Starship, a UK interactive entertainment company, are launching vTime, the first ever virtual reality social network this November!
Users can explore this social network using the free vTime app, or on their computer, to interact with friends and share experiences in a range of different virtual reality environments.
Good news is that vTime will work on Google Cardboard and will be available to download from the Google Play Store by the end of 2015.
The vantage point was basically if you were sitting on the floor and looking at the court. It was pretty sweet and if you looked to your right, you saw a camera man who at times I thought was a damn hologram. He was real, though. I think.
Drew Olanoff reviews his experience of the NBA's live VR stream to much of the same divide of excitement and hesitation, that we have witnessed in the last few issues.
Olanoff is thrilled by the view that he is privvy to, via the Samsung Gear, at the Oracle arena.
However, it seems that broadcasters have not quite captured the essence of how to make live VR storytelling appealing to their audience.
Am I ready to give up on going to games physically? Absolutely not. The sound was great, but not anything close to what you’d experience in a stadium... the experience was naturally isolating!
Although live VR streams of sports events seem to neglect the camaraderie and thrill of watching live sports together with friends, Olanoff states that he would love to watch VR highlights of games, rather than the full match.
So far, it seems that audiences love the experience VR for a moment, before they can return to enjoy their own reality and share experiences with their co-viewers.
With the launch dates of the next generation of VR gaming headsets drawing closer, Sony's keynote at Paris Games Week included lots of news about their Playstation VR (formerly Project Morpheus). It’s great to see Sony investing so much in VR to get gamers suitably excited about the prospect of VR gaming.
The Verge's Adi Robertson details all the announcements in this post.
Here's our pick of the bunch.
Until Dawn is one of the most unique takes on horror gaming this year. The new addition, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood expands the world into VR with a first person, on rails shooter. Not exactly what we were hoping for, but we’re excited to see what developer Supermassive Games will bring to the genre.
Robinson: The Journey looks like a tense, sci-fi survival adventure with dinosaurs! It's made by Crytek, who are famous for creating one of the first 'photorealistic' games Crysis, so it has definitely piqued our curiosity.
Apple has taken its first step into the virtual world with a VR experience for fans of their beloved Bono and co. Apple and U2 have teamed up to create a virtual environment, called The Experience Bus, for fans to try on an Oculus headset to view a 360 degree U2 music video after attending the live concerts. The app that Apple are using for the experience is called Vrse and can be downloaded on the App Store, Google Play, and the Gear VR Store.
Get up close and personal and see all angles of Bono in the comfort of your own home...