Galaxy VR: Samsung might be set to drop Gear branding

Samsung has been very active in the virtual reality (VR) space these past couple of years, culminating in the release of the Samsung Gear VR headset. This headset is still powered by Samsung’s flagship smartphone devices, and Samsung is yet to put out a standalone VR headset. Even the 2017 version of the Gear VR […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Jumping out of a virtual plane is perfect for those who can’t or won’t skydive IRL

I've never quite got round to throwing myself out of a plane. Somehow, I wake up every day and find something marginally less terrifying to do with my waking hours and here we are. Jumping out of a virtual plane while floating three feet from the ground and being held by someone standing up, however? That I can get behind. Which is how I ended up at iFly's new VR experience near Universal Studios in LA this week, dressed in a jump suit, strapped into a Samsung Gear, and floating over Hawaii [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR gets its own original video series

A new wave of standalone VR headsets are coming but long before these, there was Samsung’s Gear VR. Powered by Oculus, the Samsung-specific platform has seemingly languished by the wayside, filled with nothing more than what can probably be best described as tech demos. In an attempt to show that it means business, Samsung has launched its Pilot Season initiative … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung collabs with X Games to stream three events to Gear VR

Streaming to virtual reality (VR) platforms is relatively new, although the technology for it is now available, and VR headsets and platforms are slowly getting mass appeal. So it doesn’t surprise us at all that Samsung is now teaming up with the X Games to stream three events to the Samsung Gear VR platform. At […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google video shows how its new VR feature could be a game changer

Google's virtual reality announcement Wednesday at Google I/O was a big deal. ; But that might not be readily apparent to those still getting their feet wet in VR, so Google made a video to help you get a better idea of what WorldSense does. ; SEE ALSO: The first IMAX VR arcade is a huge hit—and I can see why Current mobile VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and Daydream View have 3DoF (three degrees of freedom), only allowing you to look around in VR from a fixed point (as if your head [Read Entire Story]

Bill Gates, VR super nerd, will now take you into the future

"Hello, my name is Bill Gates, super nerd. Join me as I use these technology goggles to take you into the feeeeeewchaaaaah!" ; Of course that's what the co-founder of Microsoft was thinking when he posted Sunday what might be his nerdiest photo yet (and he has a bunch), all in the service of promoting his new Samsung Gear VR channel. ; SEE ALSO: Finding your chill in VR is easy when you can meditate on Mars This pic of Gates donning a VR headset while looking wistfully into the distance, mouth [Read Entire Story]

‘Ghost in the Shell’ VR, like the film, misses opportunity to be great

I don't care if you're tired of hearing it, it bears repeating: The studio behind the new Ghost in the Shell movie got the casting wrong. ; Nevertheless, if you're among the many longtime fans of the franchise who may be feeling apprehension about spending cash to see the movie, there's a way to get a taste of it for free — in virtual reality. ; SEE ALSO: Fans upset about 'Ghost in the Shell' casting recruit Rinko Kikuchi on Instagram Paramount Pictures teamed with Oculus to release a [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR with Controller and Gear 360 2017 hands-on

Despite being hailed as the next major push in computing, virtual reality, at least the big and powerful VR, remains inaccessible to all but a few people who can afford it. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, the smartphone market devised its own way of implementing VR, from Google Daydream, formerly Cardboard, […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Oculus put March Madness in VR but not on Rift

It's that time of year again, when people who have never dribbled a basketball suddenly start foaming at the mouth with NCAA basketball bracket fever, and now they can obsess over the game in virtual reality as well. ; For the second year in a row, the NCAA has teamed up with Oculus to offer the free NCAA March Madness Live app, which attempts to immerse users in the excitement of the annual college hoops tournament. ; SEE ALSO: Super Bowl LI was a bad moment for VR But like so many other sports [Read Entire Story]

Yes, mobile VR is possible without strapping a smartphone to your face

No, I don't like strapping a smartphone to my face to enjoy virtual reality. And I don't blame you if you don't want to either. ; But if you look at the reported sales numbers for mobile headsets like the Samsung Gear VR over the past year, you might think people prefer them. Um, I don't think so. ; Although hard numbers are difficult to come by, in my own experience, the most dedicated VR users in the growing community tend to use high-end headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. ; That's [Read Entire Story]

New Samsung Gear VR may come with a one-handed controller

For the past three years, we’ve been trying to get into the virtual reality game. The concept isn’t exactly foreign but OEMs have been challenged to make it into a more mobile experience. Samsung for one, launched the Gear VR back in 2014 and was soon followed by related games and apps. Other brands and […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Six Flags and Samsung bring new virtual reality theme park ride

Six Flags theme parks and Samsung have collaborated last year with a new virtual reality (VR) roller coaster ride that used Samsung Gear VR headsets to make the ride possible. Now this partnership is bringing a more immersive and interactive ride called “The New Revolution Galactic Attack”, which will allow users to make decisions during […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Ride Elon Musk’s Hyperloop in virtual reality

What started as Elon Musk's wild dream of a sort-of-Jetsons-style tube for high speed commuting is becoming a reality in at least one country. Now SpaceX posted a 360-degree video of its own Hyperloop demonstration pod and tube being tested on a short track. ; The video was shot during the recent Hyperloop Pod Competition launched to showcase viable designs for Hyperloop systems. The virtual reality device-friendly video gives us our closest look yet at what it might really be like to ride in a [Read Entire Story]

Hugo Barra joining Facebook as VP of VR

After spending time at Google and Xiaomi, the next landing spot for Hugo Barra has been revealed. Hugo Barra will join Facebook as the company’s Vice President of Virtual Reality. The news was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said that Barra would lead all of Facebook’s VR efforts, including Oculus. Here’s Zuckerberg’s full statement on the Barra news: “I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

The problem with smartphone-powered virtual reality experiences is the dearth of significant content for the platform. At least compared to the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. While there are, of course, a few mobile VR apps around, a good number of VR content is out of reach because they are available only in other places, like web … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung to launch two new VR headsets

Jumping on to the relative success of the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset and the strong momentum of the VR industry in general, Samsung is set to launch 2 new VR platforms very soon. One of those will be the Samsung Gear VR 2, a follow up on their first VR headset. The other […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Oculus launches Rooms and Parties on the Samsung Gear VR

Quite recently, a small feature of Oculus virtual reality (VR) portal went live – this is the Rooms and Parties feature. Oculus is trying its best to show users that the VR platform is not just for enjoying 3D images and games, but it can also be used for connecting with your friends wherever they […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Daydream View now available in Crimson and Snow color variants, ready on Google Store

Google’s Daydream View is getting a new look. Well, it’s not yet a redesign but just new colors. This is the first-ever Daydream VR-powered virtual reality headset that brings Android users to the virtual realm. It’s still a new product that directly rivals with the Samsung Gear VR but since it’s from Google, we’re expecting […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google Earth VR lets HTC Vive users explore the whole wide world from home

Now that the HTC Vive headset can even break free from its previously obligatory wired VR experience… in China, all you need is immersive content to stop accusing the industry’s “next big thing” of exhibiting strong gimmicky behavior. The more deeply engaging content, the merrier. We’re talking games of all sorts, exclusive movie experiences, YouTube videos, erm, porn, and thanks to Google, the possibility to VR-travel around the world from the comfort of your home. At long last, a virtual [Read Entire Story]

Bloomberg confirms Apple is developing an Augmented Reality headset

Following other rumours Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has confirmed that Apple has started development of an Augmented Reality headset, and has ordered small quantities of near eye displays needed for such a device. The headset is believed to be powered by an iPhone, which Gurman calls the “hub” of Apple’s ecosystem and is expected, if development is successful, to hit the market in the 2018 time frame. The glasses are expected to compete with Microsoft’s HoloLens, which [Read Entire Story]

Hulu for Android gets Daydream VR support

Hulu has been available in virtual reality for a while, depending of course on which headset you have. With the company’s latest Android app update, Daydream View owners can now watch Hulu content using their VR headset, getting the same experience that you get with, for example, the Samsung Gear VR. Hulu offers a bunch of content that works well … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple granted patent for head-mounted virtual reality display, and this may be good news for Microsoft

The Stack reports that Apple has been granted a patent for a head-mounted virtual reality display which is designed to temporarily integrate a device such as the iPhone to act as the screen and processing power for the headset. They also suggest using an extra clicker device as a scroll wheel and for other control functions. The patent which was filed in January 2015 and granted on the 1st November 2016 appears to simply display the state of the art as we know it at present, but is crucially a [Read Entire Story]