This Flexible Thermoelectric Skin Has Made Me a Believer in Thermal Haptics

Korea-based TEGway is developing ThermoReal, a thermoelectric array which can generate heat and cold with impressively low latency. The flexible nature of ThermoReal could make it suitable for integration into VR controllers, gloves, and more. I’ve tried a few different thermal haptic devices throughout the course of my VR reporting, but nothing that really impressed…

The Crazy VR Goggles in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Are Not a Prop but a Real Prototype

HBO’s show Silicon Valley entertains with tales of the pervasive startup culture of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. While virtual reality has graced the show previously, season four is bringing it closer to the fore, with the show’s main characters becoming intertwined with the eccentric Keenan Feldspar, a fictional Silicon Valley wunderkind developing a pair of virtual…

HTC Teases More AAA VR Content on the Way

One of the biggest VR stories at E3 2017 was that Bethesda’s Fallout 4 (2015), Doom (2016), and Skyrim (2011) are all coming to VR this year. VR gamers have been hungry for AAA content and it while Bethesda’s announcement is a great step in that direction, HTC says you can expect more on the way….

HTC Explains Why It Hasn’t Lowered the Price of the Vive

Despite its primary competitor, Oculus, making a major price cut to the Rift & Touch earlier this year, HTC’s Vive headset still sits at a hearty $800. The company’s GM of VR, Daniel O’Brien, tells us why HTC hasn’t cut the cost of their headset in response. Price Point Speaking to Road to VR this week at…

Hands-on: DisplayLink XR Wireless VR Tech is Top Notch, Lighter Than it Looks

At E3 2017, DisplayLink is touting their ‘XR’ wireless solution to eliminate the tether on VR headsets. Our hands-on with their reference device revealed a robust solution with impressive quality and unnoticeable latency. DisplayLink is but one of a handful of companies now working to create the highly sought after solution to make tethered VR…

Sony Announces 5 Brand New Games Heading to PSVR

At Sony’s E3 2017 presentation the company announced a slew of brand new titles heading to PSVR. The range of games is diverse, from shooter to puzzle, to horror, and more. Though Skyrim is coming to PSVR, Sony’s E3 presentation also featured a section dedicated to brand new PSVR games not seen anywhere else yet….

Ubisoft’s Mysterious New VR Thriller ‘Transference’ Aims to be a “true collaboration between Hollywood and gaming”

At Ubisoft’s E3 2017 presentation, the company announced a cinematic-focused VR psychological thriller called Transference. Launching in Spring 2018, the title seeks to “bridge the gap between movies and games,” and is being developed in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal and Elijah Wood’s content studio SpectreVision. Photo courtesy Ubisoft Ubisoft and SpectreVision are playing it close to…

‘Doom VFR’ Coming to PSVR and HTC Vive, Here’s the Reveal Trailer

What was an earlier version of Doom for VR announced last year has evolved into a full title from Id Software, now titled Doom VRF. The game will be released for PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive. On stage during Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference the company revealed a more developed version of their in-development…

HTC Sweetens Viveport Subscription Deal with 75 More VR Games

HTC launched its interesting Viveport Subscription service back in April; for $7/month, the program lets users choose five VR games from a pool of available apps, and grants them unlimited access. The company is sweetening the deal with 75 additional titles to choose from, including a number of notable games. While the industries of film,…

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Gets 33% Price Cut Across All Headsets

EVE: Valkyrie (2016), one of the first games to launch on the Oculus Rift (and eventually found its way to PSVR and the HTC Vive), is getting a big price cut. Eve: Valkyrie is a sci-fi spaceship dogfighting game that debuted on the Rift in 2016. Following that launch, developer CCP Games has put out…

MindMaze’s MASK is a Practical and Promising Approach to VR Face-tracking

MindMaze, a neurotechnology startup, is developing a simple, low-cost approach to face-tracking called MASK—claimed to be compatible with any VR headset—that can map significantly more life-like expressions onto your virtual avatar. I recently met with MindMaze at their San Francisco working space to test Mask for myself and learn more about it. Since optical, computer-vision based…

Samsung’s New VR Display Has Nearly 3.5x More Pixels Than Rift & Vive

At last week’s Display Week 2017 conference, Samsung showed off a new ultra-high resolution display for VR headsets that more than triples the pixel count of the displays in the Oculus Rift and Vive. A new display from Samsung targeting use in VR headsets packs a whopping 2,024 x 2,200 pixels into a 3.5″ form-factor,…