The Mira Prism is a Super-affordable Take on the Hololens

Image Copyright: Mira Markerless AR, augmented reality that does not require a special object or image to work, is the holy-grail of consumer AR technology. We’ve seen that future with the amazing (yet stupidly-expensive) Hololens. When it comes to consumer-grade markerless solutions, well there really aren’t any. Being markerless is not the only trick the…

Facebook Might be Rethinking VR with a New Headset

We reported recently on the massive (albeit temporary) price cut that the Oculus Rift and Touch bundle received during a special sale from Oculus. Owned by Facebook, who bought the company for a staggering $2Bn in 2014, Oculus is a leader in modern premium VR systems, but has suffered from relatively low sales thanks to…

What Does the Oculus Rift Price Cut Mean?

If you haven’t heard the collective nerdgasm from the hordes of cash-strapped tech geeks yet, you may be interested to hear that Facebook has slashed the price of the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle to an unprecedented $399. That’s about $200 off the usual asking price and is a deal almost too good to be…

Nokia and Xiaomi Team Up for VR and More

It may seem a little weird that two companies who both make phones and should be in competition with each other have teamed up, but that’s just what Nokia and Xiaomi have done in a surprising bit of news. The two companies have signed a cross-licensing patent deal and say they will be looking at…

Meet the Google Blocks VR 3D Modeller

Image Credit: Google In general we tend to think of VR as a place to experience and consume content. However, we have seen a number of applications aimed at making things while in VR. The most famous of these is probably Tilt Brush by Google. With Tilt Brush it’s possible to paint in VR using…

Playstation VR – Sony’s 23 Years of Virtual Reality Ambitions Realised

In the world of high end consumer Virtual Reality, there are currently three major players, and each is seeking something very different from VR. For Oculus, the goal is the culmination of a well-publicised journey from start-up to acquisition from the biggest social media company on Earth, and the hope for clearer waters after 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…

Could Virtual Reality Help You Quit Smoking?

Image Credit: MindCotine One thing that fascinates us at the Virtual Reality Society is the use of VR technology to provide new and better solutions to common problems. In some fields these improvements are proven; VR has been used to help teach surgeons for over 20 years. VR has been used as part of various…

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…