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Tech & Science Virtual Reality: Goodbye zombie apocalypse, hello ancient Egypt

08:55  25 august  2016
08:55  25 august  2016 Source:   cnbc.com

Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans

  Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans Shop aims to help VR enthusiasts explore and create VR content while connecting with other customers. Viveport promises to showcase VR experiences across a variety of VR experiences, including art, design, education, music, sports, travel, and more.The new portal underscores the tech community's growing interest in virtual reality, which promises to transport goggle-wearing users to a computer-generated 3D environment."We believe Viveport is the place where customers will start their journey into new virtual reality experiences," Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, said in a statement.

Some of virtual reality 's biggest hits might not be games, but immersive educational experiences, said Sony's Richard Marks.

Some of virtual reality 's biggest hits might not be games, but immersive educational experiences, said Sony's Richard Marks.

  Virtual Reality: Goodbye zombie apocalypse, hello ancient Egypt © Provided by CNBC Virtual reality might turn out to be more about enriching trips through history than defeating zombie hordes, according to Richard Marks of Sony (6758.T-JP)'s PlayStation. 

The first crop of apps for virtual reality are dominated by games, but consumers can look forward to a range of experiences hitting shelves as soon as next year, he said. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the biggest sellers could be educational, he added.

Marks, senior research engineer at PlayStation Magic Lab, said developers are targeting a broader audience beyond gamers with 360-degree video environments that allow users to explore world's they'd never be able to experience.

Apple continues hiring augmented and virtual reality experts

  Apple continues hiring augmented and virtual reality experts Apple CEO Tim Cook has been hinting at Apple's interest in augmented and virtual reality all year, and it seems that interest continues to grow.  Business Insider spotted two people who were hired by Apple over the summer after working at a pair of the biggest names in field: one at Oculus VR, the other at Magic Leap.The two hires don't mean much on their own, but they suggest that Apple is continuing to invest in AR and VR research with the goal of eventually putting out a product.

Some of virtual reality 's biggest hits might not be games, but immersive educational experiences, said Sony's Richard Marks.

Some of virtual reality 's biggest hits might not be games, but immersive educational experiences, said Sony's Richard Marks.

Among the projects in the works are experiences from NASA and apps that immerse users in bygone eras.

"People are working on ancient Egypt, letting you visit it. Things like that I think will be a big hit for VR in the future," he told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Wednesday.

Sony is the latest company entering the virtual reality space, with its PlayStation VR headset set to launch in October. Systems already on the shelves include Facebook (FB)-owned Oculus Rift and the Samsung (593-KR) Gear VR.

Intel Project Alloy: 7 things you need to know about new merged reality headset .
Intel has announced a mixed-reality headset, which combines a point-of-view camera with virtual reality. Called Project Alloy and revealed by CEO Brian Krzanich, the headset will be available in 2017. Intel has announced a mixed-reality headset, which combines a point-of-view camera with virtual reality. Called Project Alloy and revealed by CEO Brian Krzanich, the headset will be available in 2017 and could become a rival to the Microsoft Hololens, another mixed-reality system.

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