Had fun last night at The Women in Games International GDC Party. Sponsored by Oculus, the party had Crescent Bay demos running Lost, the cinematic experience they were showcasing at Sundance.
It would spoil the fun if we revealed the storyline, but it was one of those walking experiences where you wish you could step off that rubber mat beyond the confines of the room. Lots of potential there.
Back to preparing for the ITA meeting. Several amazing announcements at GDC so far including Liquid VR by AMD, a much improved Sony Morpheus with release date, Valve of course, etc. etc.
NextVR just announced their new light field camera rig for VR broadcast and movie making. What the heck is a light field camera and why is it so special? Today we find out!
David is also going to be speaking at the upcoming Immersive Technology Alliance annual meeting this coming Wednesday morning. The public tickets sold out fast (we've got about two to three times the attendance of last year's annual meeting). Everyone is very excited.
We're off to GDC tomorrow morning. Let the insanity begin!
How about that! Valve and HTC have announced that they are jointly working together on an HMD called VIVE. The developers edition will be out in the Spring of this year, while the consumer version will be good to go by the holidays in 2015.
It's unclear if this will be a hybrid smartphone / faceplate like the Samsung Gear VR. It could just be a stand-alone product. However, it's definitely going to have positional tracking that is helped by over 70 sensors, and will feature a 90Hz refresh rate display.
They've already secured partnerships with HBO, Lionsgate Entertainment, Google, and Taiwan's National Palace Museum.