When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the
Once upon a time, Virtual Reality meant clunky hardware, patchy software, dodgy films starring Pierce Brosnan, and a seemingly permanent membership of the ‘Next Big Thing’ club. In 2015, however, falling prices and endorsements from the major companies mean that VR is back on the agenda. Film-makers are using VR to make documentaries, Smithsonian is replicating first flight, gaming manufacturers are eyeing up the possibilities, while Mark Zuckerberg has been busy splashing the cash with a $2 billion Facebook acquisition of the Oculus VR start-up firm – which will come out with a retail product in the first quarter of 2016. With Virtual Reality back
It is widely regarded that the first 3D games were Wolfenstein 3D, Formula One Grand Prix (or World Circuit) and Descent. Each in its own genre, they introduced first person view into the world of gaming, and in case of Descent, brought six degrees of freedom and caused a lot of sleepless nights. Immersion of these titles brought forward Doom, Gran Turismo, Freespace and many other titles which now make for an industry larger than movie and music industry combined. Fast forward some 21 years (legal drinking age in the U.S.), and we have a new pioneer in the world of immersive gaming. There is little doubt that
You’ll need higher-end hardware to run the Oculus Rift, which isn’t so surprising since it runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays.
The new Samsung VR headset add-on for use with only its Galaxy Note 4 has arrived for sale on Samsung’s store for $199.99.
Don’t expect Oculus to be available for the holiday season.
Entrepreneur and PR strategist Murray Newlands shares insights on crowdfunding and why Facebook believes VR is the next big thing in computing.
Facebook is banking on virtual and augmented reality to play a big part in a revolution in computing platforms in the next 10 to 15 years.
Facebook’s Q3 2014 results exceed analyst expectations, but with 2015 being a year for investment, stock price dropped in anticipation of these big expenditures.
Nvidia is launching a $100,000 GPU startup prize as part of their emerging companies summit which runs during Nvidia’s 2015 GPU Technology Conference.
Didn’t get a chance to watch Oculus’ Oculus Connect conference? Well, now you can watch the most important parts of the conference online thanks to Oculus’ own YouTube channel. There are hours and hours of Oculus Connect content below, so be prepared to watch a lot of Oculus Connect, however, a lot of people anticipated John Carmack’s keynote which is over an hour and a half long. There are also keynotes from Oculus’ CEO Brendan Iribe as well as their Oculus Chief Scientist, Michael Abrash. This is all possible thanks to Oculus selling 100,000 developer headsets to over 130 countries and enabling the VR industry.
This past weekend at the Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled the second-generation Oculus Rift VR headset called Crescent Bay which he said was a “massive leap” over the second-generation developer kit. “It’s as big of a leap as we made from DK1 to DK2,” Iribe is quoted as saying on stage. While Iribe cautioned this isn’t the consumer version of the headset, it does represent a fast-maturing technology. The next-gen headset has 360-degree head tracking, enhanced resolution as well as integrated audio. Reportedly, those who tried a demo unit say it offers a much more realistic sense of immersion
This past Thursday (September 18th), Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) hosted its GAME24 event from Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles. The event was billed as a “celebration of PC gaming”, and it certainly was. However, the main event was no secret to those in the press – the release of the new top end Maxwell GPUs: GTX 980 and GTX 970. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang soon took the stage to welcome the attendees and to present Maxwell and the new technologies that come with it. Maxwell has a variety of improvements over the previous generation of GPU technology. Memory consumption has been drastically reduced,
This past Thursday (September 18th), Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) hosted its GAME24 event from Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles. The event was billed as a “celebration of PC gaming”, and it certainly was. However, the main event was no secret to those in the press – the release of the new top end Maxwell GPUs: GTX 980 and GTX 970. This announcement was made in conjunction with the NDA expiry of the GTX 980 reviews, including our very own review of the GeForce GTX 980. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang soon took the stage to welcome the attendees and to present Maxwell and the