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Virtual Reality

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller
$60  Buy Link Comment

SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo is a multi-platform wireless controller. It can connect to Android devices as well as standalone virtual reality headsets via Bluetooth. It also connects to Windows PCs via 2.4 Ghz wireless and a USB dongle. It lasts up to 20h per charge.

Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Cam

Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Cam
$199  Buy Comment

Crank out 360º videos anywhere, and stream them live with this iPhone add-on. Viewers will feel like they’re there with you thanks to its immersive, real-time view. Save 16% in The Awesomer Shop, and use code NEWYEAR2019 to get another 19% off (valid thru 1/7/19).

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Photo Wake-Up

Photo Wake-Up

Students from the University of Washington created a technique that can create 3D animation out of a single photo. Called Photo Wake-Up, it also lets the user change the pose of the person. Viewing the effect in virtual or augmented reality is also possible.

The Philosophy of VR

The Philosophy of VR

Wisecrack looks at the power of virtual reality. VR is a step up from other forms of fiction, further crossing the gap between knowledge and experience. Aside from being a platform for games and films, it may be an effective therapeutic and social tool as well.

Oculus Quest VR System

Oculus Quest VR System

Oculus’ Quest is a wireless, all-in-one gaming-focused virtual reality system. It requires no PC, has built-in roomscale tracking with Rift’s familiar Guardian system, and a hi-resolution (1600 x 1440 per eye) optical system. It will launch in 2019 for $399 alongside over 50 titles.

Cat Explorer

Cat Explorer

Cat Explorer is an educational and unintentionally horrifying and funny virtual reality demo app for the Leap Motion controller. It lets you intuitively explore the muscles, skeleton and organs of a cat with simple gestures.

Beat Saber

Beat Saber
$20  Buy Link Comment

This VR rhythm game lets you use your controllers as virtual lightsabers. As you flail around, you use them to chop blocks in beat to the music. The game looks like even more fun with your controllers put together in “Darth Maul” mode. Currently on Steam Early Access.

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

Intel combined its 8th generation CPU with mortal enemy AMD’s RX Vega M graphics chip to create the world’s smallest virtual reality-ready PC, on par with mid-level desktop machines. Coming Spring 2018, the $800+ Hades Canyon NUC measures only 8″x 5″.

WipEout Omega Collection VR

WipEout Omega Collection VR
$40  Buy Link Comment

The PlayStation 4-exclusive enhanced collection of WipEout games now supports the PSVR virtual reality headset. Not only does it make the game more immersive and runs smoothly, it’s also the most natural way to play, letting you look around and ahead of corners.

Hackrod La Bandita

Hackrod La Bandita

Using tech developed by Siemens, this incredible looking aluminum roadster was designed in a virtual reality system, engineered with AI, and will be fabricated using 3D printing. Hackrod hopes to allow buyers to help design their own vehicles using VR tech.

GoPro Fusion 360º VR Camera

GoPro Fusion 360º VR Camera

The GoPro Fusion has two lenses that create 360º videos at 5.2K/30fps or 3K/60fps. It has several modes, including a sweet Matrix-like freeze pan effect. Don’t want spherical videos? Crop it at different angles to look like you used multiple cameras. Drops 11/2017 for $700.

KFC: The Hard Way

KFC: The Hard Way

KFC has a long history of creating strange and unusual commercials, but this mock virtual reality employee training game takes the prize. It’s as if BioShock and Job Simulator had a virtual baby. Seriously, the new Colonel just keeps getting creepier.

Ready Player One (Teaser)

Ready Player One (Teaser)

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.

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Google VR Blocks

Google VR Blocks

A free application for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift that lets you build 3D models using a newbie-friendly interface made of six basic commands and a drag-and-drop mechanic. You can share your creations as 3D files or as animated gifs.

Mixed Reality Room

Mixed Reality Room

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.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
$60  Buy Link Comment

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.

Waking up in the Universe: VR

Waking up in the Universe: VR

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 Dawkinsmost profound lectures.

Conan Plays Wilson’s Heart

Conan Plays Wilson’s Heart

(PG-13: Language) “Enter a world where you’re uncoordinated! Experience what it’s like to be clumsy!” Conan O’Brien checks out  a virtual reality game called Wilson’s Heart. It’s either a horror puzzle game or a taste of old age.

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

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.

VR LEGO Train

VR LEGO Train

After showing off some of his amazing LEGO railways, BANANENBUURMAN captured a couple of his tracks with a 360º camera mounted directly on the railcar, so you can look around during the journey. If you happen to have a VR headset, it’s even cooler. More here.

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Tokyo Light Odyssey

Tokyo Light Odyssey

If you don’t have a VR headset, you’ll at least want to go fullscreen to experience Wowlab’s mindblowing 360º video which uses bits and pieces of imagery from Tokyo at night to send you on a journey to space and back.

Deal: VRX10 Virtual Reality Headset

Deal: VRX10 Virtual Reality Headset
$20  Buy Comment

A quick way to convert your smartphone into a virtual reality headset. The VRX10 works with most phones between 4.7″ and 6″, providing an immersive environment for VR apps without spending a bunch of money. (Not compatible with iPhone 7.)

NOLO Smartphone VR Motion Tracker

NOLO Smartphone VR Motion Tracker

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.

Magic Hour

Magic Hour
$3.50  Buy Link Comment

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 Tries VR

Conan Tries VR

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.

Follow My Lead (Trailer)

Follow My Lead (Trailer)
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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.

Batman Arkham VR

Batman Arkham VR
$20  Buy Link Comment

I’m Batman, you’re Batman, everybody gets to be Batman. Wear the Batsuit, wield Batman’s gadgets, explore the Batcave, meet allies and enemies and tackle a murder mystery in this PlayStation VR launch title from Arkham series creator Rocksteady Games.

Deal: VR Headset with Audio

Deal: VR Headset with Audio
$39  Buy Comment

Turn your smartphone into a serious VR rig with the DAWAY 360 VR headset, which incorporates not just a mount and adjustable optics for your phone, but a pair of on-ear headphones, to complete the immersion in virtual worlds. Save 60% in The Awesomer Shop.

Virtual Dunkey

Virtual Dunkey

(PG-13: Language) Videogamedunkey tries out the HTC Vive and discovers the wonders of virtual reality, such as a boxing trainer that doubles as a punching bag, having your own cooking show, and plugs. Plugs everywhere.

Deal: VR Box Headset

Deal: VR Box Headset
$19  Buy Comment

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.

Pearl

Pearl

An emerging musician recovers the hatchback that she used to live in together with her dad, who raised her single-handedly as a street musician. A 360º animated tearjerker from animator and director Patrick Osborne (Feast).

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