As I arrive at the Virtuality booth at Play Expo Blackpool, things aren’t going too well. The booth has just opened, and the first members of the public to arrive are having a go on Dactyl Nightmare, one of the earliest VR games. But the viewing screen shows that the game world in the right-hand VR pod is being tilted…
A new software update for the Oculus Rift VR headset that was supposed to “curb piracy and protect games and apps that developers have worked so hard to make” has actually had the opposite effect. Whoops.
The next version of Android, currently dubbed N, will have a proper VR Mode that makes the operating system more VR-friendly. Ars Technica has a bunch of details. The company will also start stamping certain phones as “VR Ready,” though right now it’s limited to the the Nexus 6P.
I looked into my girlfriend’s eyes as I reached out to gently touch her face. In that moment, I felt something. A rush of warmth from my head to my toes. Comfort. Contentment. It should be noted that my girlfriend was, at the time, a floating ball robot.
Even though Oculus is woefully behind in shipping Rift pre-orders to customers, the company has courted more controversy by moving forward with its retail plans, which includes letting people buy Rifts at places like Best Buy.
Companies like Facebook aren’t pouring billions into VR just for games. They see the wider possibilities for the tech. As do media outlets like The Guardian, who have released a VR app called 6x9 that simulates the “psychological damage of extreme isolation” in a solitary confinement prison cell.
Despite launching to, er, an amount of fanfare, VR is still by and large uncharted territory. I see a bunch of ideas slowly sliding down a wall. Will any of them stick? Beats me. Even game prices have no real standard, which brings us to Job Simulator’s recent price cut.
Like chocolate and peanut butter, Minecraft and virtual reality go together about as well as two things can. This is easily one of the best things I’ve done in VR.
Virtual Reality porn is not like normal porn (obviously). So, porn companies now have to think a little differently about how they shoot footage. (NSFW warning!)
For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, watch me go to IKEA.
Oculus has finally updated the shipping estimates for lots of Rift pre-orders, and it’s not good news: lots of people have been delayed by a month or more. Personally, my “April” order suddenly jumped to “mid-June.” Bummer.
Valve and HTC’s Vive is the most impressive VR experience out there, but the majority of its games feel like glorified tech demos. Mystery adventure The Gallery—Episode 1: Call of the Starseed is a bit meatier.
I’ve been on the VR hype train for years. When HTC opened up pre-orders for the Vive, I plunked down my credit card and started waiting. But the Vive’s launch has come and gone, and...I’m still waiting. When is my Vive gonna show up? I don’t really know, and it seems like I’m not alone.
Valve’s VR demo reel The Lab is extremely cool. It’s also frustrating. It’s got some of the most impressive virtual reality demonstrations I’ve seen, but I wish there were more to it.
For the past five days, I’ve spent nearly as much time in virtual reality as real reality. My calves ache and my neck is sore, but all in all I’ve had a pretty good time. I’ve been using the Vive, an ambitious new virtual reality system created by HTC and Valve.
It is notoriously difficult to convey what a virtual reality video game looks and feels like to people who aren’t wearing virtual reality goggles. This trailer for Vive launch game Fantastic Contraption, however, nearly nails it.
These are my eyes. Normally they are surrounded by thick frames with thicker glass. But now that virtual reality is a thing, I needed room on my face for other things. After nearly three decades I’m switching from eyeglasses to contacts.
In an email sent to customers, Oculus has cited “an unexpected component shortage” as the cause of the widespread launch-week shipping delays for their Rift VR headset. To make it up to people, they’re covering shipping costs for all orders made before yesterday. They say everyone’s order status page should be updated…