by Rasmus Wærling Riiser,
Social Media, Cadpeople

Welcome back! A lot has happened since the last episode of VR News. Here is a breakdown.

China opens 500-million-dollar VR theme park

In HBO’s Westworld, visitors go to the park to experience a simulated environment. You can now do the same in the Guizhou province in southwest China. Last month, they opened a 134 hectare, 500-million-dollar VR theme park, complete with 35 different VR games, tours and roller-coasters.

(In comparison, Copenhagen’s Tivoli has an area of around 8,2 hectares.)

Watch a news report by CGTN on the opening here:

Oculus teases ‘Half Dome’ HMD prototype

We recently wrote about a patent for a 200-degree FoW HMD which, if it becomes reality, could bring us a lot closer to fully immersive VR experiences.

Earlier this month, at the Facebook developer conference, F8, we took another step towards that goal when Oculus teased an HMD prototype named ‘Half Dome’ with a field of view of 140 degrees. This is a pretty drastic upgrade from the industry-standard 110 degrees – you can see a comparison in the image gallery to the left.

The ‘Half Dome’ prototype also boasts varifocal display technology and eye-tracking – two pieces of technology that the HMDs of today can only dream of. The varifocal display allows the HMD to shift the focus by moving the lenses back and forth, which makes crystal clear focusing both at long and short distances possible. The eye-tracking is required for this optic mechanism to know where to focus the gaze, but it opens up a whole new world of possible features and experience enhancements.

Apple is back in the VR/AR rumour mill

Days without Apple rumours: 96.

It has been three months since we last wrote about rumours surrounding Apple possible developing something like a VR headset. But with a steady stream of new patents, recruitments and acquisitions, it definitely looks like something is up at the headquarters of the world’s most valuable company.

Recently, it was reported that Apple is planning to release a VR and/or AR headset in 2020, and that the headset packs an 8K display for each eye. It sounds amazing, but Apple is of course silent. Again, we will have to wait and see. Read the full report from CNET here.