School Children Practice Foreign Languages with VR

As most people who have studies a foreign language will know, it is much easier to become fluent when immersed in the culture and hearing the language all around you. Various language courses try to replicate the effect, not always successfully. When immersion is involved, however, virtual reality (VR) might be the solution. The developer…

E3 2017: A Hands-On, High Speed Trek Through Sprint Vector

Fast experiences in VR have to tread a thin line when giving players freedom over control. Locomotion is a fickle beast in the virtual ecosystem as developers continue to experiment as they seek a perfect balance of movement of comfort. Survios has established itself as a leading VR developer with its game Raw Data, but…

The VR Job Hub: Riposte, HTC Vive and CCP Games

If you are looking for a change in career, or just a chance in focus and want to work in an area that is constantly changing, growing and evolving, then the virtual reality (VR) industry is always looking for talented people. Engineers, designers, artists, community managers, programmers and more are being eagerly sought after by…

Half of Developers Cite HTC Vive as Most Popular VR Platform

A report released by VRDC titled the VRDC VR/AR Innovation report compiled the results of a survey of professionals involved with the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR). The report showed information relating to funding, platform preferences and challenges in the market. According to the report, the vast majority of respondents cited…

MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

A Closer Look At Preta: Vendetta Rising With New Screenshots

Developer Illion Games has released some more screenshots revealing a closer look at the developer’s first virtual reality (VR) experience, Preta: Vendetta Rising, a title that had its first playable demo at this year’s E3. A fantasy action-RPG taking gameplay and stylistic inspiration from the likes of Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls franchise, players…

Super Mario Bros. Recreated For HoloLens

It seems like whenever someone needs a simple basis for a ‘proof of concept’ videogame, it’s Super Mario Bros. That they turn to. We’ve already seen the original NES title turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience, now a HoloLens developer has recreated it as a HoloLens augmented reality (AR) experience. Abhishek Singh, a HoloLens…

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. In the video published by Zulubo Productions, we get a better look at just what Knuckles can do. The demo, first seen in a Knuckles developer guide, is designed to…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. We’ve got a couple highlights for you that are of incredibly different flavors. Chess Ultra is a visually impressive experience that pits you either against online players or a collection of AI modeled after chess grandmasters. VINDICTA channels expertise of a different kind, giving you a shooting experience…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

Break a Leg’s First Chapter Coming to Samsung Gear VR this Month

In March VRFocus reported that Apelab would be releasing a new story-driven experience called Break a Leg for the launch of Samsung’s new Gear VR controller in April. That didn’t happen with the title getting delayed, but as it turns out not for long. The developer has just announced that Break a Leg’s first chapter will be coming…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

It’s Time for Some Multiplayer Combat as the Echo Arena Beta Goes Live

Last week, just prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 opening its doors – and between all those big press conferences – developer Ready at Dawn revealed during Intel’s conference that it’s upcoming space-based experience Lone Echo will also have an accompanying title, a multiplayer arena videogame called Echo Arena. While Echo Arena is scheduled for release next month,…

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…

VR Software Engineer at Vonderlabs (Berlin, Germany)

We are a brand new start-up made of engineers and developers building mixed- and virtual reality solutions for the enterprise market.We are currently… Source: VR Software Engineer at Vonderlabs (Berlin, Germany)

Vindicta Is A Surprisingly Fun VR Campaign Shooter

Vindicta caught my eye a few months back for making the kinds of promises we all want to hear: a full VR FPS campaign with natural locomotion and no wave shooting. Naturally, I followed up with developer Game Cooks as soon as possible, but my heart sank a little when I learned it had only…

Gran Turismo Creator Hoped For ‘Something More Incredible’ Than PSVR

Gran Turismo Sport is coming out later this year, but the promised PlayStation VR (PSVR) support is sounding increasingly underwhelming. From the sounds of it, the game’s developer isn’t too impressed either. Speaking to VentureBeat, Gran Turismo creator and director Kazunori Yamauchi noted that he had hoped current VR technology like PSVR would be better…

Fusion Wars Launched Closed Beta For Multiplayer Arenas

Though Fusion Wars has been playable on Samsung Gear VR for a while now, the title has been considered to be in ‘Early Access’ form, with many features not yet implemented. The biggest missing feature being the much-anticipated multiplayer competitive mode. Developer EstudioFuture have now announced that the multiplayer PvP Arenas will be entered closed…

Dance the Night Away With HTC Vive Trackers on Your Feet

The Vive Trackers have been of great interest to developers since they were launched earlier this year as they offered a whole range of new possibilities for body-tracking within videogames. There have already been some innovative experiments using the Trackers, including the guy who fastened a Vive Tracker to his cat. Many people were just…

Valve Distributing Knuckles Prototypes To Devs In Limited Quantities

Valve confirmed to UploadVR the company has progressed to sending developers prototypes of its next generation VR hand controllers. This was to be expected but provides us with a rough sense of the advancements being pursued by the VR technology company. Recent updates from Valve, which partnered with HTC to create the Vive, The controllers…

Bizarre VR Headset Can Change The Taste Of Food

Takuji Narumi is using strong odors and digital VR overlays to prove your brain isn’t as clever as you think. Filmmaker and food enthusiast Simon Klose has seen some strange things in his travels. The Swedish-born director is a regular contributor to Vice’s food website subsidiary, MUNCHIES, and as a result has experienced some of…

Smash Up New York With VRobot’s NYC Update

Independent developers Luden.Io have been quite keen on keeping the content updates flowing into smashy giant robot title VRobot. With a small content update that added a giant mechanical sword inspired by the Transformers franchise being added earlier this month, and now a much bigger ‘New York City’ content update. A brand new city is…

Judge Calls For End Of ZeniMax/Oculus Legal Battle

One of the biggest stories of 2017 for the VR industry is also one of its longest. The year started out with ZeniMax Media taking Facebook-owned Oculus to court over an alleged theft of technology. A jury eventually ruled that Oculus must pay ZeniMax $500,000,000, but that wasn’t the end of things — ZeniMax wants…

Hands-on: IBM Watson Brings Voice Commands to ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’

IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform designed to understand natural language, today launched support for Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017) across PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Before the service launched today, lone players could control the ship’s other posts—Engineering, Tactical, Helm—by clicking a few boxes to issue orders. Now a sole captain (also with a mixed crew…