Oculus Home Gets Even Homier

Image Copyright: Oculus (used under Fair Use Rationale) User interfaces in VR face their own set of challenges other media don’t. You aren’t just responsible for designing the on-screen UI elements. You literally have to design the user’s entire virtual environment. I guess that’s one of the reasons the concept of a literal home is…

Valve Rethinks its VR Controller with Knuckles EV2

Image Copyright: Valve Corporation (Used under Fair Use Rationale) There’s still a long way to go until we reach any sort of plateau in VR headset development, it’s true. However. I feel comfortable in saying that current-generation HMDs have reached the “good enough” phase of the technology. From here on it’s about providing better and…

Who Needs Reality? ANTVR Tests AR Girlfriend for MIX Glasses

Image Copyright: Illusion Soft (Used under Fair Use Rationale) The potential of VR and AR to bring us both entertaining and useful experiences is almost limitless. From exciting adventures in space to learning how to perform life-saving brain surgery, there’s a lot to look forward to. Then there are the types of experiences that are,…

John Carmack Reveals 5K VR Video

Despite smartphone screens reaching ludicrous resolutions and fantastic specifications, there are very few 3D-rendered applications that can take advantage of it. So most 3D games and other real-time 3D applications are produced at a lower resolution and then scaled up to the native resolution of the screen. Even then, the absolute rendering ability of top-class…

Interesting Titles for PSVR Revealed at E3

Editorial credit: Irina Klyuchnikova / Shutterstock.com The PSVR might not have sold more than a fraction of the units that the PS4 it goes with has, but there are still a lot of these console VR headsets out in the wild. People must be buying the games too, because AAA and indie titles keep coming…

LEAP Motion Impresses with Amazing AR Table Tennis Demo and Headset

Image Credit: Leap Motion (Used under Fair Use Rationale) There are few things I admire as much as much as a company that can pivot with the blows of market changes. Apple is probably the best example. They went from making desktop computers to being one of the most popular smartphone makers in the world….

Gear VR to Become “Galaxy VR”?

Editorial Credit: Shutterstock The Samsung Gear VR products are probably the best and most successful series of mobile VR headsets on the market today. If you ignore HMDs with narrow appeal, such as single-model Google Daydream units, then there’s not much competition. Working with Oculus, Samsung was able to create something that was elegant, easy…

Researchers Show How VR Helps Kids Get Over Needles

I really hate needles and I always have. My school used to hand out free vaccinations. Ones my parents still believe that I actually got to this day. I don’t know if some other kid got an extra dose, but I slipped by those needle-wielding harpies every time. Now as an adult I can more…

Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

Editorial credit: Pe3k / Shutterstock.com Has the Sony PSVR been a success? That depends on how you look at it. More than 100 million PS4 consoles have been sold at this point and about a million PSVR units to go with them. That’s a small percentage, but in absolute terms that’s still an install base…

Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

When Apple released the first public version of its ARKit API, I admit that I was gushing about it. I’m not sorry in the least however, since it was without a doubt the biggest leap in mainstream consumer AR so far. While other AR leaders, like Microsoft and Google, were messing around with expensive hardware-based…

No Body? No Problem! With Singapore University VR Cadavers

Are you ever worried that you’re not really doing anything meaningful with your life? Like most people I worry that after I die nothing I did will really amount to anything, so one day I got a brilliant idea: donating my body to science. It’s perfect! I don’t actually have to do anything and yet…

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

Microsoft Sharepoint Get the Mixed Reality Treatment

Image Copyright: Microsoft (Used under Fair Use Rationale) From Johnny Mnemonic to Minority Report, plenty of Sci-Fi movies over the years have shown us flashy computer user interfaces. It’s all holographic, 3D-visualized and motion-driven stuff. It looks great on screen, but they don’t make too much practical sense. There have been more than a few…

The Mirage Solo: Yay or Nay?

Image Copyright: Lenovo (Used under Fair Use Rationale) The Lenovo Mirage Solo joins an ever-growing list of standalone VR headsets. In other words, you don’t need a computer or a smartphone to use this headset. It is purpose-built to do mobile VR and nothing else. On balance, this means that these headsets can do a…

The Snapdragon XR1 Promises Mobile VR & AR Heaven

Editorial credit: jejim / Shutterstock.com Standalone VR headsets are starting to take off now. The most prominent device is the Oculus Go. These headsets are self-contained. They don’t need a smartphone or a tethered computer in order to work. Since they are purpose built for VR and do nothing else, the hardware is optimized. The…

BBC To Show 2018 Football World Cup in Virtual Reality

The British Broadcasting Corporation will broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup in virtual reality, in a first for the competition and for the television network. The trial for their cutting-edge technology is available for free via the BBC’s dedicated 2018 World Cup app for iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Go and PlayStation VR. This is…

Mozilla Enters the VR Chat Market with “Hubs”

Image Copyright: Mozilla Foundation (Used under Fair Use) One of the most fun applications of consumer VR has to be the humble VR chat room. There are a lot of options on the market now. Altspace nearly got closed down, but was saved at the last minute by Microsoft. Facebook has Spaces, which will likely…

What do We Know About the Apple HMD?

Image Credit: hans engbers / Shutterstock.com Look, I like Apple as much as the next person. I’m on my fifth iPad already. You’ll have to take my iPad Pro from my cold dead fingers. That being said, it can be a little much when fans of the company want them to make everything. There have…

Chinese VR Theme Park Opens Its Doors

The Chinese economy has been booming for quite some time and despite signs that the Chinese economic miracle might be slowing down, that doesn’t seem to have stopped massive projects reaching fruition in that country. While Japan is messing around with dinky little VR arcades, the Chinese have decided to build a massive VR theme…

Disney’s New Haptic Jacket Let’s You Hulk out

Editorial credit: Phillip Maguire / Shutterstock.com The lead image is not actually what the suit looks like, FYI. Haptic technology is one of the key VR areas we’re still lagging on significantly. Haptic technologies as a whole aim to simulate physical sensations. When you reach out to pluck an apple from a tree in VR, a…

North Star Open Source AR HMD Announced By Leap Motion

Remember Leap Motion? They are a tech startup that got going back in 2010. The Leap Motion tracking module is was (and still is) one of the most exciting and affordable hand and object tracking technologies I’ve seen. The original idea was to use it as a replacement for your mouse. You could use your…

The Vive Pro’s AR Abilities Just Got Augmented

Image Copyright: HTC (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) I’m not sure if any of the people who bought a Vive stopped to think that it wasn’t “pro” enough for them, but HTC went ahead and made the Vive Pro anyway. This new, more expensive HMD has a lot of technical improvements over the model…

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…