VR Digest: VR at CES
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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 48 – December 30, 2015

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VR focus of CES

Christmas week was a bit slow for VR news but it will pick up next week when dozens of VR-related technologies will be shown in Las Vegas from January 4 through 9 at the Consumer Electronics Show. The official conference begins later in the week but big news usually breaks early and there are some VR-focused sessions planned. HTC is expected to debut the second developer kit for its Valve-powered walk-around VR platform and Facebook’s Oculus is demoing at a huge booth. With pre-orders approaching soon, co-founder Palmer Luckey is prepping enthusiasts for a higher-than-expected price tag for the Rift. Companies like Samsung and Sony are holding press conferences throughout the week and it is unclear whether or not they are planning VR-related announcements at those events.


Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack critiqued Gear VR game Viral, warning “some of the game movement is going to be uncomfortable for many people.” A Reddit user suggested a method to protect against simulator sickness that involves flickering a transparent grid in a portion of the screen. UploadVR also assessed the three most uncomfortable Gear VR games, InCell, Temple Run VR and Nucleus.

8 new Gear VR apps debuted, including a real-time strategy game demo from independent developer E McNeill. There is also a Star Trek-like take on the classic Oregon Trail and a tour through the life of basketball star LeBron James.

Google Cardboard was used by doctors to visualize a baby’s anatomy, helping them to plan through the difficult operation and save her life.

A 4-minute 360-degree animated video on Youtube from the studio responsible for Wallace and Gromit shows Santa slipping through a community to deliver presents. According to Google, on some phones the video shows branching storylines allowing a viewer to see something different each time they watch it in VR.

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