Oculus Rift is cheaper thanks to the competition

If you have been paying attention to the rising VR Industry, you must have noticed that getting into quality VR is quite expensive. Not only you will have to buy a VR headset like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you will also have to shell out cash for a beefy computer system, which alone can cost anything around $1000.

There are some cheaper experiences available -Google’s Cardboard comes to mind- but the experience is hardly comparable to what you will get from a dedicated headset and full-length games.

Thanks to the rise of $300 Playstation VR and the growing sales of HTV Vive, Oculus has made the entry barrier slightly lower, before today, the bundle of Oculus Rit and Touch controller was sold at $798, but with Oculus’ recent announcement, the complete package will cost $598.

In case you already have a Rift, you can buy a Touch control for just $99 but keep in mind that you will also have to shell out $58 for the sensor to map its movements.

The company announced its price drops on the Rift’s first anniversary, alongside with the price drops, the company also announced the launch of Robo Recall, which will be an exclusive title for Oculus Rift.

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It’s Not Just FPS Games: 5 Cool Ways VR is Going to Be Used

Virtual Reality (VR) is here and it is going to stay. With comfortable and affordable VR headsets turning into a reality, VR Gaming can soon become the most popular way to play your favorite games.

Virtual Reality (VR) is here and it is going to stay. With comfortable and affordable VR headsets turning into a reality, VR Gaming can soon become the most popular way to play your favorite games.

In fact, according to the experts, the industry will be worth $4 billion by 2018 and, while gaming will drive the bulk of headset sales, the applications for VR are almost endless.

In fact, as we’re already starting to see, there are many other industries that can harness the power of VR to create more engaging, entertaining and educational worlds.

So, with this in mind, here are 5 cool ways Virtual Reality will be used:

Virtual Reality Casinos

One medium that’s currently exploring the possibilities of virtual reality is the online casino industry. Building on the current movement towards authentic gaming options, virtual reality looks set to plunge players into a new world of possibilities in the coming years.

Evidence for this movement towards a more realistic way of gaming can be found inside 32Red’s suite of games. Known technically as live dealer casino games, options such as roulette give players the ability to interact with real dealers in a virtual setting.

Combining RFID chips and HD webcams allows the company to offer three forms of “live” roulette, including French, European and Immersive. Each one gives players the ability to watch, bet and become a part of a live game directly from their desktop or mobile.

The rise in popularity of these games is part of the reason VR looks set to become a major part of the iGaming industry. Indeed, games such as Casino Euro’s English Roulette (its own spin on European Roulette) and Double Bonus Spin Roulette at Grosvenor Casino could be enhanced with VR and prototype products such as Microgaming VR Roulette.

In Education Industry

While distance learning is nothing new, online classes are becoming more popular and that should create some interesting opportunities for the VR industry. VR can probably provide the best possible experience of remote learning.

Educational games such as Minecraft are already a hit with children, but if they were able to step into a world of hidden obstacles it would make things even more entertaining. Moreover, a heightened sense of realism would increase a child’s focus (as the sense of trepidation would feel more real) and, therefore, cause them to retain more information.

In fact, when you survey the current offerings from companies such as Oculus and Steam, the groundwork is already being prepared. Much like the mobile industry, both companies have prepared apps stores and VR marketplaces so that virtual education tools can be offered, found and distributed with ease.

For Communication

VR headsets like Rift and Vive have the potential of giving you the ability to feel like you are into another world. This is the most important concept in VR gaming, but it can also be used in situations when distant communication and remote interactions are required.

In fact, building on this idea, we can see that virtual tourism will soon become a real thing. Thanks to Google Street View, we’ve already seen how this sort of technology can help improve our remote interactions.

Indeed, it can be very useful for you if you are not able to go or can’t afford to travel to another place but want to know more about it. Essentially, VR will soon be the go-to medium when we need help reaching places that are too costly or impractical to visit under normal circumstances.

VR Shopping

Retail is another industry that will thrive thanks to VR. One of the biggest problems for online shoppers is the inability to see an item up close before they buy it.

Virtual Reality Shops can be a great new addition to the already growing e-commerce industry. With Virtual Tours and a real time shopping experience, Shopping on sites such as Amazon could become infinitely more immersive and efficient in the coming years.

Indeed, VR companies like Trillenium are already working on software that will enhance consumer’s shopping experience and one of biggest online retailers, ASOS, has shown interest in the app.

Trainings and Simulations

It may be one of the most obvious non-gaming use of VR for most people. Computer simulations have been around for a while, but, VR can add a real quality to the simulation experience.

Medical simulations or space simulations are one of the biggest benefactors of VR. For the Medical and Space exploration industry, price of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is really attractive and with an already available work force, VR can be a big help for them in providing a real and proper simulation.

It gets even more important for Military and Defense sector. US Military has used Unity 3D engine and games like Battlespace 2 to prepare their soldiers for combat. VR will add a realism and multi-user systems can be a big help for military in preparing troops for team-work.

Have you used a VR headset? how did you feel about it? do you know about any other way VR can be used? share with others in the comments below.


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Fallout 4 Will be Coming in Virtual Reality in 2017

As the company announced in its E3 Gaming Expo today, the beloved game Fallout 4 will soon be available for HTC Vive, a Virtual Reality system.

If you have interest in feeling a bit more closer to post apocalyptic world of Fallout, you are going to really appreciate Bethseda’a new announcement. Fallout 4 will be coming to Virtual Reality next year.
As the company announced in its E3 Gaming Expo today, the beloved game will soon be available for HTC Vive.
As the game has already proved it as a great FPS, its very likely that VR release will be a great gaming experience.
That’s not from all the Bethseda’s announcements though, The game is also getting 3 new DLCs.
These are named as : The Contraptions Workshop, Vault-tec Workshop and Nuka-World theme park.

Bethseda has not cleared if these will be in Virtual Reality too, but I think it will also be available for VR.

And now that you are caught-up with the news, here is an Honest Game trailer of Fallout 4 for you:

You May Have To Wait Few More Months For Google Daydream

Google just announced the Google Daydream, but you will have to wait to get your hands on it.

Google jumped on VR Bandwagon this month with its announcement of Daydream, a combination of Hardware and software to run high quality VR Content on mobile phones.
Now that the world is in speculation, Google’s VR Boss, Clay Bavor has some interesting (and disappointing at some extent) details about companies project.
Talking to RoadtoVR, he said:

We want to hold a very high quality bar, and for that to happen all the components need to be just right. So, to VR fans, I would say, hold off for a few months to get your next phone… and get a Daydream-ready phone.

He does have a good point, granted that VR needs some hardware sensors and software to work, not all phones in market will be working with it.

As of now, Google has told that Google’s Nexux P can be used for Daydream, which does not have all the sensors specified by Google. Also many of current flagships such as Galaxy S6 and S7 don’t complete all the requirements.

Daydream requirements

On the other hand, Device makers will also have to ship the phones with Android N and we have seen that OTA updates can take months.

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Homido can turn any smartphone into a VR Headset

Homido is a $93 headset that works with almost any smartphone available in the market. All you need is to snap-in your iOS or Android smartphone and you are ready.

Want to dive into the world of Virtual Reality but stuck with the choice of hardware?

You are not alone, Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order but it costs $600 and also it needs a fairly beefy hardware to work. Google Cardboard is a bit too cheap and uncomfortable and Samsung Gear VR only works with a limited set of smartphones.

If you are one of the people thinking about the above situations, Homido VR may be the right choice for you.

Homido is a $93 headset that works with almost any smartphone available in the market.  All you need is to snap-in your iOS or Android smartphone and you are ready to enjoy the virtual reality.

VR headset is not so expensive for its price but to play games on it, you need to shell some more money on gamepads. These cost additional $16 and are connected to VR via Bluetooth.

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Oculus Rift is Here for Pre-Order But Don’t Ask About The Price

Starting from January 6 at 8 AM, everyone will be able to pre-order the Oculus Rift, A VR Headset that was topic of dozens for tech discussion last year.

Starting from January 6 at  8 AM, everyone will be able to pre-order the Oculus Rift, A VR Headset that was the topic of dozens for tech discussion last year. However, Oculus is still silent about the price of the Rift.

It has been 3 years since the Oculus revealed the Oculus Rift VR Headset, it will (hopefully) start shipping in the first quarter of this year.

For those, who will jump first onboard with the VR headset, Oculus will be gifting them Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie games with every pre-order headset.

Users who are waiting for Oculus’s new VR controller will have to wait for a few month more. The Oculus Touch won’t be available until the third quarter of 2016. It may be big bummers to the expectations of consumers.

Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey is going to attend a Reddit AMA in the evening of pre-order, so we can expect answers to some questions related to the VR and the company.

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