StarVR One: 90 FPS, SteamVR Tracking 2.0 With ‘Nearly’ Human FoV

StarVR unveiled its long-in-development commercial VR headset at SIGGRAPH today. The StarVR One HMD promises SteamVR 2.0 Tracking with visuals running at 90 frames per second, eye-tracking and a field of view covering “nearly 100 percent of natural human vision.” The headset is being shown with a handful of experiences at SIGGRAPH this week with…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

How QuiVr Sold 35,000 Copies In Early Access

Archery game QuiVr recently emerged from Early Access after more than two years of development. During that time, the game sold roughly 35,000 copies on Steam. Sole programmer Jonathan Schenker and business partner Aaron Stanton say the game, selling at $20 per copy, generated around $700,000 in gross sales before Valve took a 30 percent…

How QuiVr Sold 35,000 Copies In Early Access

Archery game QuiVr recently emerged from Early Access after more than two years of development. During that time, the game sold roughly 35,000 copies on Steam. Sole programmer Jonathan Schenker and business partner Aaron Stanton say the game, selling at $20 per copy, generated around $700,000 in gross sales before Valve took a 30 percent…

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….

Kite & Lightning Showcasing iPhone Motion Capture At SIGGRAPH

VR development studio Kite & Lightning is taking its impressive iPhone-based motion capture pipeline to SIGGRAPH. We’ve written a couple stories about the system which Kite & Lightning co-founder Cory Strassburger has been putting together mainly on his weekends. Strassburger uses a helmet-mounted iPhone X combined with an Xsens suit for completely wireless full body…

Kite & Lightning Showcasing iPhone Motion Capture At SIGGRAPH

VR development studio Kite & Lightning is taking its impressive iPhone-based motion capture pipeline to SIGGRAPH. We’ve written a couple stories about the system which Kite & Lightning co-founder Cory Strassburger has been putting together mainly on his weekends. Strassburger uses a helmet-mounted iPhone X combined with an Xsens suit for completely wireless full body…

Chrome Comes To Daydream With Cinema Mode And WebVR Support

Google is officially adding Chrome support for the Google Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo. Chrome was available previously in a hidden way on a headset like the Mirage Solo, but the update today adds the ability to “launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.” We’ve…

Chrome Comes To Daydream With Cinema Mode And WebVR Support

Google is officially adding Chrome support for the Google Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo. Chrome was available previously in a hidden way on a headset like the Mirage Solo, but the update today adds the ability to “launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.” We’ve…

Chrome Comes To Daydream With Cinema Mode And WebVR Support

Google is officially adding Chrome support for the Google Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo. Chrome was available previously in a hidden way on a headset like the Mirage Solo, but the update today adds the ability to “launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.” We’ve…

Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets

You can now say “Flashlight On” to see the real world while wearing a Windows VR headset. Headsets running Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, like those from companies such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, can access the new feature with the latest Windows 10 Insider build. You’ll need to connect a microphone if your headset…

Next Generation DLC Comes To All Star Trek: Bridge Crew Platforms

The Next Generation expansion to Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now available on PC platforms after launching in May on PS4 and PSVR. The expansion is selling for around $15 on the Oculus store on top of the base game at $40. The expansion is also expected to launch today on Steam with support for Rift,…

Justin Roiland’s Squanch Launches Space Heroes On Daydream Next Week

Justin Roiland’s next VR project from Squanch Games debuts Monday on Daydream. Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes is the first project to emerge from a partnership between Google and Squanch Games to build a series of small, experimental VR titles exclusively for Daydream. In typical Squanch fashion, the announcement includes a comic and trailer giving people…

Beat Saber Update Adds Hidden Exclusive Song

An update for Beat Saber promises the first “exclusive” song hidden as an Easter Egg. The update is live now on Steam and Oculus with the following hint posted to help people unlock the song: Go to the place where your journey should have started. Maybe something is meant to be otherwise than stated. I’m…

Modbox Dev Shows Why Valve’s Skeletal Input Is So Useful

A recent video posted by Lee Vermeulen, the developer behind Modbox, shows how useful Valve’s skeletal input can be for developers. For those unfamiliar, Modbox is a sandbox creation game that initially launched in early access back with the HTC Vive in April 2016. Players can create games in VR and share them with others….

Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Video Support With Version 4.20

Developers working with the Unity toolset to build VR experiences have enjoyed solid support for mixed reality video capture for around two years now. A mixed reality video seamlessly merges two realities in real-time, so this means that many Unity-based VR games, starting with Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, include features that let enthusiastic players…

Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK

Google is showing indications that its operating system for VR could be evolving toward support of two-handed games. While it remains unlikely you’ll ever be playing Job Simulator or Tilt Brush on a Lenovo Mirage Solo or a Daydream View, the new addition to Google’s Daydream SDK could lay the groundwork for those titles and…

Rick And Morty, Coco And Blade Runner Nominated For VR Emmys

A pair of projects built for Oculus VR headsets by Los Angeles-based studio Magnopus — Coco and Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab — are nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab The projects are nominated alongside Google Spotlight Stories’ Back to The Moon, NASA JPL:…

Meet Waba: A Squishy VR Friend Available Now On Oculus And Steam

Waba starts its journey when you place an egg in a hole. When it is born, Waba emerges from the hole as a squishy floating blob looking out into the world with big endearing eyes. With my wobbly Mickey Mouse-like hands, I couldn’t help myself from poking, pushing and grabbing Waba. I threw a ball…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

Summer VR Sales Offer Big Savings On Top Titles

Summer sales are now in place across Steam (through July 5), Oculus (through July 1) and Viveport (through July 7), with major savings on some of our favorite VR titles. Oculus is also offering special deals each day along with packs of top-tier experiences that can be purchased together while HTC’s Viveport is throwing free games…

New Valve Knuckles Prototypes Add Thumbticks, Now Shipping To Devs

A new generation of the Valve Knuckles controllers are rolling out to developers with thumbsticks added on. The touchpad is reduced to a small strip on the updated controllers. Among the changes: Improved industrial design and ergonomics Updated input set and layout Improved strap fit and feel for more hand sizes New sensors, enabling new…

Madame Tussauds Adds VR Escape Room In Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is offering a new VR attraction next to the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre. The 4-player VR installation is from the Virtual Room and situated among the wax inhabitants of Hollywood Boulevard. The Virtual Room operates similar installations in Europe, as well as a second location in Hollywood. The system…

VIDEO: Facebook Researcher’s Talk About More Comfortable VR Headsets

Facebook’s research into a more comfortable VR headset with a wider field of view was revealed at the company’s developer conference in early May. A few weeks later, at a symposium put together by the world’s preeminent researchers and engineers in display technology, Douglas Lanman of Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) detailed the reasons they…