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Microsoft announce new Halo VR controllers

Microsoft has announced its new Halo VR controllers as well as an upcoming $399 VR headset + controller bundle, which will release before this “fall”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nlcdDNOdm8 The Halo VR controllers utilize Microsoft's "inside-out" tracking system, which uses your VR headset's built-in cameras allowing the controllers to be tracked while inside the headset's field of view. These controllers will also feature grip...

NVIDIA announces their Pascal Oculus game bundle

NVIDIA has announced their Pascal Oculus game bundle for selected markets, offering three free VR games with purchase of a GeForce GTX 1060 or higher and an Oculus Rift headset with Touch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjJ8yB8ZEp8 This game bundle will apply all purchases of a GTX 1080Ti, GTX 1080, GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 GPU, system or laptop when purchased with an Oculus Rift...

Nokia announces next-generation technologies for the advancement of virtual reality with ‘OZO Reality’ vision and partner ecosystem

Nokia's next generation of world-class OZO solutions sets a new standard for the creation, delivery and experience of immersive content Strong ecosystem support for OZO Reality Platform with new and expanded partnerships including Akamai, AWS Elemental, Harmonic, NeuLion, Youku and more NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Driven by an ongoing commitment to push the boundaries of possibility in virtual,...

AMD Acquires Wireless Virtual Reality IP from Nitero

AMD today announced it has acquired intellectual property (IP) and key engineering talent from Nitero, a pioneer in millimeter wave solutions capable of enabling future generations of wireless Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headsets. The acquisition provides AMD with a broader portfolio of IP capable of enabling VR headset and solution providers with key technology required to...

Batman: Arkham VR coming to PC on April 25th

Batman: Arkham VR coming to PC on April 25th, with support for both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. The game was originally a PSVR exclusive, with this new PC release finally giving PC VR users the opportunity to be Batman in a virtual world of Gotham City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AtezWMeh1s One of the things that Arkham fans have been asking for...

New NVIDIA FCAT VR benchmarking app available for free

In 2013 NVIDIA overhauled GPU benchmarking with FCAT, a free tool that enabled gamers and reviewers to test not only FPS, but also the smoothness and quality of gameplay on all GPUs. This measured micro-stutters, dropped frames, incorrect pacing and much more. This means that the best GPUs are now not only fast, but also smooth. Giving gamers a...

The next level of cinematic storytelling is hitting the VR film landscape as Lyndsy Fonseca and Tony Denison lead cast in Ilya Rozhkov’s VR film AGENT EMERSON

Director Ilya Rozhkov (Sabre Dance) has inked a deal to work in collaboration with leading VR Studio, The Rogue Initiative, (known for its recent partnership with Michael Bay from an original IP) to bring together cinematic storytelling and the immersion of virtual reality technology. Rozhkov will direct and produce Agent Emerson, with award-winning producers Cathy Twigg and Pete Blumel...

Khronos Group Announces OpenXR Initiative – Bridging Virtual Reality

The OpenXR working group - previously known as the Khronos VR Initiative - is creating an open and royalty-free standard for VR and AR applications and devices. The Problem: Without a cross-platform standard, VR applications, games and engines must port to each vendors' APIs. In turn, this means that each VR device can only run the apps that have been ported...

FutureMark reveals new VR and server benchmarking tools

VRMark Cyan Room - a new DirectX 12 benchmark for VR VRMark Cyan Room, currently in development, is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows PC. Sitting between the Orange and Blue Rooms, the Cyan Room benchmark shows how using an API with less overhead helps developers create impressive VR experiences on modest PC systems. As with the existing...

Google Dominates VR Headsets Market in 2016: Strategy Analytics

2016 saw the launch of multiple new VR platforms vying for consumer, developer and enterprise attention. The Strategy Analytics report "VR Headset Platform Market Share Year End 2016" estimates that over 30 million VR headsets shipped, split between 6 major competing VR platforms in an increasingly fragmented landscape. David MacQueen, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics' Virtual Reality Ecosystem research program,...

ZeniMax has owned $500 million after their lawsuit with Oculus

ZeniMax has been awarded $500 million after their lawsuit with Oculus, with Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey being found to have violated this Non-disclosure agreement with the company. John Carmack was also found to have destroyed evidence that proved that Oculus had used code from ZeniMax, stealing over 10,000 documents from ZeniMax when he left iD software (who are owned...

Valve confirms that more affordable SteamVR headsets are on the way

SteamVR and its OpenVR API is designed to be an open standard to utilized by a variety of users and companies, though until now HTC's Vive headset has been the only headset on the market to use both the OpenVR API and Steam's SteamVR/Lighthouse tracking technology. Valve's Joe Ludwig has confirmed that over 500 companies have signed up to use...

MSI teases VR optimized USB port on their next gen gaming motherboards

MSI has teased that their upcoming next generation motherboards will feature VR optimized USB port. This USB ports will be designed specifically for VR use, offer minimal latency and a clean, strong signal. MSI used new VR Boost technology uses what MSI call a "smart chip," which in plain language will allow these USB ports to be controlled independently...

NVIDIA Announced GeForce GTX HTC VIVE Bundle

VR has emerged as the next major computing platform and 2016 has been the year of VR.  VR is revolutionizing how we play, interact with friends and family, and how we consume entertainment. With the holiday gift season upon us, your readers can get VR Ready with our new GeForce GTX HTC Vive Bundle. Starting today, and just in time...

Microsoft announces the PC system requirements for Windows 10 VR

Two months ago Microsoft announced their Win10 VR series of headsets, which will release at prices starting at $299 and will not require any external tracking systems like the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. This new VR headsets series will come to market in 2017, from Microsoft partners like ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo to manufacture this VR...

Zotac introduces the VR GO Backpack PC

ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to introduce an entirely new way to experience immersive VR with the ZOTAC VR GO backpack. Since making the impact at Computex 2016 with the first ever mobile VR experience, ZOTAC has improved the design, performance, and endurance of the original backpack. "The VR GO is an exciting innovation for everyone...

The HTC Vive now has a $220 wireless add-on making it untethered

Now you can make your HTC Vive tethered free with new $220 wireless add-on with no "noticeable difference" in latency. This Wireless HTC Vive add-on is scheduled to release in Q1 2107 and is built by TPCAST, who are part of the Vive X Accelerator program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYMzuvjBbN4 As you see in the video showcasing a prototype of this VR Wireless add-on...

Futuremark announces their new Virtual Reality Benchmark, called VRMark

Futuremark has just announced their latest 3DMark benchmarking suite, the VRMark. The new VRMark is built to test system's ability to run VR games and experiences since the performance required for VR is much higher than for typical gaming PC with the recommended frame-rate for an optimal VR experience stands at 90fps. The VRMark benchmark test didn’t need a...

ZOTAC Celebrates 10 Years With Five New Products

Not every tech company achieves a ten-year lifespan, and Macau-based ZOTAC is sure celebrating that milestone - though with hardware, not fireworks. All in all, five new products were announced in the company's Hong Kong celebration. These range from a liquid-cooled, GTX 1080 graphics card in partnership with Thermaltake; a limited edition HB SLI bridge; a special edition PCIe SSD;...

Google acquired Eyefluence a VR eye-tracking startup company

Google planning make a unique eye-tracking control for VR headset, to do that Google acquired Eyefluence's unique eye-tracking VR optics software tech into their new mobile-powered Daydream View VR headset. The Daydream View uses "vision-driven, intuitive eye-interaction" to discern quite a bit of information from users, chiefly whether or not HMD wearers are interested in what they're seeing or...

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