Steam’s VR Spring Sale Is On Now: Every Featured Game Covered

Editorial credit: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com It’s April, the weather is actually starting to show it and Steam have unveiled a major sale for VR titles. It has set it up in an odd way this time, with a number of “Featured” games as well as showcasing a number of other titles which are surprisingly…

Virtuality – A New Reality of Promise, Two Decades Too Soon

Dr Jonathan Walden Discussing Virtuality in 1994. Image Credit: Virtuality Group In the history of Virtual Reality, there are a few people, companies and concepts that are considered vital to its existence. VPL Research, creators of the Dataglove, Datasuit and one of the earliest Head Mounted Displays are one of the most important names in…

Did Ready Player One Kick off the Second VR Boom?

Image Copyright: Warner Bros. (used under Fair Use Rationale) Stephen Spielberg and Warner Bros will tonight be releasing the film version of Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s book of the same name. The trailer alone has made waves, as did the book on its first release, becoming a rapid best seller and winning…

VR Startup Varjo Promises VR Sharpness Revolution

Modern VR is pretty incredible, but the technology still has major shortcomings when it comes to visual quality. Even with the incredibly pixel-dense LCD and OLED panels of today, its still hard to do high-resolution, sharp VR images. The hardware inside the Oculus Rift is fantastic for immersing us in spacecraft or the treehouses of…

The Oculus Go Makes Its Debut: Here’s What People Are Saying

Image Copyright: Oculus VR (Used Under Fair Use Rationale) More than a few VR companies are working on a standalone VR solution right now. It’s an idea that makes a whole lot of sense, since right now your only real choices are between a clumsy phone-in-box solution or an expensive HMD tethered to an even…

Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-on First Impressions

We were pretty excited by Windows Mixed Reality on paper when the platform was announced. It seemed to fix some of the major problems pioneering products such as the Oculus Rift, but nothing beats trying it out for yourself. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with one of the Acer Developer models…

Pluto VR Launches VR Chat App on Steam

Image Copyright: Pluto VR (Used under Fair Use Rationale) VR is struggling to get more mainstream applications at this point. Unlike AR, there aren’t that many killer applications that make the prospect of strapping on a VR headset on the regular all that appealing. One area which might make VR systems popular for things besides…

Study Shows VR Might Help Reduce Severe Paranoia

Schizophrenia is an especially tough mental disorder to live with. Imagine having your sense of reality shift in ways that make it difficult to deal with real life. One common issue that such people have to deal with is extreme paranoia. The feeling that a situation is dangerous or that something bad is going to…

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be filled with firsts. The games will be the first Winter Olympics to be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. They are also the first South Korean games where North Korea are competing, the first in a decade where North and South Korean athletes will…

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be filled with firsts. The games will be the first Winter Olympics to be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. They are also the first South Korean games where North Korea are competing, the first in a decade where North and South Korean athletes will…

Humble Bundle’s VR Sale: Every Game Covered

Image Copyright: Bethesda (Used Under Fair Use Rationale) Humble Bundle, the charitable PC game storefront and bundle distributer have a VR sale, with a good number of games on sale until Friday. All of these games use Steam and are compatible with at least the HTC Vive. Not all are compatible with Oculus Rift natively,…

Nintendo Aren’t Interested in VR: Here’s Why They Should Be

Editorial credit: Tinxi / Shutterstock.com Virtual Reality and Nintendo isn’t exactly a new topic, it’s something we at VRS have covered twice, both in terms of its past and a potential future. However, when questioned about this by magazine Les Numeriques, the general manager of Nintendo’s French operations, Phillippe Lavoué suggested in even stronger terms…

TPCast Promises Upgrades to Wireless VR Technology

HTC took a major step when it announced a wireless VR add-on that will work with the original Vive and the newly announced Vive Pro. We’re very happy that a first-party solution now exists and there’s no downside to consumers here. However, HTC did not beat everyone to the punch here. Instead, it’s been months…

VR Opens Up New Ways to Explore the Microcosm

If you’ve ever run through the Oculus Dreamdeck experience you’ll know there’s one slice of the demo where you find yourself standing inside what appears to be a vein, blocked at one end by an insect (eew) with red blood cells floating all around you. That sort of perspective is something that just hasn’t been…

VR Opens Up New Ways to Explore the Microcosm

If you’ve ever run through the Oculus Dreamdeck experience you’ll know there’s one slice of the demo where you find yourself standing inside what appears to be a vein, blocked at one end by an insect (eew) with red blood cells floating all around you. That sort of perspective is something that just hasn’t been…

Could Google’s VR180 Camera Revolutionize Photography?

Image Copyright: Google/Lenovo (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) These days we all take having a camera with us for granted. Every single phone has one built in and a culture of social media photography is deeply entrenched globally. Photographic content for consumption on VR headsets is a little harder to make. You either have…

HTC Finally Cuts the VR Cord with Vive Wireless Adapter

After years of working on the problem it seems that at least one major VR hardware developer has cracked the problem of wireless VR. HTC not only announced a significantly upgraded HMD in the form of the Vive Pro, but also a standalone wireless adapter. A device they apparently forgot to tell the marketing department…

Intel Releases the Tiniest VR PC So Far

Image Copyright: Intel Corporation (Used under Fair Use Rationale) When the minimum requirements for VR HMDs first saw the light of day there was a lot of collective groaning from computing enthusiasts. Their perfectly good 1080p 60FPS gaming rigs were suddenly completely inadequate to drive the hungry VR monster. Getting a machine that would meet…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

CES 2018: Facebook Deal with Xiaomi, Oculus Go Renamed in China

Image Copyright: Facebook/Oculus, image used under Fair Use Rationale After a glimmer of a sunrise at the end of 2017 with fast sales of a vastly cheaper Oculus Rift and the positive reception to a proposed standalone VR system, Oculus and parent company Facebook have announced a deal with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi as a…

Does This Pain-inducing VR Accessory Go Too Far?

There are so many different ways that researchers around the world are working on to make VR more immersive. From haptic gloves to a speaker that pumps bass straight into your chest cavity, it seems that anything is game to supplement the audio-visual VR experience. It’s not unique to VR either, from force-feedback joysticks to…

Oculus Rift Cuts Price Again Amid Struggling Sales

The VR price war is heating up again as Oculus cuts their price of their Rift headset and Touch controller bundle once more to £400 ($400 in the US) as of today, as Facebook tries to boost flagging sales and pitch VR as the future of media. The announcement comes amid a troubled period for…

Well That Escalated Quickly: Dudes Marrying VR Women

In another case of “of course they did” we’ve heard reports by our weird friends from the Land of the Rising Sun that dudes are now marrying VR girls. Don’t believe us? Go ahead, watch the video: Your eyes are not deceiving you friends, you’re looking at the future right there. Wait a Minute… OK,…

Future or Flop? The RED Hydrogen One AR/VR Smartphone Announced

Image Credit: RED Digital Camera RED Digital Camera are famous for their incredible cinematic camera technology beloved by the likes of James Cameron (who has bought heaps of the things) and Peter Jackson. Given how expensive their video cameras are, they haven’t really made a name for themselves as purveyors of consumer products. A…

BBC to Set up Virtual Reality Studio This Year

The BBC is heavily pushing virtual reality and voice control technology in order to keep its advantage against a legion of online competitors, reveals its director-general, Tony Hall. Auntie Beeb, as the publically funder TV network is sometimes known, is making a somewhat bold move to put its resources and stock into providing a more…

Because Someone Had To: A Dedicated Porn VR Headset

Disclaimer: This article discusses themes of an adult nature and as such should be considered not safe for work. Despite our concerted efforts to hide the facts of life from our children as long as possible, the truth is that sex and sexuality are a key part of the human experience. After all, that’s why…

Google is Trying out Advertising in Virtual Reality

In a move that only managed to shock one senile old squirrel, Google employees have revealed in a blog post that the company has an early prototype of VR advertising. Given that Google’s raison d’être is selling advertising space and that they practically invented mobile VR, this almost not news. The prototype was developed by…

VR Gets the Smell-O-Vision Treatment from a Japanese Startup

Introducing the power of smell into media has been something attempted by many in the past, all without much success. From the Sensorama, to Smell-O-Vision cinema to scratch-and-sniff video games, the ability to immerse audiences with more than just sight and sound has remained elusive. VR itself also lacks anything to stimulate this particular sense,…

Ikea now Baffling Us in VR Too

When you think “IKEA” the first thing that comes to mind may not be “snazzy furniture” and more “LEGO from hell”, as the company’s “ready-to-assemble” products have garnered a reputation as a producer of fiendish puzzles disguised as book shelving and coffee tables. Now the company is using VR technology to let us tour an…

The Xbox One X: Is VR Incoming?

The Xbox “Scorpio”, Microsoft’s answer to the higher-performance Playstation Pro, finally has an official name: the Xbox One X. The jury is still out on what we should actually call this new machine from Microsoft. While the original has been lovingly dubbed the “Xbone” (despite mild protest) there still isn’t a cheeky name for this…