I Used My Phone Inside PlayStation VR With ‘anywhereVR’

How’s this for first world problems? You’re having a great VR experience, relaxing by a beach and watching the waves gently brush up on shore, when your phone vibrates. Ugh, you’re going to have to take your headset off, locate your phone, and hopefully not miss the incoming call/reply to a message in a timely…

SteamHammerVR Gets New Early Access Release Date

Its been a bumpy road this year for developer GamestormVR and its virtual reality (VR) title SteamHammerVR. The videogame was successfully Greenlit on Steam but two Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns were unsuccessful. While the studio originally planned on releasing SteamHammerVR earlier this month, its now confirmed a release date for next week. Set in a Steampunk style…

A Brief History of Virtual Reality at CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has served as a good way-point for VR’s progress over the years. With CES 2017 kicking off next week, here we take a look back at the highlights (and lowlights) from 4 years of VR at CES to gauge how far the industry has come and look for clues…

Epic’s Tim Sweeney: Realistic Virtual Avatars Could End VR Harassment

Online harassment has been a common thread throughout 2016, and VR sadly isn’t a stranger to it. But the CEO of Epic Games thinks the tech will actually help combat harassment going forward. Industry legend Tim Sweeney said as much in a recent interview with The Verge. Talking about the issues with online harassment, he…

Cappasity to Demo Cloud-Based VR Retail Solutions at CES 2017

CES 2017, Las Vegas, is set to be a landmark moment in the annual calendar for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). With VR now in consumers hands and AR rapidly approaching, the use cases of both technologies are expanding rapidly, and Cappasity are planning on showcasing a cost-effective solution for online retail utilising…

Life In 360°: A Journey to the Green Isle

For today’s immersive 360-degree video VRFocus has chosen a virtual reality (VR) documentary created by production studio WeMakeVR in collaboration with biologist and explorer Arita Baaijens on Mindscapes. The short immersive film heads to Ireland, exploring the bond between the land and the people who live there. Baaijens talks to farmers who discuss what it’s like to…

Subdream Studios Focuses On Social VR Gaming

Serial entrepreneur Jikhan Jung has been a proponent of social virtual reality gaming for years. The former CEO of Colopl Ni has decided to focus all of his attention on his San Mateo, CA-based development company Subdream Studios. His team in California has already released three free-to-play multiplayer VR games this year through Colopl Ni….

‘Vertigo’ Review – A Decent Stab At An Indie ‘Half-Life’

If you’re anything like me, you’re a little sick of waiting on Valve to actually make a big game for VR. The Lab is a great showcase for the Vive, but it’s just a mini-game collection. I want something I can actually sink my teeth into and lose hours in, recapturing the many late nights…

How This Group of Tree Huggers is Using VR to Inspire Conservation

Marshmallow Laser Feast wants you to hug a tree in VR. Marshmallow Laser Feast and its merry band of creators have been using VR to alter states and twist senses in meaningful ways for some time now—and their latest project, Treehugger: Wawona, is no exception. Built in an effort to connect humans with nature and…

Managing Pain & Anxiety in Hospitals with AppliedVR

There’s been more than 30 years of research into the medical applications of virtual reality, but it’s not until the recent consumer VR revolution that the technology has been cost-effective enough to use. The research shows that the combination of immersion with interactivity can help to reduce pain up to 70%, and in some studies…

Oculus Enters The VR Eye-Tracking Arms Race With ‘Eye Tribe’ Acquisition

Oculus has acquired an eye-tracking startup known as The Eye Tribe, a company spokesman confirmed to UploadVR this morning. According to The Eye Tribe’s website, its technology, allows “eye control for consumer devices that enables simplified and enhanced user experiences. The Eye Tribe intends to become the leading provider of eye control technology by licensing…

Oculus Acquires Eye-Tracking Company The Eye Tribe

The Eye Tribe, a Denmark-based eye-tracking startup, today confirmed they’ll be joining the ranks of Facebook’s Oculus VR. Both Oculus and The Eye Tribe today confirmed the acquisition with TechCrunch‘s Josh Constine. The specifics of the acquisition are still fairly thin however. Is the company going straight to Oculus ex-CEO Brendan Iribe’s new PC VR team in Facebook?…

The Essential VR Music Videos of 2016

2016 has been a landmark year for VR and 360° video. VR finally grew into its spatial self, with more and more artists coming out of the proverbial woodwork to produce groundbreaking roomscale experiences. In addition to the ever-increasing landscape of 360° camera options available for the consumer and professional alike, major social media outlets such as Facebook, YouTube,…

‘CoLab’ Review – Want To Be On A Game Show? Come On Down!

VR has an obvious opportunity to pull users into virtual spaces modeled after fantasy or reality but there are some experiences that may not have immediately come to mind for the medium. Many of us have watched game shows from an early age and possibly even fantasized about being on one of the many shows….

No Vive 2 At CES, HTC Confirms

I’d wager most people who bought the HTC Vive love the unit but wish a new version would bring key improvements. A slimmer design and lighter cord, a better fit for the face and more ergonomic controllers without hard-to-reach grip buttons are all near the top of the early adopter wish list. HTC relies on Valve’s lighthouse…

Metron Force to Showcase Gesture-Control Wristband at CES 2017

Metron Force will be exhibiting at CES 2017, Las Vegas, demonstrating a gesture-control wristband which enables control of multiple devices, including smart home devices, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) videogames, drones, robots, cars, and more. The mForce wristband allows for simultaneous control of multiple devices with simple gesture-based input. “Our idea was inspired by…

How Guerrilla Games Cambridge Made ‘RIGS’ Into A PS VR Game With Esports In Mind

From the opening moments of Guerrilla Games Cambridge’s PlayStation VR exclusive competitive shooter, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League [Review: 8/10], it’s clear that the idea of piloting giant robots that shoot each other is meant to be a futuristic sport in this fictional universe. The announcer’s booming voice reverberates around the arena, sponsorship decals are emblazoned…

Watch Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Memorize And Recreate A Car In Tilt Brush

People find amazing new uses for Google’s Tilt Brush seemingly by the week, but this video featuring autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire is particularly impressive. Wiltshire possesses a photographic memory, which he uses to accurately draw landscapes and create other artwork after only a short time looking at the item in question. Recently, Nissan commissioned the…

Become a Ninja in VR Action Shooter Sairento VR

While Christmas is over for another year there’s still plenty to keep virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts happy, with sales still on going and new releases still happening. For the HTC Vive headset, Singapore-based developer Mixed Realms has released its first title onto Steam Early Access with Sairento VR. A sci-fi first-person shooter (FPS), Sairento VR takes place…