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.
Awesome Virtual Reality
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.
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.
John Hatfield took YouTuber Omni Verse’s video collage of 554 The Simpsons episodes all playing at the same time and turned it into a 360º video. We’d tell you to watch it with virtual reality headsets, but we don’t know what kind of hell we might be throwing you into.
Rich people, it’s time to fulfill your destiny. Go forth and test the prophesied messiah of virtual reality for the rest of us. Shipping this March, the Rift will come with an Xbox One controller, a remote control and two games: Eve Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. Recommended PC specs here.
Golf with giant mechs. The PS4 exclusive 100ft. Giant Robot lets you wreak havoc on Earth (and beyond) to make shots easier for yourself and harder for your opponents. It has real-time and turn-based modes plus a single-player campaign. Compatible with PlayStation VR.
3D modeler and Star Trek fanatic Jason B is building out an insanely detailed digital reconstruction of the Starship Enterprise-D as it appeared on The Next Generation. Take a tour of the first few levels of his ambitious VR project for the Oculus Rift.