Windows VR Headset Comparison: HP vs Acer

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

NVIDIA Has Strong Earnings As GPU Surge Continues

Nvidia keeps on raking in revenue from chips for artificial intelligence, game graphics, the Nintendo Switch game console, and self-driving cars. But we’ll have to listen to the conference call to find out if cryptocurrency mining also drove sales. The world’s biggest stand-alone maker of graphics chips and AI chips reported $2.2 billion in revenues for its second…

NextVR Develops Night VR Camera To Capture Animals, Ghosts

There are a lot of different VR cameras in development but I don’t think I’ve heard of one for capturing light in extreme darkness before. NextVR, however, built one for exactly this purpose. The Newport Beach-based company is best known for its live-streaming in VR of concerts, sporting events and even political debates with proprietary…

Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices. The HoloLens, for example, is Microsoft’s AR platform while…

Here’s Your First Look At RED’s Upcoming ‘Holographic’ Smartphone

Last month RED announced its $1,200 Hydrogen One Phone, which was described as the “world’s first holographic media machine.” Today, we’re finally getting an early look at the device itself beyond the previous teaser mock-up image thanks to a video from tech-focused YouTuber Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD. In the video Brownlee describes the multiple different…

Oculus co-founder Jack McCauley Joins Lucid VR

Lucid VR announced this week that former Oculus chief engineer and co-founder Jack McCauley has joined the company. CEO Han Jin stated in a press release, “We are very excited to welcome Jack to the team, as his experience ramping up Oculus and its [production] will help us dramatically improve our manufacturing capabilities.” McCauley joins…

Take A Look At The HP ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ VR Headset

Today was an exciting day for the UploadVR Editorial Team because today we got our hands on some new VR hardware. Last year it felt like a new piece of tech was launching every other month, but it’s actually been a while since we got some fresh plastic to strap on our face. Luckily, Microsoft…

SIGGRAPH 2017: This Controller Changes Shape To Match Virtual Objects

A new controller shown at SIGGRAPH could change shape from rigid to squishy in a demonstration that could lead to more immersive touch sensations in virtual worlds. The research from Cornell University’s Organic Robotics Lab builds on an earlier demonstration that pumped air into a Vive controller for a variety of sensations, including firing a…

Merge VR Unveils the Merge Cube and Miniverse

Merge VR, makers of the kid-targeted mobile VR headset Merge Goggles, announced the release of their newest augmented reality project, the Merge Cube. The Cube’s companion app replaces the toy with a variety of augmented reality objects. These objects can be educational, such as a fully articulated and labeled human skull, or just for fun,…

SIGGRAPH 2017: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind

I’ve used my eyes to interact with a virtual world before, but startup Neurable just enhanced that experience by reading my thoughts too. At SIGGRAPH this week the Boston-based startup is showing its modified HTC Vive which include EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors along the interior of the headstrap. This is combined with eye-tracking technology from German firm…

SIGGRAPH 2017: Optitrack Reveals Tracking Puck For Full-Body VR Immersion

When I tried the latest installation of The VOID earlier this year in Utah I encountered what I think is likely the pinnacle of immersion possible in 2017, with one major limit. The VOID’s system is wireless and its relatively lightweight backpack PC actually enhances immersion because it fits with a narrative they concocted of…

NVIDIA Research At SIGGRAPH Aims To Fix VR Headset Limits

Current VR headsets can certainly make you believe you’re in a virtual world, but consumer devices can’t yet reproduce the exact way your eyes see the real world. New research being presented at SIGGRAPH by NVIDIA aims to fix that. NVIDIA Research is demonstrating two ways of addressing the vergence-accommodation conflict. For those unfamiliar, our…

HTC Announces Vive Standalone For The Chinese Market

Earlier this year HTC became an official partner with Google in producing a Daydream-based standalone VR headset under the Vive brand. Today, HTC announced it is producing a similar device for the Chinese market powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. It looks like it will access HTC’s storefront, called Viveport, to get to virtual worlds…

NZXT’s BLD Tool For Custom Computers Lacks VR, But It’s In The Plans

More and more gamers are becoming interested in the PC gaming world, but there’s a general knowledge barrier keeping them from taking the leap. When making that transition, “build your own” is the general consensus but how much you save building your own gaming rig has gotten significantly smaller with more custom build options around…

Hands-On: The VRHero Is A 5K Resolution Headset From VRgineers

VR currently does a lot of different things well across a variety of devices. The Gear VR is a great mobile headset but it’s underpowered and lacks positional tracking. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have good content and roomscale capabilities, but they’re tethered and the resolution isn’t great. PSVR is affordable given its relative…

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. Just last week we learned about Facebook’s plan for a $200 headset that occupies the low end of the market while Google continues work on a six degrees of freedom standalone headset. What’s unclear…

Mantis Integrated PlayStation VR Headphones Coming August 1st

VR headset manufacturers are likely hard at work finding ways to improve and update the design and components to provide an even better product in the future. Third-parties are also building different peripherals to improve the user experience, and bionik has set a date for the release of their integrated PS VR headphones: August 1st….

The Mk Player360 Turns Your Room Into A 360-Degree Media Screen

Your bedroom is a place of peace and expression and there are a handful of ways to make it resemble the dreamscapes you occasionally wake from. Art on your walls and ceilings, 3D domes that project stars all over, and more. The Mk Player360, from Broomx Technologies, is a powerful and compact device that takes this…

Amazon’s Prime Day Offers Discounts On PSVR and HTC Vive

So many of us have barely recovered from the Steam Summer Sale and we’re already being hit with another wave of attacks on our wallet via Amazon’s Prime Day. If you haven’t pulled the trigger on the next level of entertainment, there’s no better time than now with PSVR and HTC Vive both available in…

Why Starbreeze Studio Is Pursuing A ‘Crazy’ Vision For Arcade-Scale VR

Sweden’s Starbreeze Studios made its name as the publisher of games such as Pay Day, Pay Day 2, Dead by Daylight, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And now the company is also expanding into virtual reality hardware with its StarCade headset. Built in partnership with Acer, Starbreeze is providing high-end VR technology to IMAX, the high-end movie…

RED’s Hydrogen One Smartphone Is “The World’s First Holographic Media Machine”

What’s a billionaire named Jim Jannard to do after founding and selling Oakley’s for $2.1 billion then creating a state-of-the-art Hollywood-caliber camera manufacturer in RED Digital Camera? Create a phone that can power holograms and doesn’t need a headset for AR or VR, that’s what, apparently. Today RED announced the Hydrogen One smartphone. Reportedly this is being…

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware

One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required. All of the amazing AR experiences we’ve seen running on iPhones are just using the kit’s camera, and that’s it. Clay is looking to do the same with gesture tracking. Developers may already be familiar with Clay,…

Hands-On With Valve’s Knuckles Prototype Controllers

Editor’s Note: Valve has started shipping the prototype Knuckles controllers to select VR developers in limited quantities. UploadVR hasn’t gotten its hands on a pair just yet, so we’ve reached out to the development community to see what they think. This article is a contribution from Denny Unger, Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Cloudhead Games, the…

Samsung Filed A Patent For Magnetic VR Hand Controllers

Today we learned that Samsung, the creators of the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, filed a patent in late December of last year for magnetic VR hand controllers. Based on the description in the patent and the accompanying concept image (embedded below), the controllers would be used to provide more visceral and accurate hand-tracking for the…