Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Valve adds asynchronous reprojection to HTC Vive

     Valve has updated the HTC Vive's SteamVR software to add its version of asynchronous timewarp.

VR can bring out the worst or best in people

photo by u/HollowedRecords
It seems that VR can sometimes bring out either the worst or the best in people. ​A woman who was playing a multiplayer VR game was harassed, while VR users on the PSVR and PS4 subreddits raised money to give a Playstation 4 and a Playstation VR to a young man with cerebral palsy.

REVIEW: Sony Playstation VR in-depth review and comparison with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR

     The Sony Playstation VR could be the first VR system that is truly adopted by the masses.  Unlike Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, it provides "full" VR with positional tracking (6 degrees of freedom).  But at the same time, it is more affordable than the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and with over 40 million Playstation 4 owners, it has the largest number of potential users among desktop VR systems.  But does it really deliver good quality VR with relatively modest hardware?  Should you buy it?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hands-on impressions of Google Daydream: "Beats Gear VR easily"

Google Daydream is launching in November, and tech blogger Mike Cane got to demo it.

Instagram is working on adding support for spherical 360 photos and videos

While Instagram's parent company Facebook has been quick to adopt support for 360 videos and photos, Instagram has thus far not supported 360 photos or videos yet.  However, a recent interview with Bloomberg suggests that Instagram is working on adding support for spherical 360 videos and photos (sometimes called "VR").

VR Padding: a more comfortable and hygienic facepad for the Gear VR, and soon for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

VR Padding is a replacement facepad for the Samsung Gear VR (reviewed here).  It is designed to be more comfortable and hygienic than the stock foam pads.