Steven Spielberg’s take on Ernest Cline’s hit novel, about a young man who grows up in the year 2044 where the only opportunity to escape the overpopulated real world is to enter The OASIS, a virtual reality, which happens to be loaded pop culture references of the past.
Using projection mapping and a mix of tracking systems, creative studio THÉORIZ shows off a slick prototype which projects 3D images that dynamically adapt to movements, creating a sort of Holodeck version 1.0. Everything you see was captured live, with no post-production.
Return to Strangereal and pilot the world’s most advanced fighters in Bandai Namco’s upcoming arcade action flight sim. The game will have local multiplayer and support for the PS4’s PlayStation VR headset, but it will also be released on Xbox One and Windows.
Ideally, you’ll strap on a VR headset for this, but if you don’t have one, you can still appreciate the ethereal fractal journey that Julius Horsthuis has laid before you, accompanied by excerpts from one of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins‘ most profound lectures.
Goro Fujita’s “short film” is a looping snapshot of a suburban area. So what makes it so special? It’s entirely in 3D, made for and within virtual reality. Goro spent 80 hours making it in Quill, an illustration app for the Oculus Rift that lets you make both 2D and 3D visual art.
Until now, if you wanted motion control and room-scale tracking for virtual reality, you needed a powerful PC, multiple sensors, and lots of wires. NOLO aims to change this with a reasonably priced system that pairs with smartphones and inexpensive VR headsets.
Currently in Early Access for HTC Vive, Magic Hour is a virtual reality photography game. It arms you with a realistic virtual SLR – VSLR? – and puts you in a tranquil island with lots of interesting subjects to shoot. More locations and equipment are planned, as well as challenges and multiplayer.
Conan O’Brien recently stopped by New York City’s YouTube Space to check out their virtual reality lab, where he doodled a 3D self portrait, destroyed some guy’s cubicle, ate some virtual food, and learned how the tech might change our lives (or at least porn) for the better.
Made by the NBA, Oculus and Missing Pieces for the Samsung Gear VR, Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals is a 25-minute virtual reality documentary that gives you an immersive look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ road to their first title. More on Polygon.
Transform your smartphone into a virtual reality headset with the VR Box. For about the same price as flimsy cardboard equivalents, the VR Box is made from sturdy plastic, has a full headband, and adjustable lenses. Works with all phones between 4.7″ to 6″ displays.
Sony presents a PS4-ready alternative to the Oculus Rift. The launch bundle includes an HD OLED headset, with built in motion sensors, 3D audio, a pair of Move controllers, a Playstation Camera, and VR Worlds. Pre-orders start 7am PDT 3/22/16, and start to ship this October.
Virtual reality isn’t just about playing video games, but that’s certainly a major aspect of the burgeoning technology. It’s no surprise that the Rift will launch with at least 30 games, including space sims, sports games and platformers. Check out the full list here.