Report: Disney CEO Chooses AR Over VR For The Legendary Theme Parks

Disney is one of the biggest names in entertainment and there’s a level of quality that comes with the Disney brand. From classic animated features to the relatively newer relationship with Marvel comics and Star Wars brands, the company puts its best foot forward and supplies young and old fans with visual feasts. Thee company’s…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/19/17

This week we’ve got quite a few new experiences to check out, including quite a few that are free to play. For the creative types, ShapeLab is a tool for you to create virtual sculptures and you have the option to collaborate with a friend online. Kira, on the other hand, is an immersive experience…

Viro Media Is A Tool For Creating Simple Mobile VR Apps For Businesses

One of the biggest roadblocks to VR content creation right now is how complicated it can be, but there’s a small subsection of the industry developing platforms that make creating VR content a bit easier. Not every application demands the experience that more complex applications and games require to make and developers of these more…

VR Basketball Sim Nothin’ But Net Adds Online Multiplayer and New Mode

Back in November, the NBA 2k franchise dropped their first VR entry but the major series was immediately overshadowed by the independently developed Nothin’ But Net in our HTC Vive new release roundup. Despite being in Early Access at the time, it out-shined the competition with an experience obviously better built for virtual space by…

InstaVR To Produce Content For Hello Kitty Theme Park

Likely due to the costs and complexity of virtual reality setups, theme parks are often referenced as prime homes for VR installations and rides. Amusement parks not only have the funding that can go into individual attractions providing fully immersive VR, but also the square feet to do so with few barriers. Companies like Optitrack…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

SXSW 2017: Birdly Is VR Locomotion At Its Most Ridiculous

What your mind expects and what your eyes see is a crucial element to the locomotion in VR experiences. As much as many developers would like to have everyone moving freely at high speeds, VR motion sickness is a real concern so things like teleporting must be implemented. There are a few gaming experiences that are…

SXSW 2017: The Sphere Combines A Motion Simulator With An 8K Screen

At SXSW, the Sphere 5.2 from Wonder Vision made its debut and it looks like it could bring immersive excitement to a theater setting, theme parks, and more. If you’re walking the SXSW exhibition hall, it is pretty hard to miss the Sphere. It’s a massive, curved screen that resembles an extremely condensed version of…

SXSW 2017: Framestore’s Advice For Producers Considering VR Projects

The Film and Interactive disciplines at SXSW are home to many VR experiences and they often intersect. As a matter of fact, the interactive nature of cinematic VR experiences is a quality that’s underestimated by those employing the efforts of production teams. We discussed this and other VR topics with Christine Cattano, Framestore’s Global Head…

SXSW 2017: Buzz Aldrin Shows Us The Pathway To Mars Colonization

Software company 8i is leading the charge for volumetric human capture, a key technology that could have a lasting importance across virtual platforms. Digitally created characters are very detailed and can leave an impression in interactive and/or cinematic experiences but, when attempting to recreate real people, there’s a level of realism that just isn’t reached….

AMD’s Radeon Loom 360 Tech Aims To Make VR Journalism More Efficient

For the tech, film, and gaming exhibits SXSW, VR and 360-degree media will be leaving a major imprint. From promotional work for different brands to VR roller coasters, you’ll be hard pressed not to run into some sort of immersive content. Graphics chip giant AMD will be represented in many of the different sessions taking…

The Crowdfunded Hardlight VR Suit Lets You Feel Your Virtual Experience

Haptic feedback is developing into an elusive achievement for the VR industry. Many different companies are attempting to harness the additional immersion haptics affords you within the VR platform, but nothing has caught on just yet. We recently reported on the EXOS glove which lets you feel your way through virtual spaces and even a rifle accessory…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/05/17

There may not be any major new AAA releases for the HTC Vive this week, but if it’s the only VR headset you’ve got then there are plenty of good things worth picking up. AirMech Command is one of VR’s best strategy games and it finally makes its way over to the Vive, as well…

Crowe: The Drowned Armory Is A Shooter Blending Fantasy and Sci-Fi

As the VR industry grows, higher profile productions and partnerships continue to spring up. Last year, production studio The Rogue Initiative attracted enough attention with their team’s talent to iron out a partnership with popular filmmaker Michael Bay for a series of VR content with Hollywood cinematic style. Now, Rogue Initiative is taking the pedigree…

Mission: ISS Is A Free Space Simulation That Makes You The Astronaut

Virtual reality is a great platform for users to experience fantastic worlds and wonders, but it’s also a portal into the real life wonders very few humans get to enjoy. Outer space is one of, if not the, most incredible of those wonders and VR users are getting an opportunity to be an astronaut. In Mission: ISS, visitors…

Room Scale MMO OrbusVR Has Been Funded On Kickstarter

As the software ecosystem grows, developers are starting to find a balance that allows them to create solid multiplayer experiences on VR platforms. The community is welcoming massive amounts of VR players, but the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) genre hasn’t really found a solid foothold just yet. Enter OrbusVR, the Kickstarter project looking to bring room…

This HoloLens Prototype Brings Golf to AR

CapitolaVR, as described on their website, is a digital agency all about action. They “don’t talk, buy prototype” and have built relationships through this ideal with clients such as Samsung and Ford. Via email, CapitolaVR’s Head of Digital David Robustelli shared a new development that was the result of the team charging forward with a…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 02/26/17

If you’re reading this, you’re close to surviving GDC week! There have been a plethora of announcements for future games and you can find plenty coverage on UploadVR, but we mustn’t forget the new Vive experiences that released throughout the week as well. Starting off the highlights, we have an escape the room experience that’s…

Gunball Is A Sport Where You A Shoot At A Ball To Get It Thru Goals

Many fictional sports have made their way into the VR ecosystem, some taken inspiration from Tron or other futuristic works of sci-fi and others entirely original. With the more engaged input that VR provides, devs will continue to do so and hope that their creation becomes the definitive VR sport that spreads like wildfire across…

Today You Can Get Your Hands On The ModboxSDK

The sandbox experience in gaming is flourishing within the VR ecosystem. It’s one thing to be able to pick up a traditional controller and fiddle around freely in a game space, but it’s another entirely to be able to immerse yourself in a virtual world and manipulate the things around you. ModBox is one such…

With LiveSYNC You Control 360-Video Playback of Multiple Devices

The portability and affordability of mobile VR is inspiring developers from all walks to create games, educational apps, or even productivity software for the platform. Though dependent on the types of phones users have, there’s an incredibly large install base already in place so it’s just a matter of capturing their interest and keeping it….

This Marble Maze Brought Into VR Is Family Friendly Fun

VR experiences welcome users into virtual worlds for education and entertainment purposes, immersing them into settings of the developer’s own design. Games like the recently announced Dungeon Chess take a simple table-top experience and project it into a VR space with special effects, ultimately providing an intimate gaming experience that brings players together that may…

GDC 2017: Pure Chess Sequel Coming To PSVR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift

A few days ago, Experiment 7 revealed their partnership with Wizards of the Coast and the first game to surface from the deal: Dungeon Chess. The game blends the classic chess game with the world of Dungeons & Dragons, using the VR platform to bring the chess pieces to life. Ripstone Games, the publisher behind Pure…

Ghostline: This Analytics Tool Can Tell You What Works In VR Games

2016 was the year of VR hardware and it’s looking like 2017 is the year of software and accessories, but there are still many skeptics about the potential of the industry. Because of those, supporters and detractors clamor for whatever data is made available from sales to time spent playing on VR platforms and more….

GDC 2017: New Unity Plugin Increases Streaming Capabilites

Many companies are making waves across the gaming industry at GDC this week and Unity has certainly contributed to a few headlines. Their 5.6 update, releasing at the end of this month, is welcoming compatibility for Google Daydream and Cardboard and they’re charging forward with their EditorVR platform as well. A new announcement related to the…

GDC 2017: Google Daydream Support Coming To Unity On March 31st

At GDC 2017, Unity held a keynote discussing their impact on the gaming industry, future updates to the engine, and much more. The Unity engine and titular company have been very accommodating when it comes to VR development, having added a feature that even allows developers to work within VR and provided the framework that makes it…

GDC 2017: Khronos Group Unveils VR/AR Standard OpenXR

In December of last year, Khronos group made headlines for adding Epic Games to the list of companies in support of their pursuit of an API standard for virtual and augmented reality. Representatives for Google VR, Intel, and others already voiced their support of Khronos’ work by that point, but Epic’s Unreal Engine allowed Khronos…

Star Wars: Rogue One’s Director Used VR To Get The Best CG Shots

Star Wars films, new and old, are recognized regularly for incredible and grand filmography. The science fiction epic is larger than life and that demands a collection of practical effects and computer generated scenery to bring the many aliens, their worlds, and the massive battles to the big screen. Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards, no stranger…

GDC 2017: FOVE and AMD Take Aim At Improving VR Rendering

Visuals and the rendering of them is one of a few significant obstacles when it comes to the future of VR headsets. Mobile headsets are handicapped largely due to the dependence on the capabilities of the smartphones being used, as noted by the NFL’s media director in a previous report. The more major headsets have…

PSVR’s Secret Weapon, The Aim Controller, Has A Release Date

The beauty of SteamVR’s tracking system is the wealth of opportunities it presents for the additional accessories that will enhance VR’s immersion. There are a couple solutions available for PS VR when it comes to this, but they use multiple parts. One of our writers got a hands-on with an upcoming solution and not only was…