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Google updates Earth VR

Google has updated Google Earth VR, allowing users to search and type for a location or address in order to “quickly visit anywhere in the world”. Google has also added 27 new ‘hand-picked locations’ to help users discover “some of the world’s most incredible places” – including Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and Table Mountain in […]

Google Cardboard leads as VR headset shipments reach 30m

More than 30 million VR headsets shipped last year, with Google Cardboard taking a “commanding share” of shipments and installed base, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s ‘VR Headset Platform Market Share Year End 2016’ report said that Google’s low-price Cardboard option took 69% of shipment volume market share last year. Samsung Gear came […]

Facebook CEO denies Oculus technology theft

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in a US court yesterday to deny claims that Oculus Rift used stolen technology to create its VR headset. Zuckerberg’s appearance was part of a jury trial that commenced earlier this year, after videogame firm ZeniMax Media accused Oculus of stealing elements of the technology that went into the creation […]

BBC looking to develop haptic VR and AR experiences

BBC Earth is looking to experiment with ‘haptic’ virtual reality experiences – involving a sense of touch as well as sight and hearing – and augmented reality experiences with information and graphics overlaid on video sequences, according to Charlotte Jones, executive producer at BBC Earth Productions. Interviewed by James Kotecki for C Space Studio at […]

BBC Earth teams up with Oculus for natural history VR experiences

BBC Worldwide’s naturally history service BBC Earth has struck a partnership with virtual reality outfit Oculus to launch three new VR experiences. The experiences will enable users to become immersed in the daily life of a caracal cat, an oogpister beetle and black bears. All three virtual reality experiences will be released separately on Oculus […]

CCS Insight: dedicated VR headset sales to grow tenfold by 2020

Global sales of smartphone VR headsets will grow fivefold and sales of dedicated VR headsets will grow tenfold by 2020, according to CCS Insight. The research firm said that sales of smartphone VR devices – including Google’s Cardboard products and more advanced devices like Samsung’s Gear VR headset – have already exceeded its earlier expectations. […]

Oculus Rift headsets launching in Europe

Virtual reality headsets from Facebook-owned Oculus will be available in Europe and Canada from next month, the company has announced. Oculus Rift headsets and in-store demos will be available from Amazon.co.uk, John Lewis, Currys PC World, Game Digital and Harrods in the UK, from Amazon.fr and Fnac in France and from Amazon.de. MediaMarkt and Saturn […]

Facebook hails ‘social presence’ as next stage in VR revolution

Virtual reality can be used to connect people and reinvent social media according to chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, delivering the Day 2 keynote at Facebook’s F8 event yesterday. “We can build truly immersive experiences…building deep personal connections with people who can be tens or hundreds of mile away,” he said. “When we talk about our […]

Netflix, Hulu and others to launch on Gear VR headset

Netflix and Hulu are among the major content partners that will launch apps for the forthcoming Samsung and Oculus-developed virtual reality headset, Gear VR. At the Oculus Connect conference in Hollywood, Oculus announced that it was bringing Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and Vimeo to the Gear VR, with TiVo, Facebook, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate also […]

BSkyB invests in virtual reality cinema specialist

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has made an equity investment of US$400,000 (€300,000) in US-based virtual reality cinema startup Jaunt. The investment in the Palo Alto, California-based company follows a US$350,000 equity investment made by Sky during an earlier round of funding in December 2013. Jaunt announced its US$6.8 million funding round in April, including […]