NVIDIA’s New High-end Quadro RTX First to Include VirtualLink VR Port

Today at SIGGRAPH 2018 NVIDIA announced ‘Turing’, their next-generation GPU architecture aimed at real-time ray tracing, and the first high-end GPUs built atop it, the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000 and 5000. The cards are the first to include the recently revealed VirtualLink port, a new connection standard specially designed for next-generation VR headsets. Ray tracing—a computer…

Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment. For the last two years, VR content has managed to quietly infiltrate its…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

‘A Fisherman’s Tale’ Is A VR Puzzler With A Miniature Twist

Vertigo Games’ first attempt at a third-person experience makes its debut at Gamescom 2018 in Germany. Vertigo Games, the talented developer behind zombie-shooter Arizona Sunshine and turn-based strategy game Skyworld, announces its foray into third-person VR with A Fisherman’s Tale, a mind-boggling VR puzzler in which players must break the laws of physics in order…

Skyrim, Fallout 4 VR Developer Escalation Becomes Bethesda Dallas

Having been acquired by Bethesda parent company, ZeniMax Media, back in 2017, Escalation Studios this month became a bigger part of the publisher. Escalation has been renamed to Bethesda Games Studios Dallas, it was announced during Quake Con this weekend. The studio is known for its work helping Bethesda bring two of the biggest games…

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada,…

MoCap Giant Vicon Announces Location-Based VR Tracking System Origin

Leading motion capture company Vicon is jumping deeper into VR with a new tracking system for location-based solutions. You may have seen Vicon’s tech at work in hit movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Gravity as well as games like the VR-compatible Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, but its work in VR opens up a new avenue…

Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ Reportedly Uncovered by Modders

While Nintendo has lent its Mario Kart IP to a arcade VR experience, the company has so far steered clear of VR on its consoles. It seems it hasn’t been completely off the their radar though, as a Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ has reportedly been uncovered in the system’s software by modders. As reported…

Beat Saber Tournament Looks To Become World’s Largest VR Arcade Event

Over 120 arcades have signed on to participate in Virtual Athletics League’s upcoming International Beat Saber Tournament. Since its official release back in May of this year, Beat Saber has taken the immersive world by storm, quickly becoming one of the most popular VR games currently in circulation. The addictive VR rhythm game has developed…

AltspaceVR Lets You Build Your Own Sharable Space In Virtual Reality

AltspaceVR has released tools to let users create their own sharable spaces in virtual reality. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to place objects in a 3D space using AltspaceVR-compatible headsets — including Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s one of the first major upgrades since Microsoft acquired the social VR platform. If you save the space,…

Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself. Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Oakland, California, Estella Tse recalls her struggle having to navigate between her strict, traditional heritage – and her more liberal American upbringing, which encouraged individualism and freedom of expression. Art,…

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget. Also, don’t forget that as an HTC Vive owner,…

Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? This was a question I asked myself several times last summer before moving. I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group. But visiting the city for work was wildly different from uprooting my life. After…

Nintendo Switch Hack Reveals VR Mode – Report

The ever-evolving saga of if the Nintendo Switch will get VR support continues. Over the past few days, a group of hackers appear to have uncovered something called a VR Mode buried within Nintendo’s hybrid gaming device. Twitter user random666_kys posted the below video, which highlights the option to ‘Test VR Mode’. Keep in mind…

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Is The Most Powerful Gear VR-Ready Phone Yet

Yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal came and went without so much as a mention of Gear VR, but rest assured the new device will support the Oculus-powered headset. Samsung confirmed to UploadVR that the Note 9 will support the current iteration of the Gear, though it will need an adapter to fit it. The…

The 5 Best Free Games on Oculus Rift

There are plenty of great games out there for Oculus Rift, with the Oculus Store featuring a number of top titles certainly worth your hard-earned money. But before you crack that wallet too wide open, you may want to take a look at some seriously cool free content out there on the Oculus Store right…

Indigenous Futurism & Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace with Jason Edward Lewis

How do we reckon the past, present, and the future, and what types of possibilities open up when you start to tell stories from the perspective of seven generations from now, or about 150 years into the future? LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCAST https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Voices-of-VR-654-Jason-Edward-Lewis.mp3 I got to explore these questions…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

Oculus & Chloë Grace Moretz Serve Up A Six-Course VR Meal

Facebook’s Oculus teams up with actress Chloë Grace Moretz for an “omakase” dinner straight out of a science fiction novel. On July 31st, a group of lucky guests gathered on the rooftop of Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel in NYC where they were treated to a six-course dinner unlike any they’ve experienced before. Lead by the…

Developer Teases AR Functionality For The Apple Watch

Apple’s popular smartwatch is even cooler with high-quality augmented widgets powered by ARKit. When he’s not delivering expert-level gestures and animations to iOS applications, iOS Design Technologist, Nathan Glitter, is busy sinking his teeth into another budding user experience: augmented reality. So far the talented developer has managed to create a Hogwarts-style newspaper experience, educational…

Here’s What Actual Developers Think Of The Magic Leap One AR Headset

As of yesterday, the Magic Leap One is officially released. The lucky few that were quick with ordering one of the coveted devices and happened to live in one of a select few cities already have them in their hands. Prior to yesterday’s launch, only a select few members of the mainstream media were invited…

Magic Leap Explained: All We Know About The AR Headset

If you’ve had a passing interest in the technology landscape over the past four years, chances are you’ve heard mention of something called Magic Leap. With over $2 billion raised in investment and names like Google attached to it, there’s been a lot of hype about the mysterious reality-altering hardware. But there’s one question that…

Magic Leap One Hands-on Suggests a Headset That’s a Lot Like HoloLens

Ahead of the launch of the Magic Leap One, several press outlets got a chance to see the device up close and personal. The Verge’s Adi Robertson was among those who got to peer through the purported magical device, but came away feeling like the headset doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from Microsoft’s HoloLens, which…

Magic Leap Reveals Five First-party Apps for Its AR Headset

Alongside today’s Magic Leap One launch, the company has revealed five applications destined for the AR headset made by Magic Leap Studio’s, the company’s internal development team. Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available for purchase and early adopters are expected to soon begin receiving their devices. Some of the first apps they’ll get…

Magic Leap Reveals Five First-party Apps for Its AR Headset

Alongside today’s Magic Leap One launch, the company has revealed five applications destined for the AR headset made by Magic Leap Studio’s, the company’s internal development team. Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available for purchase and early adopters are expected to soon begin receiving their devices. Some of the first apps they’ll get…

Apple Patents Technology for AR Windshield

By this point it is hardly a secret that Apple is very interested in augmented reality (AR) technology, with Apple CEO Tim Cook publically stating his support for the technology, and of course having created ARKit. As an extension of this, Apple have submitted a European Patent filing for an AR windshield. The patent covers…

The New York Times Bringing Its Content To Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Ever since 2015, The New York Times has had a keen interest in immersive technology, and over the past few years VRFocus has diligently followed their trail. From partnering with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) related works for the Google Cardboard head-mounted device (HMD), to NYTVR and them producing daily 360 degree videos for…

Magic Leap Launches Creator Edition Headset Priced at $2,300

Magic Leap today launched their long-teased AR headset, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a developer-focused device priced at $2,300. Magic Leap has been in development of an AR headset, which has garnered significant anticipation thanks to the company’s massive trove of venture funding (totaling more than $2 billion) and years of concept videos, celebrity…