virtual reality

You can now hang out with Totoro and explore Studio Ghibli worlds in virtual reality

If you’ve got a Vive or Rift at home, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing right now and start downloading!

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Trying Virtual Reality for the first time at Bandai Namco’s VR Experience in Odaiba, Tokyo

Two of RocketNews24’s VR virgins get to grips with virtual reality—but does the new technology live up to the hype?

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VR anime girl app scratches as many otaku itches as possible while virtually cleaning your ears

Stare at a cute anime girl who’d be happy to get an eyeful of your earwax.

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Enormous BETA right before your eyes?! Muv-Luv VR demo event report

A demo event was held on April 3 recreating the world of the visual novel Muv-Luv.

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Bandai Namco announces plans to open virtual reality experience center

Bandai Namco announced on Monday that the company will open a virtual reality “experience center” in Tokyo next month.

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IBM’s Sword Art Online virtual reality MMO project teased in screenshots, videos

Videos show players playing demo that includes bazaar environment, combat.

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Sony officially announces pricing for PlayStation VR add-on for PlayStation 4

Here’s how much real-world money it’ll cost you to play in Sony’s virtual video game domain.

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Whether or not it turns out to be the game-changer we’re hoping for, 2016 will be the year of virtual reality. Unfortunately, some people will be finding out the hard way how intense this new technology can be…

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Soon, you’ll be able to play Pac-Man in virtual reality for just a couple of bucks

A Japanese startup is working with Bandai Namco to rework the classic arcade game into an immersive virtual reality experience—using a touch-control VR headset that will cost under US$20.

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VR visit to Japanese swimsuit model’s apartment provides joy for dateless men on Valentine’s Day

Ai Shinozaki, one of Japan’s hardest-working models, extends some VR hospitality.

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J-pop star Kyari Pamyu Pamyu has a virtual reality theme park ride, and it’s open now!

The J-Pop star joins the ranks of such musicians as Michael Jackson with new limited-edition USJ theme park ride. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. 

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Need a date for Christmas Eve? VR headset lets you share cake with an anime voice actress

Last week we took a look at a new brand of instant curry on sale in Japan that includes a DVD of a sexy model who pretends to be your girlfriend as you eat it. Now, who’s ready for some dessert?

In Japan, it’s not a proper Christmas Eve without a romantic date and some cake, so unattached anime fans will be thrilled to know that one of the industry’s most popular voice actresses is available for a dessert date this year. The only catch?

The date takes place in virtual reality.

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International collegiate VR Contest features simulated pants wetting, creepy ear whispering

Virtual reality is a huge topic in the news right now, and with the many VR headsets to be released soon, we imagine the topic will only get hotter. Of course, gamers aren’t the only ones excited about the technology, and plenty of university students have taken a shine to the options virtual reality provides.

The International collegiate Virtual Reality Contest started in 1993, and since then it’s been one of Japan’s best places to find virtual reality project made by students from Japan and abroad. What you might not expect though is just how odd some of these projects can be, with everything from simulated pants wetting to simulated creepy ear whispering.

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“Unlimited Hand” controller aims to bring hand movement and physical feedback to your VR games

As ridiculously excited as we are about virtual reality and gaming, there are still a few sticking points such as how we’ll navigate these non-physical worlds. Right now, the main methods are either controllers or walking around a room—both are great for general controls, but what about reaching out and actually touching someone? Well, we’re not quite there yet, but Japanese company H2L may have the solution we’re looking for.

Only two days after posting their US$20,000 Kickstarter campaign, they’ve already achieved over 150 percent of their funding goal (over $34,000 at the time of writing). And when you see why people are so excited about backing this product, there’s a good chance you’ll be next in line to pledge!

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Virtual reality Totoro? Project Morpheus team looking for artist with “Studio Ghibli” style

After more than a year since the last film from anime production house Studio Ghibli, the paint is rapidly drying on the writing on the wall. At the very least, it looks like animation fans are in for a long wait before the next Ghibli movie, and it may turn out that When Marnie Was There ends up being the last theatrical feature we ever see from the company co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki.

Still, that doesn’t mean that other artists, perhaps working in other mediums, won’t carry on the beloved anime studio’s spirit. As a matter of fact, if you’ve got the necessary video game production skills, that someone could be you, as a U.K.-based Project Morpheus team is looking for an artist to help add a Ghibli-like aesthetic to its game.

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This 360-degree video of a model train ride is way more fun than it has any right to be

The arrival of virtual reality could best be described as imminent. With the increasing number of VR headsets coming to market soon and smartphones that are basically VR devices in our pockets, we’re almost getting to the point where starving to death in a game due to addiction actually seems possible. And that is awesome! Well, kind of awesome…

And there may be no better proof of this than a pair of recently released videos featuring a ride on a model train with a complete 360-degree view that you can control throughout the entirety of both videos. This might sound silly, but you’ll have to trust us, it’s actually very cool!

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Ultra-Sushi-Go-Round is a thrilling, mouth-watering VR tour of the Tokyo skyline

As the development of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset continues, software developers are experimenting with ways to utilize the new piece of video gaming hardware. Given Japan’s well-known accepting attitude towards dating simulators and other, more adult forms of electronic entertainment, it wasn’t such a huge shock that the country is already hard at work on Oculus Rift games that allow you to date, peep at, at straight-up paw anime-style virtual girlfriends.

But how about a VR application that feels incredibly Japanese without simultaneously being incredibly pervy? In that case, perhaps this simulated roller coaster ride on a revolving sushi conveyor belt through the Tokyo skyline is more your style.

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Sadly (thankfully?), this jiggle-inducing piece of video game kit isn’t real…yet

A new promo video for the latest instalment in the Senran Kagura video game series tells of an exciting new piece of virtual-reality kit developed during production of the game. Whilst working on Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, apparently, some hard-working chaps in the “Department of Hyper Enormous Boobage Development” realised that the game’s female ninja characters’ chests were just not jiggling realistically enough. They set to work researching and designing the Pizap, a kind of treadmill add-on to gameplay in which players run after a well-endowed, bikini-clad woman and, er, watch her jiggle.

As you may have guessed, the Pizap is fictitious, as is Marvelous’s “Boobage Department” (although we do have to congratulate them on that name). But the promo video for it is real though, and it’s pretty hilarious. Join us after the jump as we check it out!

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Sony shows off its new and improved virtual reality headset, promises 2016 release date

VR unit-awaiting heads up, gamers and tech fans. Sony has announced that Project Morpheus, its virtual reality add-on for PlayStation 4, will go on sale during the first half of 2016. And the latest build is boasting some impressive stats.

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Apple is hiring engineers to work on virtual reality devices

Apple is hiring hardware engineers to work on virtual reality products, 9to5Mac reports.

Job listings have appeared on the Apple website listing positions for Optical Display Engineers, Sr. Display Software Engineers, and other similar roles, which all point towards the development of display and projection systems.

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