Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. We still don’t have many details on the new controllers beyond the fact that they are said to offer full six degrees of freedom  — like Oculus Touch and Vive’s wands — but that they…

HP and Acer VR Headsets Available For Pre-Order Today Starting At $300

VR headset developer kits from Acer and HP that work with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 mixed reality platform will be available for pre-order today starting at around $300. The hardware of the headsets themselves likely won’t change between when these systems start shipping to developers and when they are marketed toward consumers in a push…

Read Everything Mark Zuckerberg Said In ZeniMax v. Oculus Trial

We’ve gotten our hands on some of the transcripts in the ZeniMax vs. Oculus trial that concluded earlier this year, starting with Mark Zuckerberg’s time answering questions on Jan. 17. They make for interesting reading, so we thought you’d want to take a look. Zuckerberg’s time on the stand was part of a three week…

New Estimate Suggests Samsung Approaching 10 Million Gear VRs Sold By 2018

Before we dive into the numbers provided by industry analysis firm IHS Markit, let me be clear that all VR market analysis and projections we’ve seen are big guesses. The manufacturers have released only limited data points — with Samsung coming out with the largest number to date revealing the technology giant sold 5 million…

Racket: NX Is Trying To Turn VR Into A Sport With Gorgeous Mixed Reality

There is a lot of discussion surrounding VR as a spectator sport. Some folks are even trying to brand the term ‘vSports” as an update to “eSports” for professional VR competition that can attract spectators. But there are serious roadblocks to this evolution. Games like Call of Duty, Dota 2, or Starcraft 2 have millions…

Talk To The Hand Gesture In Rec Room Fights VR Harassment

The developers behind popular social VR experience Rec Room posted a video showing users how players can easily block someone who is antagonizing them with a simple gesture. Harassment in VR is a tough subject as developers grapple with how to stop it. The sense of presence you gain in a virtual world means that…

Unity CEO Predicts Multiple Sub-$1,000 VR Headset Systems By 2019

After speaking with Unity CEO John Riccitiello, I’m putting a little note on my calendar for CES 2019 as the time I expect to see multiple VR headsets that will cost less than $1,000 for the entire package. Riccitiello thinks content investments, hardware improvements and price decreases will align in late 2018 and into 2019…

Lasting Questions Regarding Palmer Luckey’s Departure From Facebook

Last September in the run up to one of the most divisive elections in the history of the United States, an article by The Daily Beast tied Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey to an internet meme machine. Fallout from the piece essentially silenced Luckey in public, apart from a carefully worded apology, and erased him as…

Antilatency Is An Intriguing Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

At VRLA we got a look at an impressive tech demo from a startup out of Russia that is moving to San Francisco soon. The startup is called The system features a small on-board camera on the bottom of the headset facing down and outward. It detects rapidly pulsing infrared light markers on strips at…

Vive Year One: HTC and Valve’s Gift To A New Medium

One year ago HTC Vive started arriving for buyers. It was $200 more expensive than its chief competition, the Oculus Rift, but the headset also did a lot more than the initial PC-powered headset from Facebook when it first released. At the heart of Vive’s leap is a fundamentally different tracking technology which involves mounting…

HTC Sells Out Initial Batch Of Vive Trackers

HTC sold out its initial batch of Vive Trackers, which are currently geared toward developers so they can prepare VR software and hardware accessories. The $100 unit can be tracked throughout a room by the same technology pioneered at Valve Software and used with the HTC Vive headset. The Tracker is a small lightweight gadget…

Microsoft Hires Head Of Marketing From Oculus In Mixed Reality Build Up

Microsoft today revealed it hired Liz Hamren from Oculus to head up marketing for mixed reality as the company begins to build out its efforts beyond HoloLens into a broad range of devices including VR headsets. Hamren was the chief marketing officer at Oculus and joins Microsoft as corporate vice president of mixed reality marketing. She’ll…

Insta360 iPhone and Android Cameras Now Stream Live To Facebook

The Insta360 cameras attach to the charging port your Android or iPhone for filming in 360 degrees, and with a new update to the company’s app today owners will be able to livestream that view to Facebook. The Insta360 Nano ($200 for iPhone) and Insta360 Air ($130 for Android) get the capability through an update…

One Year After Oculus Rift Launch, VR is Here to Stay

In the middle of August 2012 I wrote my first article about Oculus. A few months later, I got my first demo. I’d previously seen some expensive VR installations, like those used by Disney, but my view inside the Oculus Rift — and the interviews I conducted with researchers at Stanford and USC — convinced me VR…

Lightform Emerges From Stealth With $2.6 Million For Glasses-Free AR Tech

A new startup called Lightform emerged from stealth with $2.6 million in backing. The company aims to take impressive “projection mapping” research projects and transform those into easy-to-use real-world use cases. Microsoft’s Illumiroom is perhaps the most well-known projection mapping research, which used the Kinect sensor and a projector “to blur the lines between on-screen content…