Google Reveals Hyper-Immersive Haptic Feedback System For Virtual Reality

Google shocked the tech world with the April 1 announcement of yet another landmark achievement in the emerging field of virtual reality. Google’s VR team brought immersive experiences to the masses with Cardboard. It built upon that initial success with more advanced headsets such as Daydream and groundbreaking platforms like Tango. Today, Google is changing…

New PSVR Releases For The Week Of 03/26/17

Rejoice PlayStation VR (PSVR) fans; now is your time. After a painfully slow start to 2017, Sony’s headset is finally about to kick it up a gear with a slew of great new releases. Two of those arrive this week with the long awaited port of a really good Rift and Vive game as well…

New York Lottery Brings AR into the Game

The New York Lottery is bringing augmented reality (AR) into it lottery game with the new ‘Champions of Cash’ instant game which lets players play Basketball or Baseball for prizes. A $2 (USD) lottery ticket can be used in conjunction with the NY Lottery free mobile app by simply scratching the ticket to reveal the special AR…

Robo Recall Officially Gets 360 Tracking Support in Latest Update

Robo Recall [Review: 7.5/10] is one of the biggest VR games the young VR market has seen thus far. It’s developed by game industry veterans at Epic Games, creators of Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, and many others, and is funded by Oculus as a free title exclusive for the Rift and Touch platform. In…

‘Ghost In The Shell’ VR Now Available on Rift & Gear VR

Step into the ass-kicking shoes of futuristic counter-terrorist ‘The Major’ in this engaging VR experience. Today is the release of the highly-anticipated, as well as unnecessarily controversial, Ghost In The Shell feature film. The live-action adaptation of the popular cyberpunk Japanese manga turned anime film/TV series has been teasing some spectacular visuals as well as…

Oracle Hotel 2025 Report Indicates VR Could Improve the Hospitality Experience

Virtual reality (VR0 has been shown to have a wide variety of use cases, not just entertainment. This week Oracle announced the findings of two research initiatives aimed at identifying consumer attitudes to new technologies Oracle Hotel 2025 and Oracle Restaurant 2025, highlighting how VR could enhance the hotel experience. VR is seen as a technology that can…

SVVR 2017: Watch Our 360 Video of a Full Body Artec 3D Scan

At the 2017 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) expo this week, we saw a lot of cool new tech. Some of it was VR, some if it was AR, and some of it was something else entirely. During the show, we livestreamed from the floor in 360-degrees using an Insta360 Air and one of the…

Ghost in the Shell Out Now for Oculus Rift and Gear VR

Today Ghost in the Shell fans will finally be able to jump into Major’s shoes as the virtual reality (VR) experience has now arrived for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Created in partnership between Oculus Studios, REWIND, Dreamworks, HERE BE DRAGONS and Paramount, Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the famous Japanese anime of the same name,…

Epic Games Release Major Update for Oculus Touch Title Robo Recall

At the beginning of March Epic Games released its first fully fledged virtual reality (VR) experience in the form of Robo Recall. Today the studio has now unveiled a major update, adding support for 360-degree tracking as well as other improvements. Most of the inclusions are fixes to smooth out the videogame, but the major feature is…

Testing the Future of AR Optics with Avegant Light Fields

UploadVR paid a visit to the Avegant offices in California last week to try out its prototype light field display. Avegant is best known in the VR/AR scene right now as the creators of the Glyph — a headset that puts users inside their own virtual movie theater. The Glyph arrived at an awkward stage…

Game Cooks due to Demo VINDICTA at VRLA

Indie studio Game Cooks, the developer behind 3rd-person endless runner HOVR for Samsung Gear VR last year, will be demoing its last project, VINDICTA, to the Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) event next month. A first-person shooter (FPS) for HTC Vive, VINDICTA has players infiltrating a robotic facility with the sole purpose of eradicating the mechanical menace and shutting down operations. Rather…

Rock Band VR Dev Lays off 17 Staff

The world of videogame development can often be a turbulent one, with studios hiring and firing staff when big projects begin then end. This week Rock Band VR developer Harmonix has announced its had to reduce its staff, laying off 17 employees. In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz the studio said: “Today we made the difficult decision to say goodbye…

Top 7 Biggest VR Stories Of 2017…So Far

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017. It feels like just yesterday the Upload team was gathered in Las Vegas to kick the year off at CES. We thought that might be the biggest week VR would have yet seen, but it’s already been bested by a number…

Spy Turned Private Eye Archer Brings AR to iOS

Fans of animated TV show Archer will be able to help the characters on the show out with their cases with a new augmented reality (AR) smartphone app designed to work with the TV show. Archer is scheduled to return to screens for viewers in the US on 5th April 2017. From that point, viewers…

Review: Downward Spiral: Prologue

Space is awesome quite frankly. It’s a massive void with limitless possibilities, inspiring countless generations to look up at the stars and wonder what else is out there. Because of this it’s no surprise that virtual reality (VR) developers have used that dream of heading into the cosmos to create all manner of experiences, some…

First Impressions Of The New 2017 Samsung Gear 360 Camera

Yesterday we attended the Samsung Unpacked 2017 event in New York City where company launched new products including the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well as the new Samsung Gear 360 camera. In fact, at the event Samsung gave everyone in attendance their own personal Gear 360 device to record the launch experience together…

Modern Warfare Comes to War Thunder

Gaijin Entertainment has rolled out new updates for its virtual reality (VR) compatible war fighting MMO War Thunder. For the first time, players will be able to use modern machines of war. Both ground and air vehicles will be added in the new update, which sees the likes of the M1A2 Abrams and T-14 Armata becomes…

Final VR World Congress Line-Up Announced

The VR World Congress is set to take place on 11th-13th April, 2017 in Bristol, UK. Virtual reality (VR) industry names from big companies and small independent studios will be there presenting talks, taking part in demonstrations and exhibiting the latest projects. More than 80 speakers are lined up to present at the event. The…

Twilight Pioneers Continues To Impress With Second Chapter

When I played the first chapter of Twilight Pioneers on Daydream late last year I was surprised by how not terrible it was. NetEase’s VR debut was a pretty competent first-person hack and slash game which made good use of the Wii-like motion controller. I just could have done with a little more of it….

Final line-up for Insomnia60 Includes HTC Vive and PlayStation VR

One of the biggest gaming events on the UK calendar is the Insomnia expo, held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK, several times a year. The last took place in December, Insomnia59, with Insomnia60 set to open its doors in a couple of weeks. Today, organiser Multiplay has announced the final line-up…

How to Keep Your PlayStation VR in Pristine Condition

The PlayStation VR launched late last year and by all accounts is performing quite well with the early adopters. However, along with having the opportunity to brag about your new piece of hardware comes the responsibility of keeping it in good condition; and with something like a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) – constantly…

Review: Dick Wilde

After releasing tower defense title Kittypocalypse last year Bolvërk Games then turned its attention to creating a first-person shooter (FPS), which it has now launched. Taking on the zany ideals of its previous title the studio plumped for a wave shooter called Dick Wilde. Yes this is a wave shooter, there’s no moving around, ducking behind cover or…

Lay Offs Hit Rock Band VR Developer Harmonix

Last week Oculus released its latest Studios title, Rock Band VR, bringing the dream of being a rock star into many people’s living rooms. Following its release however, developer Harmonix has been hit with lay offs. The studio is letting go of 17 staff, it’s confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz. The company noted that this was in…

3rd Eye Studios Release Zero Gravity Thriller Downward Spiral: Prologue

Today, Helsinki, Finland-based virtual reality (VR) developer 3rd Eye Studios has launched its first instalment of Downward Spiral, a sci-fi series for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Inspired by 70’s sci-fi movies and modern TV series, players find themselves in a capsule that has docked with a space station. On first exploration, the station appears empty and…

Nordic VR Startups Incubator Launched by gumi Inc. and Nordisk Film

Japanese videogame developer, gumi Inc. has been actively involved in supporting the virtual reality (VR) industry across the world for sometime now. Its latest venture comes in the form of an incubation program called Nordic VR Startups (NVS), which the company has recently announced the launch of, in partnership with Nordisk Film. Nordic based startup companies will be invited…

TouchSense Force Plugin Aims to Help VR Game Devs Make Better Haptics, Faster

Founded in 1993, Immersion Corp. designs and licenses haptic technology that’s come to be used in gamepads you’re well familiar with. Now the company is developing a new haptic programming system which aims to help game developers make better haptics effects for their games, faster. The latest generation of VR controllers use more advanced haptics…