Category Archives: VR vs.

VR vs. GDC 2015

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If you take a look back at any of VRFocus’ pre-event ‘VR vs.’ articles from the past year, you’ll likely note a sense of tempering expectations. It would be all too easy to get carried away every time an E3 or Gamescom rolls around and speculate on the reveal of highly anticipated information such as details on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) or an update on Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus HMD. But such information was realistically – and evidently – out of reach in 2014. Now in 2015 solid news on the arrival of true consumer virtual reality (VR) seems closer than ever, and it might be time to pick those expectations up. That starts with the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC). READ MORE

VR vs. Gear VR for Galaxy S6

The technology industry can be hard to keep up with. Anyone that’s followed the likes of Samsung, Google and more can attest to that. Take Gear VR, for example. In many countries Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is less than a month old. While the device debuted in the US in December 2014 it only started to roll out in other territories in late January 2015. Despite this, there’s already talk of a new version of the device that could be revealed in just a few weeks’ time. But should reports of this new device turn out to be true, then early adopters need not feel betrayed. READ MORE

VR vs. Standing

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“The Oculus Rift is a seated experience.”

It’s a line that’s been stated time and again by everyone from Palmer Luckey to those operating public display booths for the kit. The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) isn’t meant for using while standing. The reasons for this are obvious; pulling a large plastic case over your eyes and not only obscuring vision but convincing you that you’re in another environment entirely has the potential to be extremely dangerous. If creator Oculus VR wasn’t to actively distance itself from encouraging users to stand with the Oculus Rift on, it could face a lot of legal issues. READ MORE

VR vs HoloLens

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It’s rare for a company to catch both press and fans alike off-guard with a hardware announcement. The Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), for example, was all but confirmed by the time Sony Computer Entertainment’s reveal event rolled around. Microsoft, however, managed to surprise just about everyone last week as a media briefing originally thought to be revealing new features for its Windows 10 operating system (OS) played host to the announcement of Windows Holographic and the HoloLens HMD. This exciting new concept allows users to see and interact with holograms. Its potential impacts are huge, but what does it mean for VR? READ MORE

VR vs Gear VR Software Pricing

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For just over a month now USA-based virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been enjoying Samsung’s Gear VR, a smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) that marks one of the first major consumer releases for the technology. Of course, anyone that’s purchased the kit and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone with which it runs will tell you that, despite it being on sale, it’s not quite ready for the mainstream. There are a number of issues holding Gear VR back from being a truly finalised product, not least of which is the absence of a premium store. READ MORE

VR vs. OSVR

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“It is a good thing,” says Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display creator Palmer Luckey. “It is a good thing to share knowledge that has been discovered so that other people can build on it and improve it. It’s a good thing.” VRFocus and surely the wider VR community is inclined to agree. READ MORE

VR vs. CES 2015

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2014 was a banner year for virtual reality (VR) technology, so much so that you might think the likes of Oculus VR and Samsung had earned a bit of rest at the start of 2015. Well, just as with every other technology company in the world, the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is here to deny them that rest. The four-day event takes places in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from 6th – 9th January, promising to showcase the usual assortment of jaw dropping technology. Some of these items fans will be able to get their hands on in 2015 while others will appear as far flung predictions of the future. But what news will the show hold in terms of VR? READ MORE

VR vs. Oculus Rift in 2014

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Both Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Samsung have made encouraging first steps into the virtual reality (VR) industry this year with the Project Morpheus and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMD) respectively. But while these two companies have helped the industry grow, no one can deny that it’s still Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift that is leading the charge and waving the flag for the arrival of this once-fantasy technology. Even without the release of a consumer HMD, it’s been a banner year for Oculus VR in many ways. READ MORE

VR vs. Gear VR in 2014

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Despite having only been revealed in September, Gear VR, Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has quickly become one of the most important and exciting products in the industry. Not only is this one of the first HMDs to come from a major electronics manufacturer, but it also marks the release of Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR’s first commercial product, having been developed in partnership with Samsung. That said, you might not want to refer to it as a consumer release when in earshot of the VR specialists. READ MORE