How Steven Spielberg Used VR to Shoot ‘Ready Player One’

The HTC Vive was used to frame shots in VR. Virtual reality took center stage in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One blockbuster film when it was released March 29th. But we are also learning how immersive technology played a role during the actual production of the movie too. In a new video shared by HTC…

Covering Jamiroquai’s ‘Virtual Insanity’ in VR

What happens when you can record yourself in VR creating beats from game sounds and musical notes from apps like Soundstage VR? You make a cover song for Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” and turn it into one sweet music video of course. Musician Chase Holfelder created a cover for “Virtual Insanity” using only instruments and sounds…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

YouTube Broadcasting Coachella Livestream in VR180 this Weekend

Tune in to Coachella’s YouTube Channel to watch select live performances April 13 – 15. One of the first festivals to bring VR to the masses with custom Google Cardboard headsets mailed to ticket holders back in 2016, Coachella has aways been experimenting with immersive technology and exploring new ways they can bring the music…

This Theme Park Has A VR Water Slide

The German waterpark lets riders strap on a waterproof VR headset. From VR roller coaster rides at Sea World to shooting yourself out of a cannon, we’ve seen a range of exhilarating ways VR can bring theme park rides into the future. Now one startup is taking water slides to the next level with submersible…

Hands On With The HTC Vive Pro

The Vive Pro is coming and there’s also a discounted bundle for those just getting started. Two weeks ago, pre-orders opened up for HTC’s $799 Vive Pro VR headset. The upgraded headset touts a 78% increase in resolution, improved audio, and additional comfort features that should have you spending more time in VR. For those…

Chinese Funeral Parlor Gives Death Tours in VR

Visitors could virtually participate in a death experience. The largest funeral home in Beijing China, Babaoshan, opened up their doors to the public last week for a day of tours, showing off everything that’s included when you have to say your last goodbyes. Built in 1958, the funeral home gave on-site visitors a look at…

Kim Jong Un Visits China: Tries Virtual Reality

Kim Jong Un experiences new realities outside North Korea. Overnight, North Korean and Chinese media confirmed a meeting took place between the countries’ leaders, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping at the Chinese Beijing capital. The surprise two-day visit is the North Korean leader’s first known overseas trip since taking power. While discussions around denuclearization…

Assembling IKEA Furniture Could Be Easier With Augmented Reality

AssembleAR uses AR to help you through the steps of assembling IKEA furniture. Toronto based designer, Adam Pickard took one look at the IKEA Place app and was immediately impressed with how AR has the potential to play a larger role furniture shopping. But at the same time, Pickard also had a vision of something…

AR Tamagotchi, Pottery Barn, eBay and More Announced at GDC

Google also released their own “Just A Line” creative AR illustration app. Last month, Google launched ARCore 1.0, making AR development faster and easier for even more mobile devices. At the time, we got a preview of a handful of apps that developers were already building with Google’s augmented reality platform, including apps from Porsche,…

Developers Begin Exploring Magic Leap SDK

Magic Leap launches “Creator Portal” to let you start creating content. Secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap is finally taking its first step towards opening up their platform to outside developers. Announced today on the company’s site, developers can now explore Magic Leap’s software development kit and dive into the Creator Portal to find documentation,…

HTC Vive Announces Vive Pro Pricing at $799

Pre-orders start today. Current Vive headset gets price-cut. We finally have a price for the recently unveiled Vive Pro, HTC’s upgraded Vive VR headset that promises improved resolution, audio, and comfort. HTC Vive announced that the Vive Pro headset will be available for $799 with global pre-orders starting today. All Vive Pro headsets purchased by…

HTC Vive Announces Vive Pro Pricing at $799

Pre-orders start today. Current Vive headset gets price-cut. We finally have a price for the recently unveiled Vive Pro, HTC’s upgraded Vive VR headset that promises improved resolution, audio, and comfort. HTC Vive announced that the Vive Pro headset will be available for $799 with global pre-orders starting today. All Vive Pro headsets purchased by…

CNN VR App Brings News to Oculus Rift

Wolf Blitzer introduces us to the future of news in VR. Just over a year ago CNN dove head first into VR, launching a VR journalism unit and platform dubbed CNNVR. Now the broadcast news network is launching a VR news app just for the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift app, also named CNNVR, lets…

‘The Walking Dead’ Launching Location-Based AR Game

Google Maps will power the Pokémon GO like app. We’re finally getting a preview of AMC’s upcoming location-based augmented reality (AR) game based on the hit series “The Walking Dead.” Dubbed “The Walking Dead: Our World,” the game will feature location as a core element of gameplay, closely following the Pokémon GO model for location-based AR…

Google’s Experiment With Light Fields Show Potential of VR

The stunning seven-minute guided tour is now available on Steam VR. Google is working on ways to create the most realistic sense of presence while in VR. To help with that, Google has been experimenting with light fields to show how VR can come as close as possible to what you’d actually see if you…

‘Twilight’ VR Ride Coming to Lionsgate Theme Park

The 237,000-square foot indoor theme park will be located in China. Santa Monica-based film and TV studio, Lionsgate, is opening theme parks in South Korea and China. And of course it wouldn’t be a proper theme park now days unless there’s VR. Dubbed Lionsgate Entertainment World, the themed parks are set to debut in the…

Nickelodeon Launches Slimezone VR at IMAX VR Centers

Now available at Los Angeles, New York and Toronto VR centers. Nickelodeon launched its SlimeZone multi-player VR experience at IMAX VR centers in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto Friday, with further plans to bring the social experience to locations in Shanghai, Bangkok and Manchester (UK) soon. We first got our heads into SlimeZone when…

Chinese Courtroom Uses VR to Revisit Crime Scene

Courtroom visual aids are getting an immersive upgrade. Virtual reality can help us explore the Nile river, paint in a 3D space, or even get a quick workout from home. Now VR may also help us in one more area that actually makes a ton of sense—the courtroom. When it comes to showing a judge,…

‘Planet of the Apes’ Gets First-Person VR Shooter Game

FoxNext is launching their first VR game. The studio that helped bring Alien Covenant and Isle of Dogs to life in VR has revealed their next project—a VR game. FoxNext, the video game and VR division of 20th Century Fox, will be bringing a first-person shooter experience based on Planet of the Apes to PlayStation…

‘Planet of the Apes’ Gets First-Person VR Shooter Game

FoxNext is launching their first VR game. The studio that helped bring Alien Covenant and Isle of Dogs to life in VR has revealed their next project—a VR game. FoxNext, the video game and VR division of 20th Century Fox, will be bringing a first-person shooter experience based on Planet of the Apes to PlayStation…

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences

ARCore 1.0 makes AR development faster and easier; launching soon on more devices. Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. Launching at Mobile World Congress next week, ARCore 1.0 is out of preview and comes with a ton of new…

Tomb Raider Launches Free VR Movie Tie-In Experience

Rappel, climb, and zip-line as Lara Croft. Tomb Raider is heading to theaters March 16th, but not before taking us on a trip underground, letting us virtually step into the boots of Lara Croft herself. As part of the launch for this year’s Tomb Raider film series reboot, Warner Bros has launched an interactive VR…

Oculus Slashes Rift and Touch Bundle Price to $399

This is the best deal we’ve seen yet. Oculus is bringing us a season of special events, deals, and game launches with what they their Summer of Rift event. Not only are they celebrating the VR community with discounted content, but Oculus also wants to entice newcomers to VR. So what better way to do that then a big fat…

These Guys Married A Virtual Bride In Japan

You’ll need help during “kiss the bride.” Whether presenting a virtual engagement ring using Tilt Brush or just getting down on one knee before the headset comes off, we’ve already seen a mix of marriage proposals in VR. But when it comes to actually tying the knot—VR weddings are something entirely new. As part of…

Virtual Girlfriends Are a Thing at Tokyo VR Show

Social has the potential to be the killer app in VR—enabling us to connect with others on a level that more closely mirrors human interaction, all with a strong sense of presence (that feeling of truly being transported somewhere else). We’ve seen the ability to connect with Facebook friends from across the globe or let…

Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

The new video also teases “puppet skinning” for Tilt Brush. When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites. What…

Sweetarts Brings Chewy Sours VR Game to Vidcon

A candy throwing face-off. The candy-obsessed brand known for their chewy sour gummy treats has added their own twist on a VR game. Making its debut at Vidcon last week, the Chewy Sours Tart Toss had attendees feverishly throwing virtual candy at a friend in quick two-player battles. Powered by two HTC Vive VR headsets, the…

Nickelodeon Debuts SlimeZone Social VR Experience

Sliming virtual friends at Vidcon. Going on its eighth year, VidCon brings tens of thousands of screaming fans together with their favorite video content creators. With brands like Facebook, YouTube, and Taco Bell going all out to be relevant with this next generation of media consumers, it was no surprise to see VR also front and…