Viral Quarantine Expands Upon Early Gear VR Original

Fierce Kajiu was an early believer in VR, and one of the first to release a full game for Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR in Viral. Since then it’s brought the original game to Oculus Rift with Touch support, but it isn’t forgetting its roots. UploadVR got an exclusive early look at Viral Quarantine, the…

Oculus Is Broadcasting The NCAA March Madness Finals In VR

Facebook’s Oculus shared with us that, of the people who actually use their Gear VRs on a daily basis, 80 percent use it to watch video. Samsung shared that 5 million Gear VRs have been sold so far, but many were given as freebies with the purchase of a phone and it is unclear how…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

NVIDIA’s FCAT VR Tool Benchmarks VR Hardware And Experiences

A new tool from NVIDIA for benchmarking VR hardware and experiences should make it easier for buyers to figure out how systems perform in real world scenarios. Head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive put heavy demands on the PCs required to power these headsets. The graphics cards from companies like NVIDIA and…

Oculus Touch Doubled The Number Of Rifts Using Steam For VR Games

Valve dropped some interesting VR user data onto its community pages during GDC, providing an easily missed but important update about how people are using the Steam platform for virtual reality in the wake of Oculus Touch. Most interestingly, Valve’s Jeep Barnett wrote “the number of Rifts playing VR games through Steam doubled in December…

Oculus CTO John Carmack Sues ZeniMax For $22.5 Million In Ongoing Battle

The ongoing legal drama between Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack and his former employer ZeniMax continues today with Carmack suing the company. The complaint filed on behalf of Carmack alleges ZeniMax refuses to make a final payment stemming from the $150 million purchase in 2009 of id Software, the company Carmack co-founded in the…

Early VR Horror Game Dreadhalls Arrives On Steam

Dreadhalls is one of the first VR horror games made for the VR headsets which emerged with the rise of Oculus, and now the game is finally on Steam. Dreadhalls sees players navigating a maze of long dark corridors in search of an exit, with terrifying creatures waiting in various rooms. It generates new maps…

Job Simulator Tops February PSVR Downloads

Sony shared the top 10 downloads for February on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and, despite releasing in October last year, Job Simulator continues to be a leader on the system. Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin [Review: 5/10] had a strong debut too, arriving at second on the list even though it was released later in…

Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

Over the last week we learned that by spending essentially $300 to purchase three Vive Trackers, you will be able to bring your legs, feet and torso into VR — so you can kick a dinosaur in the face without even looking at it. Dinosaur kicking for $300 is certainly funny, but it’s also a great example…

GDC 2017: Hands-on With LG’s SteamVR Headset

LG’s upcoming VR headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR Tracking represents an important milestone in the development of the industry, and we just got the first hands-on. The prototype revealed at the Game Developers Conference uses the same tracking technology from Valve that’s used in the HTC Vive which shipped last year. It also runs at…

GDC 2017: Hands-On With Microsoft’s First Windows Holographic VR Headset

I tried a Microsoft prototype VR headset at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and got the first public look at the company’s vision for mixed reality beyond Hololens. I’ll get straight to the point. Inside the headset, I saw considerable motion blur while moving my head. I was among a handful of journalists…

GDC: 2017: New VR Strategy Game Blade & Soul Table Arena From Ncsoft

The most memorable part of Blade & Soul Table Arena wasn’t the game itself — which is a lot like Dragon Front if it leaned toward real-time strategy more than a trading card game. Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online game that premiered in Korea from Ncsoft. This Table Arena game, though, is…

GDC 2017: LG Headset Prototype Will Be Shown At Valve Booth

We just had a juicy bit of information dropped on us by Valve — LG is showing a headset prototype at the company’s booth. Very little is known about the device right now, though Valve did confirm to UploadVR that this is a SteamVR tracking headset, making it the second such device to be revealed,…

Bigscreen Raises $3 Million To Succeed Where Envelop Failed

Startup Envelop VR raised around $5.5 million for its platform which promised to use VR to surround you in limitless windows. The company’s VR tech basically extended the Windows operating system so you could theoretically work with a number of apps spread around you in VR. Ultimately, the idea was that legacy apps could eventually use…

Steam Audio Promises More Realistic Sound For Games And VR

Valve today released a new tool called Steam Audio that represents the fruit of its purchase of Impulsonic in January. The tech promises sound which very realistically responds to a virtual environment and would serve as an improvement over the standard 3D audio. In the demo video below you can hear the audio change as…

Optitrack’s New System Could Accelerate VR Theme Park And Arcade Roll-Outs

Lower-priced cameras from long-time motion tracking company Optitrack could slash as much as 40 percent off the cost to track VR headsets and accessories over very large areas. The price cut could accelerate the roll-out of out-of-home VR experiences like The Void. The Void covers very large regions with Optitrack cameras overhead to find the locations…

Oculus Rift In Space Will Be Used For Hand-Eye Coordination Experiment

An Oculus Rift is set to arrive at the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX cargo ship, according to a report by Air & Space Magazine. Microsoft’s HoloLens previously made a trip to the space station after a failed launch, and custom VR headsets have been used by astronauts in the past. The arrival of a…

Report: Microsoft Might Not Update HoloLens Hardware Until 2019

A report on Thurrott.com indicates Microsoft is skipping an incremental hardware update to its Hololens in favor of a generational upgrade in 2019. The post by Brad Sams says tips he received from “several sources” indicated Microsoft canceled its second version of Hololens to focus on a third version that will take longer to ship but…

New Worlds To Visit And Games To Play In VR This Weekend (2/17/17)

Keeping up with everything new happening in VR is getting more challenging with each passing week. We track new releases on Oculus, Steam/Viveport, and PlayStation, but there is also a constant flow of new 360-degree video projects as well as live events and short demo experiences being broadcast in VR with increasing frequency, not to…

Inside The First IMAX VR Arcade

If VR arcades in the United States are going to find success, it is looking like IMAX VR is going to give it the best try. We went inside the big-screen company’s flagship VR center in Los Angeles this week, and got a good look at their plans for arcade roll-outs this year including centers…

The Void Upgrades Display, Aims For 20 Installations This Year

If you wanted to see one of the most complete VR experiences available last year you would have paid for a ticket to Madame Tussauds in New York for around $50 and included the extra Ghostbusters: Dimension VR experience. You would enjoy catching ghosts with three other players moving freely around the virtual world alongside…

Developers Showcase Incredible Full Body Tracking With Vive

We have yet to see a solution for full body tracking that is affordable, easy to use, and can work in a wide range of VR experiences. That’s not keeping developers from forging ahead anyway though. The prize for developers creating virtual worlds and implementing full body tracking is a more immersive experience overall. You’d have…

Vive Tracker Includes USB Add-on To Connect The Additional Accessory

HTC recently released a document (PDF) detailing how its upcoming Tracker is supposed to function. The small puck-sized unit is meant to be attached to a range of objects and accessories, bringing physical guns, baseball bats, phones, cameras and much more into virtual reality with you. The Tracker holds enormous promise for extending 1:1 physical…

Rift Update Straightens Carpet, Improves Multi-Sensor Setups

Rift leader Nate Mitchell confirmed an update is rolling out to owners of the Facebook VR headset that smooths out the carpet on the floor seen in Oculus Home while also improving the way larger tracking setups work. “A big focus this month on making sure 3+ sensor setups are working optimally,” Mitchell wrote on…

ZeniMax Responds To John Carmack’s Comments After $500 Million Verdict

The war of words continues between ZeniMax and Oculus in the wake of a $500 million mixed verdict issued yesterday by a Texas jury. Earlier today Oculus CTO John Carmack noted on Facebook “the internet would have viciously mocked the analysis” of an expert witness ZeniMax called in the case whose testimony is under seal. “I still…

Valve Turns Destinations Into Social VR Platform With Trading And Quests

Valve Software just released a big update to its Destinations software that could make it a fun place to hang out with friends in virtual reality. Destinations is evolving steadily and might be blossoming into a social VR platform that could rival those in the works from Facebook, High Fidelity, Linden Lab, Altspace and others….