There is certainly plenty of options when it comes to Virtual Reality headsets these days and we aren't even a full three months into this year. One of the newer ones on the scene that has been receiving a lot of interest lately is the OSVR Headset. OSVR stands for Open Source Virtual Reality and, as the name implies, is completely open source from the hardware to the software and everything in between.
When Google first announced it was bringing VR technology to the masses through a cardboard interface, I thought it was one of their famous April Fool’s pranks. Seeing as how April was still several months away, either they were actually serious or really getting a leg up on other pranks this year.
Up until now if you wanted to buy a Nexus brand device or perhaps a Chromebook, you would have to go to the Google Play store and order it from there. Today Google has officially released a brand new storefront online dedicated to just device sales. If you try to buy a device on Google Play now, you will be redirected to the new Google Store.
Nvidia held their big press event at GDC 2015 and the company had been hinting at a big announcement, stating it was five years in the making. Everyone had their guesses as to what this would be, with a lot of people pointing to VR as being the announcement. We actually guessed it would be a console in a previous article. When the event began, the CEO of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Huang, came out and told everyone right away that he had three things to announce: a new revolutionary TV, a new super computer, and a new console. Turns out, it wasn't three devices, it was just one.
During CES 2015 Mad Catz announced the L.Y.N.X.9 mobile game controller which transformed into something that would fit into your pocket, yet is also a full-sized game controller. It also had an attachment which was a keyboard, and three different modes depending on what you wanted to use it for - Mobile game mode, PC mode, multimedia mode. What Mad Catz has done is taken those features and created two separate products for those of you who want one or the other, not both.
Tim Sweeney is the head of Epic Games, the company behind a plethora of major game franchises for PC and Console (and even mobile if you include Infinity Blade), as well as the engine that makes numerous major games as well, the Unreal Engine, has come out to say that virtual reality is going to change the world. This time virtual reality may actually accomplish just that.
Nvidia is gearing up for a big announcement at their pres event during the upcoming GDC 2015 and while no one truly knows what the company plans to unveil, besides Nvidia themselves, a lot of talk is happening about what the possible things the announcement could be. One of the more interesting ideas, and something mentioned in the comments in our previous article about the upcoming event, is a set-top box. However this idea we've been reading about goes further than that, making the set-top box be geared towards Nvidia's GRID gaming on demand service.
You may not have heard of a company called Yezz and that's probably because they are kind of a small company lurking in the shadows of the mobile industry, at least here in the United States. They are a bit more well-known over in Europe. The company deals with producing phones and tablets for Android, Windows, and Firefox. Since they are already in the hardware business, Yezz has announced that they will start developing and producing modules for Google's Project Ara.