For many people, being able to play games without intruding on an uninterested partner’s (or roommate’s) space probably is an unalloyed good. At the same time, our culture has never really had to deal with a medium as private as VR. The dark cinema might be our closest point of comparison, but even that involves a whole group of people watching the same screen — and it’s a more occasional treat than something actually installed in your living room. Even if you don’t play games, what happens when one of you wants to learn a cooking technique in a VR simulation, while the other wants to do some sketches in a VR paint program? Or any number of other things that couples do separately, while together? If you’ve gone through great effort to be closer to someone, and you have plenty of space for other solitary pursuits, sometimes the most valuable things are the ones that anchor you to reality. … [Read more...] about When gaming is part of your marriage, where does virtual reality fit in?
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The non-VR original introduced a unique shooter element never before seen: a game where time moves only when you do. When the game came to the Rift back in December, this game design feature was heightened by replacing your physical body as the primary input control. Suddenly, even the most subtle of movements would send bullets and polygonal enemies racing toward you at frightening speeds. … [Read more...] about The incredible virtual reality version of Superhot is coming to PS VR this summer
The headset’s price is supposed to be “affordable,” but it’s really not cheap at all compared to more established headsets. The Vive and the necessary accessories to run it (aside from a computer) sell for $599, and the Oculus Rift ships with controllers for $399. With such similar pricing, Microsoft and Dell will need a good pitch to get people to chose their headsets over the competition’s. (The fact that we don’t entirely know what Windows Mixed Reality is, does, or will do may also make it a tough sell.) … [Read more...] about Dell’s Windows Mixed Reality Visor will sell for $349.99
Founded in 2013 by former surgeons Dr Jean Nehme and Dr Andre Chow, Touch’s training software enables medics to study and review surgical procedures. Doctors can use headsets such as Microsoft’s Hololens to watch simulated operations. … [Read more...] about British company behind doctor-training VR headsets secures $70m in debt funding
Cacciuttolo is now taking this vision one step further with a new VR platform that offers six degrees of freedom (6-DoF) – giving users the freedom to explore locations and perform real life tasks in VR.UniFrance Rendez-Vous, the new platform will be commercially launched in March, initially as a B2B service for festivals and institutions, and within 12 months as a B2C service. … [Read more...] about VRrOOm to Launch VR Platform for Immersive, Multi-User Streaming of Live Events