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…

Vive X: Here Are The 33 VR Startups HTC Vive Just Funded

HTC’s Vive X accelerator program is welcoming more than 30 new VR and AR startups to the fold with investments in North America and Asia. The companies join the inaugural group of 33 startups funded in July last year. This second batch represents the latest group backed by HTC’s growing VR arm, which is investing…

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…