5 Companies Aiming to Cut the Cord on High-end VR Headsets

Today’s most immersive virtual reality systems, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, rely on a bothersome tether to send power and high fidelity imagery to the headset at low latency. But everyone agrees a dangling cable is not only annoying, it’s an immersion detractor. The demand for a solution to this issue has spurred…

Disney Research Shows How VR Can Be Used to Study Human Perception

Researchers from Disney use a virtual reality headset and a real ball tracked in VR to understand the perceptual factors behind the seemingly simple act of catching a thrown object. The researchers say the work sets a foundation for more complex and meaningful dynamic interaction between users in VR and real-world objects. Disney Research, an…

First All-in-one VR Headsets Based on Qualcomm’s VRDK Expected in 2H 2017

Qualcomm’s latest VRDK headset is a reference design that the company has positioned to act as a foundation for consumer electronics makers to create their own headsets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR hardware. Now with manufacturing partners on board, the first consumer headsets based on the VRDK reference design are expected to launch in the…

Epic Games Busts ‘Robo Recall’s’ $10 Million Myth

Good news. Robo Recall, one of the best looking games available on a VR headset today, actually cost a lot less to produce than the rumored $10 million. It’s certainly a compliment to the small team at Epic Games responsible for the game that the notion of a $10 million production budget was so widely…

‘Korix’ Claims to be the First PSVR Title to Run Natively at 120Hz

Korix a visually-minimalist VR RTS headed to PlayStation VR claiming to be the first title to run natively at 120Hz on the headset. While the PSVR display supports a 120Hz refresh rate, most games on the platform run at 60Hz and use a technique called asynchronous reprojection to inject interpolated frames to bring the output up to…

PlayStation VR to Get Improved Tracking and 3D Blu-ray Playback in Next PS4 Update

Among other additions to the console’s base experience, the forthcoming PS4 System Software Update 4.50 will bring improved tracking and 3D Blu-ray playback to Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. In time for the launch of Farpoint and the PSVR Aim controller, the PS4 System Software Update 4.50 will launch with tracking improvements that apply to objects tracked with…

NVIDIA Announces GTX 1080 Ti, Purportedly 35% Faster Than GTX 1080 at $699

Tonight NVIDIA has announced the top dog of their GeForce GTX graphics cards, the GTX 1080 Ti. The new Ti model succeeds the GTX 1080 to become the flagship GPU of Nvidia’s consumer line. Launched last year, Nvidia’s latest 10-series GPUs ushered forth a completely reworked GPU architecture called Pascal which brought features like Simultaneous…

25 Minutes of New ‘ARKTIKA.1’ Oculus Touch Gameplay

Launching exclusively on the Oculus Rift in Q3 2017, ARKTIKA.1’s polish and presentation has quickly risen it up the ranks to one of the year’s most anticipated VR titles. And though it’s still months away, we’ve got a new glimpse at a chunk of the game’s opening mission. From 4A games, the creators of Metro…

‘From Other Suns’ is an ‘FTL’ Inspired Co-op VR FPS for Rift & Gear VR That’s Different Every Time You Play

Reaching back to an earlier time in gaming, Chronos was an unforgiving third-person action adventure game that launched alongside the Rift. Inspired by FTL (2012) developer Gunfire Games is now applying their lauded old-school game design principles to new-school game tech, with a procedurally generated ‘rougelike’ that lets up to three players experience a galaxy full of…