Here is the most pertinent news when it comes to virtual reality and augmented reality. So strap on your headset because here we go.
Surprise Google Earth VR Releases Free
The Google Geo folks announced and released Google Earth VR. This is a really nifty and welcome addition to the VR metaverse and includes roughly 175 3D cities and roughly and approximately 600 urban centers that are fully scaleable and immersive. Currently, Google Earth VR is scaleable on the HTC Vive, however there is not work on whether Google VR will be coming to the Oculus Rift.
Google Earth VR is unlike any other VR experience I have ever experienced. It has essentially taken our physical world and turned it into a virtual playground for our virtual reality pleasure. I am incredibly excited to see other cities rendered in 3D.
Asynchronous Reprojection Now on SteamVR
In the newest SteamVR update, asynchronous reprojection was released, which is a software solution similar to the Oculus’ asynchronous timewarp that will help HTC Vive users reduce the head mounted display from juddering when the frame rate drops below 90 fps. The SteamVR Asynchronous Reprojection has been available in beta since October 25. The public release will certainly make HTC Vive users VR experience buttery smooth on PC’s with slightly lower specs then the minimum required hardware to operate VR, however it is only accessible for Nvidia GPU’s. Sorry AMD fans.
Reminder About Oculus Rift Touch Controllers
Keep in mind that the Touch uses AA batteries….
I was kind of displeased when I read this little reminder on Reddit from /u/vrfanboy37. I assumed that there would be some type of built in battery, but this will ultimately prolong the total life-span of the Touch controllers. The most upvoted reddit commentators recommended investing in Eneloop batteries and a LaCrosse Charger to help save money in the long run.
Jaguar Releases New I-PACE Electric Car Through VR Announcement
Jaguar released their first electric car this past weekend via a VR media stint for reporters. The I-PACE is great news for both the electric car camp and virtual reality.
It allowed reporters and stakeholders to be immersed in the vehicle without having to ship their new I-PACE all over the world.
I am sure this is just the start of VR media releases for new, larger and more so expensive products.
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