No Valve VR Updates At GDC But News Coming ‘In The Not Too Distant Future’

No Valve VR Updates At GDC But News Coming ‘In The Not Too Distant Future’

Valve Corporation employees are delivering updates during a presentation today at GDC about Steam features. The talk focuses on how new features and services in Valve’s Steam storefront got more people using it over the years.

Ubisoft's Arcade Shooter 'Space Junkies' Open Beta Starts Today!

Ubisoft's Arcade Shooter 'Space Junkies' Open Beta Starts Today!

If you missed your chance to jump into the Space Junkies closed beta on Rift last June, then today’s the day to experience the “jetpack-fueled” shooter for yourself. The open beta for Space Junkies kicks off today at 4:00 am PT and runs through 4:00 am PT on March 25.

Android owners are boosting the sales of smartwatch makers, forecast says

Android owners are boosting the sales of smartwatch makers, forecast says

The firm predicts sales of 142 million wearables, with greater adoption of hearables , smartwatches and smart shoes growing to sales of 260 million units in 2023. CCS Insights estimates that Apple sold 26 million Watches in 2018, a 63% increase.

In a new quantum simulator, light behaves like a magnet

In a new quantum simulator, light behaves like a magnet

"When we studied the simulator, we found that the photons behaved in the same way as magnetic dipoles across the quantum phase transition in real materials," says Rota.

VR & AR News and Education

VR & AR News and Education

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Field of view: Sony could be working on a wireless PSVR headset

Field of view: Sony could be working on a wireless PSVR headset

In this week's edition, we've got Sony PSVR whispers, lip tracking and a new way to watch theatre performances. It also plans to bring the app to the likes of Oculus Go, Google Daydream, HTC Vive and PSVR.

The world's first VR gym is opening in San Francisco. We tried it.

The world's first VR gym is opening in San Francisco. We tried it.

Black Box VR, the world's first immersive virtual reality gym, opens on Market Street in San Francisco in April. Black Box VR, the world's first immersive virtual reality gym, opens on Market Street in San Francisco in April.

Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

While to some Oculus’ announcement of the Rift S represents the newest and best version of a good VR headset, to others it’s a far cry from what they hoped Oculus would be able to deliver three years after the first Rift.

​Fossil Q Cameron just became our favourite hybrid smartwatch

​Fossil Q Cameron just became our favourite hybrid smartwatch

There’s not too much else going on around the Fossil Group in terms of technology at Baselworld, although new strap options for the Skagen Falster 2 caught our eye (see below) along with some new hybrid colour-ways, that adds mother of pearl to the dial.

Oculus is Considering an Over-ear Headphone Accessory for Rift S

Oculus is Considering an Over-ear Headphone Accessory for Rift S

Facebook’s head of VR product Nate Mitchell told Road to VR at the headset’s special GDC unveiling that the company was currently exploring the possibility of producing an aftermarket audio solution, something we suppose might work similarly to PSVR’s clip-on Mantis headphones from Bionik.

Alpina's 2019 AlpinerX hybrid gets style inspiration from Kickstarter backers

Alpina's 2019 AlpinerX hybrid gets style inspiration from Kickstarter backers

Speaking of the app - the company notes that it's been revamped for the new watches, with user information now displayed more clearly and their data analyzed in real-time in order to give feedback and suggestions for improvement.

VR Company Pixvana Announces a New Suite for Immersive Presentations

VR Company Pixvana Announces a New Suite for Immersive Presentations

Pixvana recently announced a new suite of VR business solutions called SPIN Guide. The tools allow for centralized control of large-scale immersive presentations. This allows an administrator to control the overall experience but gives individual users greater freedom to interact with the content.

New Oculus Rift S Pushes VR Experience Up a Notch

New Oculus Rift S Pushes VR Experience Up a Notch

Rift S and Quest share the same controller design, which is geared for Oculus Insight tracking, according to the Facebook spokesperson. "It's great that Facebook continues to improve Oculus," Goodman said, "but without must-have games, which none of the headsets have, interest will remain limited.".

Garmin Approach S40 golf watch is designed for use on and off the course

Garmin Approach S40 golf watch is designed for use on and off the course

Green View will also be available on the watch, in order to let wearers move the pin to the day's location, while scorecards and course information can all be viewed through the Garmin Golf app.

Apple AirPods v AirPods 2: The earbuds go head(phone) to head(phone)

Apple AirPods v AirPods 2: The earbuds go head(phone) to head(phone)

When comparing the two on price, as we said, the new AirPods 2 start at the same £159 price as the first model, with the option to pay £40 more for the wireless charging case.

Fossil's Archival Series pays homage to its past with a modern twist

Fossil's Archival Series pays homage to its past with a modern twist

It's not clear whether these watches will all be smartwatches running Wear OS , or whether they'll be more basic hybrids, but they will be smart in some way.

Hands-on: ‘Shadow Point’ is a Clever Room-scale Puzzler Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart

Hands-on: ‘Shadow Point’ is a Clever Room-scale Puzzler Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart

Slated to launch simultaneously on Oculus Quest and Rift sometime this spring, Shadows Point appears to be just as smart as the studio’s previous titles, although it now boasts room-scale interactions and locomotion that ought to get you up and scratching your head in all its 6DOF glory.

The Road Ahead for VR Esports

The Road Ahead for VR Esports

Event partners are hoping that Omniverse ESPORTS creates repeat visits from hardcore competitors and starts building a competitive community around its locations.

Man Spends a Whole Week Using a Virtual Reality Headset

Man Spends a Whole Week Using a Virtual Reality Headset

Following an intensive week’s worth of virtual reality, Wilmot said that he did not experience any significant side effects or fail to grasp reality once he returned. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window).

VR, Space, and Magic

VR, Space, and Magic

The solution is an affordable set of wristband controllers with optical muscle displacement sensors paired with an ai, voice, and gesture-based creation tool that reduces the bandwidth between thought to fingers to creation, allowing to create and move between screens.

A Closer Look at DICE-recognized AR and VR Games

A Closer Look at DICE-recognized AR and VR Games

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission didn’t take home any awards, although it was nominated for Immersive Reality Game of the Year, Immersive Reality Technical Achievement, Outstanding Technical Achievement, and Family Game of the Year. Tónandi and ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission didn’t have nearly as much attention as Beat Saber and Moss before awards season.

Mathematicians reveal secret to human sperm's swimming prowess

Mathematicians reveal secret to human sperm's swimming prowess

The researchers, from the universities of York and Oxford, discovered that a reinforcing outer-layer which coats the tails of human sperm is what gives them the strength to make the powerful rhythmic strokes needed to break through the cervical mucus barrier.

Augmented Reality and E-Commerce: Bridging the Physical-Digital Gap

Augmented Reality and E-Commerce: Bridging the Physical-Digital Gap

With augmented reality, you actually can try on the shoe -- at least digitally. Augmented reality, however, could help limit the number of returns because of its ability to allow consumers to "try before they buy."

Apple refreshes entire lineup of Watch bands with new spring colors

Apple refreshes entire lineup of Watch bands with new spring colors

Every spring, Apple likes to mix up its smartwatch straps with new seasonal colors, but this year it's refreshing the whole lineup of Sport, Sport Loop, Nike+, Hermès and more.

‘Space Junkies’ Open Beta to Land on All Major VR Headsets Tomorrow with Cross-play

‘Space Junkies’ Open Beta to Land on All Major VR Headsets Tomorrow with Cross-play

Ubisoft Montpellier’s Adrian Lacey told Road to VR that all supported platforms will be getting regular new content, including new modes, maps, weapons, and customization items—something Lacey maintains will continue well after launch.

Journey Of The Gods Is Turtle Rock's New VR Adventure For Quest

Journey Of The Gods Is Turtle Rock's New VR Adventure For Quest

Turtle Rock Studios, the developer best known for its work on Left 4 Dead, today announced its new VR game, Journey of the Gods. Tagged with: action-adventure , Journey of the Gods , Turtle Rock Studios , VR RPG

Hands-on: Oculus Rift S is a Better, Easier to Use Rift (with a Few Tradeoffs)

Hands-on: Oculus Rift S is a Better, Easier to Use Rift (with a Few Tradeoffs)

The original Rift uses an ‘outside-in’ tracking system (called Constellation) that relies on external cameras which look at glowing lights on the headset and controllers (made invisible by using infrared light) to determine the position of the devices.

Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook's VR Kit Takes Small, Important Steps

Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook's VR Kit Takes Small, Important Steps

Two-forward facing sensors on these headsets find position and also track controllers. Three years of work and Rift S is the headset Facebook’s VR leaders landed on to replace its market-leading device. Rift S includes five sensors — all on the headset.

Oculus Rift S first look: It's not Rift 2, but it makes VR look and feel better

Oculus Rift S first look: It's not Rift 2, but it makes VR look and feel better

These new and improved controllers also comes with the Oculus Quest, the company's upcoming standalone headset. Oculus announced Quest last year, and the headset is also set for a Spring arrival for the same $399 price as the Rift S.

Oculus Is Now Asking Studios Developers 'To Build For Quest And Rift'

Oculus Is Now Asking Studios Developers 'To Build For Quest And Rift'

Mitchell said that Oculus is now asking Oculus Studios developers to make titles for both Quest and Rift S. “If it’s a Studios title, we’re asking all developers to build for Quest and Rift,” Mitchell said.

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