Companies, Entertainment, Gaming, News, , startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality and a New Breed of Casual Games

When you hear the term “virtual reality”, the first thing that most likely pops into your mind is “video games”. But not just any video games – totally immersive environments built around the player, offering an experience that can only be exceeded by actually performing the same acts in real life. It’s easy to imagine first-person shooters, racing games, flight simulators and their likes to be played in a totally immersive environment… but what about casual games? Will the emergence of virtual reality change the way we play these simple and entertaining titles? Virtual casinos show the way Casino games are the textbook examples of

Read More...

Business, Event, GPU Technology Conference, News, Nvidia, startups

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Officially Announced

With the conference being over a month away, NVIDIA sent out a press release announcing the conference. The conference starts on Monday, May 8th, and lasts until Thursday, May 11th. This year, NVIDIA reshuffled the conference format in a bid to ensure continuous coverage of the conference. What used to be opening keynote with Jensen Huang, co-founder and the CEO is now being shifted to the penultimate day. The expectations for the conference are quite big, with the focus on A.I. and deep learning, virtual reality and self driving vehicles. We will cover the conference extensively. NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), a world leader in AI computing technology, will

Read More...

Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Is gambling ready for VR?

Whether the gamers like it or not; their conventional consoles and PC’s now face stiff competition from the emerging giant that is Augmented and Virtual Reality. The totally immersive gaming systems are set to revolutionize the way we play video games but are they also set to affect other parts of the gaming spectrum; gambling for example? We’ve touched on this subject a few times now, and regardless of how one could feel about it – the key to mass market acceptance are exactly applications which could be considered “adult only”, such as live entertainment such as Nanai or gambling. As we all know, betting projects such

Read More...

Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

How VR is Evolving All Forms of Gaming

If there is one thing that gamers can be sure about right now, it is that we are going through a golden age of gaming. With consoles getting better and better, the PC showing the cutting edge of technology, and mobile gaming showing so much potential, the future is very bright. If one thing is pushing gaming to the next level, it is arguably VR. Technology has finally caught up with the potential of what Virtual Reality can do, and while most games may feel a little like technology demonstrations they do prove that the new headsets work. With the likes of Resident Evil 7,

Read More...

Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

The Future of VR and What it Means for Gaming

While it will be interesting to see can high-resolution Virtual Reality headsets such as the PIMAX 8K or Acer-IMAX-Starbreeze high-resolution StarVR re-enact the plot of TRON; but Virtual Reality is most certainly here and is set to revolutionize gaming faster than anything we’ve ever seen before. As youngsters, the N64 Rumble Pak was enough to blow our minds but we need something a bit more impressive nowadays to take out breath away – VR might just be what we’ve been looking for. Video game developers have been working over the last two decades to create games that look better than ever before and the rapid advancement of

Read More...

Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, Reviews, Smartphones, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

How Does OnePlus 3T Smartphone Performs VR?

After the new OnePlus 3T smartphone came out, with the same display as the original “3”, we decided to test this not so pricey flagship killer in Virtual Reality. Before that we did a comparison of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T that you can read here. OnePlus decided not to upgrade their 1080×1920 pixels Optical AMOLED display, and although it does not suck – it can be better. The same thing repeated in the camera department. Overall, the camera is really good, even great if you are willing to play with manual options like tuning down ISO in low light. But back on the point here,

Read More...

Breaking

Nokia Brings Real Time Virtual Reality to TV Broadcasts

After almost a three-fold reduction in revenue thanks to the most disastrous CEO of all times, ex-Microsoft management disaster called Stephen Elop, Nokia is finding its new path as the largest network backbone provider. The company mantra of focusing on delivering and distributing content through its own channels (new consumer devices from Nokia coming this year), it looks like the time has come to disrupt another firm industry. At the launch of OZO virtual reality camera, Nokia stated that this is just a beginning for the company, and that they plan to significantly disrupt the conventional 2D spaces, especially in broadcast and film industry. Given the 3D modelling

Read More...

Auto, Breaking, Entertainment, News, VR World

Formula E: eSports and VR are The Future

As a category of motorsport, an all-electric FIA Formula E championship is gaining in popularity. Even though it is only in its second year, the sport made a lot of progress by interacting with the fans and the media in a more open way than any other branch of motorsport. The Formula E organization is taking a full advantage of its collaboration with its technical partners. From offering the races live on YouTube throughout the race day (most of them last for 9hrs+) to replays and highlights shot with HD and 360 ‘virtual reality’ videos, the championship is more attractive than ever. If you want to follow

Read More...

Companies, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Hardware, Sony, Videos, VR World

PlayStation VR: Launching In October for $399

The annual Game Developers Conference is in full swing and we’re part of it. Today, Sony announced that PlayStation VR is launching in October. We’ve been eagerly expecting the first VR solutions for the console world, and this Japanese company is certainly making a big splash with their solution. Combine the wide array of gaming titles with excellent VR solutions and you’ve got a great winter coming up. As we said earlier, PlayStation VR headset will launch in October this year and it will come with a suggested retail price of USD $399 / CAD $549. This is one of the most affordable VR kits out there, an almost

Read More...

AMD, Companies, VR World

AMD Takes 83% Share of Global VR System Market

Today, at the 2016 Game Developer Conference, AMD announced some major shifts in the VR System market. According to AMD, the company will underscore its dominance of the global virtual reality systems market. It revealed new advances in hardware and software to further the reach of VR, and unveiled its new GPU certified program that simplifies adoption of VR technology for consumers and content creators. According to Jon Peddie Research as of March 11, 2016, AMD is estimated as powering 83% of the total addressable market for dedicated VR HMDs. “AMD continues to be a driving force in virtual reality,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and

Read More...

Breaking, Gaming, News, press releases, Virtual Reality (VR)

Valve Announces The Lab, New VR Experience

Valve Corporation sent out a short press release citing that SteamVR Benchmark is not the only piece of VR software the company is working on. During the next week’s Game Developer’s Conference, the company plans to introduce a compilation of different VR demos, targeting their SteamVR platform (read: HTC Vive). Without further adue, this is the press release in its entirety: “VALVE ANNOUNCES THE LAB March 7, 2016 — Valve has announced plans to debut “The Lab,” a compilation of new VR experiments, at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. Set in a pocket universe of Aperture Science, “The Lab” offers multiple ways

Read More...

AMD, Companies, Event, VR World

Events: AMD Radeon Innovations in Virtual Reality and Gaming

AMD announced that it will webcast live from the historical landmark Ruby Skye during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This premium developer and press event entitled “Capsaicin” will be hosted by Raja Koduri (Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group) on Monday, March 14 at 4:00 PM PT (23:00 GMT), and showcase AMD’s world-class hardware, software and gaming partners. Named after the compound that delivers a pepper’s spicy kick, “Capsaicin” event will explore the inner essence of the graphics processing unit (GPU) and how it powers innovations in gaming and virtual reality. The webcast will feature an inside look at the latest technological advancements affecting

Read More...

Analysis, Breaking, Business, News, Samsung, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR)

Samsung’s New Strategy: VR First

Over the past decade, we’ve heard ‘Mobile First’ mentioned by all major CEOs, with companies shifting their focus to ‘Mobile First’, a strategy where development of solutions for mobile devices takes precedence over everything else. Mobile First saw the rise of ‘client lite’ computing, but not in a way IBM and Oracle have hoped, with the major benefactor being Intel – its x86 servers powered almost every cat video you saw on your favorite social network. The dawn of mixed reality will require completely different focus. While delivering content on a small surface screen was nothing more than shifting the desktop and communication from the workplace, the advent

Read More...

Breaking, Entertainment, Google, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Google Ships Five Million Cardboard VR Sets

Interest in any emerging technology can only be measured with tangible sales results. While Oculus, HTC, Microsoft and Sony generate most of the hype and consequentially, receive most of media coverage – a lot is riding on the wave of more affordable devices. For example, there are over 100 VR manufacturers in mainland China, and even ASUS and GigaByte are preparing to introduce their own VR HMD’s created in collaboration with some of those vendors. But even these upcoming VR devices will be in the $100-200 range; too high-end for mass, multi-dozen-million sales. We reported recently that Lenovo India sold 10,000 Phone + VR Headset kits in less than one

Read More...

Path of product development is often less-than-glamorous. Engineers spend thousands of working hours to improve the initial prototypes and quite often, path to great design is paved with less-than-stellar prototypes. A good example is AMD’s concept PC for VR Gaming. AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su told VR World: “When I saw the (Project Quantum) prototype system for the first time, I was far from being impressed. It looked so bad with wires and cables that I was wondering why are we spending our time on that project. It was Chris (Hook, AMD / RTG Director of Global Marketing) that convinced me to give engineers time to complete the

Read More...

Augmented Reality (AR), Graphics, Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

MSI Teams with HTC, Launches ‘Mac Pro’ Box for VR Gaming

What started as a ‘MyStar International’, manufacturing motherboards in Taiwan and trying to penetrate the western markets – turned into a global leader in technology development and sales. Sales-wise, MSI is now more a force known for its gaming notebooks rather than motherboards, but the core business of motherboards and graphics cards is not showing any restrain. Titanium motherboards and Lightning graphics cards come with a lot of great features, and innovation is spreading throughout the company. One such example is recently announced collaboration between MSI, HTC and Valve, which went largely unnoticed (here’s a free hint – don’t put strategy announcements together with product announcements). Starting

Read More...

Augmented Reality (AR), Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Gaming, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Preview: HTC’s Vive Pre VR is a New Design

Several weeks ago, HTC came out with a statement that their Vive VR system, which is being developed together with Valve Corporation and their SteamVR platform – is being pushed back from December 2015 to April 2016. While the company kept mum on the reasons for the delay, they insisted it wasn’t related to manufacturing issues, but rather because of ‘technological breakthrough’. On CES 2016, HTC and Valve finally released the images of completed products, and we have to admit they look quite different compared to the Vive VR setup we tested in November. Under the retail product name HTC Vive Pre, the company introduced what is a third generation of

Read More...

3D, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Oculus Launches Rift Pre-Orders on CES 2016

The wait is (almost) over. Two years after Facebook acquired the company in an all-cash, $2 billion transaction, the world waited the arrival of Oculus Rift. On the first day of CES (January 6, 2016) at 8AM Pacific, Oculus opened pre-orders for the Rift Virtual Reality headset. Unlike the DK1 and DK2 editions, the consumer version of Rift will not cost $349. Instead, Rift will retail/e-tail for $250 more, i.e. $599, with the price including the Xbox One wireless controller and the hard shell plastic ‘suitcase’ which Oculus used to ship the original Development Kit 1. Naturally, the design and typing will be updated to fit all

Read More...

Auto, Breaking, News, transportation

Jaguar Enters Formula E Championship

Formula E Championship is gathering steam among new fans and manufacturers. This VR-friendly sport is becoming increasingly popular, and the opportunity to watch 360 degree videos will be enhanced with the Virtual Reality video streams from the cars, as seen in this video below: The circus is meeting for the final time this year in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, and the warm up for the race could not be more exciting. Trulli Racing officially withdrew from the competition, and their place will be taken by none other than – Jaguar. The name Jaguar Racing will appear for the first time since 2004 and their withdrawal

Read More...

Analysis, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion,

Opinion: eSports and Video Gaming in 2016

As we move into 2016 it’s time to look ahead to the newest technology being used in gaming releases next year. For once, the eSports tournaments are now increasingly attended and these might incorporate elements of the latest technologies on the market. eSports traditionally have been considered of a flop as the reality never quite lives up to the consumer idea. Many go along expecting a virtual reality environment and are disappointed when presented with a room of gamers going head to head. The broadcasting of these matches can leave a lot to be desired, with large screens displaying out of ratio game screens. Still, eSports

Read More...