Here’s What a Nintendo Switch VR Headset Could Look Like

Nintendo’s new game console, the Switch, is a really nice piece of hardware. It’s incredibly comfortable to play in handheld mode, switches seamlessly to docked TV mode, and has a wealth of playstyles to fit any situation. The fact that it also happens to be the best way to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

Leap Motion Showcases Mobile Hand-Tracking In New Video

A few weeks back I went hands-on with Leap Motion’s mobile VR hand-tracking solution, and now you can see it in action for yourself. The video below shows a build of Leap’s Blocks demo designed for mobile VR headsets like the Qualcomm reference design it’s already been integrated into. Here users can create different shapes…

The Crowdfunded Hardlight VR Suit Lets You Feel Your Virtual Experience

Haptic feedback is developing into an elusive achievement for the VR industry. Many different companies are attempting to harness the additional immersion haptics affords you within the VR platform, but nothing has caught on just yet. We recently reported on the EXOS glove which lets you feel your way through virtual spaces and even a rifle accessory…

Why Smells Are So Difficult To Simulate For Virtual Reality

How do you think virtual reality will improve over the next few years? You’re probably hoping for better ways to see, hear and touch virtual worlds. Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus, seems to agree: when he outlined his predictions for the next five years of VR last October, he focused on these three senses….

Sixense Still Won’t Say When Kickstarter Backers Can Expect Their Rewards

On October 12, 2013 Sixense closed its Kickstarter campaign after raising over $600,00 from 2,383 backers. The purpose of the campaign was to raise money for the STEM System: a third-party hardware solution capable of providing positional tracking and hand controllers to virtual reality headsets. Today, these capabilities come standard in the three biggest, high-end…

Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

Over the last week we learned that by spending essentially $300 to purchase three Vive Trackers, you will be able to bring your legs, feet and torso into VR — so you can kick a dinosaur in the face without even looking at it. Dinosaur kicking for $300 is certainly funny, but it’s also a great example…

Hands-on With Leap Motion Hand-Tracking In Qualcomm’s Standalone Headset

Finally jumping the hurdle of VR input will eventually require a combination of many different technologies currently in their infancy. Hand-tracking looks likely to play a big part in that future, and Leap Motion is one of a few companies leading the charge in this department. Leap’s latest, well, leap is to bring its controller-free…

GDC 2017: Hands-on With LG’s SteamVR Headset

LG’s upcoming VR headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR Tracking represents an important milestone in the development of the industry, and we just got the first hands-on. The prototype revealed at the Game Developers Conference uses the same tracking technology from Valve that’s used in the HTC Vive which shipped last year. It also runs at…

GDC 2017: AMD Will Soon Support Asynchronous Reprojection for VR

AMD had a press conference at GDC to demonstrate their engagement with the gaming community and had some major VR related announcements. AMD has long supported VR through their own Liquid VR technology and have been evangelizing VR for quite some time. So these announcements at their Capsaicin and Cream event made complete sense. GDC…

NVIDIA’s New GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a VR Beast

As many of you already know, NVIDIA is one of the leading purveyors of graphics cards which are heavily used for VR. In fact, NVIDIA is the go-to solution for the majority of users, so it is always a good day when the company launches a new graphics card. This is especially true when they…

GDC 2017: FOVE and AMD Take Aim At Improving VR Rendering

Visuals and the rendering of them is one of a few significant obstacles when it comes to the future of VR headsets. Mobile headsets are handicapped largely due to the dependence on the capabilities of the smartphones being used, as noted by the NFL’s media director in a previous report. The more major headsets have…

Optitrack’s New System Could Accelerate VR Theme Park And Arcade Roll-Outs

Lower-priced cameras from long-time motion tracking company Optitrack could slash as much as 40 percent off the cost to track VR headsets and accessories over very large areas. The price cut could accelerate the roll-out of out-of-home VR experiences like The Void. The Void covers very large regions with Optitrack cameras overhead to find the locations…

Ready Player Cix: How One Rogue is Revolutionizing Mixed Reality

Several years ago, in a warm Los Angeles court room a young man stood with his hand on a bible. His right hand was raised and his mouth was repeating a solemn oath. Once he was finished speaking, his name would be officially changed. He walked into the court [real name redacted] but would leave…

How Valve is Taking a Nintendo-like Approach to Virtual Reality

Valve is building hardware for virtual reality, and it’s taking cues from one of the console industry’s brightest minds. VR is still in its early stages in terms of revenues relative to the industry as a whole, but Valve is pushing virtual reality forward by following the method that legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto used in the development…

The Void Upgrades Display, Aims For 20 Installations This Year

If you wanted to see one of the most complete VR experiences available last year you would have paid for a ticket to Madame Tussauds in New York for around $50 and included the extra Ghostbusters: Dimension VR experience. You would enjoy catching ghosts with three other players moving freely around the virtual world alongside…

The EXOS Glove Extends Touch With A Big Caveat

Engineers are hard at work trying to find ways to make virtual experiences even more intimate for the participants, including Wolverine-like claws, exoskeleton gloves that tug on each finger and VR boots. Haptic devices want to let us feel our way through virtual spaces, giving realistic feedback as we touch different objects as well as grab, push, and…

How Teledildonics Will Create More Intimate VR Experiences

There’s no denying the huge buzz around VR porn at the moment, as most industry pundits seem to think that 2017 will see a lot more people experiencing adult content in virtual worlds. Inevitably, this heightened interest is also spawning a whole variety of hardware to facilitate and enhance those experiences. These gadgets and gizmos…

You’ll Feel Insects Crawling In Koei Tecmo’s New VR Arcade Pod

Getting a top tier VR headset into your household is currently an expensive feat whether you’re interested in the full experiences the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift provide or even the slightly more accessible PS VR. Considering the price tag, one could be apprehensive or hesitant to try it out which is where experiences like…

Developers Showcase Incredible Full Body Tracking With Vive

We have yet to see a solution for full body tracking that is affordable, easy to use, and can work in a wide range of VR experiences. That’s not keeping developers from forging ahead anyway though. The prize for developers creating virtual worlds and implementing full body tracking is a more immersive experience overall. You’d have…

Vive Tracker Includes USB Add-on To Connect The Additional Accessory

HTC recently released a document (PDF) detailing how its upcoming Tracker is supposed to function. The small puck-sized unit is meant to be attached to a range of objects and accessories, bringing physical guns, baseball bats, phones, cameras and much more into virtual reality with you. The Tracker holds enormous promise for extending 1:1 physical…