Adobe’s Project SonicScape Visualizes Audio For Easier 360 Editing

Adobe previewed a concept it is working on that would make it easier for creators working on VR videos to place and align sound. Producing high-quality 360-degree video content has traditionally been a difficult affair at all stages of production, from capture to delivery. However, a constant stream of new cameras, editing tools and streaming…

Halo Recruit On Windows Pits You In VR Against A Flat Screen

I got the Fall Creators Update installed and I’m making my way through the launch library Microsoft has prepared for VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and, next month, Samsung. One of my first stops was Halo Recruit, which is now the definition of a disappointing wave shooter in VR. In Recruit, you shoot targets…

Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

Oculus Connect 4: Mark Zuckerberg’s Chance To Outline VR’s Next Steps

Microsoft is poised to release a series of PC-powered VR headsets and Google is about to launch the Pixel 2 with an upgraded Daydream View. But neither company took the opportunity with recent announcements to detail VR’s next steps. Both tech giants were clearly focused on making the most of the holiday shopping season. This makes…

SculptrVR’s Smooth Update Adds Incredible Detail To Hand-Made Worlds

SculptrVR’s “Smooth” update looks poised to enable the creation of far more expressive hand-made objects and worlds. The ground up rewrite of the software is expected to debut later this month on Steam and Daydream offering people the chance to shape by hand far more detailed objects and worlds. Unlike some other VR creation software,…

TheWaveVR Releasing Mind-Bending VR Album With TOKiMONSTA

With the release of its latest collaboration, TheWaveVR continues to push the boundaries of VR and make a name for itself building mind-bending virtual worlds centered on music. Based in Austin and Los Angeles, TheWaveVR raised a $4 million seed round earlier this year. The company employs around eight people full-time, plus a number of…

Microsoft Acquires AltspaceVR To Jumpstart Social VR Efforts

Microsoft is jumpstarting its social VR effort by acquiring AltspaceVR and its remaining team. Altspace was a pioneering social VR service available on all major VR headsets as well as traditional screens. It allowed people to meet up in a virtual world together and play games or share other activities. The startup burned through a…

Exclusive: The Well Is A Gorgeous RPG From Turtle Rock Studios

After about 15 minutes exploring the newest virtual world from Turtle Rock Studios, I emerged from the forest I was journeying through and came into a clearing. I moved out to the edge of a lake, where light broke through the clouds above and descended onto the scene. I paused, took a deep breath, and…

Samsung Odyssey’s OLED Display Stands Out Among Windows VR Headsets

Samsung’s VR headset for Windows 10 — the Odyssey — is equipped with OLED display panels. We saw the headset leaked recently but now a page on Microsoft’s store was noted on Reddit that reveals the Samsung headset is priced around $500 with motion controllers included and Nov. 6 listed as its shipping date. It features…

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. It couldn’t come at a better time for VR developers who spent the summer reading headline after headline about how VR is dead, fulfilling the prediction of Unity CEO John Riccitiello that journalists couldn’t stop themselves from writing…

VRTK’s Open Source Tools Help New Developers Get Started In VR

What’s becoming clear in VR development is that with the market split across Rift, Vive and PlayStation VR, the developers of some of the most successful apps like Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Raw Data work hard to make their software work well across all three headsets. Even if it is hard to stand out…

VRChat Raises $4 Million Round Led By HTC

Startup VRChat just raised a $4 million Series A round of funding led by HTC. The money for the social VR startup comes in the wake of AltspaceVR running out of cash and the earlier closure of Convrge, though Altspace found a lifeline of sorts. There’s still High Fidelity running strong and Linden Lab continues building…

Check Out The PSVR Segment From The Tokyo Game Show

Sony presented at the Tokyo Game Show with a new look at its coming lineup of PSVR games. Sony is hoping for a strong holiday for PlayStation VR with a new bundled price of $399 anchored by the arrival of highly anticipated titles like Skyrim VR. Its PSVR presentation, embedded below, offers glimpses of Skyrim along…

Signing Investment Deals In VR Is A Thing Now

I’m weary of calling anything we see with VR a “first-ever” as the technology has been around for decades and people often pop up to point out things have happened in the past that might technically be the “first-ever.”  Nevertheless, many people would likely be interested to know Germany-based Arthur Technologies just closed its funding…

I Cheated My Way Through Doom VFR Because I’m A Wimp

I made my way down to Los Angeles late last week to try out the VR games produced by ZeniMax subsidiary Bethesda and (in the case of Doom) id. Consistently, whenever we write about Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, or Doom VFR those stories are among our most well-read. In other words, of the games…

Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “undersold” those features so significantly. At the Apple September Keynote, there was no mention of VR at all despite the iPhone X being the first device from Apple to use…

Rift Exclusive Strategy Game Brass Tactics Coming Soon

Real-time strategy VR game Brass Tactics is coming exclusively to the Rift on Oct. 19. We first tried the strategy title at GDC and found it to be an enticing multiplayer strategy game offering a giant tabletop upon which to build and command troops in either co-op mode or head-to-head with another player. The creator made…

Rebecca Van Dyck Is Oculus’ New Head Of Marketing

Earlier this year Microsoft hired the head of marketing from Oculus, Liz Hamren, to run the company’s efforts as it started building up toward launching a series of VR headsets. We’re starting to see the culmination of those efforts, with a Halo project coming for VR, a $900 all-in entry point for Windows-based VR systems,…

Google’s ARCore Gets Unity And Unreal Support

World-building engines Unreal and Unity are both on board with support of Google’s new ARCore augmented reality toolkit. For those unfamiliar, ARCore is the evolution of Google’s Tango platform that runs first on Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 with Android 7.0 or better running on it. It’s an answer to Apple’s ARKit, but available…

Halo VR Is Coming From Microsoft And 343 Industries

Microsoft confirmed today it is working with 343 Industries to bring its epic Halo series to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. The franchise is one of the biggest in gaming and a major driver of Xbox console sales over the years. Its arrival on Microsoft-backed devices could be a major driver of headset sales, though…

Steam Will Support Microsoft’s Windows-based VR Headsets

Windows-based VR headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners will work with Valve Software’s Steam. The announcement today from the companies could have long-lasting implications for the evolution of the VR industry, firmly establishing Valve’s leading PC software store as a one-stop shop for content that can run on any major PC-based VR headset. Steam…

Report: HTC Getting Serious About Potential Of Spinning Off Vive

A new report by Bloomberg suggests HTC is getting serious about exploring its options with its VR division, considering a “strategic investor, selling or spinning off its Vive virtual reality headset business.” This has been rumored for a long time as the Android phone maker struggles for profits while its Vive headset seems to be leading…

Jules Urbach’s Quest To Realize Star Trek’s Holodeck

Jules Urbach is on the brink. Rest is rare for the 43-year-old with curly black hair and just a touch of gray in his beard. The long hours put dark circles around his eyes. He often works through the night. He replies quickly when asked how much he slept the night before our interview. “100…

Editorial: Why You Might Want To Pause Before Buying HTC Vive

This week HTC dropped the price of its Vive PC VR system by $200, bringing it much closer to that of its chief competitor the Oculus Rift. $600 for Vive is precisely the price I called for in a recent editorial, making it competitive with the Rift again. However, the decrease comes absent a critical…

Developer Plays Oculus And Steam Games With Valve’s Knuckles Controllers

Valve is developing a pair of more immersive hand controllers currently called “Knuckles” that promise to offer more precise finger tracking and grasping sensations in VR. Though the controllers are still in a prototype phase and likely to change, Valve released early versions to developers over the last few months and interest is high to…