Awesome Virtual Reality

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.

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.

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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

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)

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

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.

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.

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).

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator

Kingspray is an upcoming virtual reality graffiti simulator for Windows and OS X that uses the HTC Vive. Choose from thousands of paint colors and go wild on realistic textures and locations such as walls, trains and trailers with no fear of jail time.

SteamVR & HTC Vive

SteamVR & HTC Vive

Valve let folks try the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in a room with a green screen so we can see what the wearers were seeing. Unlike its biggest competition, the Vive comes with motion tracking sensors, which means apps can incorporate movement and gestures.

Google Cardboard Plastic

Google Cardboard Plastic

“What’s realer than real? Probably nothing.” Google unveils the evolution of its affordable virtual reality headset. Cardboard Plastic lets you tap into reality itself, thanks to the magic of holes. Oh, how we wish that Apple did this joke instead.

Virtual Desktop

Virtual Desktop

Virtual Desktop lets Oculus Rift and HTC Vive users wear their goggles and experience their computer desktop on a giant virtual screen, and watch movies like you’re actually in a theater. It supports multiple screens and can play all regular PC games. Drops 3/28/16.

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Playstation VR Launch Bundle

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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.

Oculus Rift Launch Games

Oculus Rift Launch Games

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.

The Simpsons Sphere

The Simpsons Sphere

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.

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders

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.

Ryan Hemsworth: Surrounded

Ryan Hemsworth: Surrounded

Electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth and collaborator Kotomi perform for people all over the world with the help of virtual reality in the music video for Surrounded, from his EP Alone for the First Time.

100ft. Robot Golf (Trailer)

100ft. Robot Golf (Trailer)

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.

Google: Performing Arts

Google: Performing Arts

Watch some of the world’s best musicians, actors, dancers and performance artists up close and for free with Google Cultural Institute’s Performing Arts collection. Each episode consists of multiple 360º videos taken from different angles.

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Lytro Immerge

Lytro Immerge

Combining its light field image tech with a 360º camera rig and a sophisticated computer system, Lytro is developing a pro-grade system that can capture truly immersive VR they claim goes far beyond conventional tech, providing viewers with six degrees of freedom.

LucidCam 3D Camera

LucidCam 3D Camera

LucidCam is a stereoscopic 3D camera that’s meant to be as easy to use as point-and-shoots. It takes 180º 1080p 3D videos and 2K 3D photos. You can view captured media from a VR headset or a smartphone with a cardboard headset and the LucidCam app.

Starship Enterprise-D Virtual Tour

Starship Enterprise-D Virtual Tour

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.

Aperture Robot Repair

Aperture Robot Repair

(PG-13 Language) Node got its hands on an early copy of Valve’s virtual reality demo Aperture Robot Repair and played it using Valve and HTC’s Vive headset. It’s quite brief and only has a few interactive aspects, but it’s still impressive.

Vox Machinae

Vox Machinae

An upcoming virtual reality game for Windows and the Oculus Rift. It’s not as pretty as fellow mech fps Hawken, but it appears to be extremely immersive.  You play as a mech pilot taking on mining and mercenary missions.

Inside ILMxLAB

Inside ILMxLAB

The Verge goes inside Industrial Light & Magic’s virtual and augmented reality lab. Their efforts are helping moviemakers visualize spaces, and may someday allow us to jump right into the worlds of Star Wars, Jurassic Park and more.

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