Virtual Reality Roundup

VR has really started to take over the past 18 months, with not one or even two but five or six distinct competing technologies all bustling for attention in a crowded marketplace. It seems that every week another gaming exclusive or add-on bundle is released, so where are we at with VR right now? Here’s a quick digest.

Samsung, HTC, Google & Sony Are All In The Race With Oculus – And They’re Splashing The Cash

Oculus has company – there are now at least half a dozen competing formats all vying for supremacy in the market, with as many headsets as platforms on which to play them. HTC Vive appears to be the market’s leading contender with Rift, having announced it will invest over $100 million in VR startups. One thing’s for sure, you will have a lot of choice.

VR Is Getting Love From The New York Times…

The New York Times has sent 300,000 Google Cardboard sets to readers in conjunction with its joint venture with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a VR film called “Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart”.

…And Minecraft Fans

After an agonizingly long wait, Samsung has realised the long-awaited VR dream, an immersive, 360 degree rendering of everyone’s favourite blocky utopia, Minecraft. It’s been getting rave reviews so far, but you’ll have to get hold of Samsung’s patented Gear headset to try it yourself.

VR Will Be Getting Historical Applications

In what could perhaps be a slightly risky endeavour, producer Jonah Hirsch is in the middle of putting together a virtual reality tour of the Anne Frank house, showcasing the secret annex in which she hid from the Nazis for two years.

Eager to make sure that this isn’t seen as a tawdry cash-in, avid VR fans are heartened by Hirsch’s earlier work, including First, his jaw-dropping account of the first Wright brothers flight. Let’s hope this hits the same high notes in terms of class and production values.

 

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