Sixense to Refund STEM Kickstarter Backers After More Than 4 Years of Delays

In what might be the longest Kickstarter campaign conclusion to date, more than four years following estimated deliveries of the STEM VR controller, Sixense says they will fully refund all backers and pre-orders. Sixense was once a name central to the early VR community. The company built the technology behind the magnetically tracked Razer Hydra…

This Prototype World-scale VR Game is the Size of a Football Field

With recent advancements in inside-out tracking on standalone VR headsets, the tantalizing possibility of ‘world-scale’ VR experiences—those unhindered by limited tracking volumes or even physical barriers—is coming into focus. A pair of developers have created a prototype VR game that’s played across an entire football field. ‘Return to Grindelind’, as its called by creators Jeremy Kirshbaum…

VR Support for ‘No Man’s Sky’ Being Considered by Developer

No Man’s Sky, a game which has a history of calls for VR support since its 2016 release, could one day be explored in VR. Developer Hello Games is gauging interest in VR support for No Man’s Sky in a player survey intended to find out what the game’s community wants next. If you missed the drama…

‘Astro Bot’ Ranked 6th Best PS4 Game of 2018, #1 PSVR Game of All Time

PSVR exclusive ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission has been making waves among critics and players alike since its release at the beginning of the month. The game now ranks among PS4’s top titles—VR or otherwise. According to popular review aggregator Metacritic, Astro Bot Rescue Mission has averaged a review score of 90 out of 100 among 36 critic review,…

Insomniac Games Announces ‘Seedling’, Launching on Magic Leap in November

Insomniac Games, the talented game studio behind non-VR games like Spider-Man (2018) and VR games like Edge of Nowhere (2016) and The Unspoken (2016), today announced their first AR game called Seedling, coming to Magic Leap in November. Without doubt, Insomniac Games is one of the most experience VR development studios to date, and now they’re turning…

New Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL Are Daydream Ready, Google Confirms

Google today revealed its latest phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And while the introduction of the devices didn’t see much fanfare related to VR, Google has confirmed to Road to VR that both phones are compatible with its Daydream View headsets. When Google introduced the first ‘Pixel’ phone back in 2016, it also…

‘Star Wars: Project Porg’ AR “experiment” Announced for Magic Leap

ILMxLab, Lucasfilm’s immersive media group, today announced Star Wars: Project Porg, an augmented reality “experiment” built for Magic Leap. In the experience, players will interact with the big-eyed fuzzy creatures introduced in The Last Jedi, with some helpful guidance by C-3PO himself. Just ahead of this week’s Leap Con conference, ILMxLab has announced the Star Wars: Project Porg “experimental demo”…

Varjo Raises $31 Million to Further Develop ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

Finland-based headset maker Varjo has announced it has raised a $31 million Series B investment to continue the development of its novel ‘Bionic Display’ headset which incorporates a high-density display with a wide field of view display as a shortcut toward a ‘retina resolution’ VR headset. Varjo’s Series B investment was lead by London-based investment…

‘Beat Saber’ is Now the 7th Best Rated Steam Game of All Time

Beat Saber has climbed to the #7 spot among best rated games on Steam—VR or otherwise—and continues to hold the #1 spot among VR titles. For a few days following its Early Access launch back in May, Beat Saber basked in the #1 spot of top rated titles on Steam as the only game on Steam with…

No Plans for ‘Astro Bot’ Co-op Multiplayer, Sony Confirms

With the overwhelmingly positive reception to the release of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission on PSVR this week, fans were excited to discover that the back of the game box suggested a multiplayer feature would eventually come to the game via a post-launch update. Alas, Sony confirmed this was a mistake. Astro Bot Rescue Mission has…

Vive Pro Data Revealed in Steam Survey, Thins Gap Between Rift and Vive

In the latest set of data from Vale’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software survey, the Vive Pro has finally made an official entrance and shows that the gap between Rift and Vive isn’t as wide as it appeared. Each month, Valve runs a survey among Steam users to determine some baseline statistics about what kind of hardware…

‘Twilight Path’ Review – Puzzles Missing Purpose

From the makers of FORM (2017), a well regarded indie VR puzzle game, comes Twilight Path. With an entirely new setting, Twilight Path attempts something more ambitious than its predecessor, but winds up feeling like a rushed followup. Twilight Path Review Details: Official Site Developer: Charm Games Available On: SteamVR (Vive, Rift), Oculus Store (Rift) Reviewed On: SteamVR (Vive Pro) Release…

Oculus Quest Hands-on and Tech Details

Oculus Quest was the main attraction at Oculus Connect 5 this week. Following the high-end standalone headset’s reveal, attendees of the conference got to try several demos to experience the headset’s inside-out positional head & hand tracking, including in an ‘arena-scale’ setting. We also got a handful of interesting details about the headset’s specs and…

Up Close With Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest (formerly Santa Cruz) has been officially revealed, launching Spring 2019 for $400. We’ve got our first up close look at the newly refined headset. Upon entering the press room at Oculus Connect this morning, three display stands stood off to the side of the room. Each under glass, the Oculus Go and Oculus…

Oculus Quest Supports “Arena-scale” Tracking and Multi-room Guardian

Oculus today offered up some details on the ‘Insight’ tracking system of their new Quest headset. The inside-out tracking goes “beyond roomscale,” according to Oculus, enabling large-scale experiences that let players physically move around large spaces. Additionally, Oculus Quest is equipped with the familiar Guardian system to keep you from bumping into your surroundings, now…

Oculus Announces Quest, The High-end Standalone Headset Starting at $400

Oculus today introduced Quest, the consumer version of the ‘Project Santa Cruz’ headset that the company first revealed way back in 2016. The headset is high-end standalone, meaning it doesn’t rely on a PC, but still manages to include the positional head and hand tracking that makes high-end headsets so immersive. First introduced back in…

What to Expect at Oculus Connect 5 This Week

Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, is here once again. Now in its fifth year, Oculus is expected to update the world on what’s next from in VR content and hardware. Here’s a look at what we expect to see this year. Taking place this week on the 26th & 27th, Oculus Connect 5…

First-person ‘Angry Birds’ AR Game is Coming to Magic Leap This Fall

Angry Birds, the mobile breakout hit, is coming to Magic Leap in a brand new game called Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot. Due to launch this Fall, the game is quite literally a first-person take on the physics-based slingshot smasher game. Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds franchise is one of the smartphone world’s earliest smash-hits. The…

Oculus Connect VR Livestream Coming to Gear VR and Go, But Rifters Get Left Out

Oculus today announced it will offer an immersive livestream during the company’s annual Oculus Connect developer conference, including coverage of the opening keynote and several VR esports championships hosted during the event. Owners of the Oculus Go or Gear VR headsets can join the immersive livestream via the Oculus Venues app which is unfortunately not…

Pimax “8K” Pre-production Previews Emerge from Select Backers

As part of the company’s ongoing development of the Pimax “8K” headset, a select group of Kickstarter backers recieved pre-production units to aid in testing and feedback ahead of production. Today those backers are allowed to talk publicly about their time with the latest ‘M2’ units. A preview from one of those backers, Thomas “VoodooDE” Poersch,…