VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

New Nintendo Labo Is Not An Answer To VR Says Company

To the wider world, Nintendo’s new Labo initiative, consisting of cardboard printouts that you fold to make specialized controllers for Switch games, is a crazy idea. For those of us that have been folding up Cardboard VR headsets and sticking phones in them for the past three years, though, it’s a little more viable. Don’t…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

Fraunhofer HHI Develop Volumetric Human Body Reconstruction Technology

Volumetric video is regarded as the next important development step in the field of media production, especially in the context of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The researchers from Fraunhofer HHI have developed a new variant of this technology known as 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). 3DHBR transmits the realistic image…

Action Puzzler StarDrone VR Coming to European PlayStation VR Owners Next Week

For its first virtual reality (VR) project developer Beatshapers has decided to revitalise one of its older titles StarDrone,  originally a launch title for the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Vita. This week has seen StarDone VR arrive on PlayStation VR for North American customers with a European release now confirmed for next week. StarDrone VR has been designed…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Life In 360°: Austin City Limits

End of the week everybody! Time to do your best “I am honesty working on that right now, Janet!” impression and slide casually into the weekend with style.  Before we do all that though there’s some things we need to get out of the way first. Namely our last delve into the all-encompassing world that…

Oculus Announces Oculus Start, a Scheme to Help New Developers

With a CES full of hardware announcements where Oculus took on something of a cameo role thanks to their partnerships with both Qualcomm (creators of the Snapdragon series of processors) and Xiaomi (creators of what is essentially the Oculus Go’s Chinese twin in the Mi VR Standalone headset), now over. The Facebook owned virtual reality…

XR Games Board Joined by Jane Whittaker

Videogames industry legend Jane Whittaker has joined the board and executive team of new virtual reality (VR) specialist studio, XR Games, it was announced today. In a 34­year career which includes work on the likes of GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar), The Sims, HR Giger’s Darkseed and major contributions to Microsoft…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

ZIKR: A Sufi Revival Heads To Sundance Film Festival

Today marks the start of the latest Sundance Film Festival, running until January 28th 2018.  While the festival itself continues to adapt with the times its role in shining a spotlight on some of the finest exponents of the craft that is story telling has not changed one iota. Of course something that has made increasing…

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas. 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed…

Sony and Survios Partnership to Bring Jumanji: The VR Adventure to VR Arcades

When Sony Pictures released Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle back in December the film also had a corresponding virtual reality (VR) experience created for it, Jumanji: The VR Adventure, co-produced by MWM Immersive (formerly Madison Wells Media’s Reality One) and Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR). Today, SPVR has announced a new distribution deal with Raw Data developer Survios, bring the title to new…

Fable Studio Emerges From the Ashes Of Oculus Story Studio

Members of the ground-breaking Oculus Story Studio team are announcing a new company, Fable Studio, with a premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival of the final project born at Facebook. Wolves In The Walls is about an interactive little girl named Lucy and it was what Oculus Story Studio was working on when…

Wolf & Wood Confirm Release Date for Chapter 3 of The Exorcist: Legion VR

Wolf & Wood, the British indie developer behind episodic virtual reality (VR) horror The Exorcist: Legion VR, has today announced the launch date for the third installment of the franchise, with Chapter 3: Skin Deep coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive next week. Originally the third episode was due for release before the end of 2017,…

Lose Weight in VR, with BOXVR, in Early Access Today

Christmas is well and truly over. Most of you will have taken your stockings and trees down by now, and as for the rest of you; are you okay? The holiday season has finished and we’ve eaten our fill of mince pies and other festive feasts, and as a result, many of us are feeling…

Hands-on: Pimax’s 8K Headset Impresses but Isn’t Ready yet

When Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign for its ‘8K’ head-mounted display (HMD) last year it not only acquired massive media attention but also a huge sum of money, smashing past the initial funding goal of $200,000 USD in a few hours and going on to raise over $4 million in total. A big portion of that…

Price and Date Detailed for Dell Retail Partnership With META

As is usually the case the week of CES is a flurry of tech information, some news bigger than others. During Dell’s CES 2018 press conference it revealed a retail partnership with HTC Vive, then quietly unveiled a secondary deal with augmented reality (AR) company META to sell its META 2 headset. Today, Dell has…

Nintendos Labo is Not an Answer to Virtual Reality, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

Nintendo announced Labo last night, a brand new part-construction project, part videogame. A brand new move in videogame peripherals, Nintendo essentially wants players to assemble their own accessories, Google Cardboard style, and play a small variety of videogame experiences with them that can seem all too reminiscent of the kinds of gameplay we see in…

Melita Creator Future Lighthouse Shutting Down

Creative VR studio Future Lighthouse is set to close its doors nearly three years after its launch. Lighthouse, which was dedicated to pushing the boundaries of VR storytelling (and wrote about its work on Upload late last year), worked on 18 VR productions over the past few years. That includes Melita, a stunning animated story…

HoloLamp Brings Hands-free Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly more popular. For example, brands are trying to find new ways of marketing their products , doctors are using it during surgery and companies are looking to help train staff remotely. Yet all if not most of these require either glasses, phone or tablet. Hololamp is trying to change…

Nicolas Cage Is Set To Star In An Episodic VR Movie

VR has its very own Face/Off; first John Travolta announced he was to star in an episodic VR series, and now Nicolas Cage is set to jump inside your headset too. Variety reports that Cage’s latest movie, The Humanity Bureau, will be releasing as an episodic spin-off VR series on March 2nd named The Humanity…

Warhammer 40K is Coming to VR With The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

Indie virtual reality (VR) developer Steel Wool Studios has already made a name for itself with titles like Quar: Battle for Gate 18 and puzzle title Bounce but now it’s taking on a much bigger beast, getting the license for Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe to build The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth for PC and VR players. The Horus Heresy:…

Final Fantasy XR Ride Opening Soon In Japan

The Final Fantasy series remains one of the most enduring, beloved and popular videogame franchises, getting innumerable spin-off videogames, merchandise, films, and now, a theme-part ride at Universal Studios Japan. In a move seemly designed to make Western Final Fantasy fans cry with envy, The Final Fantasy Ride at Universal Studios is set to only…

Horror Thriller The Devil Awaits VR Receives First Update

In December indie developer Bloompix Studios released a horror videogame exclusively for Samsung Gear VR, The Devil Awaits VR via the Gallery Apps section of the Oculus Store. Now the studio has announced its first update for the title, expanding and improving the experience further. The Devil Awaits VR is a thriller in which you play as Rick…

Konrad the Kitten to Leave Early Access Next Month

FusionPlay are preparing virtual reality (VR) virtual pet simulation, Konrad the Kitten, for full release. Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Konrad the Kitten takes the novel approach of attaching one motion-controller to a plush toy for true simulation. Next month, players will be able to immerse themselves…

Buy and Sell Your Digital 3D Models on Sketchfab’s new Store

Sketchfab is known as one of the go to websites for 3D model makers to showcase and distribute their work worldwide. Today, the company has announced a new venture, Sketchfab Store, a place where people can buy and sell assets for 3D, augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) projects. Up until this point Sketchfab has…

Sketchfab Launches 3D Model Store for AR & VR Content Creators

The creative platform now has a store. The platform that has allowed users to publish, share, and discover 3D content on the web for almost 6 years is now helping their community of over 1.3 million members monetize their work. Launched in beta Wednesday, Sketchfab Store offers up to 4,000 models to purchase and download….