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Welcome to Virtual Reality Society (VRS). A one-stop information and news resource for virtual reality and its related technologies.

Here you will find a wide range of information on the exciting world of virtual reality, from comprehensive material for beginners to interesting and deep discussions of virtual reality’s problems, implications and applications.

Our mission is to become the definitive source of virtual reality information and we constantly strive to achieve this goal. Be sure to bookmark us and check back regularly for new features and new sections on our site.

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HTC Unveils the Vive Focus Standalone HMD – Cans Daydream?

Standalone VR headsets are set to play an ever more important role in the VR mass market. Not as expensive or cumbersome as AAA VR setups and way better at VR than clunky mobile-phone hybrids, these are probably the HMDs most people will want in the long run. The companies that stand behind most major … Continue reading HTC Unveils the Vive Focus Standalone HMD – Cans Daydream?

14th November 2017

Logitech Announced SDK to Pull Your Keyboard Into VR

The issue of getting inputs into VR is one that’s going to stuck with us for a while. No one has yet figured out a truly native user interface for the VR era. Sure, we can do video game and sim stuff pretty well, but what about productivity in VR? It might seem like a … Continue reading Logitech Announced SDK to Pull Your Keyboard Into VR

13th November 2017
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Former Mythbusters Star Is Crowdfunding Moonwalking Shoes for VR

A crowdfunding initiative launched by former Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman is looking for $50,000 to build prototype roller skate shoes to wear in virtual reality, in order to fix the issues with locomotion in VR. The Vortrex, currently the subject of an IndieGoGo campaign that started on Monday, is based around using small motorised treadmills … Continue reading Former Mythbusters Star Is Crowdfunding Moonwalking Shoes for VR

8th November 2017

The First Oscar for a VR Production is Snapped Up

The Academy awards, known as the “Oscars” to most people, is the most prestigious award someone in the film industry can receive. Well, maybe the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award gets close. I mean Clint Howard has one. I digress, the point is that it’s a big deal to win an Oscar. Usually just getting nominated … Continue reading The First Oscar for a VR Production is Snapped Up

1st November 2017

Top 5 Spooky Halloween VR Experiences

Halloween has arrived, in all its spooky splendour. While many people will be out trick or treating or at a party or doing something social, at VRS we will be indulging in some of the best scary experiences in Virtual Reality. VR is a particularly great medium for horror, as a foreboding atmosphere and mounting … Continue reading Top 5 Spooky Halloween VR Experiences

31st October 2017
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Acer Take Majority Control of StarVR High Field of View HMD Project

In a joint announcement, Starbreeze and Acer, the two majority stakeholders in high-end VR headset project StarVR, have announced a new capitalisation plan, which will see Acer take a 66% majority stake in the venture and provide a cash injection of $5 million. This would be a change from the established plan for Starbreeze Studios … Continue reading Acer Take Majority Control of StarVR High Field of View HMD Project

25th October 2017
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The Samsung 360 Round Brings Professional VR Video to the Masses

No, that’s not a disembodied robot head or one of those menacing floating imperial droids from Star Wars. That my friends is the 360 Round, the latest 360-degree VR camera from Samsung. If you’re familiar with the Gear 360, you’ll have to admit that Samsung seems to have stepped up thier game just a wee … Continue reading The Samsung 360 Round Brings Professional VR Video to the Masses

23rd October 2017
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Facebook Spaces’ VR Puerto Rico Demonstration Was Bizarre and Tactless

There are surreal tone-deaf presentations, and then there was Facebook Spaces’ promotion, which is an example of Facebook owner and the face of Oculus Mark Zuckerberg misreading the room and the purpose of his technology. The event, which involved avatars of Mark Zuckerberg and head of social VR Rachel Franklin going through an itinerary of … Continue reading Facebook Spaces’ VR Puerto Rico Demonstration Was Bizarre and Tactless

13th October 2017

Oculus Go is a Fantastic Surprise

Of all the things I expected to read this morning, a press release about a new Oculus HMD was not very high on the list. Yet here we are, Oculus has revealed a standalone VR headset in the form of the Oculus Go. While we’re still waiting for standalone HMDs from Google and HTC, the … Continue reading Oculus Go is a Fantastic Surprise

12th October 2017

Virtual Reality: what is it and why is it important to know about?

Virtual reality is essentially the use of technology to create the illusion of presence in an environment that isn’t really there. It works by sending information to various senses, such as sight and hearing, that fool our brains into experiencing something virtual. The illusion is often completed by the presence of interactivity, in other words the virtual world responds in some way to your presence.

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Where to go from here?

If you are new to virtual reality (or just want a refresher) we suggest you start with our What is virtual reality?section for a more in-depth discussion of the topic. We look at practical examples and discuss the core technologies in a clear and simple way. Providing a solid foundation for further reading.

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Pros and cons of virtual reality

We have series of articles about the various applications of this technology and the equipment used, for example, VR glasses (or goggles as they are sometimes called).

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