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By overcoming its biggest critic—the finicky human body—virtual reality has proven that it's ready to arrive in our homes.
It is no longer the stuff of failed Nintendo systems, theme park rides, and arcade installations of the '90s.
Shining stereoscopic images into the eyes is easy—a plastic toy can do that—but immersing the wearer's head in a world without making their stomach feel like an airborne water balloon is a lot harder.
Virtual reality that feels anything like reality requires an HMD with low-latency head tracking, high-resolution screens, minimal motion blur, and a field-of-view expansive enough to reach the peripheral vision.
The first Oculus Rift prototype came near to solving these problems, but still made our managing editor, Cory Banks, quit Half-Life 2 with the contents of his stomach.
The latest hi-res prototype, however, strapped Cory and his stomach into a space battle with enough fidelity to keep his lunch secure.
This gives you the chance to have a completely unique avatar, let out your creativity by creating your own clothes, and play games with new and old friends.
It is Saturday night and you want to have a date with someone special, but you're too tired to get off the sofa.
Japanese firm Future Leap claims it has just the thing for in-the-mood couch potatoes with a virtual reality system so realistic you'd swear that cyber date just whispered sweet nothings in your ear.
T For people looking for a virtual world that is more than the basic, more than the boring, you can go to Small Worlds.
While the name says small, this is certainly not tiny.