Oculus has announced both Oculus Quest and Rift S are available right now for preorders and will both be shipping May 21st. Oculus Quest is the first standalone headset for the mass market to have comparable quality to PC-driven VR. The Rift-S, on the other hand, is for the high-end PC-driven power users trying to achieve the ultimate in quality.
The Magic Leap “L.E.A.P.” Conference Keynote was broadcast live today from Los Angeles with a healthy dose of New Zealand influence centre stage. Below are some of our highlights.
Oculus has announced Quest as its new standalone VR headset at a draw-dropping US$399. That is a Rift-compatible headset with no wires, no high-end PC or smartphone required, and it will launch with over 50 titles. Simply put, it might be the mass market break-through VR has been waiting for. We can expect to see it hit the market in Q2 2019.
Pimax 8K and 5K+ reviews from second-generation testers are out – Pimax lifting their NDAs this week. So what are their thoughts on what is essentially the final consumer-ready hardware?
If entering, rather than exiting, the pitlane spins your wheels you may be interested in the promising VR indie game ‘Wrench’ when it enters Steam’s early access in coming months. ‘Wrench’ is a beautifully detailed problem-solving game about building up a race car as a mechanic. Players run an auto shop where they build and maintain their client’s race cars – from fluid changes to replacing and building entire engines.
Moviegoers have been sent screaming, thanks to the immersive powers of virtual reality. The Nun VR was an elaborate prank to promote the upcoming horror film The Nun. The latest instalment of The Conjuring series, which hits cinemas 7 September 2018.
Apple has fueled the Apple AR Glasses rumour mill again by purchasing Denver-based AR lens start-up company Akonia Holographics. Akonia is currently sitting on a very light ultra-clear, ultra-thin, full-colour head-worn display. Akonia had become very quiet in the last six months suggesting the deal may have happened earlier this year.
Sandbox VR is a new ‘free-roam’ shared VR experience that was founded in Hong Kong in June 2017. Long-term it teases an evolution of conventional cinema. But in the more immediate, it looks to be a great experience for team building, corporate events and parties.
StarVR corporation launched the latest version of its StarVR Virtual Reality HMD at SIGGRAPH 2018. The goal for StarVR one is to offer “a new world of realism” for commercial and enterprise users and it certainly boasts some impressive specs.
HTC Vive Wireless Adapter will finally cut the VR tether in September thanks to a little help from Intel. The tether being one of Vive’s biggest drawbacks since launch.