Valve Reveals Latest Knuckles Dev Kit & New ‘Moondust’ Tech Demo

Since announcing the ‘Knuckles’ controller prototype all the way back in 2016, Valve has been relatively quiet about its progress outside of a select group of developers who have been experimenting with early development kits. That changed this week as Valve offered up a major information dump, showcasing the latest Knuckles dev kit with a…

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). Due to roll out as a public beta later this month, and launching widely this Fall as a free update, Mojave brings further VR-specific optimizations to Apple’s Metal graphics API, which the company detailed in a session…

Leap Motion Reveals First Extended Demo Shot Through North Star Headset

Back in April Leap Motion first revealed North Star, a prototype AR headset that’s designed to replicate the features of a future high-end AR headset, as a platform for experimentation. Today the company revealed the first extended look of a demo shot through the headset, offering a glimpse of its capabilities. Leap Motion is best…

‘Oculus Home’ Update Adds Virtual Screens, Custom Object Importing

Oculus Home, the hub space that users see when putting on their Oculus Rift, has been updated with virtual screens for embedded Dash content and the ability to import custom objects. Announced in a post this week on the Oculus Blog, Oculus Home version 1.26 is rolling out to users and now offers up several screen-like items into…

Ubisoft’s ‘Space Junkies’ Beta Announced for Late June, Signups Open

Ubisoft has announced the closed beta dates for its upcoming zero-G multiplayer VR shooter, Space Junkies, which will be available from June 28th to July 2nd with signups open to all. First revealed at E3 2017, Space Junkies is Ubisoft’s latest multiplayer VR title following Eagle Flight (2016), Werewolves Within (2016), and Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017). It’s the…

Toward Truly Glasses-sized AR: First Look at DigiLens’ AR HUD Reference Headset

DigiLens, a developer of transparent waveguide display technology, is creating a reference headset aimed at wide FOV AR with hand-tracking, dubbed AR HUD. The company showed the first glimpse of the headset at AWE USA 2018. Bolstered by growing interest in wearables and augmented reality, DigiLens recently announced the closure of a $25 million Series C investment…

Leap Motion Releases Major Tracking Update and New Demos to Show It Off

Leap Motion builds the leading markerless hand-tracking technology, and today the company revealed a update which they claim brings major improvements “across the board.” The upgraded tracking and improved developer tools are available in beta today on Windows, alongside three new demos to try it out for yourself. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion released its…

Oculus Rift Deal Offers $75 Game Credit or $50 Gift Card

Oculus is offering a ‘Dad & Grads’ deal on the Rift: now through 11:59 pm PT on June 16, you can buy a new Rift and get $75 worth of store credit from Oculus, or a $50 gift card from several retailers. The Oculus Rift is currently priced at $400, which includes everything you need to…

Apple Adding “plug and play support” for Vive Pro in MacOS Mojave

At Apple’s WWDC conference this week, the company announced that the Vive Pro will be fully supported on the newest version of MacOS, ‘Mojave’, soon to launch in public beta and available widely later this year. Speaking during a session at WWDC 2018 this week, Karol Gasiński, part of Apple’s GPU Software Architecture Team, announced that the…

Watch a Complete ‘Echo Combat’ Closed Beta Match

Developer Ready at Dawn recently hosted a closed beta of the upcoming Echo Combat, an expansion to Echo Arena, which brings a brand new objective-based FPS arena game into the mix, complete with various weapons and abilities. We’ve got footage of a complete match so that you can see how it all goes down. Echo…

To the Dismay of Its Audience, Magic Leap Livestream Dodges Key Questions

Years of Magic Leap’s hype-building seems for many to be turning from excitement to disappointment, as the company continues to evangelize its AR headset with little attempt to demonstrate what it’s actually like to use it. During the company’s latest livestream where it was teased that viewers would get to “meet Magic Leap One,” mundane…

To the Dismay of Its Audience, Magic Leap Livestream Dodges Key Questions

Years of Magic Leap’s hype-building seems for many to be turning from excitement to disappointment, as the company continues to evangelize its AR headset with little attempt to demonstrate what it’s actually like to use it. During the company’s latest livestream where it was teased that viewers would get to “meet Magic Leap One,” mundane…

China’s Oculus Go Variant Sells Out in Minutes, 50,000+ Await More Stock

The Chinese variant of the Oculus Go, sold by Xiaomi as the ‘Mi VR Standalone’, appears to be seeing strong launch demand, with the headset quickly selling out, in some cases within just minutes. XR intelligence firm Greenlight Insights estimates that 30,000 Mi VR Standalone headsets were sold in the headsets first day, and apparently constrained…

Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead

Apple this week showed it’s getting serious about the VR medium with platform-spanning VR announcements this week crossing both hardware and software. With SteamVR and the Vive on their way to Mac, eyes turn to Oculus, but the company isn’t ready to commit to MacOS. Update (6/4/18): This week is Apple’s WWDC 2018 event and it’s…

DigiLens is Developing a Waveguide Display for 150 Degree XR Headsets

DigiLens, a developer of transparent waveguide display technology, says it’s working toward a waveguide display which could bring a 150 degree field of view to AR and VR (or XR) headsets. The company expects the display will be available in 2019. Founded in 2005, DigiLens has developed a proprietary waveguide manufacturing process which allows the…

Varjo Reveals Add-on for High Quality Pass-through AR, Launching in 2019

The first version of Varjo’s ‘bionic display’ enterprise VR headset is due out later this year (see our latest hands-on), and the company has announced plans to offer an add-on upgrade in 2019 which brings high-quality pass-through AR capabilities to the headset. Varjo showed off a tech demo of the headset’s add-on capabilities this week…