Some of the biggest names in the tech industry such as Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Acer, Starbreeze, and Sony, have announced the creation of a non-profit organization - the Global VR Association.
In the official statement, they say their goal is to promote the growth of the global virtual reality industry.
GVRA's mission is to promote responsible development and adoption of VR globally with best practices, dialogue across stakeholders, and research. GVRA will be a resource for industry, consumers, and policymakers interested in VR.
We reached out to Anshel Sag, Associate Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, and asked what this association could mean for consumers and what can we expect from it.
The day has arrived - Oculus Touch controllers are available! From today, December 6th, you can order them online and at the time of writing this article, estimated shipping is between December 16th and 21st. The shipping date is the same for all 22 countries where Oculus delivers its VR controllers.
Pre-orders started on October 10th and those who pre-order them should expect their controllers between today, December 6th and December 15th. Some users have reported that their controllers already arrived.
The Oculus Touch controllers will make the Rift VR experience more immersive and closer to that of the HTC Vive. The price of the two VR headsets are also almost the same, with the difference of only one dollar. Oculus Rift is priced at $599 and the Oculus Touch $199, so the combined price of the Oculus experience comes to $798, while the HTC Vive's price is $799.
Zotac's new $1,999 VR Go backpack brings self-contained, untethered and desktop-free virtual reality gaming to the market.
The Zotac VR Go backpack has higher-end hardware that enables "full desktop VR" including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card, a 2.8GHz Intel i7 6700T CPU (can be overclocked to 3.6GHz), 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz (supports up to 64GB RAM), and a single 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD with a clear 2.5-inch drive bay for storage. The wearable PC backpack weighs about 11lbs, and has a unified cooling solution made up of both passive and active fan cooling, with the GeForce GTX 1070's 16nm Pascal-based architecture sporting optimum heat and power efficiency under load.
One of the major selling points of the Zotac's VR-ready PC-in-a-backpack is its hot swapping batteries. The backpack can run for two hours on a charge, and comes with two 6600mAh Li-ion batteries that can be hot-swapped back and forth and charged independently of one another.
When Google first unveiled their Daydream View VR headset, they showed the headset in three colors - white, gray, and red. However, only the slate (gray) version was available at launch. Until now.
Google has made the other two colors available, so now you get to choose between three colors - crimson (dark red), snow (white), and slate (gray).
The headsets are available for purchase on Google's online store for $79 and scheduled to ship by December 8th.
Ubisoft has officially announced they are connecting their VR platforms, allowing players on PSVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive to team up or play against each other.
Their Eagle Flight already supports cross-platform play (currently available on PSVR and Oculus Rift; will be out on HTC Vive on December 20th), and this is just the start. Werewolves Within is scheduled for release on December 6th and Star Trek: Bridge Crew is coming on March 14th, and both will be available for all three platforms at launch.
Sometime in 2018-2019, we're going to get to the point where a company called Magic Leap are going to release the next big thing in consumer electronics, a mixed reality headset that only a handful of people in the world have used so far.
This hasn't stopped the company from spending $1 billion "perfecting a prototyping" that projects an image onto your retina using an optics system that is built into a magical piece of semitransparent glass. Magic Leap's headset, which still doesn't have a name, will also double as a data-gathering device blasting images onto your retina.
Magic Leap will constantly gather information, scanning your room for items and obstacles, listening for your voice and any other voices in the room, eye-tracking, and it also keeps an eye on your hand movements. This is where things get cool, as Forbes report that the mixed reality objects displayed are "aware of their environment and have the ability to interact with the real-world". They continued, adding: "On Magic Leap's hardware a Pokémon might escape capture by ducking behind your couch or, assuming you live in a "smart" home, turning off your lights and hiding in the dark".
Another week, another delay for Oculus' ridiculously late Touch controllers. It looks like Oculus Touch pre-orders will slip from their original launch on December 6, with new pre-orders won't be shipping until the week of Christmas.
UploadVR is reporting that the estimated shipping date on the OIculus Touch controllers is December 16-21, the week of Christmas - and two weeks after the launch of the Touch themselves which starts on December 6. The Oculus Touch is still available for pre-order on both Amazon and Best Buy, but we don't know if they will be fulfilling all of the orders on December 6.
Microsoft's venture with Oculus has manifested, bringing Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift VR headset this December.
Oculus Rift owners won't actually be able to play Xbox games in full VR, but instead broadcast games directly from your Xbox One console to the Rift headset in a kind of theater-like auditorium that projects the gameplay on a giant screen similar to PlayStation VR's Cinema Mode. Gamers will need to download a special app in the Oculus Store in order to broadcast Xbox games
"Today marks an evolution in our ongoing partnership with Oculus, as Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including fan favorites like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Guardians, the biggest sports games, indie darlings, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games, and more titles coming in 2017," reads the official update on the Xbox blog.
HTC is celebrating the Black Friday sales with a $100 discount on its VR headset, acting as warning shots to the Oculus Touch controllers which are still not here - with the HTC Vive dropping to just $699 from its original $799 price, for an extremely limited time.
Starting at 11:59pm PST on November 24, through to 11:59pm on November 28 "wherever Vive is sold, purchasers can receive $100 off their Vive purchase (while supplies last)". This includes Microsoft Stores, Amazon.com, Gamestop, Newegg.com, Micro-center, and Vive.com as the retailers and stores that will sell it for around $700 plus tax. For the fir st time ever, the HTC Vive will be available at Fry's 34 locations, and online.
HTC is also throwing a sale for software purchased through Viveport, HTC's new VR software store. HTC said: "Customers who spend $30 USD equivalent or more between Black Friday and Cyber Monday get $10 USD equivalent back in their wallets. You can also build your library with a $5 bundle deal on three of the most popular VR apps: Soundstage, Arcade Artist, and Lumen".
Serious Sam has been around for quite some time, but the VR version made this game even more globally recognizable and popular. Created and developed by Croteam, Serious Sam is one of the best VR games I've tried.
I met with Croteam, the developer of Serious Sam, at this year's Reboot InfoGamer in Croatia and first thing I noticed were huge lines of people who wanted to try the game. And why not, Croteam had the most attractive booth at InfoGamer - a huge mixed reality display where you could watch gamers inside virtual reality.
Croteam developed the game for the HTC Vive, which is the headset I used while trying out the game. Once I put the headset on, I was able to choose between three difficulty modes - easy, normal or hard. Since this was my first time playing Serious Sam, I decided for the the easy mode, don't judge.