Steam & Viveport Spring Sales Feature Big Savings on Top VR Titles

If you’re still rebounding from Steam’s Winter sale a few months ago, well, your wallet is in for some ‘Spring cleaning’ as both Steam and Viveport have put out some heavy discounts on top VR titles. On Steam, some notable VR games at steep discounts are (prices shown with discount applied): Star Trek: Bridge Crew ($20)…

9 PSVR Titles Just Got Permanent Price Drops, Between 25-50% Off

It looks like PSVR owners have a few more games to browse through on their next digital shopping spree. Now it appears at least nine games have gotten between a 25%-50% off their permanent prices. First spotted by ShackNews, the following list contains some pretty big titles including the newly supported Wipeout Omega Edition. This comes shortly after…

Google Brings WebVR to Chrome, All Major PC VR Headsets Supported

Google recently pushed out Chrome 66, the latest update to the company’s web browser. Unbeknownst to the VR community, Google also quietly included WebVR integration for OpenVR-compatible headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets. Although initial WebVR integration has been a part of beta versions of Chrome for about two…

TheWaveVR Closes $6M Series A Investment, Opens L.A. Office for Artist Collabs

TheWaveVR, the studio behind the eponymous music-centric social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $6 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures. TheWaveVR also opened their new Los Angeles office today, where they plan to collaborate with artists and musicians on what they say will be “a number of high profile VR concerts…

‘Serentiy VR’ Fan Project Lets You Step Aboard The Most Famous Firefly-class Ship

Serenity, the firefly-class spaceship from cult TV show Firefly (2002) and film Serenity (2005), is now full explorable in VR. With many years in the making, Unity developer and 3D environmental artist Kaveh Tabar’s Serenity VR fan project is finally here. Starting out in 2014, Tabar originally designed Serenity for the Oculus Rift DK2. Now more than four years…

This ‘Skyrim VR’ Mod Uses Voice Recognition So You Can Speak to NPCs

Talking to non-playable characters (NPCs) in Skyrim VR may be easy—requiring a quick selection from the dialogue menu—but it isn’t exactly an immersive way of interacting with the world though. With a new speech recognition mod, called Dragonborn Speaks Naturally, all of that changes. The Dragonborn Speaks Naturally mod allows you to do just that—choose the dialogue…

‘In Death’ April Update Brings Asynchronous Challenge Mode and Hellishly Difficult Dungeons

In Death, the roguelike bow-shooter from Sólfar Studios, the developers behind Everest VR (2016), just received a much-awaited update that’s aiming to add a little more depth to the polished, and extremely difficult medieval-themed single player game. Starting today, In Death will include dungeons, dubbed ‘The Pits of Damnation’, and an asynchronous multiplayer challenge mode called ‘The Ladder’. Spaced periodically throughout…

ANTVR to Launch $500 ‘Mix’ AR Headset on Kickstarter in May

AntVR, the Beijing-based company known for their 2014 VR headset Kickstarter, is launching a new crowdfunding campaign soon focusing on a hybrid AR headset called simply Mix. The makers are promising a bevy of bells and whistles, including the ability to integrate with the SteamVR platform so users can play VR games too, and all…

Get $50 Off Oculus Rift + Touch at Microcenter Today

Microcenter is known for knocking down prices ahead of its competitors, even if it’s just by a little to draw in the crowds. Today, Microcenter stores are selling Oculus Rift + Touch for $50 under the suggested price, putting the whole system at $350. Although not stated in the listing itself, once you add the…

Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

Google has partnered with CyArk, the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data. Called the Open Heritage Project, Google and CyArk aim to preserve the historical sites digitally for future generations in case disaster strikes Google has published…

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality. Using a lightweight, mobile electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that provides low-voltage to arm muscles, the idea is to let AR headset-users stay hands-free, but also be…

Developer Creates Scan of Apartment to Work Inside of VR for 30 Days

Turin, Italy-based developer Enea Le Fons is aiming to spend more than 30 days of extended stints in VR, and although he won’t be able to qualify for any records—he’s still eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom sans headset—Le Fons is hoping to use his time in VR to explore its long-term effects while developing…

Kat Walk Mini Pre-orders Start Tomorrow at $1500, Full Price Set at $3000

KatVR, the China-based company behind the 2015 Kickstarter-funded KAT Walk VR treadmill, announced last month that a new mini-version of the low-friction VR treadmill would be hitting Kickstarter soon, and that above all it would be “affordable.” Today the company published pre-order prices on the Kat VR website, and it’s unfortunately a bitter pill to…

Play Zero-G Sport ‘Echo Arena’ This Weekend on Rift and Win Big

Oculus is heading into its third week of ‘Rift Gold Rush’, a prize-winning extravaganza marking the two-year anniversary of Rift’s launch. To get a chance to win this week, just pop into a public match in Echo Arena (2017) during the specific entrance window. For a chance to win a prize, download Echo Arena and play a public…

Social VR App ‘vTime’ Closes $7.6M Series A Investment, AR Experience to Come in 2018

vTime, the social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $7.6 million (£5.4 million) Series A funding round led by Deepbridge Capital with included investment from Liverpool, UK-based institutional loan and equity provider MSIF. vTime founder and CEO Martin Kenwright says the investment will “accelerate global growth and product development, and fuel R&D for the brand’s…

‘Skyrim VR’ vs. ‘Fallout 4 VR’ – The Best Bethesda RPG in VR

Bethesda’s recent flatscreen-to-VR ports, Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR, face a few common challenges in terms of immersion. Neither are perfect, but at this point in time, both games represent something VR users haven’t had yet: vast and rich open-world adventures that offer a high degree of customization and replayability—so called real AAA VR games. Here I’m…

‘One Piece’ VR Experience to Head Westward May 22nd on PSVR

Bandai Namco has teased One Piece fans for some time now with images and trailers of the PSVR exclusive experience One Piece: Grand Cruise. The company has now given a firm release date in North America and Europe: May 22nd. As the first One Piece VR experience, Grand Cruise puts you on the deck of the Thousand Sunny ship with…