Alienware To Launch High-End Gaming Space And VR Lounge In Sydney

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Alienware announced the launch of a high-end gaming facility with dedicated VR space in Sydney. Called Alienware Live AU, it will feature 28 high-end gaming rigs loaded with the latest games. All of the PCs that will be running in the gaming space will be from Alienware’s Area 51, Alpha, Aurora and gaming laptop lines. Two of the units in Alienware Live AU will be dedicated to the VR experience: one fitted with the Oculus Rift and the other equipped with the HTC Vive. Both will be running on Dell’s 43-inch 4K monitors. Alienware has partnered with City Hunter to […]


HTC Establishes Vive Subsidiary, Helps Form $10B Investment Group

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A recent reported hinted at the possibility that HTC would establish an independent subsidiary for its virtual reality division. The move, according to a company executive, would help HTC build alliances with potential strategic partners and solicit equity investments for the business from these partners. HTC has now made that possibility a reality, as it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary named the HTC Vive Tech Corporation. According to HTC, the unit will serve as a vehicle for the development of strategic alliances which will help in the growth of the global virtual reality ecosystem, a statement which is not […]


Google is Adding a VR Shell to Chrome to Let You Browse the Web in VR

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Google is working add fully immersive browsing capability to Chrome, allowing users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just those sites that are specially built for VR. Google has played an active role in helping to define and deploy ‘WebVR‘, a set of standard capabilities that allow for the creation of VR websites which can serve their content directly to VR headsets. But what about accessing the billions of websites already on the web? Today you’d have to take your headset on and off as you go from a WebVR site to a non-WebVR site. Google’s […]


This is What Star Wars Looks Like Running on Magic Leap

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This is a quick demonstration video released by ILMxLab and Magic Leap to mark the announcement of the two company’s newly announced collaboration. They’ve set up a “collaboration lab” in order to work on immersive experiences using Lucasfilm IP and driven by Magic Leap’s augmented reality technology. It shows Star Wars favourites R2D2 and C3PO as digitally rendered characters, overlaid into reality as filmed through Magic Leap’s visor. Note how the objects in real life occlude the digital creations, a tricky effect to pull off when you’re reliying on computer vision techniques to map to reality. Source: RoadToVR.com http://www.roadtovr.com/this-is-what-star-wars-looks-like-running-on-magic-leap/


Virtual reality gaming still has us breaking a sweat

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I first tried the Oculus virtual reality headset back in 2013, just one year after the company completed its Kickstarter. It wowed me at the time, but one thing I noticed when I took it off was the not inconsiderable amount of sweat I’d managed to produce in such a short time. Fast forward three years and Oculus isn’t the only player in the game. The headsets are definitely lighter, but from the Gear VR to the Oculus, from the HTC Vive to the PlayStation VR it has to be said: They’re still not comfortable enough for long-term use. At […]


Daydream is officially Googles VR platform

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Rumors that Google would announce a VR platform based on Android that have been swirling for weeks now have finally come to a head with the announcement of Daydream, Google’s Android-based VR platform. Daydream is a platform comprised of many parts that come together to provide a complete higher-end VR experience across devices. Based on Android N, the Daydream software experience is totally optimized for VR and includes a VR ready launcher, Google Play VR, enhanced VR notifications and more. Devices that meet strict guidelines will be Daydream ready, with manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Alcatel, Huawei and more readying Daydream […]


NVIDIA Unveils Killer GeForce GTX 1080 And GTX 1070 Pascal Graphics Cards That Slay Titan X

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Tonight at an event in Austin, Texas, NVIDIA unveiled its highly anticipated next-generation, Pascal-based GeForce graphics cards, known as the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture is based on 16nm FinFET technology, similar to that of NVIDIA’s high end data center Tesla P100 processing engine, but the GeForce cards are targeted at the consumer gaming market. NVIDIA’s GP104 GPU at the heart of the new GeForce cards is comprised of some 8 billion transistors and features a 256-bit memory interface and 8GB of Micron GDDR5X graphics memory — commonly referred to as G5X — or 8GB […]


Google’s mesmerising virtual reality art app Tilt Brush lets you step inside your own paintings

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to create a 3D painting from the inside, you might want to give this new virtual reality app from Google a go. Tilt Brush for HTC Vive lets you select your colours and brushes and create multi-dimensional art with a just a few waves of your hand. In a video created to accompany the launch of the app, a woman is shown donning a virtual reality headset and picking up a pair of gaming controllers. Immersed in darkness, she uses her controllers to surround herself with a dazzling garden. Meanwhile, fellow […]


YouTube to rock Coachella with live-streamed VR videos

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The tech world is obsessed with two things right now: virtual reality and live video. So why not combine them? That’s what YouTube is doing. The Google-owned video behemoth said Monday that it’s launching live streaming for so-called 360 videos, which let you look up, down and all round a scene. To kick things off, the site will live-stream a few performances from the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, this weekend. You can imagine the other possibilities: basketball games, conferences and maybe even a human birth? You’ll be able to watch the videos on a tablet, desktop computer or […]


Facebook Unveils Surround 360 Open 3D 360 Camera

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At Facebook’s developer conference F8 in San Francisco today, the company have unveiled their latest push into the immersive, VR video arena – a rugged, production ready 360 3D camera and video stitching pipeline capable of 8k per eye spherical images. Facebook’s F8 conference kicks off today and the social media giant, and owner of Oculus, have once again demonstrated they have an eye on the future of immersive media by unveiling an “open”, professional grade 3D 360 video camera along with a stitching solution to match. The “high quality, production ready, 3D, 360 hardware and software video capture system” […]