Two New Virtual Reality Arcades Have Arrived in the UK, Courtesy of Bandai Namco

If you've been to Japan, or paid attention to the state of VR in the country, you'll know that the virtual reality arcade is a thing that exists - a thing with a pretty self-explanatory purpose. Now two of those VR-cades are coming to the UK, courtesy of games publisher Bandai Namco. Read More >>

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US Olympians Are Using VR Headsets to Train for Pyeongchang

In her book The Imagineers of War, author Sharon Weinberger recounts one of the first deployments of simulation training: to improve America’s performance in a NATO mock tank battle that the US consistently performed poorly in, nicknamed the Canadian Army Trophy. After implementing DARPA’s rudimentary gaming-as-training regimen, the US won. Three decades later, the US Ski and Snowboard Association is using VR training in what could serve as a repeat of that result. Read More >>

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CES 2018: After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro There’s No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams like Lawnmower Man, or ambitious but profound failures like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy anytime VR gets mentioned. Even so, modern VR still hasn’t caught on. It’s awkward, it’s expensive, and most of the games and apps still feel like tech demos. But earlier this week, a new piece of VR tech reminded me why the headsets are much more than gimmicks. Read More >>

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CES 2018: The First Standalone VR Headset From Google and Lenovo Is a Beauty

Every major VR player has made the same promise. A VR headset that would be completely wireless. One that would let you go anywhere without tripping over cords or being tethered to a computer/phone/PS4. Google, which has spent more than a year quietly improving its VR platform, Daydream, is now the first company to cross the standalone finish line. The Daydream-powered Lenovo Mirage Solo is a beauty. Read More >>

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CES 2018: This Mobile VR Headset Comes With Eye-Tracking and Brain Sensors

VR has been around in its current form for a few years now, and now we find ourselves mulling over the question of where it can go next. According to HTC it's improving the headset itself, with better features, better resolution, and (of course) wireless connectivity. LooxidVR takes it in a different direction, however, with some features people have been hyped about for years. Read More >>

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CES 2018: VR Takes the Next Step Forward with the Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

Back in the 90s, companies tried making virtual reality a thing, most notably Nintendo, whose Virtual Boy was so distasteful that it caused people to abandon the entire category for the next 20 years. But then in 2016, headsets from Oculus and HTC/Vive showed that the VR experiences people had been writing about in scifi books for years were finally within our reach. Read More >>

CES 2018: HTC Teases a Brand New Vive Headset

VR might not be as popular as some people might like, but it's still far from dying off. To the point where HTC is teasing some new developments for the Vive headset, with what seems to be an emphasis on resolution. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Black Box VR Brings Your Gym Into the World of VR

There are a lot of reasons why you might not want to go to the gym. Exercise for one, is definitely not fun, and anyone who claims otherwise is some sort of masochist. Or, at least, that's my opinion. If you're worried about having to physically go somewhere, then work out in front of a group of people, then Black Box VR has the solution: it's a virtual reality gym that you can use at home. Read More >>

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Bleak New Game Trains Teachers How to Survive School Shootings

The essence of virtual reality’s appeal is immersing yourself in a role you normally wouldn’t or couldn’t in real life. Close your eyes and suddenly you’re a viking or a detective dressed as a bat. But, in our sombre reality, teachers across the country may soon find themselves forced into virtual roles they never chose for themselves: ballistic experts, first responders, crisis coordinators. Read More >>

Samsung’s HMD Odyssey Is the Swankiest Way to Enter Virtual Reality

The first time I held Samsung’s HMD Odyssey in my hands, there was only one thought in my head: this is not a toy. I didn’t think that with other VR headsets. Acer’s was clunky and cool, the PSVR was sleek and simple. But Samsung’s HMD Odyssey is a class above, a full 1.4 pounds of reality-altering gadget hanging from your face, with and AKG headphones, and a microphone built into its decidedly unattractive, front-loaded headset. It’s more akin to heavy-duty, serious sets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The Samsung device has its own merits and flaws that stand out. Almost immediately I realized that it’s a clumsy thing built for deep, immersive game experiences. It’s not a toy—it’s the headset equivalent of the guy who brings a desktop computer to Starbucks to play League of Legends. Read More >>

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We Need to Talk About Magic Leap’s Freaking Goggles

Magic Leap finally did it. After $2 billion in funding and a few years of leaks, teases, and hints, Magic Leap finally has an actual product that someone has actually touched with their actual hands. Magic Leap announced the Magic Leap One Creator Edition yesterday, and Rolling Stone quickly followed with a description of using the device. It’s a big wordy read, but it finally reveals exactly why the startup was able to get so much funding. This is augmented reality that actually interacts with your environment—it’s selling a whole new way of perceiving 3D virtual objects, and it requires some ugly ass goggles to do it. Read More >>

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Watch a Legendary Disney Animator Draw Ariel From The Little Mermaid in Virtual Reality

Glen Keane, son of The Family Circus creator Bil Keane, worked on some of Disney’s most successful modern animated hits, including AladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. But the other night on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he traded his sketch pad and pencils for a 3D controller to paint Ariel in virtual reality. Read More >>

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Black Friday’s Winding Down, But Don’t Miss This Great Offer on the HTC Vive

With such a high entry price, decent PC-based virtual reality isn't very widespread. But the sales days are always ripe with opportunity to reduce the amount you have to spend, and HTC's Vive headset has one such deal Read More >>

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Europe’s First IMAX VR Centre Has Arrived in Manchester

Do you want to enjoy the best VR experience possible, but don't have nearly £2,000 worth of equipment to make it happen? Well lucky for you there are big companies out there who can afford it all, and are willing to let you use it in exchange for a small fee. A few places that let you do that have popped up all over the world, but now the Trafford Centre is getting one thanks to IMAX. Read More >>

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London is Getting a ‘Hyper-Reality’ Star Wars Experience Next Month

The world is catching a dose of Star Wars fever at the moment, or at least it feels that way given the marketing and tie-in blitz currently going on. The latest might be of interest, though. It's being described as a hyper-reality experience, which basically means it's a virtual reality Star Wars game that lets you move around in the real world. A little bit like the holodeck, even if that is the wrong Star franchise. Read More >>