with Mario Kart VR? You’ve got an arcade racing game taken to the next level. It can be played at Shinjuku’s Bandai Namco VR Zone arcade and costs $39 USD per ticket, which lets you choose between four VR experiences, one of which is Mario Kart GP VR. The car boasts a force-feedback steering wheel, and the entire car rocks with the gameplay, complete with wind effects. Continue reading for two more gameplay videos and information.

Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg has entered the world of virtual reality in his adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” and the director unveiled the movie’s first trailer at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. This sci-fi movie takes viewers into a dystopian 2045 where the only escape from the dark reality is the virtual reality world of “OASIS.” It’s set for release on March 30, 2018. Continue reading for the complete Comic-Con panel video and more information.

Oculus Rift Touch

The Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch VR Bundle lets you experience games like never before, and it’s being offered for just $399 shipped, today only, originally $598. Rift uses state of the art displays and optics designed specifically for VR. Its high refresh rate and low-persistence display work together with its custom optics system to provide incredible visual fidelity and an immersive, wide field of view. Product page. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

HTC Vive Smartphone

The HTC Vive smartphone aims to take both virtual reality and augmented reality to the next level. Featuring a 5.7 inch Quad HD display, 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835 CPU, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a front-facing 16-megapixel camera. High fidelity sensors for advanced head tracking are integrated for the virtual / augmented experiences and games. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

Virtual Reality Tennis Ball

Disney engineers have recently unveiled a system that enables users to accurately catch a real ball while immersed in a virtual reality environment, paving the way for future applications. It consists of three visualizations: rendering a matching virtual ball, the predicted trajectory of the ball, and a target catching point lying on the predicted trajectory. They track the projectile motion of a ball as it is being tossed, and use Unscented Kalman Filtering to generate predictive estimates of its motion. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the king of fake cash.

Galactic Attack VR

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Magic Kingdom parks in North America adding are set to receive new Virtual Reality Samsung Gear headsets and VRCoaster experiences in the form of “The New Revolution: Galactic Attack.” It will be a mixed reality attraction that utilizes the Samsung Gear VR’s “pass through camera” capability, enabling real world surroundings to be mixed with augmented reality overlays. In other words, riders will be able to see things like those seated beside them, while also getting a heads up display for ride content. “The mixed reality technology is truly groundbreaking, and like nothing our guests have ever experienced,” said Brett Petit, Senior VP of Marketing and Sales. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a man who 3D-printed a castle in his backyard.

Nintendo Switch VR

Mario Kart and Zelda are fun games both on portable as well as home consoles, but imagine playing the titles in virtual reality? Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, that may soon become a possibility. Simply put, the Switch’s display would slide right onto this headset and the Joy-Con controllers would be used like normal. What would something like this be priced at? Well, considering that the HTC Vive costs $800, anything priced at half that or even less should be a hot seller. Continue reading for more pictures.

Zotac VR Go

Soon, you’ll be able to take your virtual reality gaming rig just about anywhere, thanks to the Zotac VR Go. This portable backpack can be configured with an Intel Core i7 processor, GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD bay, one HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, and a proprietary cooling system. You can also remove the straps and use it like a standard desktop computer. Click here to view the first image in this week’s things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of inventor Colin Furze’s Stomp O Matic.

Viveland HTC Arcade

HTC has opened Viveland, the company’s first virtual reality arcade, in partnership with Syntrend Creative Park. This 330-square-meter attraction features AMD Radeon-powered PCs, SteelSeries wireless headphones, and plenty of Vive headsets to use on over 20 different experiences to try, including games such as Front Defense as well as Project Cars. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.