Steam releases VR play space measurements

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Steam has released some useful play space information for VR developers, based on two months' worth of stats from Oculus and Vive usage. 

Play space is the area that people need to keep clear from floor to ceiling, when playing a VR game. In addition, VR developers must keep their interactive objects between this specific area. 

Before, Steam's been reluctant to say what exactly the optimum play space is as it only had speculative data. 

It turns out 81% of...

By Rachael Power, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Why remote workers will drive adoption of VR for business

Let’s be honest, we don’t currently have the tools that can really help distributed teams work together as effectively as when they’re in the same room.

That’s because we’ve evolved how we work together in person, but technology hasn’t kept up. Work meetings now are often 'brainstorming sessions' and very interactive.

But how does this interactivity play out in the virtual world? There are plenty of online whiteboard platforms, but given the choice between a...

By Andrea Hill, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise.

Now you can play old-school pinball via your VR headset

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Many gamers love a bit of old-school action, and sometimes fresh-out-of-the-box, shiny new games just won't do. 

This can be particularly true of new tech such as VR. But if you're occassionally feeling nostalgic, the world's oldest and largest producer of pinball machines has a treat for you. 

Stern Pinball has launched its Pinball Arcade on the Oculus Store this week, in a partnership with FarSight Studios. It's already been downloaded over 20 million...

By Rachael Power, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

How this company is using one of the UK’s first Nokia Ozo VR cameras

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Forrester wrote this week that brands who want to lead the pack in adopting VR will need to make the right investments to reap large rewards.

With a $60,000 price tag and high grade specs, the Nokia Ozo 360 degree camera may be considered just that.

The product - one of the first commercially available professional grade 360 degree cameras on the market - started shipping in March. Only a...

By Rachael Power, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Hardware.

Rio Olympics set to broadcast in VR - but can data centres cope?

Virtual reality (VR) technology has grown in prominence, especially with the launch of multiple VR headsets including the Google Cardboard, PlayStation’s Morpheus, and HTC’s Vive.

The plethora of VR headsets not only emphasises the immense competition for companies to lead the VR pack, but also identifies a strong response to meet increased consumer demand in maximising the visual experience that the new technology is now able to afford users.

With the Olympics beckoning, the demand for VR...

By Greg McCulloch, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Nintendo's next console may have VR features, report claims

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Nintendo’s last venture into VR might have been short lived, but if rumours are true, it may be gearing up for round two.

Taiwanese IT publication Digitimes reported today that Nintendo is putting off production of its upcoming NX console so it can add in virtual reality functionality.

Digitimes said ‘supply chain sources’ told them production will be delayed by...

By Rachael Power, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Forrester predicts 52 million VR headsets in use by 2020

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An estimated 52 million virtual reality headsets will be in use by 2020, a leading analyst says - and that’s just in the US alone.

Forrester published a report this week, The Coming Wave of Virtual Reality, which predicts VR’s increasing use in people’s working and personal lives.

We’re not even halfway through 2016, and already virtual reality has...

By Rachael Power, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Enterprise.

Samsung offers free VR headset with Galaxy purchase in US for Father's Day

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Stuck for what to get a tech-loving Dad for Father's Day? Samsung are offering a free Gear VR headset to anyone who buys a Galaxy device - but only if you're in the US. 

Sadly, Samsung discontinued its promotion for a free Gear VR headset with the preorder of a Samsung S7 and S7 edge devices in the UK a few months back. 

But those in the US can bag themselves a headset with a Galaxy...

By Rachael Power, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Batman themed S7 and Gear VR headset launched by Samsung

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Samsung's announced a new Batman-themed package, which includes an exclusive black and gold S7 edge phone alongside a black matte Gear headset. 

Warner Brothers, DC Entertainment and Samsung got together on the third anniversary of mobile game Injustice: Gods Among Us to announce the limited edition package. But, it'll only be available in China, Singapore, Korea, Mexico and Russia for now, with other countries to be announced...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Brands, Devices.

ARM to beef up 2017 smartphones’ virtual and augmented reality capabilities

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Smartphones are set to get a VR and AR capability boost in 2017, with ARM announcing its new graphics processing unit and processor.

Nearly all smartphones on the market are powered by ARM processors, and performance of devices has increased 100 x since 2009.

To make way for the advent of widespread adoption of VR - where smartphones will be...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Queen's Brian May launches affordable VR viewer

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Not content at letting the likes of Google dominate the affordable VR market, Queen's Brian May has decided to release his own VR viewer, the OWL Virtual Reality Kit. 

May, who also has a PhD in Astrophysics, is a keen lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast and collector. His OWL product has been around since 2009, focusing on Victorian stereo cards and recently released astronomy and Queen-focused 3D images. 

But after...

By Rachael Power, 27 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

HTC’s looking for VR startups to take part in its accelerators

HTC is looking for VR startups to enter its ViveX accelerator, where accepted applicants will receive a package of mentorship, support, office space and more.

Applications close tomorrow for the Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco-based accelerators and those interested need to fill in a few details online.

Those successful will receive from $50,000 to $200,000 in a convertible note or warrant depending on the stage and location of the...

By Rachael Power, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices, Hardware.

Case Study: How a marketing agency created a high-end VR headset for beauty brand Dior

Dior’s one of those fashion and beauty brands typically associated with expensive price tags, Parisian fashion shows and Charlize Theron sashaying across a TV screen in a gold dress.

But the luxury goods company is more than just a pretty face. It’s been working with marketing and tech agency DigitasLBi to develop and test out its very own, custom built, 3D printed VR and audio headset for customers.

We caught up with DigitasLBi at the recent Adobe EMEA Summit 2016 in...

By Rachael Power, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands.

In-depth: Virtual reality in the courtroom could happen quicker than we think

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The use of virtual reality in courtrooms “could happen within a relatively quick space of time” if it’s seen as being beneficial, according to a leading UK digital solicitor.

Peter Wright of DigitalLaw UK told VR Tech News the technology has the scope to make a significant impact in helping jurors come to the right conclusion in cases, as well as decreasing the time spent explaining complex...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Regulation, Research.

Netflix teases with virtual reality video store for HTC Vive at Hack Day

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Netflix seems like a fun place to work. Every six months or so, it gives its team of engineers and designers the chance to take part in a Hack Day, where they work on various features and improvements to the service.

Unfortunately, many of the hacks aren't kept, used or implemented by Netflix. However, we really wish they'd stick with one of its latest ones, where three developers got together to create a demo of a...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices.

Get up close and personal with Paul McCartney in Jaunt VR

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Cinematic VR company Jaunt has partnered up with Sir Paul McCartney to produce a six-part VR documentary series ahead of the singer’s impending album launch on 10 June.

The somewhat quirky move is presented by Visit Britain and GREAT Britain’s ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign, which aims to promote tourism in the country.

Each episode is themed around a song, from 'Early Days' to the 'Mull of Kintyre' and filmed in McCartney's private home...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.