VR Archive

Preserving endangered dark rides with VR

Crystal writes, “‘Dark rides’ like the Spookarama at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, those single-cart rides that take you through a haunted house full of ghosts and scares. They’re prime for teenage making out, have been around for 100 years — and they’re disappearing. Joel Zika, a 36-year-old art and design university professor in Melbourne, Australia, has been fascinated with the dark rides for years, reveling …

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. The company first revealed Daydream at Google I/O earlier this year, …

Nokia’s Ozo VR pro camera now more affordable, heading to China

Nokia has reduced the price of its high end VR camera Ozo by $15,000. The new global price-tag for the teardrop-shaped device, which captures 360° spherical video and 360×360 surround sound to create immersive content for viewing via virtual reality devices, is $45,000. Nokia is also expanding availability of Ozo, announcing it will be launching in the Chinese market — taking pre-orders from next month with a scheduled ship …

Sony will likely unveil the PlayStation 4 ‘Neo’ on September 7

September 7 is going to be a busy day. Sony sent out invites for a press event in New York. The company will likely unveil the successor to the PlayStation 4. On the same day, Apple could also hold its usual iPhone launch event for the rumored iPhone 7. The event is called “PlayStation Meeting,” and the company plans to “share details about the PlayStation …