Oculus Update: Import Objects To Home, 5K Video Method Released

Oculus is supporting the glTF 2.0 file format in its Home environment and allowing users to import 3D objects with the latest update. With the 1.26 update rolling out today users get to import 3D objects and use virtual computer monitors, TVs and arcade cabinets to display traditional windows and applications from their computer. Later…

Owlchemy Labs Co-Founder Departs To Found New Startup

Owlchemy Labs co-founder and former CEO Alex Schwartz is departing the company he started. The departure comes around a year after selling the company to Google. Owlchemy Labs is the company behind Job Simulator, Rick & Morty and the upcoming Vacation Simulator. The new CEO, Devin Reimer, spent hundreds of hours as the head of…

Q&A: SculptrVR Completes Journey To All Major Platforms With PSVR Launch

Sculpting VR creativity platform SculptrVR is the work of just two people yet, over the last two years, they’ve brought the software practically every major VR platform. PSVR becomes the latest headset to get SculptrVR with a launch on June 19. Nathan Rowe and Brandon Hjelstrom work together on the project, which is based around…

Budget Cuts Launches On Oculus And Steam

One of the most anticipated VR games — Budget Cuts — is now available on Steam and the Oculus Store. The stealth game that sees you lurking around hallways to throw knives into unsuspecting robots is now available to buy after multiple delays. The game is priced around $30 but launches at a 10 percent…

E3 2018: DisplayLink’s Booth Showcases Wireless VR With Gatling Guns

Chipmaker DisplayLink partnered with HTC for quite the demonstration of wireless VR at E3 2018. DisplayLink is powering HTC’s upcoming official wireless adapter for the Vive Pro and Vive. At E3, a pair of the adapters were shown wirelessly connected to Vive Pros alongside four of the 2.0 base stations tracking both headsets in a…

E3 2018: Arca’s Path Will Bring Relaxation To All Headsets

Arca’s Path is a relaxing gaze-based VR game coming to practically all major headsets. I was a bit surprised when I arrived at the Rebellion meeting room at E3 2018 to see Arca’s Path by Dream Reality Interactive. There were no controllers at all. Can a game really be good that relies on gaze-based interaction…

E3 2018: Transference Is A Haunting Psychological Experience

Transference is shaping up to be a powerful and haunting psychological trip from Ubisoft Montreal and Spectrevision. I don’t know how Games Editor David Jagneaux played through all of Resident Evil 7 with a VR headset on, but accomplishing that terrifying task and then describing Transference as an “intense and unsettling thriller” planted seeds of…

Budget Cuts Gets New June 14 Release Date

Highly anticipated VR game Budget Cuts just received a new release date. The game by Neat Corporation is now slated for launch this week on Thursday June 14 at 10 am Pacific. The game has been in development for more than two years by an extremely small studio. It t was last going to release…

Budget Cuts Gets New June 14 Release Date

Highly anticipated VR game Budget Cuts just received a new release date. The game by Neat Corporation is now slated for launch this week on Thursday June 14 at 10 am Pacific. The game has been in development for more than two years by an extremely small studio. It t was last going to release…

The VOID Debuts ‘Nicodemus’ Horror Experience

The VOID’s location in Las Vegas is selling tickets for their latest VR attraction — a haunting trip to a World’s Fair in the 1800s. Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment is developed by The VOID and Ninja Theory. The VOID previously launched Ghostbusters and Star Wars experiences at a number of locations around the world while offering…

Mech Combat Game Archangel: Hellfire Officially Launches On July 17

Archangel: Hellfire is slated to officially launch July 17, according to an announcement during the PC Gaming Show at E3. The promising mech combat game builds on its predecessor by taking the game off-rails and delivering multiplayer. It is in Early Access now on Steam. For a good look at its gameplay check out our recent video showing…

Leap Motion Improves Its Hand Tracking (Again)

Leap Motion continues to improve its hand tracking technology with the latest update today. Software updates issued over the last few years for Leap Motion’s hand-tracking sensors have steadily improved the hardware’s functionality. Mounted facing outward on a VR headset, Leap Motion’s $80 Controllers allow some developers to build VR software with complex interactions and without…

Jaron Lanier Explains What Could Make VR ‘A Device Of Nightmares’

To say Jaron Lanier is a pioneer of the VR industry is a bit of an understatement. His achievements include popularizing the term virtual reality and starting VPL Research, which was among the first startups creating VR hardware back in the ’80s (the company literally created an “EyePhone“). He’s also a best-selling author on the…

Second Episode Of Jurassic World: Blue Arrives On Oculus Headsets

The second episode of Felix & Paul Studios’ Jurassic World: Blue is now available to experience on Oculus Go, Rift and Gear VR. Felix & Paul Studios is known for extraordinarily high quality 360-degree VR productions, and this is their third such work for the Jurassic World franchise to arrive on Oculus headsets. It is…

NextVR NBA Finals Streams Will Showcase Major Resolution Upgrade

A new production pipeline from NextVR for the NBA Finals promises higher quality streams for all viewers. The streaming app is now available for most VR headsets, but Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey owners have a major reason to put on their headsets throughout the NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers….

Display Week 2018: New Samsung, JDI and LG Panels For VR Compared

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn’t ready to show its Half Dome varifocal prototype in-person, the new panel from LG as well as similar ones from Japan Display Inc. and Samsung were shown during Display Week…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

RED’S Hydrogen Phone Slated For AT&T And Verizon Launch In 2018

Camera maker RED is planning to bring its holographic phone to Verizon and AT&T later this year. The Hydrogen One is said to have a display that shows depth without any glasses required, and a PDF on the RED website outlines its planned feature set for around $1,300. That same sheet lists a Q1 planned…

VR Dev nDreams Estimates There Are 4.5 Million High End Headsets

Presenting at VRX Europe, the CEO of studio nDreams estimated there are nearly 15 million monthly active users split across high-end VR, mobile VR and cardboard. nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh’s talk was framed around Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of getting “1 billion people in VR”, and O’Luanaigh discussed what might make that achievable by 2025. “I…

Steve Jobs To John Carmack: ‘Why Don’t You Write A New OS?’

Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack shared recollections of his interactions with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The Facebook note is a fun read, with one particular quotation Carmack attributes to the former Apple leader that might become particularly meaningful in the years to come. Steve Jobs died in 2011 as the company he started…

Mirage Solo Is A Powerful Daydream Headset Hiding Android’s Evolution

When the Oculus Rift debuted a few days before the HTC Vive in 2016, the Facebook headset cost less, was missing important features and offered less freedom to move as you like. Yet Rift was the more comfortable headset overall and many people bought it with the expectation that Facebook would follow through and eventually…

How To Get Any Android App Running On A Daydream Standalone VR Headset

One of the most intriguing hidden features of the first Daydream standalone headset — the Lenovo Mirage Solo — is its ability to play normal Android apps in a flat 2D window. You can even interact with the apps using the simple Daydream pointer controller to ‘touch’ a virtual touchscreen for app interaction. If you…

Lenovo Mirage Solo Runs Normal Android Apps In 2D (Even PUBG)

Google appears to have hidden some of the most compelling features of Lenovo’s Mirage Solo — the $400 standalone VR headset which debuted last week. Among them: the headset appears perfectly capable of running anything from the Google Play Store in a 2D mode. I just installed PUBG Mobile on the Mirage Solo and was…

Smash Hit: One of Gear VR’s Best Games Comes To Oculus Go

A version of one of mobile VR’s best games tailored for Oculus Go is now available for $2.99 on the Oculus store. Smash Hit was originally a touchscreen game for Android and iOS seeing players shoot balls at glass obstacles. The game combines realistic physics, music and the simple mechanic of straight forward constant movement…

Oculus Go vs. Lenovo Mirage Solo: Which Is The Better Buy?

This weekend I placed four VR headsets out on a table: Daydream View, Gear VR, Mirage Solo and Oculus Go. The Pixel 2 started dropping frames, so I retired Daydream View without anyone really playing with it. A family member visited Pennywise’ house in Gear VR, but there was a pop up sitting between the…

Oculus Research Is Rebranded Facebook Reality Lab

A Facebook note from Oculus’ chief scientist revealed the research arm of Oculus is changing its name to Facebook Reality Lab. Here’s the full note from Michael Abrash: Oculus Research has a new name—starting today we will be known as Facebook Reality Labs (FRL). While our name is new, our focus on the future hasn’t…

Lenovo Mirage Solo Features Major Upgrades Over Oculus Go

Leaning around in Oculus Go is not fun. The urge to try anyway can be strong, as happened to me when Games Editor David Jagneaux was showing me photos in his virtual loft. There was a photo he had placed on the far wall I couldn’t see because his head blocked it. Facebook’s Oculus Go…

Oculus Go Could One Day Use Your Phone As A Second Screen

We were disappointed to find out Oculus Go at launch doesn’t have any way for people outside VR to see what the person wearing it sees. Chromecast integration provides this feature on Google Daydream headsets, for example. It works incredibly well on a Daydream View to let someone in VR wirelessly share what they see…

NextVR Adds Friends To Live VR Viewing With Oculus Partnership

Leading VR broadcasting company NextVR is partnering with Oculus so you can connect with friends and watch a live event together in VR. The highly anticipated feature (who wants to go to a concert or comedy club alone in VR?) will be available in some NextVR broadcasts through Oculus Venues — a new app for…