Watch the First 10 Minutes of ‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) is finally here, launching today on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. And yes, it’s all the wonderful weirdness of the show mixed in with some seriously fun object interaction courtesy of the game’s spiritual predecessor, Job Simulator (2016). Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality was created by Owlchemy Labs and Adult…

‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ Review

You’re dying for season 3 of Rick and Morty (2013) to come out, and the release of episode 1 on April Fool’s Day isn’t helping. You’ve got a fever that only the drunken ramblings of the genius Rick Sanchez and his level-headed, albeit hopelessly outmatched grandson Morty Smith can cure. The good news: Rick and Morty:…

Facebook Launches New Camera Tools as a Foundation for Advanced Augmented Reality

F8, Facebook’s yearly developer conference, is here again for a two-day info blast from the world’s biggest social platform. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today during the keynote address to announce a new initiative that will bring about the beginnings of the company’s augmented reality (AR) platform, an “open platform” called Camera…

‘Mindshow’ Creative App Launches Open Beta in Q3 2017, Watch New Trailer Here

Mindshow, the app from Visionary VR that lets you make animated movies in VR with your body and voice, has revealed they are launching into open beta sometime in Q3 2017. Revealed in the description of the new promo released today on the company’s YouTube channel, the makers of Mindshow haven’t cranked down on a definite release date yet, but…

‘Rick and Morty’ VR Game is Releasing on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive April 20th

Rick and Morty are finally making their way to VR in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets on Steam and Oculus Home, you can take part in the dimension-hopping adventure starting Thursday, April 20th for for $29.99. Created by Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs, makers of the tongue-in-cheek VR game Job Simulator…

New ‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Update ‘Groundrush’ is Bringing Planet-based Dogfights

EVE: Valkyrie (2016), the arcade dogfighter from EVE Online studio CCP Games, is about to get a big update that promises to take the game in what lead game dev Andrew Willans says via an official Sony blogpost “new and exciting directions.” Called Groundrush, the new update—launching April 11th—will include tweaks to existing systems and a brand new map,…

‘Downward Spiral: Prologue’ Review

Downward Spiral: Prologue (2017) is a sci-fi adventure game that takes you into a lovingly recreated ’70s retro future of CRT monitors and space stations abound. Featuring a single-player and coop mission, and multiplayer deathmatch mode Downward Spiral: Prologue feels like the creators have torn out the first few pages of an Arthur C. Clarke novel and…

Oculus Co-founder Palmer Luckey Bids Goodbye to Facebook

Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus VR and designer of the Oculus Rift, is stepping down from his position at the company. Oculus told Upload VR the news, saying that it will be Luckey’s last week at the Facebook-owned VR headset company. “Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit…

Samsung Announces New Gear 360 with 4K Capture and 2K Livestreaming

Announced today at Samsung Unpacked was a new version of the Gear 360, the company’s 360 camera. The event, which saw official announcement of the Galaxy S8/S8 plus and pricing info of the new Gear VR, revealed that the new Gear 360 is capable of capturing 360 video in 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24 fps, and livestreaming…

Samsung: New Gear VR and Controller Launching April 21st for $129

On stage today at Samsung’s Unpacked Event in New York, the new Gear VR with controller finally got a launch date and price. The new 2017 Gear VR and Controller combo,announced alongside the Galaxy S8, will be available April 21st for $129. A Controller, which can be purchased separately for people that already own an older…

HTC’s New ‘VR Ad Service’ Can Tell If You’ve Looked at an Ad or Not

In-game advertisement (IGA) is a pretty divisive issue; on one hand it provides needed incentive to developers who otherwise wouldn’t have the funds, on the other hand its … advertisement, something most people try to avoid on principle. Now that virtual reality is coming to a wider audience, it seems the medium is mature enough…

HTC Vive Tracker is Now on Sale to General Public for $99

HTC’s Vive Tacker, the Lighthouse-compatible puck that promises to get more than your hands into virtual reality with a bevy of hardware applications, is now officially available for sale to anyone with $99. Vive Tracker made its debut at CES 2017 this past January, where we got a chance to try out several applications showing…

‘Ready Play One’ VR Content on the Way with Vive as Official Partner

In preparation for Steven Spielberg’s theatrical adaptation of Ernest Cline’s critically acclaimed novel Ready Player One, HTC Vive and Warner Bros Pictures today announced a deal that makes the Vive an official partner for all upcoming VR content for the film. All Ready Player One VR content and experiences will be available on Viveport, HTC Vive’s digital distribution…

‘Drop Dead’ for Oculus Touch Review

When Gear VR games are ported to the Rift, you usually end up with is more of the same; a game with nicer graphics and the added benefit of positional tracking, but more or less the same experience. However with Drop Dread (2017), Pixel Toy’s port of their critically acclaimed Gear VR on-rails arcade shooter, the…

Walmart Focuses On Future of VR/AR at New Silicon Valley Tech Incubator

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the big-box retail giant, is focusing on the future of VR and AR, along with other emergent technologies, with its newly unveiled tech startup incubator. According to a Bloomberg Technology report, Wal-Mart is creating the incubator to “identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicle and drone delivery…

‘Ghostbusters VR’ Experience Comes to PlayStationVR, from the Makers of ‘The Walk’ Demo

It seems the Ghostbusters franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new Ghostbusters experience is heading to PlayStationVR today. The experience (read: not game) was developed by CreateVR and Sony’s in-house VR production studio, and is entitled Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring, Act 1: Firehouse. In the experience you meet Mooglie, the iconic ghost from the franchise’s…

The VOID Opens Mixed-Reality Location in Dubai

THE VOID, the untethered mixed-reality park, is opening a new location in Dubai, UAE. The new Dubai-based park is the company’s second public location, and will be hosting their Ghostbusters: Dimension experience—the same currently running at their first location at Madame Tussaud’s New York. The makers say the new park, located on the high-rent shopping area of…

Hands-on: ‘Duck Season’ is a Beautiful and Nostalgic Spiral into Madness

Is Duck Season a game? Is a Hot Pocket a meal? Who needs labels anyway? Created by Stress Level Zero, developers of multiplayer shooter Hover Junkers (2016), Duck Season is something, that’s for sure. Part shooting game, part theater piece, part exploration experience, Duck Season defies the genre pigeonholing that would make this article easier to write. Hosted at Valve’s booth at this year’s…

Amazon Lumberyard Boosts Realism with Impressive Anti-aliasing

Amazon announced VR support for Lumberyard, their free of cost CryEngine-based game engine, at last year’s GDC, but this year the company is pushing the feature specs of the engine, maintaining that Lumberyard is the first game engine to directly integrate temporal anti-aliasing, specular anti-aliasing and order-independent transparency. Showing off Lumberyard’s default chops at NVIDIA’s day-long off-site…

Hands-on: ‘ARK Park’ is Like Jurassic Park Before Things Went Wrong

ARK Park is a VR spin-off of ARK: Survival Evolved (2017) from Suzhou, China-based Snail Games. Letting you explore the habitats of the world’s wild mix of fictional and non-fictional pre-historic creatures, ARK Park is betting big on the pure wow-factor of coming face to face with dinos in what promises to be an experience brimming with possibilities…