The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Cmoar Announces Cancellation of Hybrid VR HMD

Image Credit: CMOAR LTD Bad news for VR crowdfunding as CMOAR LTD’s CEO, Damian Boczek, announced yesterday the cancellation of their Cmoar hybrid virtual reality headset in a lengthy, somewhat somber statement posted to Kickstarter. The post, entitled “Project Overview” is a deconstruction of the project as a whole, deeply apologetic for the end of…

Spider-Man Homecoming is Swinging into Virtual Reality for Free

Image Credit: Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, Marvel Studios It’s a good time to be a webslinger. Insomniac Games’ PS4 game based on everyone’s favourite awkward super hero was one of the highlights of this month’s E3 presentation. Marvel Films have finally got access to Spider-Man for their cinematic universe, and the resulting movie, Spider-Man Homecoming…

Mario Kart VR Keeps Arcades Relevant a Little Longer

Hot on the heels of the Evangelion VR experience, comes the announcement of Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. A (currently) arcade-only VR title that puts you in the seat of the iconic Nintendo characters that like to tool around a magical go kart track in their spare time, hurling fruit, animal parts and other weird…

All the Virtual Reality Highlights from E3 2017

Another year, another round of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. As the absolute centre of gaming, all eyes have been on the event to present the biggest showcase for upcoming hardware, games and major developments. Needless to say it hasn’t disappointed VR fans. While there wasn’t a major hardware release…

Macs FINALLY Get VR Support

Don’t get too excited, guy who still uses a 1984 Macintosh 128k. You are unfortunately just a few models behind to take advantage of the new VR support coming to Macs. During the 2017 Apple WWDC (worldwide developer’s conference) it was announced that Mac laptops and desktops would get the graphical grunt needed to meet…

Seven Games Announced for PSVR at E3 2017

The centrepiece of the gaming year, E3 2017 is where a lot of the biggest games and consoles get revealed. This year is absolutely no different, with a more powerful version of the Xbox One, The Xbox One X aiming to be the most powerful video game console ever released, and the forever rumoured sequel…

Be the One Who Knocks with the Breaking Bad VR Experience

Who doesn’t love Breaking Bad? People who haven’t watched it, that’s who. The ground-breaking crime drama starring the dad from Malcolm in the Middle was a riveting, fresh ride that the public was happy to go on. It’s been about four years since the dramatic finale of the show, but the hunger for more…

Welcome to Walmart: Training Staff with VR

If you’ve never had to work in a retail job, count yourself lucky. The hours are long, the customers irate and the work itself pretty boring. For many people retail work is their first entry into the job market and more often than not they are woefully unprepared for the times when things go wrong….

Apple Takes a Bite of AR at WWDC

The Apple WWDC (worldwide developer’s conference) has dropped several exciting bits of news from the Cupertino cult-favourite company. We’re getting a snazzy new iPad Pro lineup, Siri will become Skynet-smart with iOS 11 and Apple now makes a speaker. For us here at VRS though, every WWDC reopens the hope that Apple may finally throw…

Samsung “Gears” Up with VR Rights Acquisitions

  Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset is undoubtedly one of the best mobile VR headsets you can buy, with the caveat that you must have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to use it with. However, since Samsung also makes very good phones (when they don’t explode) that’s not too harsh a requirement. What makes the…

Get Away from it All with a VR Office Holiday

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an office on the beach or in a forest? One company, Mure VR, thinks they might have the answer to your cubicle-inspired prayers. John Paul Sartre famously said that “Hell is other people” and if you’ve ever had to share office space with coworkers you know that it’s true….

Experimental VR Film Screened at Cannes

In the world of serious cinema you don’t get much fancier than the Cannes Film Festival. This is not the place to watch the latest Bayformer film or get your dose of Marvel superheroes. So when immersive VR films make it to the hallowed screens of Cannes it’s a sign that the time may have…

Hang 10 With Kelly Slater in “VR” Dude

We get it, “virtual reality” is now a big buzzword. Every newly-minted technology goes through a phase where every marketing department tries to figure out how they can use the latest buzzword to get some eyes on whatever they’re doing at the moment. So now we have a “VR experience” from totally radical surfer dude…

Samsung Demonstrates an Incredible Flexible OLED

Samsung is showing off bendy OLED screens which, apart from looking cool, have the potential to change mobile display technology forever. The screens on our mobile devices have reached the point where our eyes can’t even pick out individual pixels anymore. Super AMOLED screens and other OLED variants in particular are beautiful. The double-curved unit…

The Zenfone AR is a Tango Device You Can Buy

Image Credit: Asus Project Tango is Google’s premier AR R&D programme aimed at solving the many technical problems with advanced augmented- and mixed-reality. Tango uses impressive sensor suites and software to scan the environment and integrate that data with visuals generated virtually. Tango has shown off some truly impressive tech demos, but actual…

Classic Cult Anime Evangelion Gets the VR Treatment

Image Credit: Bandai Namco (Fair Use Doctrine) Back in 1995 the world of Japanese animation (or Anime) was taken by storm when a hot new show hit the airwaves. Neon Genesis Evangelion tells the story of a young boy named Shinji Ikari and the world-shaking responsibility put onto his shoulders. Evangelion was a deconstruction of…

Virtual Reality is Perfect for Training Our Robot Overlords

Have you ever thought how those robots that build our cars or vacuum our floors learn to do their job properly? You may think that someone simply sits down and programs all they need to know into them. Certainly there’s a lot of programming that goes into even a simple robot, but it turns out…

Happinss Virtual Reality: The Future of Corporate and Personal Wellness?

Image Credit: Happinss (Used with Permission) Close your eyes, relax your senses and allow your imagination to run free. People who have worked in a corporate environment or recently studied at school or college might be aware of the concept of wellness, mindfulness and guided meditation. It is an exercise one or several people are…

Half-Life 2 Gets a VR Mod

Half Life 2 is widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made. Valve software ushered in the AAA, next-generation cinematic gaming experience that we all take for granted these days. It was a game of atmosphere and story that has become a trove of cultural icons over the years. It’s also been…

Google Announces Standalone VR Headset

Image Credit: Google. Used under Fair Use Doctrine Just as the 2017 Google I/O conference kicked off, we posted that a rumour about a new standalone HMD from Google was doing the rounds, backed by credible sources who spoke to Variety. It turns out that the rumours are true and Google duly announced a new…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…

FaceDisplay VR Proves that we Haven’t Reached Peak Weird Yet

Image Credit: Ulm University If you’ve had any interest at all in VR over the last few years you’ll have no doubt seen Oculus founder Palmer Lucky on the cover of time magazine. As cool as VR feels to experience, no one has so far managed to actually look cool while using a VR system,…

Avegant Takes on Microsoft with A New Light Field MR Prototype

Image Credit: Avegant We were very impressed with the Avegant Glyph. A (non-VR) HMD that uses impressive retinal projection technology to produce an image that causes no eye-strain, no chicken wire effect and appears amazingly sharp despite the relatively low resolution. Not content to create its own product niche, Avegant has revealed a totally new…

The Unreleased Sega VR Headset – So Much Effort Squandered

Image Credit: Sega In the early 1990s, the first golden age for Virtual Reality, there were a ton of different technology companies that attempted to cash in on the hype. The Virtuality arcade machine were probably the biggest success story of that era, until everything collapsed. Nintendo has a rather experimental time with VR until…

5 Reasons why Virtual Reality is Booming, not Waning

Virtual Reality had a rather interesting, if tougher than some expected launch year. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both hit their first birthdays this month, with Playstation VR hitting its six month milestone as well. It has been a very interesting time, with a lot of change and a lot of evolution in the…