NextVR Releases Streaming Schedule For Critical 2018-2019 NBA Season

Startup NextVR is preparing to stream the 2018-2019 NBA season across all platforms. NextVR’s focus is on live capture and streaming content in 3D and the startup’s partnership with the NBA has offered basketball fans in VR courtside seats at games for the last couple years. NextVR’s capture and streaming technology is generally some of the…

Oculus Go Used For In-Flight Pilot Training Demonstration

Co-founders of a Texas-based company called Thrust Vector, which does contract development and consulting for both AR and VR, used Oculus Go while piloting an aircraft and say they have flown “probably 2 dozen full approaches in full VR, all the way down to about 50 feet above the runway.” CTO John Nagle wrote in an…

Jaunt Shuts Down VR Operations

Jaunt is letting go “a significant portion” of its staff and “winding down a number of VR products and content services in the coming weeks.” The prepared explanation comes in a Medium blog post and an additional statement sent over email: “Today we had to make some difficult decisions in an effort to realign Jaunt for…

Rec Room Community Hosts The Princess Bride Live Theater

If you add custom songs to Beat Saber, we recently discovered it is possible to play through the entire sword fight at the top of the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride. Assuming you are a fan of the movie, we recommend modifying Beat Saber to do it because it is so much fun to sword…

Oculus Quest LED Is Hard-Wired To The Insight Tracking System

A light atop Oculus Quest is connected directly to the on-board sensors so that it turns on whenever the system “sees” its environment. When Oculus Quest ships early next year, the security feature should be a welcome one for any folks concerned about Facebook putting four super wide angle cameras in their home. At Oculus…

Google’s Owlchemy Labs Reveal ARCore Spectator Experiment

Google’s Owlchemy Labs just revealed one of its experiments using ARCore on a phone to offer a spectator view into the upcoming game Vacation Simulator. We’ve just come from Oculus Connect 5 where Facebook’s teams demonstrated a series of experiments that together included full body tracking, arena-scale movement freedom and mixed reality which incorporates real…

Oculus Connect 5 In 14 Minutes: Oculus Quest, Darth Vader And More

Last week the VR event of the year came and went — Oculus Connect 5 — with Facebook’s Oculus Quest formally revealed as the company’s next attempt to tap a consumer market for VR hardware in 2019. The fully standalone headset requires no phone or PC to operate and will start selling early next year…

OC5: 5 Big Takeaways About Oculus Go From John Carmack’s Keynote

Oculus CTO John Carmack finished his day two keynote mid-sentence at Oculus Connect after talking continuously for an hour and a half. It takes time to digest a Carmack keynote and we’ll embed the video as soon as Oculus uploads it. In the meantime, we’ve done some of the work of digesting this information drop…

OC5: Impressive Oculus Quest Arena-Scale Dead And Buried Tech Demo

One of the most impressive VR technology demos we’ve ever seen is on display at Oculus Connect 5 in San Jose. In a corner of the convention center The VOID brought Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, demonstrating publicly for the first time that the startup is using Oculus Rift inside its VR helmet to provide the…

OC5: Up Close Photos Of The Oculus Quest Controllers

We’re still chasing around demos at Oculus Connect 5 that show us what Oculus Quest will be capable of when it launches early next year, but in the meantime we were able to take some close up photos of the controllers which are being shown with the new headset. The controllers share the same basic…

‘Defy Distance’ Is The New Mission Of Oculus

Facebook’s VR leader Hugo Barra announced a clarified mission for Oculus at the 5th VR developer conference from the social media giant. “Defy Distance” is the mission for employees at Facebook building VR headsets and software, as explained by Barra during Oculus Connect 5. In the same way that “don’t be evil” and “move fast…

Darth Vader VR Experience Set For Reveal Tomorrow

The Darth Vader VR experience that we first heard about two years ago from ILMxLAB looks like it might get a formal reveal at Oculus Connect 5. A tweet from ILMxLAB’s official account says to look for updates on September 26, which just happens to coincide with the start of Oculus Connect 5 in San…

HTC Invites Developers To Viveport Subscriptions With Q4 Rev Share

HTC is pushing its Viveport subscription service this holiday season, hoping to attract developers with an offer of “100% net revenue” as the company goes after both Vive and Rift owners. It can be costly to take a chance on new VR apps that you’re not sure if you’re going to play. That’s the main…

Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers For Daydream, Dev Kits Incoming

Google revealed an experimental accessory for the Lenovo Mirage Solo which adds a pair of six degrees of freedom controllers to the standalone Daydream headset. The faceplate straps to the front of Mirage Solo, which features a USB-C port on the side for powering an accessory. A Google blog post describes the way the faceplate communicates…

Walmart Buys 17,000 Oculus Go Headsets For Worker Training

Walmart and VR startup STRIVR are expanding a partnership and distributing Oculus Go headsets for worker training at every store. The roll out should see 17,000 Oculus Go headsets distributed to Walmart stores for employee training — four going to every Supercenter and two heading to each Neighborhood Market or Discount Store before the year…

I Expect You To Die Clears $3 Million Revenue Milestone

I Expect You To Die from Schell Games surpassed a revenue milestone of $3 million. The spy-themed escape room VR game released in late 2016 and since shipped on every hand-controlled consumer VR platform alongside major updates that kept the game fresh over the last two years. It is available now on  Steam, Oculus, the…

Bow To Blood September Update Adds Easter Egg

PlayStation VR title Bow To Blood from Tribetoy will get its first free update adding a new race track and random event as well as more voice-over and bug fixes. A new community event with the update will also offer a clue to a “hidden treasure” in the game and the first player to find…

The VOID Will Add New Disney And Marvel Experiences

Disney and The VOID are expanding their partnership to bring a Wreck-It Ralph experience to locations this fall as well as an unnamed Marvel experience in 2019. Disney invested in the VR startup last year and, by the end of 2017, Disney’s ILMxLab and The VOID had launched Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. For…

Fight Through The Witching Tower In This Upcoming VR RPG

A trailer for Witching Tower shows what looks like an effort to satisfy Game of Thrones fans itching to fight a blue-eyed undead army this Halloween. Witching Tower’s description on Steam promises an action adventure game with blade and bow combat as well as puzzles to solve as you work your way through a tower…

3 Virtual Reality Projects Win At The Venice Film Festival

Virtual reality experiences Spheres, Buddy VR and L’île des morts won awards at the Venice Film Festival this year. Eliza McNitt’s Spheres was recognized as the best immersive story as it delivers a sense of awe with a journey to some of the largest celestial bodies in the universe. We don’t know yet when Spheres…

Thumper Brings Its Harrowing Sense Of Speed To Oculus Go This Week

The full version of fast-paced rhythm game Thumper is coming to Oculus Go this week for around $10. We reviewed Thumper all the way back in October 2016 for PlayStation VR, rating it 9/10 “Amazing” as it delivers a “harrowing sense of speed.” Thumper has since come to most other platforms, including Switch and iOS. With…

Video: Check Out Gameplay From Trover Saves The Universe

You can get a pretty good sense of what Trover Saves The Universe is like in new gameplay footage released from PAX. The title is coming in 2019 from Squanch Games to both PlayStation VR and PSVR, so you play the game both inside and outside VR. While we got hands-on time with the game…

VR Training Program Now Required At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Oculus is giving standalone VR headsets to 11 medical institutions as part of an expanding program investigating best practices for training medical professionals in virtual reality. A “pilot study” was launched last year at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with training software made in Unity focused on “resuscitation procedures for childhood seizure and shock.” Built by <a href=”http://www.aisolve.com/”…

What Magic Leap One And Facebook’s Half Dome Have In Common

iFixit revealed a full teardown of Magic Leap One Creator Edition recently along with some long-awaited clarity about how the system operates. The teardown from iFixit credits Oculus founder (and former Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey with helping tear down the “Lightwear” glasses, which rely on a “Lightpack” processing unit that’s wired and worn on your…

Jump Into Tilt Brush With Vreal And Revisit Creations Together

Vreal is opening up access so any creator can download the app and start recording visits to worlds like Tilt Brush. Vreal’s recorder maps player movements onto an animal avatar while also capturing the entire changing virtual environment. With something like Tilt Brush, that means for the first time folks can actually record an entire…

Vive Wireless Adapter Won’t Work With Laptops, HTC Investigating Options

We’ve confirmed with HTC the Vive Wireless Adapter won’t work with laptops at launch. The official adapter starts shipping in September for $300 and promises to make both Vive and Vive Pro headsets wireless, assuming of course that the PC you use to render your virtual world has an open PCI-E slot to connect the accessory….

You Should Be Able To Stream Oculus Go To Your Phone Soon

Oculus CTO John Carmack says a local viewing feature is working for the Oculus Go but it is still several weeks away from being released to owners of the headset. The feature should fill a major gap in Oculus Go functionality and allow friends and family to see the view from inside VR. The standalone Oculus…

Steam Can Now Run Some Major VR Apps Without Microsoft Windows

Valve released an update for Steam on Linux  that should allow some of the most popular VR games to run on VR-ready computers without Microsoft Windows installed. The new feature could hold enormous potential for Valve to support next generation standalone VR headsets based on Linux or SteamOS. In the near-term, the feature could also…