While VR headsets like HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift require a somewhat expensive ‘VR-ready’ gaming PC, all you really might need to enjoy the pleasures of pure immersion are a battle-worn Commodore 64 and a 10 dollar pair of VR goggles. Yep, that’s right – a true Commodore 64 fan actually created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer, that can be easily found for just a few dollars at thrift shops around the country. Jim_64 added an LCD display to a cheap pair of VR goggles that mirrors what’s seen on an old CRT TV connected to his Commodore 64.
In recent years, virtual reality has been thrown into the limelight as an evolved technology that offers a very realistic experience for its users. VR has been embraced by developers within the gambling industry to help create a new generation of VR casinos for online gamblers to visit. Casinos currently utilizing the amazing VR technology include Slots Million and Casino VR. But is VR really a good thing? Offering VR is all well and good but to actually grab the opportunity with both own hands and maximize its potential is another thing. Can online casinos offer a futuristic product or is it all an aesthetic
Last winter Microsoft announced that the company started working together with its PC hardware partners to develop headsets that support a mixed mode, between virtual and augmented reality. These headsets run a new version of Microsoft’s software called Windows Mixed Reality, a version of Windows that natively supports both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA, the biggest annual consumer electronics trade fair in Europe which started last week, this software giant took the center stage. They said that they will include their “Windows Mixed Reality” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (available from Oct 17).
Today, we are introducing a new section with our top picks for hardware-focused YouTube channels. These will generally lean toward PC gaming, but the ways that they approach PC gaming and hardware will differs depending on the channel. We’re hoping to provide enough variety and quality content to get you started on tech YouTubers. Before we jump right into the list, let’s take a moment to discuss how everyone got here. As this article is an ambitious, multi-act tale, we’d probably call this “The Exposition”. How did the channels made it to this list, and what we will be looking for in our upcoming lists?
Nowadays it’s perfectly normal to have a laptop on your desk, a tablet in your bag and a smart phone in your pocket. When you’re in the mood to play a game, you can – all you have to do is open the select app and start playing. Why wouldn’t we let this opportunities into our lives, not just for fun – but for solving health issues? Video games have been known to have a wide variety of effects on the mind of people. It hasn’t been long since Virtual Reality became a vital part of gaming industry as such. During the years of researching, studies had
There’s no shortage of funding for new and exciting companies which are focusing on providing a new experience for the consumers. One such examples is the “mainstreamization” of eSports, with tournaments receiving as much visitors as many mainstream sport events. That’s not all, as eSport streamers drove YouTube and Twitch to new heights in terms of videos being generated and followed. Building on its launch in 2016, SLIVER.tv signed numerous partnerships to bring their technology into eSports. The company signed agreements and started streaming numerous events, bringing brands such as DreamHack, ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters. Their focus on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and
It is one thing to watch Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton take on the famous Grand Hotel Hairpin bend by Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo’s Formula 1 track while sipping on lemonade and sitting comfortably on your couch. It is another to be sitting in the car itself, calculating every inch of that upcoming u-shaped curve, braking and accelerating at the most precise of times. Ever wonder what that’s like? Well, put your lemonade down and get your VR headset on, because one San Francisco-based company is doing just that – placing you directly in the driver’s seat. It is just the Formula E circuit
Hollywood content factory is kicking into high gear when it comes to VR Experiences. After IMAX launched its VR arcades, and a $50 million content fund. The Void came to life promising spectacular multiplayer experiences, and their Ghostbusters VR experience is to dream off. However, there’s new field of VR entertainment coming… scaring the c**p out of you. Stephen King’s IT is coming back into the movie theaters, and this time around the effects are created to give you a proper fright. In order to capture as much audience as possible, Stephen King and Twentieth Century Fox teamed up to bring a scary VR experience
Since its launch, EVE: Valkyrie is one of most immersive VR experiences, a fast paced space combat sim which might serve as a professional training tool for your neck muscles. Still, the fact that this game was VR only was limiting its reach, and given the multiplayer nature of it, CCP expanded the game from Oculus to Vive, added PlayStation VR and now ultimately, is adding a two-dimensional mode, i.e. computer display (PC) or a TV (PS4). “If you can play first-person shooters, you can pilot one of EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone’s amazing ships. Not having access to VR hardware will no longer hold gamers
During the “great entertainment war,” The Walt Disney Company faced a challenge from the Dalian Wanda Group and decided to go all out on its properties and super-charge the connection between its franchises and entertainment parks. Disney figured that all that it needs to ride the storm is accelerate the production of new content, as well as enhance interactivity between visitors and its content. We already reported on Guardians of the Galaxy in VR, now the time has come for Star Wars and the new VR multiplayer experience called Secrets of the Empire. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire puts a number of players inside
While virtual reality won’t take over gaming just yet, it is making a big impact in how we play games. More of a peripheral that allows us to extend how we play games, it offers a more immersive experience that really drags the player into the gaming world. With new online casinos emerging that use all forms of new technology throughout their platforms, we’ll no doubt see them invest heavily in creating online virtual casinos for their players. With that in mind, what impact will this new form of gameplay have on the online casino world? The answer is, probably a lot. One of the
The first day of ChinaJoy in Shanghai, China saw the largest number of VR announcements we’ve seen since we started to talk about Virtual Reality. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the first day is HTC, who launched a Vive Standalone headset. The first Vive Standalone VR headset will be available only on the China market, utilizing Viveport as its official content platform, expanding the user case scenario for HTC’s VR strategy. “The new headset is set to deliver an outstanding standalone VR experience, making it the best-in-class premium device for this segment in the China market. Interested VR developers may register at www.viveport.com/standalonevr-cn to apply
During the Cannes Film Festival, Steven Spielberg expressed word of caution when it came to movie industry adopting the Virtual Reality as a medium. Just a few months later on Comic-Con conference, the famous producer is more open on the subject, and is focused on creating a world that can serve both the interactive medium as VR, as well as the “conventional” movie going experience. Steven is directing “Ready Player One”, famous dystopian book which inspired many Sci-Fi movies, including The Matrix. In a world destroyed by global warming, people survive by using Virtual Reality to play The Oasis, a re-imagined 1980s world. This 2011
A year ago, small Japanese company Xenoma launched its concept dubbed e-skin, clothing fit with wires that enable positional and gesture tracking without the use of external cameras. The vision of the company is to create stretchable clothing with built-in electronics that detect user’s movement, all while being a piece of clothing which can be worn comfortably with machine washability just as regular shirt could do. Now, e-skin is coming to Kickstarter. “Connected clothing will be the most natural way for people to interact with others and their smart devices in the future,” said Ichiro Amimori, Co-Founder & CEO of Xenoma. “e-skin apparel is completely different from
In 2008, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debuted with Robert Downy Jr. playing the role of Tony Star / Iron Man. This action movie started a juggernaut series of movies which took home $11.76 billion after 16 movies. As 2018 will mark full decade of the movie, Oculus joined forces with Walt Disney Pictures and announced their first collaborative title, Powers United VR. This cooperative game puts players in the role of one of dozen heroes or anti-heroes, who must work together to defeat all the opponents in Arena-style levels. In their announcement, Oculus Studios stated the following: “Step inside the Marvel Universe and rage through epic
Oculus announced probably the biggesr announcement of its “The Summer of Rift” event today, bringing the price of the Rift VR headset and Touch controllers to mere $399. To bring this into perspective, for the price of single HTC Vive VR package you can buy no less than two Oculus Rifts. There’s no doubt in our mind that Oculus is reacting to sales results, which sees both platforms lagging behind PlayStation VR, but also seeing that HTC Vive significantly outsells Rift – the difference was 2-to-1 in January 2017, and there’s no doubt the chasm increased. “Summer of Rift is all about celebrating the VR community and encouraging
Bethesda is one of rare AAA-publishers that announced its full support for the VR technology, and invested heavily in creating VR-versions of its popular franchises. At the 2017 edition of E3 conference, Bethesda announced several titles which are coming for Steam VR / HTC Vive (visible from the moment the VR trailer starts). Given the legal situation between Bethesda and Oculus, we were not surprised to see icy relations and no mention of supporting the Oculus Rift VR headset. While the game development teams are working behind the scenes on new IP which wasn’t ready to be shown, the B-teams are working on re-working the
While most video games possess some semblance of an economy, even if that’s just trading bottle caps for heavy artillery (as in Fallout’s perversion of the barter system), online games and competitions under the eSports banner take the concept so much further. Free-to-play MMOs in particular usually finance their servers with nickel and dime payments, letting players buy access to new areas, earn powerful buffs, or gamble on the outcome of loot boxes. Knives and Stickers It’s the same for competitive games and multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs), which, while occupying a niche distinct to the MMO, nevertheless given their players the option of using
AMD and Intel both came out with guns blazing at this year’s Computex Taipei. Core i9 and the X299 chipset is a reaction to AMD’s RYZEN THREADRIPPER (yes, it’s not written in all caps, but it looks better) and their X399 chipset. Yet, perhaps the most important thing for the PC of 2017/2018 isn’t the processor, but the fact that we’re finally getting Wi-Fi as a standard on PC motherboards (yes, only 14 years after Intel launched Centrino) and the proliferation of 5 and 10 Gigabit networking for the enthusiast and gaming market. Let’s face it, if you have a fast NVMe SSD storage, the best
After being silent over the past couple of weeks, expanding etailer GearBest launched several good deals that we’re sharing with our readers. While Google’s Daydream VR headsets are still rare, the majority of VR headset sales comes from numerous “Google Cardboard VR” headsets. That might start to change with the arrival of big discounts on Daydream View-compatible headsets. The first Google Daydream VR headset to reach the discount bargain bin comes from no other than Xiaomi, with their original PLAY2 3D VR Headset. Compatible for Xiaomi’s smartphones with displays between 4.7 to 5.7 inch phones, its made out of a new cloth-like material, which should