PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

Valve Distributing Knuckles Prototypes To Devs In Limited Quantities

Valve confirmed to UploadVR the company has progressed to sending developers prototypes of its next generation VR hand controllers. This was to be expected but provides us with a rough sense of the advancements being pursued by the VR technology company. Recent updates from Valve, which partnered with HTC to create the Vive, The controllers…

Super Mario Bros. Level Recreated In AR By HoloLens Developer

This is so cool. Developer Abhishek Singh recreated a life size Super Mario Bros. level and played it wearing HoloLens in New York’s Central Park. He did this all dressed as Mario and he filmed it in a video that is very likely destined to go viral. Be sure to watch through to when the holes open…

GameFace Plans GF-LD Headset With SteamVR And Android Support

GameFace Labs is a company I’ve seen at countless VR events. Its CEO, Ed Mason, has frequented the VR conference circuit for years now showing off headset designs. E3 was no different as I found him in a room opposite Intel’s wireless Vive accessory — though Mason asked that I come back the next day…

Best VR Hardware Of E3 2017

Now that it’s all said and done it’s easy to see that E3 2017 just wasn’t a huge showing for VR hardware. Microsoft didn’t even mention VR at all during the reveal of the Xbox One X even though executives have suggested the system will still support it. That said, we did try out some…

Hands-On With Playful’s Mysterious New Game — Star Child

Three years ago I rushed through the doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center when E3 opened and headed straight for the Oculus booth to try the latest Rift development kit. I met Paul Bettner, the CEO of Texas-based Playful Corp, and inside the Rift DK2 headset I met Lucky. Lucky was an adorable fox waving…

Super Lucky’s Tale ‘Designed In A VR-Friendly Way’

We sat down with the CEO of Playful this week, Paul Bettner, and discussed a ton of fascinating subjects covering everything from the birth of the first Oculus Rift exclusive title Lucky’s Tale to the reason his company hasn’t adopted room-scale VR in a product yet. We’ll get to those answers as soon as we…

E3 2017: Playful Bringing Star Child To PSVR

A new game announced at E3 from Playful is coming to PSVR — Star Child. Playful is the creator of Rift launch title Lucky’s Tale, a groundbreaking title that explored platforming in VR. Star Child would be the company’s second VR title, though Playful also announced a sequel to Lucky’s Tale for traditional screens. Details…

E3 2017: Doom and Fallout 4 Coming To VR This Year

Bethesda confirmed that VR versions of Doom and Fallout 4 are coming in 2017. Fallout 4 is coming in October 2017 to the HTC Vive while Doom VFR was also confirmed to be coming this year. The latter title is planned for both PlayStation VR and Vive. There’s no word yet on whether or not…

E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest. We’ll undoubtedly…

Oculus Is Putting Rift In 90 California Libraries So VR Is Free To Use

100 Oculus Rifts will be deployed at 90 California libraries over the next three months as part of a pilot program offering VR to anyone with a library card. The roll-out will include Rift and Touch controllers so visitors can use their hands in a variety of applications. VR applications for people to explore include…

SteamVR Coming To Mac

Apple is finally getting serious about VR on its Mac platform, announcing that it is working with Valve to bring SteamVR to Mac. Apple’s executives hinted that more announcements would be coming related to VR during its developer conference, including VR workflows so creators can make VR content with the Mac. There are a lot…

Microsoft Reveals Dell and Asus VR Headset Designs

Microsoft’s planned roll out of a whole suite of VR headsets continues with the revelation of designs from Dell and ASUS. The Microsoft roll out is one of the most interesting plays for VR dominance given the headsets are extremely light weight and feature precise tracking that requires no outside hardware — so they are…

Antilatency Raises $2.1 Million For Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed us has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month. According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to accelerate the release of its “anti-latency tracker” which goes…

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…