virtual reality


Definition of virtual reality

: an artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (such as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one's actions partially determine what happens in the environment also : the technology used to create or access a virtual reality

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In Los Angeles, a virtual reality experience called Chained: A Victorian Nightmare is combining VR with live actors and motion-capture technology to create a new kind of hybrid show. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Chained mixes virtual reality and live actors to tell a dark Christmas tale," 5 Dec. 2018 While there’s something to be said for underappreciated Windows gems like Paint 3D and even Mixed Reality Portal, their appeal died due to under-promotion, a lack of interest in virtual reality, and simple consumer apathy. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 The virtual reality, or VR, technology provides multi-sensory environments that can be readily created and modified to a patient’s needs in an effort to help veterans transition into civilian life. Priscella Vega,, "OC Fair virtual reality exhibit provides window into PTSD treatment," 11 July 2018 Some of the trends here (virtual reality, blockchain) get comically overhyped. New York Times, "So, About That Treadmill Desk in the Newsroom," 4 July 2018 The project was published in a collection of more than a dozen stories and documentary videos, a podcast series and a special presentation in virtual reality, which allowed users to immerse themselves in locations along the border. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Arizona Republic and USA TODAY NETWORK win Pulitzer Prize for border wall project," 16 Apr. 2018 Custom Reality Services is another production company, focused on virtual reality, based at the same address. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oscar winner John Ridley bringing film center, other new uses to Milwaukee's Pabst site," 27 Feb. 2018 As for virtual reality, Sony is discounting its PlayStation VR headset by $100, bringing it to $199 for a bundle that doesn’t include the company’s Move motion controllers and $249 for a bundle that does. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that might actually be worth buying," 18 Nov. 2018 So what’s next for virtual reality, at least from Facebook? The $399 Oculus Quest. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The $399 Oculus Quest is a premium VR headset with no wires—and no PC required," 26 Sep. 2018

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of virtual reality

: an artificial world of images and sounds created by a computer that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it

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Kids Definition of virtual reality

: an artificial environment which is experienced through sights and sounds provided by a computer and in which a person's actions partly decide what happens in the environment

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